We viewed wonderful color plates in the “Bruegel” art book by the Colour Library of Art borrowed from our local library.
They also display several enlarged selections from the main painting. We enjoyed looking back at the original to find where these smaller focused areas appeared.
Some of these selections made wonderful art works of their own.
My youngest daughter especially liked the focused area of the three peasant women in the “Hay Harvest” which she traced by herself, and which I then enlarged on my printer.
Miss.L11 used pastels for her first attempt at the art work and she was unhappy with the results.
She then tried her second picture with water-color paints and was very satisfied!
As I’ve shared before, an art appreciation lesson does not require any actual art activity. Charlotte Mason encouraged detailed observation.
We often enjoy simple oral narrations, but many of our art activities are spontaneous, as with this painting.
I love the child-led interest.
And why not? We are building an amazingly rich mental art gallery!