This month’s famous artist in our homeschool is Albert Bierstadt.
I have always loved the misty luminance of his landscapes.
My older daughters both wanted to do art with Miss.L11. After reading a brief biography, we looked at some examples of his works and sat chatting about his paintings. Each of us connected with a different painting, so rather than focus on just one piece for the day, I let each choose a painting.
Using our chalk pastels, we covered the backgrounds, filled in dark area and then worked to add focus and detail. All the while our Famous Composer ~ Chopin’s music quietly filled the room.
My youngest two chose The Golden Gate.
Miss.K14 said that it reminded her of a scene from The Dawn Treader by CS Lewis.
My youngest preferred to paint her picture.
She is in a “realism” stage and becomes discouraged when her art doesn’t ‘look right’. She walked away when her smudgy painting was done. I gently encouraged her to try some chalk pencil details once her painting was dry. Amazingly, she found that she could pull out the details, smudge white chalk pencil to create the glow the Bierstadt masters in his work, and she and I were very happy with her painting when it was done.
Miss.T18 and I chose The Giant Redwoods Trees of California. She and I loved the faded mystical quality of the distant trees.
While you can’t see the difference, Miss.T18’s picture is a ‘small’ A4 page, while the rest of us worked on nice large A3 pages.
Bierstadt’s paintings are very big, so it seemed right to paint ours large too! This is my pastel painting~
Here are all our paintings on our school room gallery door ~
8 thoughts on “Albert Bierstadt landscapes in Chalk Pastels”
Bierstadt is one of my favorites! These are amazing Nadene!
@harmonyartmom, we really love Bierstadt’s art works. I’d love to do a few more of his works with the girls …
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Beautiful pictures. Love the way you shared the progress–and all the layering and colors. Thank you for sharing.
@Rhoda, thank you! We started our chalk pastel art lessons with some of Hodgepodge’s free chalk pastel tutorials.
These are great! Looks like you all ended up with some beautiful artwork, to me. 🙂
@kittlesfamilyartworks2012, thank you! We are all so happy with our chalk pastel art works! My children regularly ask me for more art time!
We are currently studying Bierstadt too!