Here is the last post featuring our new homeschooling notice board ~
Famous Artist & Composer
Our Famous Artist studies have been really rich and rewarding. This year I selected several famous artists, as well as some featured in Patti’s posts on All Things Bright and Beautiful. (Patti prepares a weekly art, music and poetry study with links & sources – all done for you!)
After I read a brief biography as an introduction to a famous artist, we chose one famous art work and study it quietly (either in an art book, a postcard-sized printout, online, or as an image saved as a screen saver). I encourage my children to try re-create the painting as a detailed, visual, mental image and ask them to tell me what they noticed in the painting, and importantly, what feelings the colors, textures, objects, placement, space, and details in the painting created. My kids enjoy creative discussions about the mood of the painting, or how it made them feel. I encourage them to form a personal connection with the art work.
Sometimes we may do an art appreciation lesson where I may trace an outline of the picture and they can paint or color it for themselves. We also jot and paste a thumbnail of the artist in our Book of Centuries. We record the artist and we sometimes refer to my Art Era Timelines. Usually I am quite happy that they simply recognize the artist and the famous art pieces.
Our music appreciation lessons are very informal. We simply listen to one of “VOX Music Masters” CD’s, which tell the musician’s life story over his music, while we paint or sketch, or I play a featured music piece each week. Sometimes we watch a YouTube video of a famous music selection. My children enjoy occasionally filling in a music appreciation notebook page. You can download all my Famous Musician pages free.
I want to encourage you to conduct your art and music appreciation lessons very informally. Surround your children with rich, beautiful music and art and cultivate a wonderful fine arts appreciation in your homeschooling!
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