Time for creative mom

In response to my post Sketching Again, a reader recently asked,

“How much time do we as moms need each day to be creative? “

I suppose it depends on your family life and demands on your time, and whether you enjoy creative activities.  Enjoyment is a powerful motivation.

If I can carve just 20 minutes of creative sketch time for myself, I feel so grateful and rewarded. This is not every day, and it is not always possible when life and stressful situations are more important, but it is something I find easy to pick up and do when there is a lull or gap in my days.  Right now, with just one teen to assist in her homeschooling, I have a lot more free time than I had while juggling three young kids all on different cores so I can find time to be creative!

We need to grow and be creative ourselves in order to give continually to others.

For some folk that “creative / me time” may be physical, such as going for a brisk walk or run, doing a quick workout, or taking a nice hot bath with soft music playing. Others need to be alone, maybe to read a book or listen to a podcast.   Some love to garden, sew, knit, quilt, or sketch.

When the children are young, then it is best to sketch or craft with them. Within a few weeks of doing sketches or nature journal prompts, the kids feel more confident and know what to do and can pretty much work without your help, giving you that time to do the activity along with them.

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Doing art together with my children. You’ll see my art page at the bottom of the picture.

We enjoyed Fabulous Fine Arts Fridays, a whole day for our Music and Art Appreciation lessons and some poetry or Shakespeare.  Our Fridays were always so relaxing and enjoyable, so different from our normal school schedule, that we all looked forward to this time together.  It was also very informal.  We simply listened to a classical music piece while observing an artist’s work and often did some art ourselves.

Sketch Tuesdays always were a wonderful opportunity to draw and sketch something really simple.  Because we had a whole week to complete the sketch, there never was any pressure.  And despite there being no feedback or critique given, the children learnt so much about their art and skills simply by viewing the slideshow and experimenting with new and different art mediums.  We sometimes copied other famous artist’s style in some of our Sketch Tuesday sketches, discovering the artist’s true talent and ability.  Again, it is fairly simple to pull out some paper and sketch and paint right alongside your children.

Otherwise, simply do something creative and personally rewarding in the afternoons while the family are doing their own thing.  I often find a half hour after lunch before I need to take down washing or start preparing dinner.  Weekends are also a good time to sketch, paint, garden, sew or do some sort of creative hobby.

If you have lots of children, or little babies or busy toddlers, then you may be deep in the trenches, and creative time for yourself might be impossible for this season, but, remember, that this season will pass, and you will be able to have your body and space back!

Blessings to you as you carve out small Mother Culture moments for yourself each week.

In Grace, Nadene

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Summer Art ~ Mondrian

Barb’s Summer Art plans for this week’s Sketch Tuesday covers ~

Mondrian

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His art is so utterly ‘simple’!  Simple black vertical and horizontal lines and red, blue and yellow blocks of color.

Even very young kids can do this!  Here is a very simple YouTube video lesson.

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But if you read the evolution of Mondrian’s art, you’ll understand how his abstraction developed.

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The Summer Art focus art piece “Broadway Boogie Woogie” is a very interesting artwork to discuss:

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  • No black lines
  • Balance of white space
  • Lines of color interspersed with color
  • Does this look like an aerial image of Broadway?
  • Do the little blocks of color remind you of the neon lights of Broadway?

So, maybe because his art is so simple, so easy to copy, it is no wonder that designers use Mondrian’s art style in countless objects, clothes and architecture!

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Maybe high schoolers could paint some sneakers, or a T-shirt, or design a piece of furniture, or decorate and fire ceramics in Mondrian-style?

Here’s our Mondrian art:

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I encourage you to join you child and do a Mondrian-inspired art work today!

Blessings,

More Klimt Art

Following Charlotte Mason’s approach, we have continued to look at and enjoy a famous artist and his works for several weeks.  This week we enjoyed more of Klimt’s amazing art.

Once again, as we did with our Klimt’s Tree of Life, I printed out outline pictures of some of his works and we sat quietly painting while we listened to music.

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Kate and I both did the same picture, but each of us followed a different approach.

Kate painted hers in dazzling acrylic colors and gold, 
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while I studied the original painting and applied similar colors with gold paint.Kilmt Art2

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Lara chose to do a Klimt picture of mother and child, and she stunned me with her beautiful technique.coloriage-klimtKilmt Art

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Simple and beautiful, isn’t it?

Art appreciation is really do-able!  Give these ideas a try!

Blessings,

 

 

Klimt’s Tree of Life

Continuing from our previous Summer Art Klimt painting,

we painted our own versions of Klimt’s

Tree of Life

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I printed out an outline picture found on Google and we both had fun painting!

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Lara painted her tree “ombre” colors.

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I painted my background in gold, typical, I felt, of Klimt’s style.

Here’s another Klimt Art project  found on Deep Space Sparkle.

Blessings,

Notice Board – Famous Artists & Composer

Here is the last post featuring our new homeschooling notice board ~

Famous Artist & Composer

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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.

My aim is to instill a love of beautiful music in their hearts and minds.  It is easy – use the hard work and efforts of others like Barb of Harmony Fine Arts.  She has wonderful free Fine Arts plans!

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!

Much grace,

Previous Notice Board posts include ~

Wonderful Works of William-Adolphe Bouguereau

This year we started our art appreciation with works from William Adolphe Bouguereau, a very successful French painter of the 1850’s Paris Salon.

His paintings are beautiful and my daughters have loved looking at his works.

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My youngest daughter chose “The Hard Lesson” for our most recent art appreciation lesson.  She orally narrated her observations and agreed to paint her own copy of the painting.The Hard Lesson-001

Instead of drawing or tracing an outline of this artwork, I used Picasa‘s “pencil outline” editing option and created a very quick full-page illustration.The Hard Lesson

Miss.L11 painted her picture, while I used chalk pastels for my painting.  We listened to Brahms as we quietly painted.  An hour or less later, our paintings were finished and hanging on our Art Gallery wall (well, actually on our school room door).  Not a ‘hard lesson’ at all!

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And here are your free pages ~

William Adolphe Bouguereau biography page

May you enjoy this easy lesson in your Fine Arts!

Blessings and much grace,

Vermeer Painting Made 3D

Our latest Famous Artist is

Johan Vermeer

His pictures are usually of rich, detailed interiors

featuring one or two people posed near a window.

Simple paintings to study and appreciate.

For the painting

Woman with a Water Jug

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I prepared a 4-page printout ~ Jan Vermeer Woman with a Water Jug 3D picture

(Click the link for your free download)

I removed the background of 2 of the pictures using MSWord.

Now, the “how to” ~

  • Leave the first main full picture complete.
  • cut away some of the walls of the background in the next picture
  • use foam squares on all the corners
  • make a few larger cellotape circles for the insides of the cutouts

  • cut away more backgrounds and details in the next layer
  • carefully position each layer over the previous layer

  • each layer brings the painting into 3 dimensions!

And at last ~ a full, 3D-version of the painting!

A quick, easy and very effective art appreciation lesson.

Give it a try with your kids.

Blessings,

Matisse’s Goldfish

This is our third week of looking at the famous Fauvist artist ~

Henri Matisse

We enjoyed a lovely simple art appreciation lesson ~

The Goldfish

I used Charlotte Mason’s approach and asked Miss. L10 to look closely at the picture for a few minutes.  Then she tried to describe the picture with as much detail that she could …

… the tall cylindrical shape of the gold-fish bowl

… the number and color of the fish

… the reflection of the fish in the surface of the water

… the pink round table

… the blue railings on the balcony

… the leaves and flowers of the flower pots

… the black  and grey background

She and I happily painted the outline picture that I traced.

We took our time and listened to our Famous Composer Tchaikovsky as we painted.

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A simple, relaxed art appreciation lesson.

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Will you give it a try?  Here are Matisse’s famous quotes, some art works and the Goldfish outline ~

Henri Matisse paintings & quotes & Goldfish outline

Blessings,

Matisse Paper Cut-Outs

This month’s Famous Artist is

Henri Matisse

As a famous Fauvism artist, his modern art is full of

bright colors and dramatic art.

Fauvism was characterized by bold and often illogical colors.

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Henri Matisse “Sorrow of the King”

We started our art appreciation lesson with Matisse’s

“Sorrow of the King”

1. Look carefully and describe what you see ~

My children noted :

  • the background is made up of colored blocks of paper
  • the “people” are not realistic
  • they could identify hands, body shapes, a guitar and a ‘dancing’ person
  • there were yellow leaf-shapes all over the picture
  • the picture did not really look sorrowful, nor could they find a “king”

I read a few Matisse quotes ~

 “The entire arrangement of my pictures is expressive; the place occupied by the figures, the empty spaces around them, the proportions, everything has its share.”

Matisse’s quote about his art inspired my youngest daughter to describe her own thoughts about Matisse’s paper cut-out picture.  She came up with a very amusing story, completely illogical, and yet symbolic, from the artwork.  She certainly “made it her own”!

2. We used Erika’s World’s Greatest Artist free download. 

  • I used my Famous Artist Biography pages as our notebook page. We read a brief biography and the children noted the details on the notebook page.
  • Erika’s puzzle was an excellent “review” of the picture we had just examined.
  • We made up the minibook with the thumbnails of Matisse’s art.

3. Art fun with paper cut-outs !

  1. We chose a theme for our picture – “Camping” – from this week’s Sketch Tuesday’s topic.
  2. This lesson used scraps of gum paper and sugar paper, so keep a stash of scraps for specially these lessons.
  3. Cover the entire page with blocks of color.  I made mine into a sort of sunset. Miss.L10 made hers land and sky with clouds.
  4. Now cut out shapes that express the idea of a thing.  Not exact. No pre-drawing. Just freehand with your scissors!
  5. Paste the shapes on the page until it is full or tells a story.  It can be illogical – like fish in the sky, shapes in the negative space the suggest an object, random colors … “Matisse it!”
  6. Have fun, sign your name and hang it in the gallery!
  7. Quickly “Duster-Buster”  up all the little paper pieces on the floor!

An easy, fun Matisse art lesson!

Blessings,

Fine Arts updated

I have been busy planning our Fine Arts for 2012.

May I share how I go about this?

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  • list all my classic CDs I already have at home (be faithful with what I have)
  • check Ambleside Online’s composer schedule  (free)
  • find music appreciation unit studies free online – try Harmony Arts Mom  (free)
  • register with Naxos.com for online listening and hyperlink the composer studies  (small monthly cost saves me having to buy CDs)
  • match the suggested AO composers and my CDs and online music, youTube urls, other music studies and put 12 composers on my year plan  (takes about a day)
  • Last year we only covered  6 of our 12 planned composers, but we really loved those we listened to.  I simply start this new year where we left off from last year.

I have updated my Famous Musician Pages to include ~

  • Frederic Chopin
  • Johannes Brahms
  • and new biography pages with a map

Famous Artists

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I have created my own studies and Famous Artist Lapbook, but I was blessed to download Erica’s free The World’s Great Artists Unit Studies. Vol 1. at Confessions of a Homeschooler.com.

She created detailed lessons based on the book World’s Greatest Artist Series by Mike Venezia.

I don’t have these books, but there is so many rich resources on the internet that I will link to the lessons.

I updated my Famous Artists page with wall chart and biography pages to include ~

  • Georgia O’Keeffe
  • Henry Matisse

Blessings,