This rewarding hobby or enrichment project can take as little as five minutes a week. It may be accomplished with little cost. Here are some ideas to get your art appreciation notebook started.
Memory painting of O’Keeffe’s Wisconsin Barn
Charlotte Mason called this subject “Picture Study.” She recommended studying one artist at a time so children can become aware of that artist’s style and can recognize works even when a particular painting was not studied. Six works of the art should be studied…
Do an image search on Google for the artist that you wish to study.
Another resource is googleartproject.com.
Paintings are viewed for a minute or so and then are out of sight when doing the art study steps listed below.
OPTIONS FOR ART STUDIES:
1. Do art studies once a week for 5-10 minutes as suggested by Miss Mason, spending one month on each picture and 6 months per artist. 2. Do art studies daily (4-5 days a week), spending one week on each picture and 6 weeks per artist.
ART STUDY STEPS
For each artist unit:
Read about the artist and narrate.
Then study six paintings by that artist.
For each of the 6 paintings studied:
1. Narrate (descriptive or informative)
2. Creative writing (choose 1 or 2):
2a. Original poetry
2b. Imagine yourself in the picture
2c. Fiction inspired by painting
2d. Truism, text structure, or essay
3. Art experience or memory sketch
3b. If sketch, add color next session
Conclude artist unit by having each child state which painting was favorite & tell or write why.
W. A. Bouguereau
Paul Cezanne Joseph Cornell
M. C. Escher
Vincent van Gogh
Byun Shi Ji
Jean Francois Millet
Edward Henry Potthast
Peter Paul Rubens
Charles M. Russell
John Singer Sargent
Theodore Clement Steele
Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec
J. M. W. Turner
Leonardo da Vinci
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