Do you incorporate artist study or picture study into your homeschool? What does it look like in your home?
We are enjoying our first foray into the world of art appreciation with a Charlotte Mason inspired artist study.
“We aim at putting the children in touch with the great artist minds of all ages. We try to unlock for their delectation the wonderful garden of Art, in which grow most lovely flowers, most wholesome fruits.” PNEU
To start us off we read James Mayhew’s book, ‘Katie and the Waterlily Pond’. In this book, the little girl Katie visits a gallery with her Grandma and decides to enter a painting competition. She jumps in and out of paintings, learning about Monet’s works as she goes. It was a HUGE hit in our house and has already been re-read several times (it’s actually being read again as I type ;)).
Next up we decided to explore watercolours. We didn’t feel the need to recreate a particular picture, instead we played with the paints and made doodle drawings, exploring the properties of watercolours as we played. We used our Micador palette from Big W because it has beautiful, easy to use colours without being expensive.
My favourite piece of equipment as a homeschool mum is my laminator. Seriously, BUY ONE! I’ve just got a cheap and cheerful one from Office Works, no need to spend a fortune. We borrowed a book of Monet’s works from the library and photocopied a few favs. Laminate, velcro dots, put on wall to admire. The dots will make it easy to change to pictures when we move on to our next artist.
We put the pictures down low so Little Beastie, our Montessori baby, can see them as well. The Little Mathematician and I played a game where we took turns to look at a picture, close our eyes and recall as many details as quickly as we could.
We will add Monet to our timeline, find France on our globe and possibly read a short biography we found in the children’s section of our local library. Nothing fancy or expensive happening here.
That’s it. No quizzes. No expectations. Just exploration and enjoyment.