We like to employ a practical Classical Method in all of our studies. Since we do not officially set aside times to study art we still seek to develop a love of fine art. We simply follow the advice the Bluedorns give on the subject of art
“Expose the family to good music and good art. ” Teaching the Trivium pa 409
This is indeed very basic advice but when you are seeking to educate your children at home you have to decide where you will put the bulk of your energy and effort. Some things will fall by the wayside but somethings though not directly taught can be carefully curated and a true appreciation of beauty can be formed.
Just the Facts about Monet
“Oscar-Claude Monet was a founder of French Impressionist painting, and the most consistent and prolific practitioner of the movement’s philosophy of expressing one’s perceptions before nature, especially as applied to plein-air landscape painting.” Wikipedia
He was born on November 14, 1840 in Paris, France and died on December 5, 1926 in Giverny, France. He was an impressionist and one of the fathers of of Modern art. He had two children Jean Money and Michel Monet. He also had two spouses Alice Hoschede & Camille Donieux.
A Simple Way to Add Art Appreciationto your homeschool
We read and discuss wonderful books on such as one of my favorite Linnea in Monet’s Garden or you can read some other great books on artists such as van Gogh and the Sunflowers (Anholt’s Artists Books for Children) & Degas and the Little Dancer (Anholt’s Artists Books for Children). The point is that these books provide your kids with enough background information to understand and enjoy the pictures they are looking at.
Next you should PURPOSE to vist an art museum each year and seek out art museums when you travel. Be sure to actively check your nearest Fine Arts Museum(s) , for us that is Houston & Austin to see what shows are coming to town. So our children have actually seen Monet, Degas, Van Gogh when a tour of impressionists came through the Houston Museum of Fine Arts.
If we are about to visit a show then I normally allow them to explore the artists we will be seeing by viewing the pictures, reading books and watching appropriate documentaries.
Another thing to do is buy Dover coloring books that such as Color Your Own Monet Paintings (Dover Art Coloring Book) and let the child view the original and try to recreate it in the coloring book.
When we go to the museum we allow our kids to take their sketch books and colored pencils and draw one or two of the pictures they are viewing to the best of their ability.
Finally, I always grab a post card of our favorite paintings from the gift shop, which are easily framed with $1 store or thrift store frames. I place them throughout the house so the children can continue to experience the beautiful artwork we saw at the gallery.
This casual approach to art study has yielded fruit at our home and I know with a little bit of effort you can also impart a love of Fine Art in the hearts of your children.
If you are a bit more ambitious you can always try
- Color Your Own Monet Paintings (Dover Art Coloring Book)
- The World’s Greatest Artists: Monet from Confessions of a Homeschooler
- Art Unit for Claude Monet from Harrington Harmonies