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A Simple Way to Add Art Appreciation to your Homeschool

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

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

READ

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.

VISIT

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.

EXPLORE

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.

CREATE

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.

REMEMBER

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.

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Kyle is a full time frugal wife of Wayneand Mama to 5 adorable children: Peyton (15), Parker (10),Pearson (8), Parson (3) & Providence (3). My hope is to present families with an attainable simplified model of classical education with a Charlotte Mason twist.She likes listening to audio books, watching the kids play sports or piano & doing anything with my husband! She likes to do all of that while having a cup of coffee! You can find her blogging on a regular basis here at Aspired Living, The Curriculum Choice & Womanhood with Purpose.

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Kyle is a full time frugal wife of Wayne and Mama to 5 adorable children: Peyton (15), Parker (10),Pearson (8), Parson (3) & Providence (3). My hope is to present families with an attainable simplified model of classical education with a Charlotte Mason twist.She likes listening to audio books, watching the kids play sports or piano & doing anything with my husband! She likes to do all of that while having a cup of coffee! You can find her blogging on a regular basis here at Aspired Living, The Curriculum Choice & Womanhood with Purpose.

7 thoughts on “A Simple Way to Add Art Appreciation to your Homeschool

  1. Good ideas…. It does help to understand things and therefore, start to appreciate them more. Thank you for sharing this. 🙂

  2. We approach art appreciation much the same way. Often, people do nothing because it seems like too much, but if you just do something, even if it’s simple, it is wonderful!

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