How do we engage art history in our homeschools that are oriented toward our child?
If we removed art, acting, handiwork, innovation, and the written word from our homes, we’d be left doing the dishes and heading to bed after the kids were snuggled in their beds.
Rather, we watch, we play, we read, we discuss and debate, we click and tap, sew and knit, draw and paint. We engage in art history in our homeschool in so many ways.
I might have been a liberal art major in another life. No time like the present as a homeschool mom.
I endeavor to introduce my children to composers of different periods, music of different genres, books of different flavours, and art of different eras.
A full flavour of the rainbow.
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One of our favourite book series is in picture book style. It is a series we discovered on our visits to Paris’ Louvre and London’s National Gallery last spring: Katie by James Mayhew.
These vividly illustrated picture books are representations of renowned artists known to most of us.
Katie Meets the Impressionists includes artist study of:
Katie and the Bathers share a story of the pointillists:
- Georges Seurat
- Paul Signac
- Camille Pissarro
Katie and the Mona Lisa, well, you know that one…except that the real-life painting is much smaller than depicted in the book…and surrounded by dozens of onlookers at all times.
Katie and the Sunflowers depict post-impressionists:
- Vincent Van Gogh
- Paul Gauguin
- Paul Cezanne
I like reading and re-reading these books to my kids, and I feel that their education is well-rounded and capable of discussing the basics at their future soirees.
“The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls”Pablo Picasso