Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Fine Arts Schedule (PDF)

Start Exploring Masterpieces Kit

After finding the Masterpieces Deluxe Start Exploring Kit for $5.99 at our local Borders store, I decided to use it as our Western Art spine. Of course, the next step was to create a schedule so that it will actually get done! This kit has a card game, art timeline kit, full-color guide book, and posters/cards to paint. Since we have always studied one artist for an extended period of time, this should be a fun 'overview' year! Call your local Borders to see if they have any kits left -- these are steal. If you can't find them at Borders, I think this kit is well-worth the $15.99 price at CBD!

Here's my schedule:

Western Masterpieces

Resources: Start Exploring Masterpieces (SEM);

Term 1

* SEM Poster: 'The Battle of Constantine' by Piero Della Francesca, 1466-Early Ren.

* SEM Card: 'Queen of Sheba' by Piero Della Francesca (Early Ren) See also 'Duke of Urbino'

* SEM Poster: 'The Birth of Venus' by Sandro Boticelli, 1489-(Early Ren.) Ren. See also 'Primavera'

* SEM Poster & card: 'Mona Lisa' by Leonardo daVinci, 1503-(High Ren.) See also 'The Last Supper'

* SEM Card: Erasmus of Rotterdam by Hans Holbein the Younger-(Northern Ren.)

* SEM Poster: 'Henry VIII' by Hans Holbein the Younger, 1539-(Northern Ren.)

Term 2

** SEM Card 'Hunters in the Snow' by Pieter Bruegel, the Elder 1565 (Northern Land.)

** SEM Card 'The Wedding Dance' by Pieter Bruegel, the Elder, 1568 (Northern Land.)

** The Laughing Cavalier by Frans Halls, 1624 (Flemish Baroque)

** SEM Cards 'The Syndics of Drapers Guild' and 'Jacob Blessing the Sons of Joseph' by Rembrandt (Baroque)

** SEM Card 'Maidservant Pouring Milk' by Jan Vermeer, 1657 (Flemish Baroque) See also 'A Woman Asleep'

** SEM Card 'The Artist in his Studio' by Jan Vermeer, 1673 (Flemish Baroque) See also 'Girl with a Pearl Earring'

Term 3

*** SEM Poster 'The Oath of the Horatii' by Jacques-Louis David, 1784 (Neo-Classical) See also 'Death of Scorates' and 'Napoleon Crossing the Alps'

*** SEM Poster 'Don Manuel Osorio de Zuniga' by de Goya, 1792 (Romantic) See also 'Execution of the Defenders of Madrid'

*** SEM Poster 'Snowy Heron' by John James Audobon, 1835 (Naturalist) See also Cardinal Grosbeak

*** SEM Cards 'Third Class Carriage' and 'The Laundress' by Honore Daumier, 1865 (Caricaturist)

*** SEM Poster 'La Grande Jatte' and SEM Card 'Bathers at Asnieres' by Georges-Pierre Seurat, 1886 (Post-Impressionist)

*** SEM Poster 'Starry Night' and SEM Card 'Sunflowers' by Vincent VanGogh, 1889 (Post-Impressionist)

Sunday, July 01, 2007

Best Friend

Shhhhh! There is another 'woman' in my husband's life -- our American Bulldog, Sally. They are quite a pair! Sally is the most mellow, sweet dog ever. Here they are - sharing a quiet moment at the park. If you are not a 'dog person,' it's probably because you've never owned a bulldog. *grin*