Although I am not an artist myself like Mama Wolf, art appreciation is inspiring and motivating to me. ANYONE can develop a taste for beautiful art. It's never too early, nor too late! I started learning a little art history in my 30's, and my daughter began when she was 4. I never knew I loved art so much until I began homeschooling!
This year we will be doing a sweeping overview of Western Art, which is a departure from our usual pattern of covering 3 artists per year in depth. It will be a refreshing change for us! If you like, you can view my fine arts schedule HERE. When I can find a good deal on supplies, such as the Start Exploring Masterpieces Deluxe Kit, I like it even better!
Miss M used watercolor pencils on her first "SEM" poster, so I am going to encourage her to try oil pastels or tempera paint for the next one. Not sure if doing the posters is going to get old or not, but if they do, I will simply have her do her own sketch of the picture study. I think we will try the card game and timeline a little this week if we have time.
I will feel that we have been successful if Miss M continues to develop a love for paintings and enjoys going to art museums when she is an adult someday. I love the opportunity for fine arts time that homeschooling gives us, and I want to take full advantage of it!
I put together our picture studies for Term 1, based on 'Start Exploring Masterpieces.' Here are the paintings we will study...feel free to use anything you like.