Michelangelo Artist Study

This post contains affiliate links.  Read my entire disclosure policy here. Artist Study of the Month Since Michelangelo’s birthday is coming up on March 6th, we’re gearing up to focus on him again during this month’s artist study.  We studied his work once before (several years ago) as part of a mini-unit about Renaissance artists. …

Grandma Moses

Grandma Moses

Grandma Moses, more formally known as Anna Mary Robertson Moses, was a folk artist of the early 1900’s who didn’t begin painting until her late 70’s.  Many of her paintings shared the story of her life – scenes from the landscape around her. We have never studied a folk artist before, so we were excited…

Clay Illustration

  Art and Literature Connection Have You Seen Birds? by Barbara Reid is a fantastic book from which to pull an art lesson.  Full of lovely clay collage illustrations created by Joanne Oppenheim, children can dabble in an art medium (and style) often neglected – clay collage.   The illustrations in the book are detailed,…

Self-portraits

Personally, I think self-portraits (or any human figure for that matter) are very h-a-r-d to draw.  We have tackled self-portraits during art many times over the years and each time I see improvements.  Well, if you can call snot hanging out of the boy’s nose improvement.  Oh, what to do with 11 year old boys…

Fun with Leaves

I {heart} Pinterest!  Seriously.  It may very well be the greatest invention on the planet.  Okay, the greatest recent invention. Through Pinterest, I found (and archived) some fun leafy art lessons to go along with our botany studies this autumn. While we didn’t get to all the wonderful ideas – this autumn – we found…

Expo Competition Night

School has been out since the end of April, meaning all the school-related posts that I’ll be publishing soon are way overdue.  Oh well, better late than never.  Our summer vacation has been nothing short of a whirlwind so far, but I wouldn’t trade the busyness with my sweet family for anything!  I’ll try to…

If You Give a Girl a Needle

She might design a purse! Because of our Charlotte Mason style homeschool, I’ve encouraged handicrafts such as sewing, crocheting and knitting from the very beginning.  I’ve enlisted the help of a 90+ year old neighbor, a grandmother and a 4-H sewing class – for, you see, I’m not good at any of these skills! Mahayla…

Henri Matisse Resources

We spent much of our month with Matisse completing art with scissors since Matisse’s later works were often collages or realistic and abstract art constructed from cuttings. The artwork below was actually harder than it looks.  I asked the kids to use rulers to measure the desired sized blocks of color for the background.  The…

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