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Thursday, July 29, 2010

Homeschool Village ~ Heart for the Arts

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This weeks topic at the Homeschool Village: A Heart for the Arts. Post a picture of your homeschooler enjoying art and what you are planning on teaching!

Until about 2 days ago, I wasn’t certain exactly what we were going to do for art {other than arts & crafts, rice & beans projects}. Cindy from Along the Way let me borrow one of her books {which I promptly spilled coffee on and hence committed myself to using that book for our art time this coming year…Discovering Great Artists by MaryAnn Kohl.

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Ok, I kid {somewhat}. The books is actually what I was looking for ~ art activities for kids based on famous artist along with a brief bio on each artist. We’re going to get together with Cindy and her kids twice a month and learn about a different artist and try our hand at some different art techniques.

Other than painting and drawing, we love to see plays from time to time {depending on what is available and how much they are!}. Flat Stanley has been one of our favorite plays so far! Stanley got flattened by the big ol’ bulletin board below.

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And as far as music goes…this past spring, both girls took piano lessons and also had their first recital! Practicing was hard for McKenna, but she wrote her own song to play for the recital too ~ it was cute!

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What do you as a family enjoy doing for art and fine arts? Leave a comment and be sure to visit Homeschool Village and see what other moms are sharing about this topic!

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25 Comments:

  • That's such a great book! We used it last year and will be incorporating it into our curriculum again this year. I'd love to get my hands on some of her other stuff, too.

    By Blogger Erika, At July 29, 2010 at 6:56 AM  

  • We went to see Lincoln Center Institute's musical, Nightingale Tuesday night. This will be the springboard for a literature unit on Hans Christian Anderson's Fairy Tales in the Fall. We will be using Dynamic Art Projects For Children by Denise Logan this year.

    By Blogger Money Saving Maine-iac, At July 29, 2010 at 7:08 AM  

  • We have that same book. My daughter loves it! We also have recently acquired one of the Usborne Art books and she is in love with that!

    By Blogger Joy, At July 29, 2010 at 7:08 AM  

  • That looks like a lovely book! Definitely putting it on my wish list :-)

    By Blogger Nikki Olivier, At July 29, 2010 at 7:17 AM  

  • We saw that Flat Stanley play, too! It was very enjoyable!!!

    I've had that book recommended to me before ... maybe I need to move it from my Amazon Wish List to my Cart!!!

    By Blogger Carrie, At July 29, 2010 at 8:07 AM  

  • I am so new to Flat Stanley ... I know. No laminator and no flat stanley. What type of homeschool mom am I?! =)

    thanks for linking up !
    Stef

    By Blogger Layton Family Joy, At July 29, 2010 at 9:03 AM  

  • I need to start thinking about art more. Soon, soon I will.

    By Blogger Ticia, At July 29, 2010 at 9:33 AM  

  • I've seen that book recommended quite a few times. I guess I should finally check it out!

    By Blogger Nicole, At July 29, 2010 at 10:47 AM  

  • Thank you so much for loving my book, "Discovering Great Artists". I loved writing it! It changed my life... until then, I hadn't known too much about artists, and really found out they are fascinating plus kids love doing art in the styles of the great masters. I now have added "Great American Artists for Kids" and it's in full color. Both of these books are on my website at my 25th Anniversary Sale Price, which includes shipping and tax. It's only good through July 31, so if you want a fast and cheap copy, hurry to my website.
    http://www.brightring.com/Books.html

    I'm so happy that people love giving their children the chance to explore and discover their creativity through art.

    MaryAnn Kohl, art author

    PS I have a new blog, if you'd like to visit...
    maryannfkohl.typepad.com/blog/

    By Anonymous MaryAnn F. Kohl, art author, At July 29, 2010 at 12:51 PM  

  • Wow, I am commenting right after MaryAnn Kohl!

    I am so glad you posted this! Last night I was sitting with my planning sheet in front of me, surrounded by books trying to figure out next years curriculum and I was stuck on art. I mean we are working through Drawing With Children, so the practical side is covered, but I wanted to do a little art appreciation as well. This books sounds perfect. I have several of MaryAnn Kohl's books, which I LOVE, but I had never seen this one...thanks for the recommendation!

    By Blogger Kami, At July 29, 2010 at 2:17 PM  

  • hehehe..."spilled coffee on book," is an interesting way to choose your curriculum. HA!

    Aren't live plays and musicals great? Mine LOVES to go to the theatre! He's just not allowed on stage for a while...

    By Blogger Lexi @ Pink and Orange Coffee, At July 29, 2010 at 5:26 PM  

  • I picked up Artistic Pursuits at our homeschool convention. I'm quite excited about doing it with my PreK and K DDs...I think it will be some good hands on art, combined with art appreciation. Love your blog, btw.

    By OpenID preschooljoy, At July 29, 2010 at 5:27 PM  

  • don't know if you looked at this - but found it for my co-op and knew you're doing rainforests.
    http://www.abcteach.com/directory/theme_units/rain_forest/

    By Blogger Layton Family Joy, At July 29, 2010 at 5:55 PM  

  • That's the same book we're using too! Although, I didn't use the "spill coffee on book" method of choosing it. Of course, if I had maybe the author would be reading my blog too....you and your crazy methods! :)

    By Blogger Joesette, At July 29, 2010 at 6:06 PM  

  • We foind that book at a garage sale for .50 the other day. I love it! We also use a variety of lit on each artist.

    By Blogger jeana, At July 29, 2010 at 7:49 PM  

  • Ooooh, that book is in my amazon shopping cart right now! I've been waiting forever to finally click that magic button. LOL

    For fine arts we do artist studies and composer studies. This year I'm trying to be more purposeful about them. (This is why that book is my cart. LOL) We attend the ballet at least once a year and a couple of plays at our local theater. For actual art we use I Can Do All Things by How Great Thou Art. I love this program. It's so easy for a non-artsy person like me to use. We do it together. This year we're also using How to Teach Children Art by Evan-Moor.

    All of these has been difficult since the appearance of our tot. I'm hoping we're finally over the hump and she's going to be more cooperative so we can get more accomplished.

    By Blogger Giggly Girls, At July 30, 2010 at 7:12 AM  

  • Sounds like a great book! I bet you and Cindy will have a blast!!

    By Blogger Lindsay, At July 30, 2010 at 8:39 AM  

  • I am actually goin gto purchase the art book mentioned. I decided on it a few days ago.

    By Blogger No Ordinary Me, At July 30, 2010 at 9:21 PM  

  • Are you still using Artistic Pursuits? I looked into that, but the price was more than I could afford. I may try this. It looks simple, affordable, and like something my children would enjoy.

    By Blogger Leah, At August 2, 2010 at 11:58 PM  

  • We are not using Artistic Pursuits, Leah. Hoping you get this reply since I don't have any way to email you. :)

    By Blogger Jolanthe, At August 3, 2010 at 7:50 AM  

  • I did get your reply, thank you. And now I believe my email is connected to my profile. Sorry about that! ;)

    By Blogger Leah, At August 10, 2010 at 2:06 PM  

  • I did get your reply, thank you. And now I believe my email is connected to my profile. Sorry about that! ;)

    By Anonymous Leah, At December 15, 2010 at 12:59 PM  

  • I am actually goin gto purchase the art book mentioned. I decided on it a few days ago.

    By Anonymous No Ordinary Me, At December 15, 2010 at 12:59 PM  

  • I picked up Artistic Pursuits at our homeschool convention. I'm quite excited about doing it with my PreK and K DDs...I think it will be some good hands on art, combined with art appreciation. Love your blog, btw.

    By Anonymous preschooljoy, At December 15, 2010 at 12:59 PM  

  • Wow, I am commenting right after MaryAnn Kohl!

    I am so glad you posted this! Last night I was sitting with my planning sheet in front of me, surrounded by books trying to figure out next years curriculum and I was stuck on art. I mean we are working through Drawing With Children, so the practical side is covered, but I wanted to do a little art appreciation as well. This books sounds perfect. I have several of MaryAnn Kohl's books, which I LOVE, but I had never seen this one...thanks for the recommendation!

    By Anonymous Kami, At December 15, 2010 at 12:59 PM  

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