This is the first summer I have done a week dedicated only to Art, usually I incorporate art into whatever theme we are studying that week. I was inspired by two things: my friend Holly's art blog hollysartcorner.blogspot.com and the fact there is a Picasso exhibit at the Kimball Art Museum near our home. I had a lot of fun with this week. It was not as organized as I like to be, but I found some wonderful art books and got a lot of ideas that I plan to work on for next year.
It was interesting to see what my kids came up with during their projects. My oldest, a rule follower and not a great lover of art projects, gamely attempted everything I came up with, but was upset when some of his projects did not turn out exactly the way he hoped. My daughter, who loves art and could do art projects all day long, had a great time the whole week. My youngest, is a free spirit who doesn't like to spend too much time on any kind of project--which is reflected in his art works for the week.
Here are some of the art books we used:
Dickins, Rosie and Mari Griffith. The Usborne Introduction to Art. New York: Scholastic, 2003. -- A good very broad overview of art with internet links included
|J's Japanese bridge|
|S's circle study|
Littlesugar, Amy. Marie in Fourth Position: The Story of Degas' "The Little Dancer." New York: Philomel Books, 1996.
Mayhew, James. Katie's Picture Show, Katie and the British Artists, Katie and the Spanish Princess, Katie Meets the Impressionists, New York: Scholastic. --A picture book series featuring a young girl who visits various art museums. In each book she jumps into different works of art and meets the people in them. A bit contrived, but an easy fun way to intoduce kids to great works of art, artistic periods and artists.
|Our still life pictures.|
|I especially loved J's still life showing |
off his free spirit!
- learning about different artists
- learning about different styles of art
- completing art projects (button mosaics, self-portraits, a still life, impressionist works, Van Gogh's Starry Night, a circle study. See hollyscartcorner.blogspot.com for more great ideas.)
- watching movies about different artists (This is a great series, but some of the concepts were a bit advanced for my kids so be sure to pick your movie carefully. Got these a our local library: http://www.amazon.com/Mary-Cassatt-Impressionist-Amy-Brenneman/dp/B000F9UEFM/ref=pd_sim_v_2. Also this one about a young girl in Monet's Garden: http://www.amazon.com/Linnea-Monets-Garden-Heinz-Schachtner/dp/B00000IZ83/ref=pd_sim_d_9.)
- going to the art museum (Audio tours are the greatest things ever! They make art museums fun and accessible for kids.)
My kids loved art week so much we are planning another Art Week later this summer to spend more time on modern art.