Recently, I shared what our schedule for Morning Time or Family Time as we call it looks like. A quick recap of our schedule, and we will jump right into our Art Resources.
For about 15-20 minutes, we gather together to enjoy some time together where I “hope” I am helping to train them to appreciate art, poetry, good character, and prayer.
Our schedule looks like this. I am thinking that once our community day is over for the school year, we might add music for Tuesday
Monday – Art
Tuesday – Community Day
Wednesday – Poetry
Thursday – Character Building
Friday – Prayer
Weekly – Scripture Memory
Now – for ART
Here is what I don’t want my children to think about art: “Art’s whatever you choose to frame.”
Dear Mr. Adcock, that is called Decor.
I want my children to appreciate the great works which have lasted for centuries and moved hearts, minds, and souls to experience true beauty. And along the way, they will experience some art that may not be beautiful, but does serve a purpose. I want them to wander into a museum and immediately engage mind and heart as they explore a work of art, only to enjoy it even more!
For our Art day, we have two books we are currently using.
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First, we love our Discover Great Artists book. This was recommended to me at a conference last year, and it is well worth the money I would add. Of course, I’ve only seen it used – and quite inexpensive.
Each time you turn a page, you will see a new great work of art pictured on each side of that page. The left-hand side gives you questions to seek out the answers to, while the right-hand side provides the answers. Fascinated, young children search and search and find themselves looking intently at works of art they might not otherwise be exposed to. Information about the painting, the people in the painting, the artist, and the objects in the painting is included for each work.
The Come Look With Me books are actually a large series. Currently, we only have Enjoying Art with Children, but I look forward to adding many others from the series as well!
Once again, these books use great works of art and questions – not to analyze the art to death – but to explore it, observe it, and appreciate it!
Clearly, I had no idea how my children would soak in these art books. Granted, the oldest hasn’t developed an appreciation for it, but the younger three dive in – eyes first! Following shortly after, the brain engages, and I hope the heart comes along too.
There you have it! Monday Family Time – how we discover and appreciate art with children ages 3-13 (and don’t forget mom who is loving it)!
Simple, yet effective.
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