Suggestions for What to Teach
Picture study can be done with the entire family together. Each Module below contains six artists; use all six or choose only three. Concentrate on each artist for six or twelve weeks. We tried to select somewhat diverse styles and time periods within most Modules so the artists wouldn’t be confused in the child’s mind. We also included some modern photographers whose work is respected and unique. Some Modules lend themselves well to certain History Modules, so watch for those Comments. Simply select a Module and assign it to the family. Click on any artist’s name to see corresponding resources in our CM Bookfinder.
How to Teach
Art appreciation was one part of Charlotte’s “spreading the feast” before her students; and her method, as always, was gentle and inviting.
Display a picture and mention the artist who created it. Have children look at the picture until they can see it clearly in their minds’ eye. When all children are ready, turn the picture over or close the book and ask them to describe the picture. When their narration is finished, display the picture again and notice together any new aspects. Summarize any accompanying information if desired, but be careful not to interfere with each child’s forming his own relationship with the artist’s work. This study is not a lesson in art criticism. Display the picture in a prominent location in your home so children can look at it throughout the week.
Continue to study works by the same artist for several weeks until the children become familiar with that artist’s style. If possible, read a short biography about that artist sometime during your study of his or her work.