Picture Study Portfolio Homer
Picture Study Portfolios: Homer


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Picture Study Portfolios: Homer

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Everything you need to do art appreciation, all gathered into one beautiful package: gorgeous art prints, an artist biography, information on the pictures, and more!(Grades 1–12) See full description

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Product Description

Make art appreciation simple and beautiful!

Everything you need to successfully do picture study is in this easy-to-use portfolio. Just one 15-minute lesson once a week is all it takes to spread this feast and cultivate within your children an appreciation for what is just, true, and beautiful.

“We cannot measure the influence that one or another artist has upon the child’s sense of beauty, upon his power of seeing, as in a picture, the common sights of life; he is enriched more than we know in having really looked at even a single picture.”—Charlotte Mason

This Picture Study Portfolio contains

  • Full-color works—Eight beautiful pictures by Homer are included, so you have freedom to choose your six favorites. These convenient art prints come on 8.5″ x 11″ UV coated card stock for fade resistance and durability.
  • A Picture Study handbook specific to Homer—With the Picture Study handbook, you will have everything you need for successful picture study gathered into one place in an easy-to-use format.
    • Inspiration—Charlotte Mason’s own words about why and how to do picture study.
    • How To Use—A simple 5-step plan to follow at your own pace.
    • Artist Biography—A short, living biography about Homer, appropriate for all ages.
    • Recommended Reading List—An annotated list of suggested books for optional further study, with age-level recommendations.
    • Leading Thoughts—Interesting additional information and ideas that will invite more discussion about each picture included in the portfolio.
    • Specifics—Helpful information about the sizes, current locations, and creation dates of the original works of art. Great for informal size comparisons, geography relations, and Book of Centuries entries.
  • A Sturdy Portfolio Envelope—The attractive 10″ x 13″ envelope keeps your art prints and handbook protected, organized, and easy to store!

Included Works

  • Snap the Whip
  • Breezing Up (A Fair Wind)
  • The Life Line
  • Prisoners from the Front
  • The Turtle Pond
  • The Fog Warning
  • The Country School
  • The Boat Builders

Extra Prints

If you would like each of your students to have his or her own copy of the art prints included in this Picture Study Portfolio, we have sets of extra prints available. Purchase ten or more sets and receive a 10% discount.

Practical Homeschooling Reader Award 2012–2013 Practical Homeschooling Reader Award 2014 Practical Homeschooling Reader Award 2015 Practical Homeschooling Reader Award 2016

Additional Information

Weight0.75 lbs
Dimensions10.25 × 13 × 0.31 in


E-kit, Kit, Stapled


Grade 12, Grade 2, Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8, Grade 9, Grade 10, Grade 11, Grade 1


4 reviews for Picture Study Portfolios: Homer

  1. Isabella

    Each artist comes with 8 pictures giving me two extra to choose from- great. As for the pictures themselves they are great quality. I don’t like that they spelled out “simplycharlottemason.com” on the bottom right hand corner yet no mention to the name of the picture. Its written very small so the text isn’t issue but tell me the name of the picture at least on the back.

    The biography of the artist is well written. I like the “leading thoughts”, the notation of location of the picture, the medium used and size of picture in the handbook. I think the leading thoughts could be a bit more detailed. For instance, SCM chose to include Homers second version of Snap the Whip- where the mountains and a boy is removed from the picture. I don’t mind that the second version was chosen but I think it should be mentioned that this is not “the original” Snap the Whip, add the differences between the two, and maybe a little insight as to why Homer changed it.

    I don’t know if it’s an important issue because I didn’t buy this set for the envelope but I wish the envelopes were designed better. The fronts for each artist are the same and random; The Starry Night (Van Gogh), Weymouth Bay (Constable), and a portrait of Rembrandt. I don’t like that the biggest pictures on the envelope don’t have anything to do with artist enclosed nor is there a mention to the name of him/her so it’s a wasted front. The back (which has the useful information about the enclosed artist) needs to be in the front and it would be helpful to add the title of the picture underneath. I don’t like that the envelope nor the front of the handbook states the artists full name- weird once you notice it. I do like that the envelope has their years alive (cant think of a proper term) and mark on a timeline the era that they are in – very useful.

    I hope in the future there would be an option to buy a printed set with a download of the pictures so I can print 4″ x 6″ prints for each of my children’s book of masterpieces. Or include/sell a set of printed 4″ x 6″ then, this set of Picture Study Portfolios would be complete.

    I’m really glad that SCM is making the Picture Study Portfolios and has came out with so many so soon! A few tweaks and these will be perfect.

    • Doug Smith

      Thanks for the great review, Isabella!

      The reason the title of the picture is not printed on the picture itself is because we follow Charlotte Mason’s example of picture study. She had the child read the name of the picture after it was studied and described. You can find a sample picture study lesson on page 310 of Home Education. We turn the picture over and have the child recall the details remembered. It is after that discussion when the title is revealed so we can’t print it on the back either.

      Regarding the envelopes, we consider the front to be the side that has the artist information. The side with the random pictures design is the back. This is how we display the portfolios at conventions and on our website.

      The last name of the artist is displayed on the outside, as is typical when referring to artists, composers, and historical figures, especially in an educational context. The full name is on the contents and biography pages in the booklet.

  2. amberrnelsen

    We started this picture study today (our first time doing picture study). My kids loved it! They spent a long time looking at the painting and talking about it. The only mistake I made was buying prints only for the two eldest (8 and 11). My three year old immediately insisted that she get her own copy to look at. Luckily we had a postcard sized print of one of Homer’s paintings and since we used that painting for our study it worked out perfectly. Obviously now I need to order her a set of prints of her own.
    Since everything was packaged and organized beautifully, it made our first picture study easy and enjoyable. I’ll certainly be purchasing more.

  3. Windy Sasser

    I did not buy this set, yet, I have a different set, and I was reading the reviews above and wanted to comment.
    I agree with the first review on 2 things. I would love to have the ability to have the set that we purchased the hard copy of to also include the digital download as well, not just the hard copy kit. I also think a smaller set (4×6 or 5×7) would also be good to have. I also have 3 and have the same issue with each child wanting some of the same art to include in their own Art Study files/notebook and buying 3 sets at about $20 each is just not doable for us, unless we chose only a few artists to study during all of their homeschool years instead of a few artist each year. Including the digital copies with the purchase price and or having the set at a discounted price would give us the ability to do the study with each child thoroughly. I love the Picture Study, although we have turned it into an Art Study since we study an artist and the art work and create our own similar masterpieces using the same or similar medium that the artist used. We also try to study a Musician during the time of that artist as well as poet…. While we work on our art we listen to the music of the musician we are studying. I would love to have more of the Music study musicians available on SCM as well as more poets that all go together with the same years or time period…

  4. Molly

    I chose this artist as our first picture study for my neurodiverse child. It was the perfect first choice to grab his interest! Love seeing his realistic artwork and also learning his background how he was true to his natural talent and didn’t change his style to what the norm was. Very inspiring.

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