How We Do Artist Study
Charlotte Mason was a proponent of studying fine art with children from a young age. Studying one artist's work for several weeks at a time allows the child to become familiar with the style and hallmarks of that artist.
While I do not precisely follow Ms. Mason's picture study method, I maintain the spirit of her ideas in our artist studies.
I am a big fan of research worksheets/aids. These great tools teach research skills, promote independent study, and help me stay sane by providing some structure to what can be an ambiguous and seemingly lofty practice.
I know these may be a bit too much like a worksheet for some of you~ fair enough. Though, I did try to create a Learning aid to stimulate thinking rather than regurgitation.
Here's how we do Artist Study:
~Assemble Research Resources: library books, websites, articles, & these are helpful
~Gather Samples of the Artist's Work: Print your own from online resources, art prints are great gifts for Grandma to give, Dover Publications has several inexpensive options
~Display Artist's Work Around the House: On the fridge, in the bathroom, next to your child's bed, make them into place mats, wherever they will receive concentrated attention
~Print Artist Profile Sheets (1 set per child)
~Split up the profile sheets over 4 weeks
~Each child needs a binder to house their sheets
~Train your child how to use these sheets effectively & gauge her ability to work independently. Some will need more help than others (age is not necessarily the indicator). Once they know how to use them, they will require less and less help from you.
|Picasso ~ 3rd Grader|
- Week 2: "Subject" & "Influences" (pp.3-4)
- Week 3: "My Take","Picture Study 1", & "Picture Study 2" (pp.5-7)
- Week 4: "Picture Study 3" & "My Masterpiece" (pp.8-9)
|Picasso ~ 8th Grader|
|Grandma Moses ~ 3rd Grader|
These sheets can be used with multiple ages. I have used them with a 2nd grader (heavy guidance) and a 9th grader, and everywhere in between.
|Picasso Final Project~ 3rd Grader|