Friday, March 22, 2013

Artful Friday: Yeats, Joyce and Watercolor with a Little Vivaldi Thrown In!

Well, hello there!    I hope all is well with you, friends......

As you know, I've been devoting my Friday blogging to The Arts in our homeschool.  Here are a few recent "Artful Friday" posts, in case there is anything from the past  that interests you:
The Arts in Our Homeschool This Week
 ( knitting, winter crafts, the theater and piano)
 Lenten, Valentine and Papal Crafts
( Not an "Atful Friday" post, but you will find some creative links to papal studies here. )
Mercy Crosses, Lenten wreaths, Rosary Making, Music Lessons
Strings, Keys, Sketches
Strings for the Beginner
Poetry in Watercolor~
Around St Patrick's Day, we always read and live  snippets of literary pieces by Irish poets....James Joyce, William Butler Yeats, Oscar Wilde, Thomas Davis and William Allingham.  We are an Irish family, you know! Okay, half Irish.... <sniff> my poor kids are only half Irish......   <sniff>  

Anyway, as it turns out there are a few poets which really grabbed the boys, specifically Yeats and Joyce. We copied "favorite" lines, discussed literary elements such as metaphor, similes, alliteration and learned about the lives and influences of these colorful Irish writers.

Within this wonderful collection, which we read all throughout the year, not just around St Patty's Day,  works from well known Irish writers can be discovered:

Our focus for the  projects were these poems,  by Joyce and Yeats specifically:

All Day I Hear the Noise of Waters

All day I hear the noise of waters
Making moan,
Sad as the sea-bird is when, going
Forth alone,
He hears the winds cry to the water's

The grey winds, the cold winds are blowing
Where I go.
I hear the noise of many waters
Far below.
All day, all night, I hear them flowing
To and fro.  
~James Joyce

I guess.

 Maybe the first 38  times or so. 

Anyway, the story is "The Boarding House" and  since its theme revolves around an illicit affair and the family's focus on trickery around trapping a boarder into marriage rather than on Polly's honor, well, we skipped this one, For now, anyway. We did  enjoy a few passages from the stream of consciousness classic, Finnegan's Wake! The whole concept of 'Finnegan' was a hoot to them!

Warercolor Fun~
  A few other watercolor tips, tricks and sites we stumbled upon this week that you might enjoy.........
1. This site explains easily and simply a few  watercolor texture techniques to make working with this medium a bit richer and more fun, if you so desire.

 2.  A fun video that your kids will be sure to spend time enjoying...The artist who produced this adorable video also keeps a blog where she shares awesome creations.

As well as my son's  rendition of the watercolor pug. Didn't he do a great job? 

His fave stuffed animal ever is his pug and so this is especially cute!

And while the reading and painting was underway, we largely focused on  Antonio Vivaldi, his life and times, his influences and his compositions.  This site details biographical info on the Baroque composers; I think you'll find it a nice complement to the atmosphere as your kids soak up his genius while this plays.  We learned a tremendous amount about this man whose works, but not his life story, are so well known. Mike Venezia also wrote  a bio on Vivaldi in his Getting to Know the World's Greatest Artists series.

These titles are fun  as well:

Vivaldi's Four Seasons  

I Vivaldi


Now, my kids just began violin lessons last month..... ( and here is a post which includes the resources that their teacher is using with them )    But I could not resists picking this up for them this week when we were on our Vivaldi kick. Something to aspire to after the exercises of their weekly lessons, right?


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  1. Totally sweet and awesome! Be still my heart - I love both Vivaldi and watercolors!! They did great work!! Thanks for sharing with us and all the wonderful resources :)


    1. Thanks, Denise!
      So happy you stopped in! Thx for the kind words

  2. I am so impressed with everything you do in your homeschool! Wow!

    1. Lisa-
      Hey, right back at YOU.... I do appreciate the kind words...thanks, friend

  3. Thank you for linking up at Living and Learning With Our New Normal.
    I'm so glad you did! Your blog is quite the treasure!

    1. Sylvia, what a nice comment to log onto THANK YOU!
      I'm looking fwd to getting to know you through the blogosphere:)

      Have a lovely day, friend..

  4. Love the pug watercolor..great job. I need to do more getting poetry into our schooling, I haven't done a lot of that yet. You are inspiring me to start though:)

    Finally getting my award post up that you gave me a few weeks ago should be up this week:) thanks again

    1. Thanks, friend!
      And how nice to hear that stuff I'm doing is inspiring your activities....that's wonderful!Lovely compliment...:)

  5. Great picture :) Thanks for sharing with us at Creative Mondays...

    1. ThankYOU, Claire, for hostig and for coming over to say "hi"
      Have a lovely day!

  6. Your son did a wonderful job. My mother-in-law would love it. I'd like to invite you to link up to my party, Manic Monday -

    Hope you have a great week!

    1. Hi there Renea:)
      Thanks SO much..Heading over to you blog now.
      Thank you for stopping in..

      Have a lovely day

  7. Thanks for sharing with us Chris at "in and out of the kitchen" I love seeing what you are doing with your kids. I miss my homeschool days but alas they grew up.

    1. Dawn, thanks for hosting!
      Have a wonderful day!

  8. Oh the pug your son painted is adorable!

    1. Tascha,
      Thank you...
      I subs to your YT we'll get all your great videos!
      Thank you for sharing your talent!

  9. I have always liked James Joyce and love how you tied him into art! Thanks for sharing at Teach Me Tuesday!!

    1. Thanks Carla:)
      Your hop is awesome...great link up!

      Thanks for stopping in to say hi!

  10. I didn't know that Yeats was Irish. Learn something new every day. :-) I love your children's watercolors!

    1. Hey, thanks, Susan, for the kind words....

      You know, I became a Yeats fan when two girlfriends and I went to Ireland 23 ( !! ) years ago and we toured his home. It was so intriguing and enticed me to get to know him.

      Thank you for stopping in, Susan...:)

  11. You have an artist in your family - his watercolor pug is lovely. Thanks for sharing at Inspire Us Thursday at Organized 31.

  12. I love that you combined so many elements of fine arts in this lesson! Great info!

    1. Thanks Karyn....Fun topics, too!

      Thank you for stopping over

  13. Two of our favorite things...watercolor and poetry. What an idea to use Irish poets. Since we are just beginning to read and do some fun St. Pat's projects, this will definitely add to our fun study. Thank you !


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