Good morning friends!
We've been spending time really delving deeply into specific artists. Their lives and times, their works, their influences, their styles.
I plan to devote my Friday blogging to "art," whether it be in- depth artists' studies, music lesson progress, or art that is seasonal or curricular-related.
Art and music tend to be put on the back burner, do they not, as we busy homeschool moms find that home, curriculum and a myriad of other commitments compete for our time? Well, I've tried to make a concentrated effort this year not to allow this to happen. I don't always spend as much time as I'd like on the arts, but overall, it's been a positive move.
For example, since music lessons do not seem to "fit" time-wise into "school" hours or even many of our evenings, due to extra curricular activities, I have started scheduling piano as soon as we walk in the door from mass on Sunday. (Since I'm teaching the boys, this works for me!)
No changing clothes, no lunch. Just sit right down at the piano. Period. It works. If I start getting involved in other home keeping tasks, or allow the kids to hop on their bikes, etc, the day slips away. Before we know it, we need to get out the door to their afternoon CYO basketball games and then by the time we get home, the hours of the day are dwindling. This way, piano is given promote attention. Then, throughout the week, 'piano practice' goes on their daily independent work schedules.
So, art: The benefits of studying art and art history are many and obvious. And, of course, it's just plain fun, as well!
We've spent a good deal of time over the past few months back in the Renaissance period...then we moved to Impressionism.
For the past two weeks however, we're all about Paul Cezanne and the post-Impressionist era.
Reading him, studying him, painting in his style. Trying to, anyway! We've immersed ourselves back in the south of France in the mid 1800s and it has been delightful.
Here are a few resources that we have found enjoyable in pursuing our Cezanne study:
1. I love love love Mike Venezia's Getting to Know the World's Greatest Artist series, as I'm sure, do you! Mr Venezia's book on the life and times of Cezanne is fun and informative.
2. We enjoyed this short video detailing Cezanne's style. You may too:
3. And followed it by referencing Cezanne's technique in this title:
If you don't know this title, you will be delighted to "discover" it! Truly a find.
4. I've found this art series extremely helpful and fitting with our homeschooling style. The art activity on Cezanne walks the child step by step into the life and techniques of the artist.
Don't they look enticing?
My kids thoroughly enjoyed!
One of the artists at work in his artist's notebook:
A few of their paintings in the style of Cezanne:
A still life:
A sunset showing "perspective:"
Thank you, friends, for stopping and sharing in our study of Cezanne! I hope you find some of the resources helpful!
Have a lovely day, friends!