Monday, July 30, 2012

Art Cards: Term 1, Renoir

This is our second year in Ambleside, but we did not do picture study last year. I'm very excited about the possibilities. During our first term, we will be enjoying 6 painting by Renoir.

When we start school this year, each of my older kids will receive their own art album - a simple pocket album where they can put a 4x6 print. Eventually, they will have a beautiful album of all the art prints they have studied.

The process of a picture study is so simple. The children look carefully at a picture for a few minutes, until they can close their eyes and "see" it in their minds. Then we turn the picture face down, they describe what they saw, and we look back at the picture to confirm or clarify. Simple, right?

However, according to Charlotte Mason,

“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.”
 I am excited about this new step in our family's educational journey. Please feel free to copy these prints and use them for your own family.