The seven elements of art are the building blocks of the visual arts- we use all the elements as we draw, paint, sculpt, and design. Knowing and memorizing the seven elements is important because it gives us the vocabulary to understand and discuss what we make and see. This core piece of grammar can be woven into our conversations with students, into our lessons, and ultimately into into the student’s own vocabulary. Continue Reading →
August is almost here! For me, that means gearing up for the CC year, thinking of creative ways to teach new grammar, and lesson planning for the drawing portion of Classical Conversations. I love thinking about teaching art effectively. Art can be overwhelming- “How do I teach others to draw when I don’t know how to draw?!” But I think art and drawing can be learned just as we learn math or reading. There are skills and basic knowledge attached, and everyone is capable of learning them.
As I plan lessons for the first six weeks of drawing, I will be connecting some piece of new grammar to each drawing project. All knowledge is related, and that’s one reason I love Classical Conversations! It allows us to show students how art relates to science, history, math, etc. What a beautiful thing.
I am excited about this new venture of blogging, and will post lesson plans soon. Stay tuned!