The new school year is at my family’s doorstep, and I’m beginning to shift my thoughts from summer vacation back to homeschooling and lesson planning. With the 5th edition Foundations Guide changes, I know that many of you have also been planning ahead and wondering if I will have new lessons focused on the new guide.
As I looked through, I decided that I will not be adding new lessons for weeks 1-6. The drawing lessons for weeks 3-6 still correlate to the guide for that week, so that leaves weeks 1 and 2, which I had connected to the science memory work. The drawing lesson for week 1 focuses on animals and insects, which can now be related to the days of creation. The lesson for week 2 is a bear drawing, and bears can be found in almost every biome, from Giant Pandas in the tropical rainforest, to Polar Bears in the arctic tundra. I feel like its a good fit!
My plan for the next few weeks is to put out a few videos exploring how to prioritize great conversation in our art lessons. And, of course, I’ll update any necessary changes to the great artists lesson plans later in the year, most likely in the beginning of December.
I hope you all enjoy the last few weeks of summer. I sure plan to!
Starting out the “Great Artists” this year we have Grandma Moses. Her work is considered folk art, meaning her art pieces reflect her community, culture, and the everyday things around her. She was not a formally trained artist, and amazingly did not even begin painting until her late seventies. In her paintings we see the quirky nature of her self-taught art: the flattened buildings, the funky use of perspective, and the robustly busy scenes. They are charming and endearing, and your students will love to create their own scene as well.
Though the lesson is primarily about Grandma Moses and folk art, this plan will also focus on learning the terms “foreground”, “middleground”, and “background”. It’s always nice to throw in some extra art terms and use these projects to practice specific techniques. Continue Reading →
Today we will create our own drawing inspired by Medieval art history. As we learn about historical figures of the Middle Ages in class, seeing art from this time gives us a fuller understanding of the period.
Illuminated manuscripts are just one many art forms from the Middle Ages. They were created by monks, written and colored entirely by hand, and took years to complete. The drawings are fanciful and beautiful. Monks created the manuscripts on vellum (animal skin), painted them with pigments, and embellished them with silver and gold.
For today’s project you will need the following:
8.5 x 11 paper
paints or colored pencils
optional: gold or silver marker or paint
First, let’s look at some illuminated letters. On this Pinterest page you will find a variety of examples. Some are from the Medieval Period and some are modern.
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!