I have had so much fun writing a series on artists and art history over the past few weeks! There are still a lot of artists I’d like to get to, and I’m working on some unit studies that will be available soon. (Keep an eye out for my store, which is currently in development!)… Continue reading 10 Amazing Art Picks for Your Homeschool!
Have you ever stood in front of one of those “hidden picture” works – the ones that are supposed to have a dolphin hidden in the field of flowers or something like that? I’ve never quite been able to figure those out, but I have always had a thing for optical illusions. Those are the… Continue reading Op Art and Kinetic Art Unit Study
When I was little, I loved comic books. This was probably because my older brother had a massive collection of them that I wasn’t allowed to touch. Like any good little sis, I had a goal of sneakily reading every one of them. Maybe that’s why I love the art of Roy Lichtenstein. It just… Continue reading Roy Lichtenstein and Pop Art Study and Activities
There are certain images that are just plain iconic. You can place them immediately, whether you see them in a museum or screen-printed on a tote bag. Monet’s Water Lilies. Van Gogh’s Starry Night. Warhol’s Campbell’s Soup Cans or Marilyn Monroe Series. *Affiliate links may be present on this page. Purchasing items through these links… Continue reading Andy Warhol and Pop Art Study and Activities
For the past few weeks, I have been writing a series of lessons to help you incorporate art and art history into your day. I hope you’re having fun with them! As a bonus, I’ve designed a set of notebooking pages to go along with the study. And the great thing? You can use these… Continue reading Free Art History Notebooking Pages!
When I was a kid, I was strangely drawn to Jackson Pollock’s paintings. I didn’t really understand them, but I loved the energy, the color, and the movement. *Affiliate links may be present on this page. Purchasing items through these links does not change your price at all, but it does help support this site.… Continue reading Jackson Pollock and Abstract Art Study and Activities
So far in this series, we’ve studied several fairly well-known painters, ranging from Michelangelo to Monet. We’ve studied everything from the Northern and Italian Renaissance to Post-Impressionism. This week, we’re going to delve further into the 20th century, starting with modern art. *Affiliate links may be present on this page. Purchasing items through these links… Continue reading Frank Kupka, Cubism, and Modern Art Study and Activities
One of the really fascinating things about studying an artist is learning who the person behind the work really was. We can see plenty in the work of the great masters; without knowing who the person behind the art was, however, there is much we miss. Looking at John Constable’s work, it is easy to think of him as “just” a landscape artist. This is, in fact, what many people in England thought of him during his life. He set out to prove them wrong, and he did so in an incredible way.
Something that fascinates me about studying artists is the pure drive that they have. The source of that drive is different for each artist, and it comes about at different points in their lives, but they all have it. And the amazing thing is, it comes out in all different ways. Even when they’re working with the same mediums or the same style – or even side by side! – the work of the great masters is intensely personal. You can see the artist in their work. Today’s artist, Rembrandt van Rijn, is a perfect example of this.
I once spoke with a high school teacher who asked me how she could make the Renaissance interesting for her kids. I totally understand this, especially since so many teachers are assigned to teach subjects that are outside their wheelhouse. I know how hard that is! At the time though, the only thought that went through my head was, “How do you make it boring? It’s the Renaissance!” This is the world that Raphael was born into: a world of cities just starting to really grow, of political intrigue and theological awakening.