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In our Classical Conversations Foundations community, we study anatomy in cycle 3. As part of our anatomy unit, we have a fun experiment we do the very first week in science where we create an optical illusion. This makes cycle 3 a great opportunity to include some...
In week 4 of our homeschool community we'll be doing an abstract art project. Did you know some of the earliest examples of abstract art we know of are from the Tang Dynasty (618-907 AD) in China? Of course, in the western world, abstract art really gained traction in...
Between Columbus, the Mayflower and the Boston Tea Party, I feel like Classical Conversations' Cycle three, which includes American History, is a great time to draw an old ship! Plus, I really love the old ships. As an aside, there's a great little Maritime Museum in...
In week 2 of our Classical Conversations (CC) year, we always have an art project based on symmetry, or "mirror images" as the CC Foundations Guide puts it. This is a fun week that involves a little brain stretching, but it's important both for becoming a more skilled...
I'm excited to start another year in our homeschool community learning about the fundamentals of drawing. We'll start week 1 working with basic shapes. Understanding how to see something as a collection of its basic shapes is a fundamental skill when drawing. In...
Thank you all for all your encouragement and support over the last few months! You guys are so kind and I just love hearing and seeing all the art projects you're doing in your classrooms. We're winding down our homeschool year and I've been focused on planning the...
This is the third and last post in a series all about tracing. First I convinced you that tracing is an awesome tool by explaining many of it's benefits and addressing the main objections. Then I explained when and how to incorporate mindful tracing into your art...
Did I convince you that tracing is an awesome tool last week? Are you ready to try it? Today I’m going to give you tips for when and how to incorporate it into your art lessons. Next week I'll focus on the six methods of tracing and have a handy Tracing Quick...
Allow me to convince you that mindful tracing is a great tool to use in an art class. Tracing has so many benefits. You probably have used it in your own life and encouraged your children to use it also. After all, this is how most children learn to write their...
What Could Do All That??? According to this article in the Chicago Tribune, practicing handwriting aids in memory and inspires confidence. It engages different parts of the brain than typing and correlates with better grades. “For children handwriting is extremely...
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