Classical Conversations

Drawing in Challenge: How to Avoid Tears and Enjoy Learning
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Drawing in Challenge: How to Avoid Tears and Enjoy Learning

Our family has been using the Classical Conversations curriculum since 2012, but this fall (2020) will be our first year in the Challenge level! As my oldest moves into 7th grade, I find myself having to re-work the way I approach school with my son. Among the many exciting changes is the introduction of a…

Special Christmas Episode: the Incarnation of Christ- Podcast #65
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Special Christmas Episode: the Incarnation of Christ- Podcast #65

The birth and incarnation of Christ are often featured in great works of art- but what is the significance of the incarnation for Christians?  This week Julie and Deanna are wrapping up Season 3 of Anyone Can Teach Art with a special episode!  Instead of an art subject, today we’re talking about what the Incarnation…

Why Study Vincent Van Gogh? Podcast #62
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Why Study Vincent Van Gogh? Podcast #62

Vincent van Gogh is one of the best-known artists of all time. He’s known for his unique style and strangely beautiful works and art, but also for his short, tragic life. Today we’re talking about van Gogh and what we love about his art. OR, Listen on:  iTunes  |  Google Play  |  Stitcher  Help! I’m not sure how to listen to…

Why Study Berthe Morisot? Podcast #61
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Why Study Berthe Morisot? Podcast #61

Today we’re talking about one of the most famous female Impressionists: Berthe Morisot. Initially, she gave up on getting married and having kids so she could pursue her career as an artist. However, she later met a fellow artist who helped her keep painting while she married him and had a daughter. OR, Listen on:  iTunes  |  Google Play  |  Stitcher …

Why Study Claude Monet? Podcast #60
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Why Study Claude Monet? Podcast #60

Monet is probably the most famous Impressionist and he’s known for his beautiful depictions nature, particularly waterlilies. Join us as we chat about his life and his works of art. What Can We Learn from Monet? Practice, practice, practice! Monet painted the same subject over and over! Try plein-air painting! Be persistent in your craft….

Why Study Degas? – Podcast #59
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Why Study Degas? – Podcast #59

This unusual Impressionist didn’t enjoy plein-air painting (painting outside) or the airy natural light. Instead, he sketched and then returned to his studio to paint. He’s most famous for his paintings of ballet dancers, but he also painted everyday people in the city and action scenes from polo games! In fact, he was incredibly skilled…

Why Study Gainsborough? Podcast #58
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Why Study Gainsborough? Podcast #58

Thomas Gainsborough ( 1727-1788) was a life-long painter who loved creating magnificent landscapes but found they didn’t sell well. Instead, he paid the bills with portraits until he started combining the two into unique portraits with idealistic landscapes in the background. This made him England’s most famous portrait painter and the King and Queen’s favorite…

Aerial Perspective and The Science of Light- Podcast #53
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Aerial Perspective and The Science of Light- Podcast #53

Learn about how the science of light creates aerial perspective, one of the Methods of Perspective Things We Mention Aerial Perspective and the Science of Light- Art Lesson Plan #34 Drawing Depth- Perspective in Art part 1 #35 Drawing Depth- Perspective in Art part 2 #47 Museum Visits Austin Kleon’s new book, Keep Going Lee…

Fibonacci and Abstract Art- Podcast #52
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Fibonacci and Abstract Art- Podcast #52

This week, Deanna and Julie are talking about the Fibonacci number sequence and how it’s used in art! Around 1170, Leonardo Bonacci (now called Fibonacci) was born to a businessman in Pisa, Italy. Traveling with his father around the Mediterranean, Fibonacci learned about the Hindu/Arabic number system (which is what we use now). In Italy,…

Audubon and The Birds of America- Podcast #51
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Audubon and The Birds of America- Podcast #51

John James Audubon had a passion for birds and he loved exploring America and discovering the many unique species of the land. This podcast correlates to one of our lesson plans: Audubon’s Scientific Illustrations with Upside-Down Drawing- Lesson Plan. It’s available on its own or as part of our Science Meets Art Drawing Package. John…

Balance, Symmetry, and Leaves- Podcast #50
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Balance, Symmetry, and Leaves- Podcast #50

This week I’m talking about balance, symmetry and how they’re related to leaves! Deanna’s unavailable, so it’s a solo episode this week! What is Balance? What is Symmetry? Balance is one of the Principles of Design Principles of Design:  How to use the elements of art to make art (Emphasis, Movement, Rhythm, Contrast, Variety, Balance…