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When I teach art, I try to always have scaling options figured out ahead of time so I can adjust the art project to make it appropriate for the wide range of skill and passion among my students. If you're using an art lesson plan I've created, you'll see the scaling...
On week 18 in Classical Conversations (CC), we have a little fun looking at cartoons and American cartoonist, Jim Davis. The students always love looking at cartoons. However, I've historically been more fascinated Jim Davis' business savviness as he's expanded his...
Roy Lichtenstein lead such an interesting and varied life! In fact, my first draft of my Lichtenstein lesson plan included over two full pages of background on him! However, since we usually try to only spend 5 minutes talking about the artist before getting into our...
Andrew Wyeth's paintings carry a contemplative depth to them that is characteristic of his work. He usually used a very limited and sometimes muddy / muted color pallet, achieving incredible emotion. This is not the shock of an Andy Warhol painting, but a more subtle...
O'Keefe painted an incredibly wide variety of subjects. She is best known for her large paintings of flowers, but she also painted landscapes, bones, and abstract images. Many of her biographies focus on the sexual interpretations of her paintings, but there's so much...
Rockwell's art is fun and often comical. It's full of childhood mischief and American icons. It makes us smile and leaves us longing for the "good ol' days." So, I was surprised when I started reading biographies about Norman Rockwell himself and discovered he was a...
Can I make a confession right from the start? I've never really loved Grandma Moses' art. The lack of accuracy on perspective and proportion gives me a little twitch every time I see it. (There, I said it. My mother is surely shaking her head now.) Even so, I've...
Over the last few weeks I've been working on creating the Amazing American Artist lesson plans, which we'll be using in our homeschool community in January. Each lesson plan is a combination of a artist biography and art project instructions. When I create an art...
In the 6th week of each year, we have a final drawing project to finish our six-week fine arts unit on drawing. This coming year (Classical Conversations, Cycle 3) we'll be making an altered version of Grant Wood's American Gothic. Even if you don't recognize the...
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...
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