America

Painting with Neutral Colors Like Andrew Wyeth (C3W16)
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Painting with Neutral Colors Like Andrew Wyeth (C3W16)

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 emotion. I find myself staring at Wyeth’s paintings much longer…

Painting in Tones Like Georgia O’Keeffe (C3W15)
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Painting in Tones Like Georgia O’Keeffe (C3W15)

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 more to be learned from O’Keefe.  For example, in our art project…

Making a Statement with Grant Wood’s American Gothic (C3W6)
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Making a Statement with Grant Wood’s American Gothic (C3W6)

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 name, I’m sure you’ve seen the painting. It has a woman…

Drawing Basic Shapes with American Landmarks (C3W1)
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Drawing Basic Shapes with American Landmarks (C3W1)

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 Drawing with Children by Mona Brookes, she talks about “the five basic…