Classical Conversations

Why Study Michelangelo- Podcast #40
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Why Study Michelangelo- Podcast #40

Michelangelo Buonarroti (1475-1564) was an amazingly talented painter, architect, and poet, but his favorite art form was sculpting. He was probably the most talented sculptor who ever lived, perhaps even the most talented artist who ever lived. His art was dramatic, detailed, and always perfect. The people he sculpted were usually twisting or displayed in striking…

Why Study Albrecht Durer- Podcast #39
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Why Study Albrecht Durer- Podcast #39

Albrecht Durer was known as the “Leonardo da Vinci of Germany,” but he was a Renaissance trendsetter in the whole European art world. His impact reached far beyond Germany, partially because he traveled to other countries, but more because his Woodblock cuts were far beyond what anyone had ever created! However, Durer wasn’t just an artist, he…

Why Study Fra Angelico- Podcast #38
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Why Study Fra Angelico- Podcast #38

Fra Angelico is another great Renaissance artist. We can see the Gothic-to-Renaissance progression over the years in his works of art and have rich conversations about the underlying philosophies and worldviews that influenced art at this time. Fra Angelico’s artwork also shows some examples of foreshortening, a key drawing skill! Listen on iTunes   |   Listen on…

Why Study Giotto- Podcast #36
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Why Study Giotto- Podcast #36

Studying Giotto is a great way to usher in your study of the Renaissance period because he’s the Father of the Renaissance in Florentine art. We chat about Giotto’s life, the hallmarks of Renaissance art and some art project ideas for your study of Giotto. In our Personal Renaissance section, we offer some great suggestions for Artsy Gift Ideas.

How to Teach Art in the Dialectic and Rhetoric Stages- Podcast #27
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How to Teach Art in the Dialectic and Rhetoric Stages- Podcast #27

Today we’re completing our series on the Classical Model of Education and how to use it to teach art with a special double episode about art in both the Dialectic and Rhetoric stages of learning. Listen on iTunes   |   Listen on Google Play   |   Listen on Stitcher Art and the Classical Model Here’s all the…

What are the 7 Elements of Art? (Art Grammar, Part 1 of 3) – Podcast #24
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What are the 7 Elements of Art? (Art Grammar, Part 1 of 3) – Podcast #24

As part of our series on How to Teach Art using the Classical Model of Education, we’re diving into the grammar of art! Today, Deanna and Julie discuss the 7 Elements of Art and how to use them in your classroom. Listen on iTunes   |   Listen on Google Play   |   Listen on Stitcher Art and…

How to Teach Art Using the Classical Model of Education- Podcast #23
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How to Teach Art Using the Classical Model of Education- Podcast #23

What is the Classical Model of Education and how does it apply to art? What’s a model of education to begin with? In this podcast episode, Deanna and Julie discuss three hallmarks of a Classical education: Valuing methods over content, the Trivium, and Subject Integration. Listen on iTunes   |   Listen on Google Play   |   Listen…

5 Simple Ways to Adjust Art Projects for All Skill Levels
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5 Simple Ways to Adjust Art Projects for All Skill Levels

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 options are already included.  I hope…

Creating Cartoons Like Jim Davis (C3W18)
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Creating Cartoons Like Jim Davis (C3W18)

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 simple Garfield comic strip into a world wide licensing empire! This year, after dwelling…