Classical Conversations

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 the U.S. Capitol Building Using Symmetry (C3W2)
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Drawing the U.S. Capitol Building Using Symmetry (C3W2)

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 artist and for supporting many non-art related…

Six All American Drawing Projects for Your Classroom
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Six All American Drawing Projects for Your Classroom

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 art curriculum for next year! We’ll be…

Saving Christmas with Amazing Artists Lesson Plans
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Saving Christmas with Amazing Artists Lesson Plans

Update: Cycle 3 Lesson Plans are now available! Check out what we’re doing for Rockwell, Moses, O’Keeffe, Wyeth, Lichtenstein, and Davis! I’m so excited to begin the 3rd quarter of fine arts, when we get to study the Baroque, Classical and Romantic period artists. In my opinion, these are the best time periods. However, our…