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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…

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…

I’m Growing to Love Some Amazing American Artists
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I’m Growing to Love Some Amazing American Artists

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 lesson plan for a specific artist like this, I always start by reading several…

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…

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…