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Entertaining the Artist

    My oldest daughter has long said that she desires to be an artist when she grows up. She specifically wants to be a painter, but to use all sorts of mediums. Lately, she has discovered writing and asked if she could be an author. When I told her she could be both, she had glitter in her eyes with the possibilities and excitement. While we are trying to education in a Classical Christian Education manner in our homeschool, I often am trying to find ways to bring in art to let her work her artistic muscles and pursue her dreams. Art is a broad and important part of life, and fostering artistic expression in kids sets them on a positive path, whether it’s hobbyist, professional, as an outlet or pure aesthetic expression. The common thread is that it is creative, expressive, it can inspire us, and lead to. . .

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The History of Art: Creation to Contemporary (Veritas Press) {Review}

My daughter AppleBlossom has stated the desire that she wants to be an artist when she grows up, specifically a painter. As a child, I was in the generation where art programs were cut from schools and the only artwork that I can lend any advice toward is that of needle craft, which is mostly self-taught. I do not have the tools to tell her much more than what I have picked up in reading books and from a summer semester (Maymester actually) of college Art Appreciation. I am curious about art, she is curious about art, we just need the tools to truly learn about art. We have found it! As you may have noticed we are big fans of Veritas Press around here. So much so, that now with the accreditation of Veritas Press Scholars Academy we have enrolled in their diploma program. I have been receiving the VP. . .

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History of Art Study

Genres: Art

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2015-2016 Curriculum Choices (Looking Forward)

This is post that I have honestly been scared to write as I dread the judgement. Okay, so seriously I don’t have a large commenting base on my blog, but I know from numbers and interactions along down the line that people are seeing what I write. It’s here, in email, and feeds through social networks and what-not. But even though I’m sure you’ll probably read this and go on with your day, I still fear the judgement and the “crazy woman” thoughts you’re most likely sending my way. Alas. Yesterday I talked about looking back at our year and what we did. For a large part of things, they worked for us. We’re cancelling out the idea of continuing with Seton Home Study School, but we love everything about Memoria Press Classical Core Curricula that you’ll have to pull the lesson manual from my cold hands… okay, yes yes. . .

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ARTistic Pursuits K-3 Vol. 2 {Review}

It seems like it was just a few weeks ago when we were reviewing Book 1 An Introduction to the Visual Arts from the ARTistic Pursuits art curriculum books and we gladly invested in the Preschool book The Way They See It as well. When an opportunity came up to review Early Elementary K-3, Book 2: Stories of Artists and Their Art I knew I wanted that opportunity! Several years ago through a homeschool conference I discovered ARTistic Pursuits and the program was recommended by my SisterL as well. Last year through our own experiences we knew this was a program that we wanted to continue. What is ARTistic Pursuits? ARTistic Pursuits is written by a homeschooling family, for homeschoolers, but could easily adapt to a classroom or co-op setting. It is a program full of hands-on experience and art appreciation from famous works of art. Each segment or lesson provides. . .

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Arts & Crafts for Elementary Kids Round-Up!

My beloved TOS Crew often has round-ups of the best themed posts. However, I keep forgetting to participate. But not this time! This is definitely one that I can eagerly jump into and I have more posts planned!

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Bible Stories Painting Book 2 by Juliet David

Bible Stories Painting Book 1 and Bible Stories Painting Book 2 are two fantastic painting books that are easy to use with no mess involved! Each book has sixteen scenes from the Old and New Testaments with a simple line of text explaining the picture. Simply dip your brush in water, wipe over the paint pallets on the inside covers and fill in the illustrations with bright, bold colors!

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Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address by James Daugherty

The Gettysburg Address is one of the most influential speeches in our history, written by Abraham Lincoln at a crucial period in his presidency and in United States history. Caldecott Honoree and Newbery Medalist James Daugherty’s pictorial interpretation of President Abraham Lincoln’s famous speech, the Gettysburg Address, was originally published by Albert Whitman in 1947. This book is available again in a fresh new edition just in time for the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address with a new introduction by Lincoln- and Civil War-scholar Gabor S. Boritt.

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Memoria Press Junior Kindergarten {Review – Part VII – Crafts}

CMM JrK Review

The Book of Crafts for Jr. K is brand new, it was not available when we first started. In the lesson plans I was queued with something like “Make a gingerbread craft” or “Madeline Craft”, but there was nothing more than that. Previously what I did was searched pinterest for great ideas and went from there. However, now with The Book of Crafts, no searching on my part is necessary as they are all laid out for me. I received a portion of this product free for the purpose of reviewing it. See full disclosure at close of post or read my disclosure policy for more details. *Thanks to Memoria Press for providing material for review.* The creative arts are an essential part of the primary school education. By using the activities in this book, you can reinforce number and letter recognition, strengthen fine motor skills, and foster creativity and. . .

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Meet Me at the Art Museum: A Whimsical Look Behind the Scenes {Review}

*This post is updated with my new format on May 7, 2015, thanks to the Ultimate Book Blogger Plugin. A Whimsical Look Behind the Scenes Meet Me at the Museum is a cute behind-the-scenes field trip in a book. Full of imagination and fun, adventurous readers can learn bits and pieces of what an art museum is for as well as spark an interest to go see one in person. Full of vocabulary to learn who is who and what is what at the museum. It would be a fun resource for school.   Praise for Meet Me at the Art Museum: “An engaging and enlivening introduction for kids and adults alike.” –Kirkus Reviews “The googly-eyed characters make it quite enjoyable to pick up the book and get a feel for what makes a museum work, explaining both public and private areas.” –Booklist “The volume offers an adequate overview of. . .

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Creating Children’s Artwork Quilts by Shannon Gingrich Shirley

Do you have your children’s artwork hanging on your walls or refrigerator doors? Have you saved their artwork since they were young, but you don’t know what to do with it? This fun, do-it-yourself quilting book offers a chance to preserve your children’s artwork by incorporating it into quilts and other fiber art projects. Small quilts for wall hanging or full-size quilts for snuggling will be enjoyed all the more when they are decorated with these childhood keepsakes. Projects range from simple and quick to elaborate and time-consuming works of art. Chapters include artwork selection, techniques, combining multiple pieces of art, product lists, and a glossary of terms. A gallery of completed works will inspire your own creative ideas. Instruction for both novice and seasoned quilters is provided. What a great way to recreate and preserve the artwork from the special children in your life.

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Pinkalicious: Purpledoodles by Victoria Kann

Pinkalicious: Purpledoodles by Victoria Kann Genre: Children’s Coloring and Activity Book Ages 3-103 Pages: 128 Paperback 8 1/4 x 11 Date Published: June 12, 2012 Publisher: HarperFestival, a division of HarperCollins Children’s Get ready, get set, use your pinkermagination! Drawing and coloring is doodlicious! Over 100 pages of purplicious pictures for you to complete Includes coloring, drawing, and activities to inspire creativity Perfect for Pinkalicious fans of all ages Oooh!! We are just starting to get to know Pinkalicious and her adventures and now to find activity books like this make me want to squeal. Pinkalicious: Purpledoodles is a coloring and activity book that is written in all purple lines (like Harold and the Purple Crayon shade…). Every page has something to color, doodles to finish and even puzzles, word searches, blank pages for your own art and more. The guide says ages 3-103 and I agree that anyone could. . .

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DRAWING ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE BRAIN by Betty Edwards

For more than 30 years, DRAWING ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE BRAIN has been a cornerstone text for artists working at all levels—whether professionally, academically, or as a hobby. But now, this New York Times’ bestseller can be used to teach your children, too!

In DRAWING ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE BRAIN: The Definitive Fourth Edition (Tarcher/Penguin, on sale April 2012), Edwards adds an entirely new section on developing artistic skill in childhood, beginning with infant scribbling through critical development milestones that influences children’s perception and how they apply that through drawing.

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Chasing Mona Lisa by Tricia Goyer & Mike Yorkey

It is August 1944 and Paris is on the cusp of liberation. As the soldiers of the Third Reich flee the Allied advance, they ravage the country, stealing countless pieces of art. Reichsmarschall Hermann Göring will stop at nothing to claim the most valuable one of all, the Mona Lisa, as a post-war bargaining chip to get him to South America. Can Swiss OSS agents Gabi Mueller and Eric Hofstadler rescue DaVinci’s masterpiece before it falls into German hands?

With nonstop action, Chasing Mona Lisa is sure to get readers’ adrenaline pumping as they join the chase to save the most famous painting in the world. From war-ravaged Paris to a posh country chateau, the race is on–and the runners are playing for keeps.

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