The Children's Book of ART
A word of caution: there are two famous paintings of semi naked people in this book, if you find this offensive you could easily glue the pages together and still have access to a really great resource.
I am looking forward to reading this book to Mr N as we start official school together this week.
Practical art at home ....
I have all these beautiful artistic books on things to do but somehow in the busyness of time I never seem to take them out, so this year I have linked in with some homeschool mom's and have been attending two different art co-ops with Mr N where we are using the following: Artistic Pursuits and Drawing Textbook by Bruce McIntyre. Each co-op is on a fortnightly basis which means we can do a different type of art each week.
Artistic Pursuits Book 1
Mr N has done three lessons so far and seems to be enjoying the different things he has tried. In week one he did some watercolour painting. (I tried to scan this but it was too faint on the page.)
This is his second week.
In week three he learned about etching.
Secondly I tried using Colorix Silky Crayon and did the back ground colouring, then used the black Colorix over the top. We then used a wooden kebab stick to etch. This worked very well providing we did the etching straight after we had layered the black over the colours. I found that once I had done the black if we left it, it seemed to "set" and was no longer willing to be etched. If you want to do this project over two days then colour in the back round on day one. Colour the black over the top two min before you want to do the etching.
To store these works of art I have recently purchased an A3 Visual arts diary and we will be gluing his pictures in there. On the opposite page I am aiming to get him to narrate what technique he has used and a little about the artist whom he has heard about for the week.
Drawing textbook by Bruce McIntyre
I managed to pick up this treasure about ten years ago. It's a small A5 sized yellow paper covered book. I have found this little book valuable in the way that it equips the student and the teacher with clear, concise instructions for each picture you draw. From very basic line drawings in lesson one to three dimensional drawings in lesson thirty-seven. Each lesson consists of six drawings.
I have bought Mr N an A4 spiral bound art diary in which I have divided each page into six squares. Each lesson is presented on a white board step by step.
The first three lessons we did a full page of six drawings each. From lesson four we have only tackled two drawings a lesson as the jump in required ability for a six year old was a little too much. So instead of quitting we have slowed down. After all we do have a few years ahead of us ☺
This is Mr N's first lesson.
I am in search of great books introducing art and great paintings to Mr N. Do you have any suggestions ?
Till next time.....