DIY Art Cards

Artist studies.  Such a Charlotte Mason-y thing to do.  I’ve loved the idea of a Charlotte Mason style education for my children almost since the beginning.  (Alas, I didn’t meet her quite right away!)  Implementation, though?  I’m afraid it hasn’t been my strong suit.

Did you ever look at that other art appreciation program called Child Sized Masterpieces?  Another thing I liked the idea of, but never quite implemented!

Anyway, I’ve been working on it, especially for art and art appreciation.  It’s rapidly becoming my favorite day of the week, and the children’s, too!

The first thing I look for is some kind of picture book about the artist.  We did Georgia O’Keeffe a couple of weeks ago.  This week (and next week, too) is Wassily Kandinsky. I found this book, The Noisy Paint Box, which is an absolute delight, but before I purchased it, I googled his work to see if I liked it.  I do, oddly.  It really helps to have eclectic tastes.  🙂  Next, I looked on one of my (new) favorite art sites for project ideas to go along with our artist.  I found this one, and this one, too.  We have a book, we have enjoyable art to admire, and we have projects to work on: Kandinsky is a go!

Photo Feb 18, 9 54 23 AMWith the book ordered, lessons printed, and supplies acquired, I turned my attention to producing some art cards, in order that the children could hold and manipulate and admire the artwork, rather than just looking on the computer.  Children need to touch a thing in order to make it their own, I think.  I selected eight works from the masterpiece section of this site dedicated to the artist, choosing based on variations in style and personal aesthetics.  🙂  After saving the images to my computer, I used picasa to open the folder and print them on cardstock, two to a page and sized for 5×7 prints.  (If you ever thought about using picasa, get it now, because google is killing it.  Sniff, sniff.)  Lastly, I laminated the prints, because everything is better when it’s laminated, right?  Just maybe round off the corners when you’re done cutting out your art cards.  Those stiff corners can be a bit dangerous.

And that’s it!  My easy-peasy artist study, made possible by a tidy desk.  (You really can work better if your work space is clean!)  These are the first cards I’ve printed 5×7.  I usually use the smaller 4×6 size, but I like the bigger ones better.  I intend to store them in a basket or box with dividers for each artist, so that the children can sort and compare and admire them at their leisure.

Do you do artist studies?  Do you make or buy art cards?  How do you use them once you have them?

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  1. Oh, this post speaks to me in lots of ways!

    I found Charlotte Mason just recently (oh, I had heard her name but had never really looked to see what she had to say). I love the idea of the Charlotte Mason style of teaching, but can we really switch horses midstream? Can I?

    On the subject of art, we do it bursts and then it falls off the lesson plans as life happens. Trying to add the band class for Anna every morning has been more than a challenge. I want her to have this experience, but my own self-discipline is wavering at having to make such drastic changes to our day.

    All this has been heavy on my mind lately. Still trying to sort it all out, if you can’t tell 🙂

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