Why do picture study? With picture study, you and your child are "put in the way" of the great artists and their art. You are forming a relationship with the artist, so you linger for a whole term.
And now, here's how to do the lesson.
Step 1: Look at the Picture
Enjoy looking together at the picture for a few minutes. Limit your "artistic" comments and let the children practice really seeing (observing) and simply enjoying the art for what it is. Then, post the picture on the wall to be enjoyed throughout the term.
Step 2: Discuss the picture
Let the children really study the picture simply by looking. While looking, you might ask a simple question such as:
After looking, take the picture away and ask for a narration. Ask younger children to "tell what you remember" and older children to "draw what you saw". End with the name of the artwork and the artist.
Step 3: read about the artist
Read about the artist from a living book for a few minutes and ask for a narration. "Tell me about the story in your own words." For the story of Giotto, our family likes, Knights of Art by Amy Steedman. This living book is included in our Enrichment Study 1 Booklists here.
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Renee Metzler holds a degree in Secondary Ed, English from Bloomsburg University of PA. She is a homeschool mom of 4 children and is loves to share her joy of lesson planning and curriculum.
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