This summer when I was ordering books for our fourth year of home school I started thinking about how much Jasmine loves art and how much I enjoyed my art history class in college. I decided to look for a good art history book for kids. Last year we did some art projects but I didn't have a good plan in place so it was sort of hit or miss. I found three books on Amazon that I am super happy with! The first is the DK Children's Book of Art. I really really like this book. It covers all the major moments in art history and features artist's profiles, how different types of art is done (watercolor, mosaics, carving), it includes a spread on how painters made colored paint (Connor has already asked me this) and it also includes other types of art like sculpture, carving and architecture! While I was searching I also came across the book Discovering Great Artists. A gem of a book, this has 110 projects in it for kids to make art in the styles of great artists. The projects range from taping a paper on the bottom of a chair to mimic Michelangelo, painting a portrait and cutting it up and reassembling it in the style of Picasso, and listening to a piece of music and then painting how it sounds (Kandinsky). Together these books make a fascinating art history course for kids! I also picked up A Book about Color because Connor is OBSESSED with asking what happens when you mix various colors. He loves this book which describes primary colors, secondary colors, warmth, saturation and value in easy to understand bright pictures.
Friday is our day for art history and a project so I'm going to make it my goal to post each week's project here to document our progress. These pictures will all be from my phone, so bear that in mind! Last week was our first Fine art Friday and we started with cave paintings. The art project book does not start that early so I'll be making up projects for the first few. After reading about different types of cave paintings we gathered some crayons in earthy colors, computer paper and sandals and headed outside to make some cave art!
We all set our papers on the rough cement steps off the back deck and started drawing things we might do if we lived in a cave. Jasmine started with an Indian girl hunting with a bow and arrow.
Connor drew a wolf chasing a dog up a hill under the light of two moons! I love their creative imaginations. Somewhat surprisingly I could actually tell what Connor was drawing once he explained it. I went with a quick sketch of some hunting/animal scenes.
I am not great at drawing. I picked up photography/design after years of frustration with my attempts at drawing and painting. However if you do this kind of project with your kids I highly recommend that you participate. It makes it special for them and it's good practice even if you hate all of your results. I will be including mine in here as well even if I hate them!
Later that afternoon the kids took the rest of the crayons outside and did more drawings. Jasmine dreamed up a one eyed green alien and Connor made a rainbow volcano! Stay tuned for today's project coming next friday - Egyptian art (this turned out to be a BLAST!)