Picture Study

Art appreciation was one part of Charlotte Mason's "spreading the feast" before her students; and her method, as always, was gentle and inviting.

 

Choose three artists to study, one per term during the year. You can either select artists who correspond to your history time period or choose various styles and time periods. 

FREE links are provided to each artists and their works.  Simply choose the three artists you would like to study and then select the works of art you would like to include in your schedule.  They can be viewed on your computer, transferred to a larger screen or printed at your favorite print shop.

Display  a  picture and  mention the  artist who created it. Have students study the picture, taking in all the details about it.

When they are ready, turn the  picture over or close the book and ask them to describe the picture.  Cover the title of the work and have them guess, based on details they noticed in the picture, what the name of the work is.  When their narration is

finished, display the picture again and notice together any new aspects.  Summarize any accompanying information if desired, but be careful not to interfere with each students forming his own relationship with the artist's work. This study is not a lesson in art criticism. Display the  picture  in a  prominent  location so students can look at it throughout the week.

Continue to study  works  by the same artist for several  weeks until the students become familiar  with that artist's style. If possible, read  a short biography about that artist sometime during your study of his or  her work.

Included in our list are some modern photographers whose work is respected and unique. 

 

Be sure to add your artists to your Book of Centuries/Timeline as you study their  works.

Vincent van Gogh was a major Post-Impressionist Dutch painter whose work had a huge impact and influence on 20th century art. His paintings were noted for their rough beauty, emotional honesty, and bold color.

Although he was not famous in his lifetime, Vincent van Gogh is now considered to be one of the greatest artists of his time and his paintings now sell for millions of dollars. 

Mary Cassatt was an American artist best remembered for her paintings depicting the intimate bond between mothers and children. She was one of the leading artists of the Impressionist movement.

 

As an artist she was very interested in studying the private and social lives of women which is evident from her paintings.

 

Born into an upper middle-class family she was raised in a culturally stimulating environment and received a good education. She was very close to her mother, who was a well-educated and refined lady and whose influence on Mary Cassatt was immense. Cassatt was also a world traveler and it was during a trip to France that she was exposed to the works of artists like Ingres, Delacroix, Corot, and Courbet which motivated her to pursue art as a career.

Getting to Know the World's Greatest Artists is a great series of books to help you delve deeper into the artist and their stories.  

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