Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Artist Study

We started our artist study today. We are easing into this, so we very loosely followed Charlotte Mason's method of artist study.

I have this wonderful book, Discovering Great Artists: Hands-On Art for Children. The first artist in the book is Giotto. Since I'm lacking creativity at the present time and I'm tired of researching, I decided to just go with Giotto. We checked out some books on Giotto and got busy studying.

First, we read a couple of biographies about the artist. Next, we did some picture studies of some of his works. Some of us were more interested in that than others. Ahem...

Then we got busy crushing minerals to use as paint pigments, just like Giotto did. We agreed, however, that he probably didn't use sidewalk chalk from Target. Since we were short on bugs and berries, we used sidewalk chalk from Target.

Next, we mixed the mineral powder with egg yolks and a little water...just like Giotto did.

This process makes beautiful, vibrant paint hues.

Then we painted...just like Giotto did. Well, almost.

In art, it's the process, not the product.

1 comment:

  1. I want to quit my job and stay home! This stuff is way too cool. Our kids are very lucky. This has been so good for them.



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