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August 1st, 2006, 04:44 PM
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When you say "art", what exactly do you mean? Is it a curriculum you teach about artists and art styles, or is it just doing art-type projects? I'm just trying to figure out where we'll put this in the future! We do lots of craft projects and such, but I've not done anything "formal" like, "This is a Cezanne in his purple period" or anything like that!
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August 1st, 2006, 05:08 PM
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I think it can mean any of those things depending on your kids ages and what they and you are interested in. I would also include handy crafts such as cross stitch and knitting etc under the 'art' banner.

Five In A Row which we do now includes art lessons. In Ping for example they draw your attention to the way the lines drawn behind the ducks indicate movement, and to the reflections. Some lessons have hands on things to do such as using a similar medium as was used by the illustrator of the book. Water colours, pencil, charcoal etc. While my dd loves craft and to draw and paint she isn't yet interested by these art lessons so we don't really do them except I might do a quick point out of some details. When we start history probably first or second grade I plan to incorporate art by finding either art that illustrates what went on in that part of history or art from an artist during that time period. I haven't looked into books or anything so far, just the art shown on line. But I will definatly be buying at least one art book showing great works of art.
I know CM (which I like parts of) does study actual artists, I haven't decided if we will do this later or not. It's not something that really grabs my interest.
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August 1st, 2006, 06:49 PM
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Cameron sculpts with paper for fun and I consider that art for him

Ani does Discovering Great Artists. She learns about an artist and then copies his or her work. She hates creating artwork so the copying thing is great for her. Cameron refuses because he'd rather create his own stuff.
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August 1st, 2006, 11:50 PM
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my kids haven't expressed much interest in learning art history yet. but they LOVE to create art. it comes in spurts (when the 'muse' is in the house LOL), so we go with it when it's around, and when it's not we don't force it

i am an independant artist (or was until a few years ago... i haven't sold anything for a while b/c i've been busy with homeschooling and other things ), so the kids ask me for a lot of advice on the techniques of painting. i have loads of professional quality paint, etc that i let them use for their art (i want them to feel confident that their creations merit quality products just like any other artists' work does, kwim?).

so far they both really enjoy painting with acrylic on stretched canvas. my daughter has experimented with acrylic on water colour paper and has mentioned once she'd like to try watercolours one day.

i have a lot of art history type books around the house because of my own interest in art and the kids know they are free to look through them at any time (lol.. i think i still have all of my notes from the art history classes i took in high school). but so far they haven't been interested in the 'history' part of art, just the creating part. which is fine with me for now because it allows them to develop their own art styles before being influenced by famous artists of the past (or present)... kwim?

so for us, art doesn't follow any curriculum and probably never will.
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August 2nd, 2006, 08:53 AM
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I like the idea of having higher-quality mediums around for The Kids to use, especially as they get older.
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August 2nd, 2006, 12:13 PM
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I'm hoping to enroll my kids in an art class in town. It's a 16 wk course that teaches about different artists, techniques, and let them create all sorts of art.
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August 2nd, 2006, 02:25 PM
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There's a homeschooling group in town that I probably will join this year, and they offer all sorts of music and art classes, so we'll probably do one of those. I'd like for her to be exposed to these types of things, but I don't feel I'm equipped to do the teaching because my knowledge of art is...well....limited, to say the least!
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August 6th, 2006, 10:45 PM
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Elijah is just doing little arts and crafts here.
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