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Psalm 78
. . . we will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the LORD, his power, and the wonders he has done. .
so the next generation would know them . . . and they in turn would tell their children.
Then they would put their trust in God and would not forget his deeds but would keep his commands.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Fine Arts with Tapestry of Grace

This year we are doing picture studies from time to time with the Fine Arts component of Tapestry of Grace. TOG includes reading and other information for the history of Fine Arts. The Fine Arts readings correspond historically with the period that we are studying each week. TOG includes plenty of hands-on activity options, but also includes teaching talking points and information on teaching art.

Yesterday we worked on picture studies of Kandinsky's "A Study in Color" and also talked about the six elements of design.

When we do picture studies, I usually pull up the piece of art from the website.
Colour Studies by Wassily Kandinsky
Colour Studies

Above you see All's reproduction of this painting. Usually I print the website screen to a PDF file, open the PDF file in Mac's "Preview" software (similar to Adobe), take a screen "grab" and print the selection on our color printer. This way each of my Academy kids can have a copy to paste into their workbook.

Next, we work on copying the work of art. For this Kandinsky painting, we used water colors. Before the kids began painting, we talked about color. Then, as the kids painted, I read some of our TOG history readings aloud.

Their finished products are below.
Hope's Study in Color
Lane's Study in Color
Sydney's Study in Color

1 comment:

Sharon said...

Wow, this work looks wonderful. And thanks for the explicit description of how to print off a picture from the web site. It's good to know all the steps and not just the source.

~ Sharon

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