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Artists At Work

Posted on Monday, October 17, 2011 in Art

Recently our kids had the chance to participate in a community project with the city’s art museum.  We spent two weeks exploring our heritage and then they chose stories and traditions from our family background,  then they picked their mediums(each chose a completely different medium) and created their artwork.  For one month their artwork hangs around the corner from Renaissance master works and one level above an Ancient Egyptian Mummy.  What a privilege! And I hope it leaves a lasting impression.

This year we’ve included in our art studies the regular practice of Sketch Tuesday.  If you haven’t heard of Sketch Tuesday, it’s hosted by Barbara at Harmony Arts Mom.  Each week she announces a weekly art theme and then posts a slideshow of all the work submitted the following week. (Thanks Barbara.)

I think we tried this a few years ago and it just didn’t work for us during that particular season.  Even getting the pictures taken and sent by email became a forgotten task and then a source of guilt for the forgetting! (It helps to have an almost eleven year old who can take the pictures.)

This season, it’s been a perfect fit.  I love that it’s an independent learning activity.  The kids read the theme, decide on an idea, pick their medium, and get to work.  I enjoy not giving them instruction or direction as a change of pace.  The regular act of sketching practice, in addition to our other art studies, is certainly improving their skills.  It encourages the teacher in me when I see them incorporating skills we study on other days, such as values and shading, in their work for Sketch Tuesday. And my six year old, who often said he didn’t like drawing, loves to see his work on the slideshow each week.  This last week he worked for forty-five minutes, completely engaged and with diligence.

Here’s a sample of their work thus far, presented by theme.

 

Something Made in America

Drummer Boy, 6

Jellybean, 9

Mookie, 10

Something from Ancient Rome

Drummer Boy

 

Jellybean

 

Mookie

 

Something from the Laundry Room

Jellybean

 

Drummer Boy

 

Mama

 

Mookie

 

Something to Measure With

Mookie

 

Drummer Boy

 

Jellybean

 

Something that lives a Long Time

 

Mookie

Drummer Boy

 

Jellybean

 

Mama

 

 

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