SEP
10
2012

World’s Greatest Artists Vol. 2

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I’m so excited to release this today! I’ve had so many questions and requests for a second volume to my original World’s Greatest Artist Unit Study that I couldn’t say no! So without further ado, we have the World’s Greatest Artists Vol. 2!   Introduction: Come along on our quest to learn about some of the world’s greatest artists!  In this series of artist studies, we will be learning about 7 of the world’s greatest artists. We will immerse ourselves in the work of each artist so we become well familiar with their style, methods, and images. The Unit study includes 8 open and go lessons for each artist. Much of our time studying will be through open discussion and hands on experimentation. Upon completion of this curriculum you will be able to easily recognize the artwork from each artist studied, learn to look at art critically, as well as have gained an appreciation for art in general. You will also have explored some new techniques, and created several of your … [Read more...]

JUN
05
2012

World’s Greatest Artists: Leonardo da Vinci

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Welcome to the World’s Greatest Artist study on Leonardo da Vinci! Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci was born on April 5, 1452 in present day Florence, Italy. He was an Italian painter, sculptor, architect, musician, scientist, mathematician, engineer, inventor, and writer! He is known as the man of “unquenchable curiosity”, and had an inventive imagination. He is widely considered to be one of the world’s greatest painters and the most diversely talented person to ever live. We took a few lessons and discussions to read through the Leonardo Leonardo Da Vinci World’s Greatest Artist series by Mike Venezia. We talked about all the different styles that da Vinci was known for, and took lots of time to familiarize ourselves with and critically assess his works of art. (Note: There is some nudity in this book.)   This study includes: Lesson plans for each week Lap Book printables Artist Notebooking page Art Puzzles Artist Flashcards Hands on art activities … [Read more...]

MAY
08
2012

World’s Greatest Artists: Michelangelo Unit Study

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Welcome to our World’s Greatest Artist study on Michelangelo! Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni was born in 1475 in in Rome, Italy. He was an Italian Renaissance painter, sculptor, and architect, and poet. His two best known works are Pieta and David were completed before he was 30 years old. He also created two of the most influential works in fresco in the history of Western art. The scenes from Genesis on the ceiling and The Last Judgment on the alter wall of the Sistine Chapel in Rome. His impassioned and highly personal style resulted in Mannerism, the next major movement in Western art after the High Renaissance. Mannerism is noted for its intellectual sophistication as well as its artificial (i.e.: highly stylized poses) qualities.   We took a few lessons to read through the Michelangelo World’s Greatest Artist series by Mike Venezia.   As we learn how to critically assess a piece of artwork, here are some of the things we discussed for … [Read more...]

MAR
20
2012

World’s Greatest Artists: Georgia O’Keeffe

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Welcome to our World’s Greatest Artists study, this month we learned all about Georgia O’Keeffe! We are having a total blast learning about famous artists and creating our own unique art as well!   If you haven’t seen the previous posts, this year for art we are studying 8 different world famous artists. We have chosen to do art twice a week, and we’ll cover one artist each month. We’re using my World’s Greatest Artists Vol. 1 curriculum, which you can download FREE, just click on the image below!   We took a few lessons and discussions to read through the Georgia O'Keeffe World’s Greatest Artist series by Mike Venezia. We talked about all the different styles that she was known for, and took lots of time to familiarize ourselves with and critically assess her works of art.   As we learn how to critically assess a piece of artwork, here are some of the things we discussed for each painting: Describe what we see in this work of art. How … [Read more...]

MAR
13
2012

World’s Greatest Artists: Matisse

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Welcome to our World’s Greatest Artists study on Henri Matisse! We are having a total blast learning about famous artists and creating our own unique art as well!   Henri Matisse was a French artist known for his use of color. He was born in Le Cateau-Cambrésis , France in 1869. After an attack of appendicitis, his mother brought him some paints to work with while he recovered. It was then that he first began painting. Matisse is credited with leading the movement of Fauvism, a short-lived group of artists whose works emphasized strong color. After a surgery in 1941, Matisse started using a wheel chair. With the aid of assistants, he began creating cut paper collages, often on a large scale, called gouaches découpés. Matisse’s final work was a stained-glass window installed at the Union Church of Pocantico Hills near New York City.   If you haven’t seen the previous posts, this year for art we are studying 8 different world famous artists. We have chosen to do … [Read more...]

FEB
14
2012

World’s Greatest Artists: Monet

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Welcome to our World’s Greatest Artists study on Claude Monet! We are having so much fun with these units this year, the kids have been really getting into it and they’re doing a great job! Claude Monet was born in Paris, France on November 14,1840. He is known as the founder of French Impressionist painting. Claude’s painting titled Impression-Sunrise, is what gave the Impressionist movement its name.  Characteristics of impressionism include small, thin brushstrokes, open composition and an emphasis on accurate depiction of light in its changing qualities. Monet typically worked on large canvases painting mostly natural landscapes, although he sometimes included human figures in his paintings. He was very particular about his paintings and was known to refuse to paint unless the light of the sun was reflecting exactly as he wanted it to.   If you haven’t seen the previous posts, this year for art we are studying 8 different world famous artists. We have chosen to do … [Read more...]

JAN
04
2012

World’s Greatest Artists: Jackson Pollock

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Welcome to our World’s Greatest Artist Study! This month we’re focusing on Jackson Pollock. I think so far, this style of “Action Painting” has by far been a favorite of the kids. Jackson Pollock was born in Cody, Wyoming in 1912. He was an influential American painter and a major contributor to the abstract expressionist movement. He began to study painting in 1929 at the Art Students’ League in New York. While he experimented with several different styles of painting, he is most well known for “action painting” . Instead of painting on an easel, Pollock taped his canvas to the floor then would stand above his canvas and literally drip and splash paint from a can onto the canvas. Though he was subject to much criticism, by the 1960’s he was recognized as the most important figure in the most important movement of this century of American painting. No. 5, 1948 is currently the most expensive painting ever sold for approximately $150.6 million adjusted US dollars. Visit Jackson … [Read more...]

OCT
25
2011

World’s Greatest Artists Vol1: Van Gogh

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Welcome to our World’s Greatest Artist study on Van Gogh!   Vincent Van Gogh was born in 1853 in the southern Netherlands. He had many jobs, but was most noted for his work as a Dutch post-impressionist painter. He was known for the emotional impact created by the use of brush stroke and intense color in his art work. Van Gogh’s thoughts on art are recorded in hundreds of letters he exchanged with his brother Theo, an art dealer. It was not until after his death in 1890 that his works became famous. Today he is widely regarded as one of history’s greatest painters and important contributor of modern art. This year for art, we are going to study 8 different world famous artists. We have chosen to do art twice a week, and we’ll cover one artist each month. We’re using my World’s Greatest Artists Vol. 1 curriculum, which you can download FREE, just click on the image below!   We took a few lessons to read through the Vincent Van Gogh World’s Greatest … [Read more...]

SEP
19
2011

Greatest Artist Vol. 1: Picasso Study

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Welcome to our World’s Greatest Artist study on Picasso!   Pablo Picasso was born in Spain on October 25, 1881. He is one of the world’s best known painters and helped to create a new style of art known as cubism. His father was also a painter as well as an art professor. When Pablo was only 13 years old his father convinced the School of Fine Arts to let Pablo take an entrance exam. He did very well and was soon admitted into the school. During his career he became an important influence on the world of art. His artwork can be found in museums all over the world. The Picasso Museum in Barcelona Spain claims to have the largest collection of his art. This year for art, we are going to study 8 different world famous artists. We have chosen to do art twice a week, and we’ll cover one artist each month. We’re using my World’s Greatest Artists Vol. 1 curriculum, which you can download FREE, just click on the image below!   We took a few lessons to read … [Read more...]