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Monday, January 23, 2012

The Beauty of the Arts - Where Does It Fit

Homeschooling Hearts & Minds

It is the 2nd to last week of the Virtual Curriculum  Fair. I have to say it has been fun.
This week we tackle the topic:  

Seeking Beauty: the Arts and Everything that Brings Beauty to Our World

Well, here in our home, art is certainly present, but in a very informal way. My boys love to draw and do crafts. They both have a very good imagination and come up with ideas out of the blue, or get inspired by their obsession of the moment.

Zach loves to draw and often do just that when he is bored. He has even endeavored to teach his brother to draw. This has been ongoing.

They love watching shows such as Artzooka and Mister Maker.

Of course doodling on his worksheets is a standard for Zach as well.
Where does it Fit
They are both in music lesson: Zach in Violin and Joho in piano. They love playing on the piano and they both love to sing. It was so much fun to hear them singing the songs they sang at our Christmas Cantata weeks after Christmas, while paying in their bedroom. You can often catch them humming familiar tunes while playing or watching dishes.

I have been wanting to start a study of the composers with them but somehow it has been hard to get it off the ground. I know it will come. I have purchased The Story of the Orchestra and like it a lot, just hard to fit it in the day right now. We have read biographies of composers from the series Getting To Know The World's Greatest Composers,which I got from the library, and they have enjoyed that, especially Zach.

This year our TOG curriculum is covering renaissance art and I have taken the opportunity to teach them some drawing and art basics. Again I have been wanting to teach about artist as well, but that has not been able to stick much in the schedule. We've only covered the basics: Michelangelo and Leonardo Da Vinci, which they enjoyed learning about though.

So there you have in a nutshell our art exploration experiences.

Make sure to check out how other homeschoolers incorporate art exploration in their homeschool by following the links below.

Memory Making by Christine @ Crunchy Country Catholic

Learning Art at Our House by Jessica @ Modest Mama

History, up close by Jennifer @ a glimpse of our life

Fitting in the Arts When Homeschooling by Laura O in AK @ Day by Day in Our World

The Art of Exploration by Susan @ Homeschooling Hearts & Minds

Appreciating the Arts by Cindy Horton @ Fenced in Family

Beauty in Homeschooling? by Cindy @ For One Another

Heart of Dakota- The Fine Details- Part 4 Poetry & Bible by Lynn @ Ladybug Chronicles

The Art of Art by Brenda Emmett @ Garden of Learning

Learning and Art Library by Angie @ Petra School

Seeking Beauty: The Arts and Everything that Brings Beauty to Our World by Christa Darr @ Fairfield Corner Academy

How to Fit "The Arts" in School by Christine @ Our Homeschool Reviews


Susan said...

We are so much alike in our approach to art and music. ;0)

I've finally been able to muster a little bit of art and music appreciation this year, but not a regularly as I would like. One thing that helps, is to pop in a cd of a composer's work during lunch or when we have to go somewhere in the car.

Thank you for joining the Virtual Curriculum Fair!

Modest Mama said...

My kids are also in music lesson, but just piano still. When did you introduce the violin?

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