Saturday, 18 February 2012

The deliciousness of homeschooling

This has possibly been one of our tastiest and prettiest homeschooling activities!

Friday, 10 February 2012

Drawing with a magnifying glass

Pages 36-39 in The Art Book for Children are about an amazingly detailed painting by Albrecht Altdorfer called The Battle of Alexander at Issus.  The text in the book encourages you to think about how Altdorfer might have painted in such detail, so we decided to compare how many stick men we could comfortably draw on a small piece of paper with the naked eye and then how many we could comfortably draw using a large magnifying glass - the results took us by surprise!

The top row is our stick men with the naked eye, the bottom row is using the magnifying glass - as you can see dd2 didn't finish hers - I think she realised how long it was going to take to draw so many tiny stick men!  It was a really fun exercise to do though, and even dh was caught having a go himself one weekend!

Monday, 6 February 2012

Picasso's Weeping Woman

After what seems like far too long without any structured art work I decided it was time to take action!  I planned out several weeks using what we have left to work through of The Art Book for Children.  First up for us was Picasso's Weeping Woman which lends itself to discussion really.  Then we followed up by going off at a slight tangent and attempting this activity of making our own cubist portrait from a blog which I have found extremely useful called Art Projects for Kids.
This is how we got on (my demo is the middle one):