Well, we did it.
We are back “on schedule”.

Gone are the wild indian days.
This house no longer runs like a scene from Dances with Wolves…
It’s more like
Master and Commander
(Running like a tight ship… well, as best I can with all the stress of find a home, packing, moving….)

Mom and Dad are breathing a collective sigh of relief – and so are the kids, as children always function better with structure.

This year, following off ideas from Simply Charlotte Mason, we will be studying 6 different artists:
 Claude Monet (though we studied him last year)
Maxfield Parish
Mary Cassett  – LOVE her mother and children paintings!!!!
Georges Seurat
Carl Larsson
P. Buckley Moss
I am VERY excited to teach my children ART!   “Humanities” … I feel… it is so important to learn history, art, music… culture.  I want my children to grow up to be interesting people, with a depth of knowledge about what has come before them and and understanding of what may be on the horizon.  

I know it’s fun for “Homeschooling Mom’s” to find resources and since I know many follow the ideas on Simply Charlotte Mason.com I thought I would share with you these posters that I made for our classroom.  I designed them in Mac Pages, had them printed and laminated so I could use them again in 6 years (which is how we will study… learning some now at this age and again when they are older).

We will read books about these artists, visit the Chicago or Milwaukee Art Museums and do our own works of art inspired by the artist’s technique and medium.
Each child has a stack of canvases 
and a jar of paint brushes ready to go.
I will share their work as the year progresses.
I am also considering the timing
 of the artists and when we study them.
For example, Maxfield Parish’s work is so colorful, we are starting with him so we can take advantage of painting the Midwest fall colors.  In the winter we will study P. Buckley Moss as many of her works include snow… in the Spring we will study Seurat, visit the Art Institute to see La Grand Jatte (I believe it is still in Chicago?  It’s been ages since I’ve seen it)  in person and paint at a local park on a pleasant afternoon. 
 And so on…

Please feel free to use these. 
 If you prefer, I can email you the PDF.  
I am really busy with the magazine right now,
 but I try to respond to each email I receive in a timely fashion.
What are you studying this year?
Isn’t is awesome and HUMBLING 
to be able to teach our children????????
PS, I’d be happy to make a quarter of the $75,000 the Chicago teachers are whining about!