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Chasing Vermeer Art Unit

Chasing Vermeer Literature and Art Ideas @harmonyfinearts


Chasing Vermeer by Blue Balliett is one of those books that our whole family enjoyed. We have listened to it as a book on tape on a long car journey which is a fun way to pass the time. It is a mystery that involves real paintings by Jan Vermeer, the Dutch artist who lived in the 1600′s.

I was always looking for ways to tie in our artist study with any other subjects like literature and history. This book does the trick so I thought I would share a bit with you and that way you can introduce this rather interesting artist in a way that may appeal to even the most reluctant of students. Here is a link to Amazon if you want to purchase a copy of the book: Chasing Vermeer.  (This is my amazon affiliate link.)

Here are the two main paintings discussed in the book with links.

Lady Writing Vermeer

 A Lady Writing

The Geographer Vermeer

The Geographer

I found this rather well done “book trailer” on YouTube if you want to get a taste of the book before you read it with your children.

Chasing Vermeer Book Trailer

Now for the follow up. If you own my Vermeer mini unit, both of the paintings above are included in the schedule and include notebook pages as well.

Vermeer Haydn Cover Button 2

Vermeer Links:

Essential Vermeer

WikiArt – Vermeer This is a website that many of Vermeer’s paintings that you can view, save, and print since they are in the public domain.



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Sketch Tuesday – Letter Z


Lots of new faces in the slideshow this week! I want to welcome everyone and just say that I love all your ideas for this topic. Enjoy your slideshow!

This week’s assignment: Sketch something that starts with the letter Z.

Due Date: Monday, February 2, 2015.

Here is your slideshow from last week’s assignment: Sketch something that floats.

All sketchers are welcome and there is no need to sign up. Send in your sketches in jpg format and mail them to: by Monday, February 2, 2015 and I will include them in Tuesday’s slideshow. Complete instructions are found by clicking the Sketch Tuesday tab at the top of my blog.

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Harmony Fine Arts – Pinterest Grade 8

harmony Fine Arts Cover grade 8

Harmony Fine Arts Grade 8 plans feature 20th Century artists and composers.  You will find 6 artists and 6 composers that will introduce your family to popular art movements such as Impressionism, Cubism, and Fauvism.

I have created a Pinterest board for Grade 8 artists that you may find helpful as you plan your Harmony Fine Arts study or a study of 20th Century art.

Make sure to follow the board to keep up with the latest pins.

Here is the link if you can’t see the Pinterest Board widget here in this entry or email: Harmony Fine Arts Grade 8.

Printable samples for every level of Harmony Fine Arts are available by clicking the “Sample Pages” button at the top of the website.
Would you like to see a sample of the Harmony Fine Arts Grade 8 Plans?
Sample Week – Harmony Fine Arts Grade 8
Here are the resources needed for Harmony Fine Arts Grade 8.

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