Sketch Tuesday – Last slideshow of 2018


Thank you for a fantastic year of Sketch Tuesday sketches.

Please note we will be taking a break from Sketch Tuesday until January 8, 2019. Enjoy the slideshow below and then look for the first assignment after the first of the year.

I am just an ex-homeschooling mom who hopes to encourage families in their journey to keep art as a weekly topic. I know the slideshow is so much fun for all the participants and that thought keeps me going with each assignment. Have a great rest of 2018 and I will see you again in 2019!


Link to this week’s slideshow on Flickr: Sketch something brown. 

Brown 10

Leonardo da Vinci – Artist Study


I’ve been thinking a lot about my favorite artist studies and combing through my archives. I decided to update a few of my more popular entries. I hope you find some fun ideas for studying Leonardo da Vinci using the resources and links provided.

Getting Started with a Picture Book-Katie and the Mona Lisa

Please note this entry has affiliate links to books I own and highly recommend.

Here are some things we’ve done along with this book in the past to enhance the reading. You’ll find illustrations in the book to get you started.

  • Draw a princess or a knight.
  • Paint a portrait of your friend with their best Mona Lisa smile.
  • Use oil pastels on black construction paper to show a beautiful spring scene.
  • Draw a fire breathing dragon and paint it with watercolors.

Create More Interest with a Fun Art Activity

We have this Dover Publications stained glass coloring book and have really enjoyed the look of the projects when we get done. I highly recommend it for artists of all ages. 🙂

Here’s a free coloring page of the Mona Lisa from Enchanted Learning:
Coloring Page on Enchanted Learning: Mona Lisa


Have a Little Picture Study Time

Last supper

If you want to take a virtual museum tour, try this online gallery:
Web Gallery of Art


Older Students Can Read an Excellent Biography

If you have an older student that wishes to know more about Leonardo, I highly recommend the Landmark Book Leonardo Da Vinci by Emily Hahn. All my boys have read this biographical book about Leonardo and enjoyed it.

Tie In Some Music Appreciation

If you are interested in listening to music that was popular during Leonardo’s time, you can try this CD. This CD says that it contains music from the most popular composers of Leonardo’s day. I listened to the whole CD online at and it was interesting to think about Leonardo being surrounded by these sounds or something similar. I love to immerse myself in a time period and this is a great way to complement your study of Leonardo da Vinci.

Visit a Leonardo Painting In Real Life!

Wouldn’t you love to see a Leonardo da Vinci close-up and personal?
Where to see a real Leonardo:

How about a close-up look at the Mona Lisa from the Louvre Museum?
Mona Lisa Close-Up

Harmony Fine Arts Grade 2

Harmony Fine Arts Cover grade 6


Harmony Fine Arts – Leonardo Artist Studies

You can find Leonardo da Vinci featured in both Grade 2 and Grade 6 of Harmony Fine Arts.

If you want to go more in-depth and have even more outstanding suggestions for learning about this important person in art, I invite you to give either Harmony Fine Arts grade 2 or 6 a try.

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Sketch Tuesday – Brown


This week’s assignment is due Monday, December 3, 2018.

Sketch something brown.

This will be the last assignment of the year! I will post the slideshow on Tuesday, December 4, 2018 and then we will be taking a break from Sketch Tuesday until January 8, 2019.

As the year comes to a close, I want to thank all of the Sketch Tuesday families that have supported and participated the slideshow over the past year. You are such an encouragement to me with all your hard work and creativity.

Link to this week’s slideshow on Flickr: Sketch something from a toy box. 

Toy Box 6


All sketchers are welcome and there is no need to sign up. Send in your sketches in jpg format and mail them to: [email protected] by Monday, December 3, 2018 for sketches 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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