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Annotated Mona Lisa – Book Review and Tips to Using

High school art appreciation can be a fantastic way to balance out the more academic courses required of our students. During my children’s high school years, we used The Annotated Mona Lisa as the spine resource for our art appreciation plans. This book is a nuts and bolts book that will take you through the entire course of art history with no frills. It’s the perfect jumping off spot if your teen gets interested in a certain aspect of art. I like that this book includes various topics other than just painting like sculpture, photography, video, and architecture.

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How did we make the most of this book?

  1. We would read 2-5 pages a week according to the Harmony Fine Arts plans.
  2. The boys would take notes, make a sketch, or research something of interest according to the topic in the book.Annotated Mona Lisa and Harmony Fine Arts

Taking this slow approach, it would take four years to get through the book. It is possible to read through the book more quickly, but we preferred to take our time and really appreciate the material. Of course, we used other resources and did other activities to round out our study.

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If you’re interested in learning more about the other parts of our art appreciation plan, see the information and link below.

High School Art – How To With Harmony Fine Arts

If you have to pick one easy to read resource, I would pick The Annotated Mona Lisa. Please note the link above is an affiliate link to Amazon to the book that I own, have used many times, and purchased myself.

Art copywork using great artists paintingHere’s a link to an entry I wrote that explains just how we completed art appreciation in our family during the high school years using Harmony Fine Arts: Homeschool Art Appreciation.

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Harmony Fine Arts High School Plans – Four Years in Two

 

I’m often asked if it’s possible to complete the Harmony Fine Arts high school plans in less than four years. I always say that it depends on the student and their interests and willingness to work independently through the plans.

I wrote an entry that outlines how to generally work out the plans to fit a two year time period. If you’re thinking about condensing the Harmony Fine Arts high school plans into two years, you should read that entry:

Harmony Fine Arts High School Art and Music Plans in 2 Years

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I highly recommend that if you’re thinking of using Harmony Fine Arts plans at any grade level, please download the sample and see if they’re a good fit for your family.

Notebooking In High School

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Notebooking In Your Homeschool

I’ve just updated and refreshed the notebooking tab on my website. I’ve added more information, especially for high school students about using notebooking as a way of homeschool learning. I extensively used the notebooking method alongside Tapestry of Grace and our Charlotte Mason style of learning. I found it to be a perfect way to connect the learning that was going on with a method of narration that allowed for a variety of styles.

I know many of you have been reading my blog for years and were along for the ride as I navigated high school with my children, but there are some new readers that may have missed my notebooking thoughts and blog entries.

Take a look at the page from my archives with a fresh new look: Notebooking Pages for Homeschoolers.

 

Don’t miss the link on the above linked page to my additional page of information with loads of example pages: Notebooking for High Schoolers.

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Make sure to pin the Notebooking In Your Homeschool page onto your homeschooling Pinterest board for future reference!

 

Top 5 reasons to noteook in high school

You may be interested in reading my

Top 5 Reasons to Use Notebooking in High School entry for additional inspiration!

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