Renaissance art is a joy to offer to our children and a time period rich in great artists. Every child should learn to recognize the famous paintings of Leonardo Da Vinci and Michelangelo! When children start at a young age to view great art, they develop an appetite for more as the years go by.
I found a mini-unit stuck away in my archives that I would love to share this week. I updated a bit of the information and it is all ready for you to download, print and share with your family.
You will find printable art prints (small size), a mini-book about Renaissance art, a notebooking page, and two coloring pages in this Renaissance Art mini-unit.
Art appreciation that includes picture study is a simple way to let your children enjoy lots of great paintings in a non-threatening way. There are ways of making the experience low stress and enjoyable. The trick is to ask questions about the painting that have no real right or wrong answers.
Open ended questions
Questions that solicit the child’s opinion
Questions that allow for creative answers and imagination
Questions that put you and your child on the same level, learning to love art or at least slowing down to think a bit about each piece of art together
I know when I started with picture study with my own children I felt a little awkward trying to draw out their feelings and thoughts about the painting we were focusing on for the week. I learned some tricks to get the discussion going and I would love to share some ideas with you.
Use these printable questions to stimulate some discussion. Choose the questions randomly or allow your child to choose which card they want to use.
Suggestions For Using These Art Cards
You can print the questions out on cardstock and cut them apart. I think it would be great to laminate them so you could use them over and over again. I might store them in an envelope in the front of the child’s art binder or you could even hole punch them and put them on a ring to hang on a bulletin board or near your art display if you have one.
Another idea is to give each child a question card to use on an art museum field trip. They could use the card to study more closely a painting they find that catches their interest.
The SQUILT plan is a wonderful music appreciation course for you to use easily with all the children in your family. Volume 1 of SQUILT focuses on Baroque music and offers a plan that helps you do lots of listening and learning about composers, a special period of music, and some music theory too!
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You will study ten pieces of music including pieces from Vivaldi, Bach, and Handel.
Designed to be completed over ten weeks.
Age level suggested: Preschool to Upper Elementary School.
Study of many instruments from the orchestra is included.
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