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Music Appreciation Monday-Tchaikovsky Waltz of the Flowers

Music Monday on Harmony Fine Arts @harmonyfinearts.org Join us every Monday for a new musical selection.

Music Appreciation Monday -Peter Tchaikovsky

Listen to this week’s piece: Nutcracker – Waltz of the Flowers

Or you can watch a performance of this piece by the Moscow Ballet: Video on YouTube.

This composer is featured in Harmony Fine Arts grade 1 plans if you would like to listen to more Tchaikovsky.

Harmony Fine Arts Grade 1 Art and Music Plans @harmonyfinearts.org


Harmony Fine Arts Composer Study Listening Log @harmonyfinearts

Older students may wish to start a composer listening log for each of the composers we listen to over the coming months. You can click and download a free log above. You can find some suggestions on how to use the listening log and some examples in this entry: Appreciating Great Music: For Children and Moms Too.

How to Use Harmony Fine Arts with Your iPad

How to Use Harmony Fine Arts with your iPad @harmonyfinearts.org

Harmony Fine Arts plans come as a pdf file that you download and save to your computer. Customers often ask how to save the file on their iPad so that they can view and use the plans with their children easily. Here is a YouTube video that will help you learn to download and then save the Harmony Fine Arts plans to an iPad.

How to Save PDF Files to an iPad

After you have the file in your iBooks folder, you can open the Harmony Fine Arts plans easily during your weekly art and music appreciation time. The links will be clickable so you can use them to view the artwork and listen to the YouTube videos and slideshows, simple and easy.

I hope that helps you get your plans on your iPad and then enjoy them with your children!



You Can Paint Pastels-Book Review

You Can Paint Pastels Video Tutorial @harmonyfinearts

I am always on the look out for good beginner’s art books and I found a gem this week. We are using oil pastels along with Artistic Pursuits Jr. High Level 2 this year. I needed a bit more direction than the book offered so I was hunting for something to use with my boys. I found You Can Paint Pastels.

Edit to add: This book is not available new on Amazon.com but there are lots of reasonably priced used copies for you to order. I think this book is worth finding used and using in your family.

You Can Paint Pastels

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I highly recommend You Can Paint Pastels by Marie Blake. It shows you step by step how to use this medium and it is simple to follow. My 11 year old son worked on the still life project this morning and had awesome results. I think for moms who are looking for help with their nature journals and how to actually draw realistic things in your journals, this will be a terrific help.

Contents include:
Basic materials
Color mixing
Foreground and distance
Light, shade, and shape
Exploring plants
Still Life
Animals and people

Here is a short video I made on how to use oil pastels for beginners: Oil Pastel Demonstration- Beginners.

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