18 October 2010

Artists, Masterpieces, Composers and Classical Music

I’ve got a small collection of potential blog posts just sitting there unfinished and figured I‘d best just start dragging them out of ‘draft form oblivion’ and just share them.
This one seems to have been sitting there the longest, other than the one with the rest of our Core K extras (opps, laughing) – and seems to be collecting a pile of blog dust around it (if there is such a thing) so I’ve dragged it forward, updated it a little-some and will just post the thing. It may be of interest to someone.
Be warned: This is a long post!! And for some reason the fonts seem to be having a small fit.
Our journey in wanting to introduce the children to fine art & artists, classical music & composers, has been done with intent from my side yet the approach appeared to be a casual & relaxed if-we-felt-like-it sort of journey from the children’s perspective.
For my piece of mind we have a set space scheduled out, time wise, in our week for when we would browse/discuss art & artists – and we’d listen to musical pieces as we went along.
Predominately we didn’t schedule out the pieces, artists or composers to all match in with the era of history we were learning about. Keeping it casual, more informal and enjoyable like this has worked well in our home.
(We also make regular visits to the museum and art gallery, and, attend local music shows or concerts. Nothing like a live performance or ‘real’ painting to make fine arts & classical music spring to life.)
Keeping it casual and more informal with an emphasis on enjoyable has been, & still is, the approach to these topics in our home – it works for us.
For those interested I’ll list some of the tools we’ve used to date:
For Art:
We looked through this book during the early years ages 4-6, it still got pulled out during cores 1 & 2
A few of the many story based books we've enjoyed.

We rabbit trailed off to have a look at the art and the artist featured in these next series of books:
Laurence Anholt’s books

(Through Sonlight) Come Look With Me
We just discussed pictures randomly out of the Come Look With Me books, and are still using them. In Core K (C) we scheduled in certain paintings to go with the theme we were meandering our way through at the time.
Art Fraud Detective Bobby likes this book
Discovering Great Artists      H  Hands on crafts & Artists

How to Teach Art Art technics & some art history - we’ve used this off & on the last 3 years.
Art History Sticker Book
Artistic Pursuits K-3 (used books 1 & 2 - we’ll use book 3 for Daisy with SOTW3)
(The above set of books is our ‘really preferred’ set of books for hands-on & art history go-alongs with our SL/SOTW history journey to date, we scheduled out some of the art history lessons to go with cores 1 & 2.)
Other Art links to note:
Practical Pages refer to links for artist, and , composers
AOL scroll down to subject resources for artists/composers

Composer/Artist notebook pages:
Hslaunch various including lapbooks

Art & Artists:

Inside Art on line ‘adventure’

For Art/ Prints:

Garden of Praise Lessons (includes printables & online games)
Art Games a collection of links to persue
The children really enjoy this one: Picasso Head
See then try: Kinder Art We still like this site.
A 'rogue' link: Judah Maccabe Cartoons   Bobby likes to create cartoons of the hist/paintings/artists etc.. we’re learning about, so I had to include this one.
And color me online is a well known site, but I’ll mention it again anyway.

Classical Music:

We’ve listened to classical music as a go-along sound while we craft, painted, drove in the car, crafted copywork (Bobby likes certain pieces playing while he does math copywork & Daisy will play any sort of music at any given moment in time).
I try to make a comment about each piece (before or after we’ve listened to it) detailing in brief, This piece is called x,y,z, and was composed by a,b,c”.
Introducing classical music this way has helped our children to work out 'quickly' which pieces they like & those they don’t … and since they we’re little the William Tell overture was our tidy up time song.
I won't detail e.v.e.r.y.t.h.i.n.g. we've used, or do use, otherwise we'll be trapped in this post forever (smile).
Story of the Orchestra (sold by SL) We really like this condensed intro to composers - and if the children liked a certain piece we’d find other pieces composed by the some composer. you tube was a great source for this.
Beethoven’s Wig is Very Big (#1) We don’t listened to Can you do the Can, Can? Song #4 (the piece that plays the lyrics – the risqué tone is just not our cup of tea)
Classical Kids Series Still a favourite series since the approach is story format
Bernstein Favorites (sold by SL.) A funny story about this one ... the first time I saw it advertised in the Sonlight catalogues, I didn't really pay enough attention and added it to our cart as a last minute impulse purchase, sounded like fun to study classical music with the "Berenstain" Bears. (I thought it must be along the same lines as the Berenstain Bears Science book ) Well. Imagine my surprise, & disappointment, when I pulled a "Bernstein" disc out of the Sonlight box - LOL, not a Berenstain Bear in sight, the joke was on me.
Classics for Kids (& other musical c/d’s played quietly during art, or any time)
Amongst a random mix of things from above we are currently using things detailed in this post
Other classical music sites to note:
List of music by period:
(Sara from over at TWTM forums put together this lovely schedule to go with some of the composers in the link above)


Shona said...

Hi Chelle,
it's always an encouragement and a challenge when I check out your blog (I'm almost back to 'fighting' weight after our move, but a bit behind in reading the blogs that are a help to me). We've still not got the art/music thing going on, beyond doing Sketch Tuesday once a week.
So this is a lovely prompt to work up to it...

Chelle said...

Shona, You're doing sketch Tuesday, ahhh well done!!
With art hist/music I'm praying we continue to have the same amount of enjoyment this year (2011) too with our studies.