REVIEW and GIVEAWAY- “Picasso, That’s Who, and so can you!” Music CD by Hope Harris

Homeschooling friends bewareNew resource about to be shared that you’re going to want to get.  

I was given the opportunity to review a new children’s music CD by the artist Hope Harris.  I wasn’t familiar with this artist at first but was immediately intrigued by this teaser-

The album takes kids and families through a tuneful celebration of 19th and 20th century visual artists, offering musical mini-lessons in art appreciation and encouraging listeners to pick up a brush or a crayon and try creating art!

Be still my homeschooling heart!  Or more accurately, my homeschooling-heart-who-suffers-pangs-of-guilt-because-art-constantly-get-pushed-to-the-backburner.  I didn’t want to get too excited.  Maybe it wouldn’t be what I was thinking… but from that little snippet of information I automatically connected it to the Beethoven’s Wig series by Richard Perlmutter.  You may recalled I reviewed his series of entertaining and educational songs about classical composers earlier this year.  It sparked a huge interest in classical music in myself and my girls and gave us a spine for a unit study on composers. (FYI- I will be posting my lesson plan for that unit study soon!  So many posts … so little time.)

Could Hope Harris’ CD do for art what Beethoven’s Wig did for classical music?  Can it teach us facts about artists and their work?  Can it do so and still be entertaining?

YES, YES, and YES!  Hope Harris’ CD is a musical art appreciation course for young children that’s guaranteed to get their toes tapping and artistic juices flowing.  How can anyone hear “A-C-T-I-O-N Jackson” and not want to fling paint upon a canvas?!  (Check out Hope Harris’ site to preview her Pollock and Picasso song here.)

Here are the artists covered on this CD.  (Clicking the links will take you to my corresponding art activities for each artist.)

  1. Jackson Pollock
  2. Pablo Picasso
  3. David Hockney
  4. Grandma Moses
  5. Alexander Calder
  6. Georgia O’Keeffe
  7. Paul Klee
  8. Romare Bearden
  9. Henri Matisse
  10. Claude Monet

The songs are not just educational but very catchy.  On occasion, I’ve been known to belt out a verse or two without any prompting; and I now know more about these artists than I ever did before.  (Admittedly, that wasn’t very hard since art was never really my thing.)  But maybe that shows the power of this CD all the more because it did get me interested-

So interested in fact that I decided to utilize this CD and create an impromptu unit study with it.  We could spend time on each artist, focus on the song, discuss the lyrics and history behind it, get some corresponding books from the library, add in some related online videos, and end the week with our own art activity inspired by the artist.  And then, after we complete all ten artists we can tie everything together with a trip to the local art museum where we can discuss works of art and the techniques we recognize.  (And I imagine I don’t need to clarify which CD we’ll be listening to on the car-ride there…)

And- I’ll chart our progress with you!  I’ll post about our time with each artist and list the resources and websites we utilize in the hopes of motivating you to get artsy with your kids.  Keep your eye out for my first artist post next week.

I warned you that you’d want to get this CD, didn’t I?  The bad news is that the CD is not set to be released until May 22, 2012.  But, the good news is that one lucky reader will WIN Picasso, That’s Who, and so can you!

Oh I just LOVE giveaways!!  Enter the Rafflecopter widget below and enter for your chance to win.  Good luck!

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Unabashed plea-  I hope (fervently) that Miss Harris continues to create more songs about artists and sculptors from different periods of time.  How I would love to acquire a set and be able to playfully and joyfully introduce artists like Da Vinci, Michelangelo, Van Gogh, Rodin, Dali . . . oh! the possibilities!

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35 Responses to REVIEW and GIVEAWAY- “Picasso, That’s Who, and so can you!” Music CD by Hope Harris

  1. Terry says:

    Wow! what a great find. Thanks for posting about this. I would love the chance to try it out with my kids. The songs on Hope’s offical website sounded like a lot of fun.

  2. Julie says:

    Hope my winning streak is still with me!! Yes! I do want this. I hope I win. Have you checked out my blog – we do a lot of art projects – or we used to…but now that the 2 yr old is almost 3, art is making a comeback and this would be a great resource for us.

  3. Julie says:

    I like how the Picasso song has a Spanish flair to it, since he was from Spain. We’re rowing Ferdinand right now so this song fits well. I hope she makes more of these CDs.

  4. Melissa says:

    My 4 year old daughter has been obsessed with different artists lately. This CD sounds right up her alley.

  5. Alison says:

    This looks awesome!

  6. Vicka says:

    Art is a great way to expand a child’s way of thinking and teach them to appreciate culture.

    I started bringing my child to art classes in Brainy Academy, in Brooklyn, NY, where I live, and I love it. My child comes home and at 5 years old knows about artists like Picasso, Warhol, O’Keefe, Monet, and more. He can identify various famous paintings. On top of everything, now instead of keeping him busy with the computer, he loves to make art and draw.

  7. jennifer g. says:

    She does shows!? How fun that would be! I’ll settle for winning this awesome cd 🙂

  8. Julie says:

    Sounds great! I am very interested:)

  9. I just visited her page (am currently listening to samples!) and what a neat idea. I can definitely see this being a useful art supplement!

  10. StephF says:

    I love the samples!

  11. Stephanie says:

    I love that so many of the artists she sings about are on our artist list for the fall.

  12. How cool! I went to the site and learned that she does live shows…one in NYC coming up this month. Too bad I am not going to be IN NYC! 🙂

  13. Jennifer says:

    I want it!! That sounds great.

  14. I read your post and played the Picasso song just after my girls went for their nap, when a little head popped around the corner and I asked what she was doing out of bed she replied, “Mama, I just want to dance.” Seems it will be a winner in this house! Thanks for sharing.

  15. Mandy says:

    Ooooh!! I may be doing an Art History class for our co-op. This would be so fun! The kids loved Beethoven’s wig last year.

  16. Sarah J. says:

    This looks great! I would love the chance to use this with my kids.

  17. 5wolfcubs says:

    This does sound like a great CD! Thanks for posting about it.

  18. Bugs says:

    Very cool, music AND art.

  19. haha, I love her magical musical maracas idea – very cute! (we did “shaky eggs” a la Laurie Berkner a few years back….dried beans inside of plastic eggs, and YES, we used tape!!) =)

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  21. Stephanie says:

    I would be interested in hearing her good manners song.

  22. We LOVE Beethoven’s Wig so I think we would be all over this too! Thanks for the chance to win.

  23. The website is so fun — love that art. The songs will be fantastic. I really liked the Spanish flavor of the Picasso one. You always find the neatest stuff.

  24. Dawn says:

    Ooh, sounds very interesting. Have high hopes from the producer of Dan Zanes.

  25. Jill says:

    I have never seen this product before. This looks fantastic!

  26. Kristi says:

    This looks like such a fun idea!! I’m intrigued by all of her CDs, but I would REALLY adore the Picasso one, and a close second would be the lullabyes.

  27. Corie DeVries says:

    Followed you here from the WTM forums. Cannot wait to try this resource!!!

  28. Steph says:

    I love the idea of using music to teach art. It’s such a great way to combine two of my passions.

  29. Betsy Price says:

    You are so right, I hope she continues to make more artists CDs.

  30. Gidget says:

    Gotta say that the one you’re giving away is definitely the one that most interests me! I love sharing artists with the kids.

  31. Brn2lisn says:

    The Hope Harris Cousins Jamboree really sparked my interest. What a wonderful find – such useful things

  32. laurie says:

    My kiddo would love to go to a live show!

  33. Noelle says:

    I must have this CD!! Thank you so much for introducing me to it. I wish I hadn’t missed the giveaway!

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