I was one of those homeschooling moms who had lofty visions of creating beautifully-messy art projects with my children. I had the best of intentions and wanted to add things like painting, paper mâché, collages, and mosaics to our routine… they just never seemed to fit into our day. Art, and the creatively-messy bonding time I envisioned, just kept getting pushed to the wayside.
Let’s face it- some of us work better with a bit of guidance. So I took the bait and purchased some instructional (albeit expensive) art programs and books. But then I was on the flip side of the coin; I went from having no plan to having plans that were too detailed and grandiose to implement.
I was right back at square one.
Thankfully I chanced upon a children’s music CD to review. It’s subject – ART. It’s purpose – to educate children about various artists through lyrically engaging and educational songs. (Look here for my full review on this CD.)
Picasso, That’s Who! and so can you! injected me with just enough inspiration AND motivation to create a simple (and CHEAP) plan that makes teaching art appreciation for early elementary a breeze. A beautifully, musically-engaging breeze.
First off, here are the things you’ll need to begin your art-appreciation unit:
- A copy of Picasso, That’s Who! (Pick up the CD at Hope Harris’ official website or grab the CD or MP3 from Amazon here.)
- Art reference book (I picked up an old edition Gardiner’s Art book at Goodwill but any collection will do.)
- Picture books from your local library (I listed our selections in each lesson post)
- Standard art supplies