Bean has been the resident artist for a long time now (this picture still cracks me up). This year, she has been taking a homeschool art class at the Monroe Street Arts Center up in Madison. In the class, they focus on one artist each month. They learn a little art history, see some famous examples of their art, and do art projects either copying famous pictures or doing their own take in the style of the artist. It will come as a surprise to no one who has me the girl that she ADORES the class! Her only complaint was that some of her classmates were more interested in talking to each other than making art and were disturbing her. My vivid imagination is imagining the top picture from the link above. Since the first of the year, the class size has gotten smaller and she is better able to concentrate, and even when the class was bigger, I don't think the noise was a make-or-break deal.
Anyway, today the sun was out for a change (no clouds, rain, or snow for a change), so I finally got all of her class art projects hauled out into the sun to take pictures. Over the next week or two, I'm planning on posting her pictures by month, so watch this space.
The other fun part about the class is the other things it has led to outside the class. She and I have been hauling artist biographies and stories and picture out from the library. We read three out of four volumes of a nice kid-level art history series (the fourth volume isn't in our library system, or more precisely, is but the only copy is lost) and watched an older PBS art history series (Art of the Western World). Currently, we have segued off the beaten path to read about illustrators. Along with the monstrous pile of books we have been hauling home from the library each week, one was Talking With Artists, which, for each of fourteen artists, gives a short biography and then has each artist's answers to eight questions that are commonly asked when folks like these talk to students or do a reading. In addition to reading from the book we have also put holds on several books by each illustrator, so we read and look at pictures after we read about one of the illustrators. We are currently a couple of illustrators in to the second volume and I just discovered a third volume. I guess we'd better get reading!
Anyhoo, more pictures, less blabbing in the next several posts as I get Miss Bean's masterpieces posted.