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COURSE NO. FA -659

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COURSE OVERVIEW

How to Use Child-sized Masterpieces for developing language skill, visual memory and detail awareness through art appreciation.

COURSE NOTES

ART APPRECIATION: about 10 to 15 hours per year.
 
The art appreciation activities in Five in a Row (SOC-48 Cultural Literacy) are more than enough for the year, and generally can be accomplished as almost passing remarks.  These activities teach about different art medium, illustrative technique, detail observation, color, perspective, point of view, mode, symbolism, and the like.  And there are a few hands-on art projects included too.  Log in at least 10 to 15 hours in Art Appreciation through the year, then report it in the quarter you reach that time goal.  One quarter of only 10 hours is required, but one to three quarters are recommended.  Report “FA-226 Art Appreciation I” by hours spent; for a work sample, make a simple list of the topics discussed over the year/quarter and both teacher and student sign and date the bottom of the list.
 
For those who want a more formal introduction to classical art, schools of art and the like, using a Montessori method, consider How to Use Child-sized Masterpieces, with one to four of the prepared postcard masterpieces sets that are marketed with the program.  There are eight steps to the program:  1)  Matching Identical Paintings, 2) Pairing Companion Paintings, 3)  Grouping Paintings by One Artist, 4)  Learning Names of the Artists, 5)  Names of Famous Paintings, 6)  Schools of Art, 7)  Sorting Schools of Art, 8)  Using a Time Line
 
Each step is an exploration exercise, meaning it can take as long as you and your child want to stay with the activity, or backtrack into previous steps.  We recommend one step per month for two or three months this year, more steps next year and finish the book the following year.  We found the folder system she outlines in the book to be very tedious for Moms, and more suitable for the classroom than the homeschool.  Trim, adapt or skip that section of the program, as you like.  (Two of the three appendices in the back of the book, “Schools of Art in History” and “List of Painters with Pronunciation Guide,” are delightful!  We’ve used them clear through high school, as a sort of first stop when doing research or reports.)
 
For quarterly reporting of “Fine Arts/Art Appreciation II”, report by steps completed, i.e. Steps 1 through 3; for a work sample, ask the student to find his favorite painting, photocopy it, and have him dictate a few things he learned about it to you to add to the bottom of the copy.  
 
(Notes from other St. Thomas Aquinas Academy Moms:  “I like to let the children explore the cards free-style and have them tell me about what they discover, then talk about the pieces, the artists and the history of art as the child shows an interest.”    “I have the children sort the cards by subject, put them in order from lightest to darkest, most favorite to least favorite…”    “We always take home postcards from the museums we visit, to add to our collection.”    “We pick a new card to display and study each week.”    “I use it to develop visual memory.  Privately, I spread a few cards on my bed, return to our school room and hand a match to one of the pictures to my little one to study.

Scheduling Suggestions: see notes



BOOKS AND MATERIALS

How to Use Child Size Masterpieces

  • Author: Aline D. Wolf
  • Publisher/Copyright:
  • ISBN: 093919516X        
  • Supplier: Rainbow Resource

Parent Child Press, Hollidaysburg, PA; 72 pgs.; teacher notes and three appendices; 8 steps/lessons.

 



Child Size Masterpieces : Postcard Set 1

  • Author: Aline D. Wolf
  • Publisher/Copyright:
  • ISBN: 0960101675        
  • Supplier: Rainbow Resource

 



Child Size Masterpieces : Postcard Set 2

  • Author: Aline D. Wolf
  • Publisher/Copyright:
  • ISBN: 0960101683        
  • Supplier: Rainbow Resource

 



Child Size Masterpieces : Postcard Set 3

  • Author: Aline D. Wolf
  • Publisher/Copyright:
  • ISBN: 0960101691        
  • Supplier: Rainbow Resource

 



Child Size Masterpieces : Postcard Set 4

  • Author: Aline D. Wolf
  • Publisher/Copyright:
  • ISBN: 0939195003        
  • Supplier: Rainbow Resource

 



Child Size Masterpieces : Postcard Set 5

  • Author: Aline D. Wolf
  • Publisher/Copyright:
  • ISBN: 0939195011        
  • Supplier: Rainbow Resource

 



 

 




LESSON PLANNER

WEEK A

Preparatory Week A: Use this school week to gather the materials for this course and thoroughly read the book notes, course notes, and, if applicable, the weekly lesson plan in your St. Thomas Aquinas Academy curriculum guide.


WEEK B

Preparatory Week B: Use this school week to complete Preparatory Week A and explore the materials for this course. Flip through all of this course’s materials. Make mental notes about the design and organization the resources for the course (editor’s notes, table of contents, maps, charts, forms, appendices, glossaries, bibliographies, end notes, internet supports, etc.).


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