So far we’ve built quite a bit into our dream classical homeschool. Free reading, literature, Latin, math, writing, science, and more have been added to our days and weeks. As unbelievable as it might seem, we’ve still more subjects to go.
This week it’s the fine arts!
Study the Fine Arts
Have fun trying your hand at painting. You can use acrylics if you’d like. There’s also chalk pastels, oil pastels, finger painting, and water colors.
There are plentiful instructions books to be found. This year my family is concentrating on chalk pastels using Hodgepodge’s tutorials! There’s no reason to attempt every art form under the sun. Instead pick one each semester or year to concentrate on learning.
Sculpture is fun. Small children can work with play dough before moving up to modeling clay. Soap is also a blast to sculpt. It’s soft, so you don’t need a sharp knife or tool, and easy to find in your grocery store!
If you’re looking for more ideas, try one of these 50+ Sculpture Ideas for Kids. You work with everything from toothpicks to cardboard boxes.
Architecture is also a form of art. Take a look at the development of buildings over the year. While strolling through downtown, observe the shape and design of the building.
You can also observe the different styles of houses in your neighborhood. Can you pinpoint when the houses were built just by the shape and design?
Music is often introduced to kids in the form of music lessons. That’s not the only way. There’s also singing and listening to music.
Introduce your children to Bach, Mozart, and Beethoven. Share your favorite bands with your children. Let them hear how music has changed and developed over the years.
History of Fine Arts
Follow the history of fine arts as you work your way through world history. As you study the Greeks, take a look at Greek sculptures and Greek architecture. Compare them to Egyptian and Roman art.
Follow the development of art, music, and architecture through the Middle Ages and into the Renaissance. Be certain to take a look at nonwestern civilizations as well. Art doesn’t look the same all over the world. Enjoy the different styles!
And just when are we to study art?
If you’re day is anything like mine, it’s filled up quickly. I’ve added art to our morning time routine. The kids sit, work with chalk pastels, and listen to the book I’m reading.
History is a natural time to add art history. As the children read through their history, they also take a look at the fine art of the time period. They check out the architecture, paintings, and sculpture. I turn on music of the period if I can.
When is the best time for you to study the fine arts?
So far we’ve:
- Taken a week off and inspired ourselves
- Started an hour of daily reading
- Picked up math lessons
- Added writing
- Started Morning Time
- Begun Latin or Greek
- Pondered the next 7 weeks
- Filled Out Language Arts
- Begun Science
- Started History
- Added Literature