A Charlotte Mason-inspired homeschool education wouldn’t be complete without picture study. This impressionist artist study has a full year’s worth of beautiful artwork from 3 different impressionist artists.
These are 3 of my favorite impressionists of all time.
- Claude Monet
- Edgar Degas
- Pierre-Auguste Renoir
Impressionist Artist Study
How to do a Picture Study
- Choose one picture per week to study.
Onthe first week, watch a video biography or read a short biography on the artist. (This is optional. Links provided.)
- Observe the image. Look at it closely.
- Describe the picture. What is the picture of? What colors are used? Texture? Etc.
- Display the picture in your home.
It doesn’t need to be a super formal lesson where you break down all the elements of art used in the painting or have a 30
Let your student talk to you about the painting if they wish giving their own opinions on what they observe.
Don’t expect them to notice what you notice and vice versa. Children are persons as well and very capable of forming their own opinions.
Charlotte Mason spoke of the unecessary “dumbing down” of books for children. It’s not necessarry to “bring things down to there level” so-to-speak. Children are much smarter than we give them credit for.
They love beautiful things as we do, and are able to appreciate art as we do!
We cannot measure the influence that one or another artist has upon the child’s sense of beauty, upon his power of seeing, as in a picture, the common sights of life; he is enriched more than we know in having really looked at even a single picture.Charlotte Mason – VOL. 1, P. 309