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Art Unit Study Packet 2 + {10 Notebooking Art Page Printables}

Posted on August 31, 2012 at 12:25 AM

It took me a day or two longer to blog because on Thursday, the Erskine family featured my Free 7 Step Planner on Homeschool Freebie of the Day. I took some time to answer questions from my newer followers but you know I can't stay away long from you.

The boys ballroom dance classes don't start back until October. I will have to share an update soon on how that is going. So far so good. For the last few days of August I used the time to make more curriculum choices. I still have a more to decide, still holding out on grammar.

I promised this year that I was not going to get lopsided on our fine arts.  I guess we don't get too lopsided because we do cover a variety of topics in our unit studies, but some subjects just require a little more focus. It's no secret around here that we love history and geography but I am determined to add in more art this year. Music they get and have had but it's time to focus more on that this year too.

I have the second set of art printables ready and will share them at the bottom because I made a slight tweak to them.  I wanted to get them ready before now but between our Blogabration after being voted on Circle of Moms,  doing our Home Management Binder project in the spring, summer convention speaking parts, updating the Curriculum Planner, my New Bee workshops that started up last month, planning our Geography Quest with our local field trip group, doing our mini unit study on Turkey and my sappiness with being the last year for Mr. Senior 2013 it has been a full summer.

Oh, did I mention Mr. Awesome is next up to teach to drive this year too? More claw marks on my car coming.

Let me get back to something relaxing, the art. So I found these colors that the boys would tolerate I liked of expansion envelopes at Office Max. I can't find them online though. It may be an in store purchase only. I am still checking because I really like them.

They are the perfect size for us. Also if they want to use a larger sheet of paper to sketch, it fits in here too. I added some labels on the front.

We like that they can stand up too. This makes easy if the older two boys want to move around the house or  take their file to their room. Also, if they are working on a project they like the fact they can store the art materials with it. They seem to work better for us than binders because in binders you are limited to the zipper pouch. The zipper pouch is good enough for most things, but this gives us breathing room. When the kids were real young, I had those HUGE portfolios that you could put rolls of butcher paper in and I think from that we just liked this better.

Mr. Senior 2013 even joined us in this activity. How can you possibly be familiar with all the pieces of art any one artist or all the music of a composer? Fine arts, like history, is a content subject that you can stay on and go as in depth on until the kids are satisfied.  In my dream world content subjects like history, art and geography would not have grade levels, just information.


You see why I like unit studies, I don't limit our learning to grade levels. Kids have the ability to learn so much more than we give them credit for. We need to seize every moment without overwhelming them.



Tiny wasn't convinced of the value of an education in learning about "coffee cups" {Art:Cup and Saucer} but happily learned about it over *doing* composition.{Hee hee he didn't realize in writing about the "coffee cup" he was doing composition. Love it.}

If you are a new follower, {first welcome here, I heart you} I have been creating notebooking pages for a free art curriculum that I flipped over after finding it. I found the link last year, downloaded all grade levels and have been creating printables for each grade level, 1 - 7. 

This  is the second set of Artist Notebooking Pages and the artists studied here are:

Whistler’s Mother by James McNeil Whistler; Northern River by Thomas (Tom) John Thomson; The Supper at Emmaus by Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio; The Boulevard Montmartre on a Winter Morning by Camille Pissarro; At the Moulin Rouge by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec; The Mothers by Käthe Schmidt Kollwitz;  Storm on the Sea of Galilee by Rembrandt van Rijn; The Scream by Edvard Munch; The Great Wave (The Breaking Wave Off Kanagawa)  by Katsushika Hokusai; Girl With a Pearl Earring by Johannes Vermeer

 First, download the free art curriculum. I would go ahead and download ALL grade levels so you have it in case it ever goes away. Then  use my printables and the free guide to do some art.

Again, are there really grade levels in art? True, an older student should be able to do much more, but art appreciation comes at any grade level. I won't follow exactly what the teacher's guide says for the older students because I will require more but it is a good rule of thumb to help you if you have older kids.


The art/artists studied in Packet 1 are:

Chalk Cliffs on Rügen by Casper David Friedrich;  Paris Street; Rainy Day by Gustave Caillebotte; Still Life with Lobster by Anne Vallayer-Coster; The Pietá by Michelangelo Buonarroti;  Winter Landscape with Skaters by Hendrick Avercamp; Cup and Saucer by Henri Fantin-Latour; The Slave Ship (Slavers Throwing Overboard the Dead and Dying, Typhoon Coming On) by William Turner; Peace and Plenty by George Inness; Tahitian Landscape by Paul Gauguin; and The Thinker by François-Auguste-René Rodin.

The links for the Artist Notebooking Packet 1 are at the bottom. First, I want to explain why I have provided 2 sets of the same art pieces and how best to use the pages. My brain was on fried status during the Circle of Moms contest and I didn't get a chance to explain how I laid out my pages.

After we started  Set 1 of the Artist Notebooking Pages, I realized my kids wanted a page to sketch on if they so chose to. For a few of the pieces, I required my oldest boys to BOTH write interesting facts AND sketch the art of their choice. They sketched in the box and wrote interesting facts on a separate page.

So I went back and created a second set of printables with the same art but added a SKETCH BOX to one set.  One set has 4 Text Boxes and one set has 3 Text Boxes and 1 Sketch Box of the same art. You know I am all about choices and flexibility in anything I create.

This allows you and your child to decide how best to study the art. Some kids are writing phobic and I want the study to focus on the joy of studying art not the sorrows of writing.

Download BOTH sets but MIX/MATCH the pages from each set depending how much or how little you want your child to do. On some pieces, my sons used a larger sketch pad and decided to write less facts. {Don't print OFF BOTH sets,I don't want you wasting your ink.} Choose each page as you go along.

One more thing, I hope you are getting all of this but I also point  where to label the artist's name and the title of the art. So the picture above shows you how best to utilize the page.

Download below:

I have lots scheduled for September as this is the month I focus on updating my Recipe Binder and have some more updating to the Home Management Binder. I haven't forgotten about sharing pics of our learning area as there are just a few changes made to it.

Are you getting the picture of how I organize through the year? Focus on a spring project of choice, focus on planners in early summer, focus on home for part of fall. Organization as I tout often is a *process*, a journey, not a destination. Dote on it along the way.

I was inspired by this quote today as I renewed my resolve for another school year

"This is my living faith, an active faith, a faith of verbs: to question, explore, experiment, experience, walk, run, dance, play, eat, love, learn, dare, taste, touch, smell, listen, speak, write, read, draw, provoke, emote, scream, sin, repent, cry, kneel, pray, bow, rise, stand, look, laugh, cajole, create, confront, confound, walk back, walk forward, circle, hide, and seek."

~ Terry Tempest Williams~

Hugs and you know I love ya,


Categories: Arts & Crafts/Books/Lessons, Dynamic 2 Moms Learning Printables {all topics}