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Throw back from 2011

I used to have a homeschooling blog when we first began our learning-at-home journey. Here is an old post from it. Art...Painting...Turner This past week we looked at Joseph Turner's life and artworks. I read from our regular Art History book which has beautiful big prints which the kids always like taking a peeky at :) Once I read aloud from the book (which has only the basic info about the artist's life + work which i love!) I had the kids narrate back to me facts that they could remember. These I write on the whiteboard for each child and they filled out the FAMOUS ARTIST WORKSHEET which I made up for them a while back. We looked at JOSEPH TURNER'S WORKS in Google Images and they took a turn at sketching one. Love their efforts; so cute. The following day, I got out these pre-printed canvas boards that I'd bought a while back from a cheap store. Each one was about $5 each and they are really HUGE in size! Since Turner was a landscape artist, I thought this was the perfect time to let them have a crack at these ones. Just starting...

I'd purchased some canvasses that had some outlines on them already. The kids used these to help them block out their painting.

The number one trick that I've learnt over the years is to tape down the newspaper over the bench spaces/tables and that way there is less chance of the newspapers moving around and flying off the tables!

We mixed colours (talked about adding white to make colours lighter and black to darken them). And Miss Zippi didn't want to miss out on any of the fun either!

What did she think? Just one word...."YAY!" After her canvas, we did a butterfly painting and some hand prints. While there was quite a bit of mess and juggling around between filling up water jars and paint lids spilling, etc, they really did have a fun time! And here are the finished works!

Anyway, just thought I'd share about how we did art this week as a record for us and our homeschooling adventure that is life!

- Written 2011. Re-shared 2022. I'm so glad I kept a little record of these early days of our homeschooling journey. More soon, Lusi x

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