Art lesson #1

is what catches your EYE first in a work of Art.
Examples:
We first studied some Art work from George Caleb Bingham (1800), Da Vinci (1500) and Albecht Durer(1500)
and talked about what the center of interest was in these different pieces of Art. I also told them that the Artist might have a Center of Interest in mind but that something else in the picture may first catch the eye of any individual looking at the piece of Art. I said that because I just wanted to remind them that Art is a very personal or individual thing. We then went and sketched and colored one picture and painted a second one. Each picture was of their own imagination and creativity except for me asking them to do one of their pictures with a boat in it. I think it went well. They seem to both enjoy Art maybe our oldest does a little more than our youngest. I did think it was cute that our youngest did a portrait of our term 1 composer……Bach!! Our oldest painted a picture of a mysteries creature swimming under a steam boat.
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If you wanted to offer an Art lesson like this to your children remember to show them Art work in books and around your home and you pint out the Center of Interest and also let them point out what it is to them. Also when you start your art lessons if you wouldn’t consider yourself an Artist be willing to join your child and draw or paint, etc. with them. Not only will you both be learning, you will also be making a wonderful memory to hold on to!!

Look on my Sidebar to see the Art Curriculum where I am getting my ideas for lesson plans.
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