Why I do Picture Study in our Home School

*** This is an old post that I ran across and I just wanted to throw it out there again for anyone just starting to home school or thinking about it.***
Artist: John Singer Sargent

A friend of mine explained it best on her blog. She wrote what I felt about it but was unable to put into words. Here is a quote from her post:
As promised, I’m going to share a bit about how and why we do Picture Study. I’ll start with the why. Philippians 4:8 says, “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable-if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things.” In our world today, so much of what is noble and excellent has been replaced by trashy, worthless images that flash by on the TV or movie screen or on a billboard as you fly down the highway. Did you realise that when you watch TV or a movie, the scene changes an average of every 3 seconds? Even if there was something lovely or praiseworthy on the screen, you would not have nearly enough time to appreciate it. Picture study puts us in touch with some of the world’s most beautiful paintings ad gives us time to appreciate and notice all the wonderful details that the artist has included. It trains our powers of attention, observation and recollection. This is just a brief overview of why we do picture study. If you are interested in learning more, you can read Charlotte Mason’s thoughts on Picture Study at the Ambleside Online website.
I hope you will go check out ALL of what she has to say, it is very inspiring. The article is titled Picture Study.

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