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8/13/13

Art and World History - Art Curriculum for Homeschooler - Drawing on History

It is very typical that the non-art parent is struggling to teach art to their children and Drawing on History takes the struggle away, by simply explaining the history and the process. Using these art lessons it is possible to supply the art materials, hand the book to your student, and let them go. However, I must warn you that you may be tempted to join in.

I am so thankful to our distributors and the hard work they do to move my book into the hands of the customer. I just love this Drawing on History review by Janice (“not-particularly-an-art-person”) at Rainbow Resource Center and wanted to share it with you.

Rainbow Resource Center - Drawing on History - Art Lessons
“Just so you know – I’m not particularly an art person. However, I do like to understand the interrelationships between historical events and culture. This book bridges an amazing gap – historical events and art history. Designed to be a brief survey of art (from 1830 to 1970) and a parallel study with Beautiful Feet’s U.S. and World History program, it functions as an art history, an art appreciation, and an art techniques (doing art) course. Not to mention the insights it provides into the people and places covered in the history course. This not-particularly-an-art-person is totally impressed!

Each of the 16 lessons covers an art history period – romanticism through psychedelic art and tie dye – with impressionism, expressionism, modernism, and surrealism among others in between. Each lesson starts with an overview of the history and art of the time period. The succinct coverage is augmented by suggested web links/books/videos but there are also full-color reproductions (in various sizes) of period works included in the book. Sidebar information includes research questions and learning objectives rounding out the instruction. The lesson then moves into the doing art portion with clearly stated assignments, lists of needed supplies, student and author examples, and step-by-step illustrations. For instance, Lesson 5 is Art Nouveau and Symbolism (an ism I missed earlier) which is coordinated with the BF lessons on The Jungle and teaches us that Art Nouveau was an attempt to apply a new look to all of the applied arts while Symbolism was dramatically different – artists defining their art with dramatic emotions rather than story telling. Among the developments of the period; posters became a fine art medium for the first time. The activity for this lesson is designing a decorative initial in the Art Nouveau style.

Help is available for the young artist (and/or his teacher). The KnoodleU.com website (book purchaser is entitled to access) contains tutorials, resources, and tips to help with the assignments. Use of the DK book, Art, is suggested to augment the lessons and provide additional visuals (there’s some nudity in the DK book and the author addresses this question helpfully and cautiously). A very helpful timeline that includes world events, art events, art projects and the BF book list is provided.
Easily a stand-alone art class – or more by just adding the BF books as read alongs, this a perfect complement to the entire Beautiful Feet course and will provide the student with an excellently rounded-out history/humanities course.”  ~ Janice

Rainbow Resource carries ALL kinds of quality educational products in all subject areas, including Drawing on History!

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