Art Love and Links

I had purchased the book Henri Matisse: Drawing with Scissors a few months back.

Zahra took the greatest interest in the book and we read it a few times. She said Vincent Van Gogh still remains her favourite all time artist but she has a definite interest in Matisse. She created her own Matisse inspired cut-out.

Matisse Inspired Cut Out

Matisse Inspired Cut Out

Since then there have been days of sketching that stretch for hours at a time.

Both kids love searching online for a picture they have in mind to draw, or a video that they want to follow and use to learn how to sketch. They grab their materials and draw.

They Set Themselves Up To Draw

They Set Themselves Up To Draw

One excellent website they use and love is artforkidshub.com

They use different mediums, pictures that are fun and relevant to young people, and to top it off the artist’s children are the ones drawing on the video. I find my kids prefer videos and learning where there are other actual children that are in the creation process.

Artforkidshub.com Drawing Lesson

Artforkidshub.com Drawing Lesson

Zahra's Owl

Zahra’s Owl

Zahra's Drawing of Anna from the Frozen movie

Zahra’s Drawing of Anna from the Frozen movie

Ronan's Drawing of Captain Underpants. A favourite series of both children.

Ronan’s Drawing of Captain Underpants. A favourite series of both children.

I cannot say enough about why art must be a part of the learning process. This goes not only for homeschoolers, but traditional school as well.

Art naturally builds your creative thinking, critical thinking, verbal skills, creative problem solving and cognitive ability as well. The arts of course, include not only sketching and drawing, but music, movement and performance as well.

The beauty of art allows it to play a part in every element of learning. Drawing a map, acting out a history lesson or story, creative writing, adding your own illustrations to a story, writing lyrics or music for a song, studying art history, examining design, music or dance from a specific culture or country. It can stand alone or be incorporated into each project.

Ronan drew this as an illustration for an ongoing story saga that his grandmother has been telling the kids over many years. The story is about Polly the Polar Bear a miniature polar bear that travels the world. In this story Polly saved a blue whale.

Ronan drew this as an illustration for an ongoing story saga that his grandmother has been telling the kids over many years. The story is about Polly the Polar Bear a miniature polar bear that travels the world. In this story Polly saved a blue whale. Polly is walking on top of the whale in this illustration he made.

 

Ronan has an interest in learning the guitar. Before his lessons begin he has been using an online guitar lesson, listening to songs that have a strong guitar element (Led Zepplin and White Stripes are current favourites), and learning the parts of his guitar.

Ronan has an interest in learning the guitar. Before his lessons begin he has been using an online guitar lesson, listening to songs that have a strong guitar element (Led Zepplin and White Stripes are current favourites), and learning the parts of his guitar.

 

He decided to sketch out his guitar to diagram each part.

He decided to sketch out his guitar to diagram each part.

 

The Finished Diagram

The Finished Diagram

 

We are also adding activities and visits to the local fine arts centre in our area.

We love hearing of ways that others incorporate art and creativity into their lives and family. Do you also feel that arts education is crucial?

 

Here are some interesting links and studies on the value of art education in a child’s life.

http://www.edutopia.org/arts-music-curriculum-child-developmentĀ 

http://www.rand.org/pubs/monographs/MG290.html

Ted Talks-

http://ed.ted.com/search?utf8=%E2%9C%93&qs=art

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2 thoughts on “Art Love and Links

  1. C-Anne says:

    Awesome post Robyn. Art is essential to education! Both Zara and Ronan are great artists. I enjoyed seeing Polly in Ronan’s drawing, I love Monie’s Polly stories.

    • Thank you. I think the biggest thing about their art is that they are not scared to try and try again. They enjoy the literal and the abstract.
      As for the Polly the Polar Bear stories they are a fantastic creation!

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