As noted on the “Upcoming Courses” page, all readings and works will be shared with parents before the school year begins. I’ll continue to update this page with more information on the classes.
Art History/Picture Study: Curriculum
"Every child should leave school with at least a couple of hundred pictures by great masters hanging permanently in the halls of his imagination." ~Charlotte Mason
Ned Bustard. History of Art: Creation to Contemporary. Veritas Press: Lancaster, PA. 2015. (This includes the text and accompanying flashcards).
This curriculum looks at the History of Art in Christianity – works created by Christians and works that depict the Christian faith. The world’s first artist created the world, and God went on to make us artists, too. When we think of art, we need to remember that it’s more than a picture someone painted with paints, brushes, and a clean canvas. For centuries art’s been created; it’s been created on cave walls, in sculptures, in massive rock formations, and in photographs. We similarly define music, dance, and poetry as forms of art. What purpose do these forms of art serve? Art tells us of past cultures. For example, if art is all we know of a culture, perhaps no form of writing existed? If we research a time period and see that numerous artists and works of art played an important role in defining that period, perhaps we can assume a time of significant change in the arts? Likewise, if we research a time and see a profound lack of art, perhaps it was a time of strife?
Beyond just the existence of art, what we see in the art takes us a step further: we see a culture’s faith, fear, heroes, and rulers; we see what was true, good, and beautiful to a culture, and what was important to a culture. If we follow art in a timeline and look at how it was formed, what it depicts, when it was made, who the artist was, and why the artist created the piece, we can better understand our present culture, ourselves, and the significant place that Jesus Christ has held in the human heart for almost two centuries.
The Veritas Press History of Art curriculum contains 32 chapters, each depicting a time period or artistic movement:
PREHISTORIC, MESOPOTAMIAN, EGYPTIAN, AEGAN, GREEK, ROMAN, EARLY CHRISTIAN, BYZANTINE, EASTERN CHRISTIAN, CELTIC, CAROLINGIAN, ROMANESQUE, GOTHIC, EARLY RENAISSANCE, HIGH RENAISSANCE, NORTHERN RENAISSANCE, MANNERISM, BAROQUE, DUTCH GOLDEN AGE, NEOCLASSICISM, ROMANTICISM, PHOTOGRAPHY, REALISM, AMERICAN REALISM, IMPRESSIONISM, POST-IMPRESSIONISM, EXPRESSIONISM, CUBISM, ABSTRACTION, ABSTRACT EXPRESSIONISM, POP, and CONTEMPORARY.
It focuses on the Grammar of Art History, and students “will be able to identify all the major art movements in Western art as well as know the titles and artists responsible for over five dozen artistic masterpieces. …As well as know how they fit in the study of history.”
We’ll be starting with Chapter 3: Egyptian Art. With 15 weeks each semester, this easily allows us to focus on one chapter each week. If, at any point, I feel we’ve moved too fast, I may encourage students to conduct further learning at home with their parent(s). Mind you, students will always be encouraged to learn more about an artist or artwork, but if I feel it’s important to their overall grasping of the content, this will be communicated.
If you would like the book’s content specifics for the first two chapters, Prehistoric Art and Mesopotamian Art, please let me know. I’ll be more than happy to provide so they can be studied at home.
Fairy Tales Study: Curriculum
Our focus will be on the tales of Brothers grimm and hans christensen andersen. all versions used for study and comparative reading will be offered to parents by the end of august for a pre-read and approval.
The curriculum will depend on the average age of the group and if anyone has prior knowledge. Latina Christiana from Memoria Press, portions of Song School Latin 1 and 2 (combined), and Latin for Children, Primer A, from Classical Academic Press, are all possibilities.
Stories, Songs, and Sayings
English Language Arts/English Studies: the curriculum will depend on student age and level. For reading, as necessary we'll utilize Memoria Press Phonics Flashcards, Explode the Code workbooks, Bob Books, and various early readers -- including McGuffey Readers. I managed to find an old set at a Bozeman used bookstore, but they're also available online, courtesy of Project Gutenberg (I recommend the PDFs). In spelling we'll consult Spelling Workouts from Modern Curriculum Press and/or from Logos Press, The Grammar of Spelling. Beginning grammar will follow the First Language Lessons curriculum from the Well-Trained Mind. Also utilizing the WTM, the writing exercises suggested in Writing With Ease will be kept simple with copy work and, if the student is ready, dictation. The three short poems, sayings, or tidbits of knowledge planned for memorization and recitation will also be used in writing practice. For penmanship, I'll ask if you have a preference, e.g., D'Nealian, Zaner-Bloser, New American, Modern Manuscript, etc.; also, if your child is learning cursive at home. If so, we'll follow the format you've set. As for listening skills, students will hear audio stories and I'll also read. Each week, after hearing something I've read, I'll ask that students narrate back to me what they heard / understood.
Latin: curriculum will depend on students' ages and prior knowledge. Prima Latina from Memoria Press, along with Song School Latin from Classical Academic Press, will both be possibilities.
Music: we'll loosely follow the Memoria Press Music Appreciation curriculum for the music/composer. We'll hear Handel, Vivaldi, Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Schubert, and Brahms. For the story behind the composer, and the story behind classical music itself, The History of Art and Music, a volume in The Bookshelf for Boys and Girls from The University Society, Inc., presents a bit more lighthearted than Music Appreciation, and is better-suited for a K-2 child. The primary purpose of Music in this class is to introduce children to the beautiful music, the interesting instruments, and the different stories that explain the melody makers.
Art: Draw-Write-Now is a great program to begin drawing via step-by-step tracing, and it also offers a writing exercise that teaches a fact -- something worth knowing. In addition to Draw-Write-Now, we'll do painting, collages, and utilize coloring activities from the Song School Latin coloring book.