Is art education the unsolved mystery in your homeschool? It is for many moms—but it doesn’t have to be if you teach art the Charlotte Mason way!
Albert Einstein said, “It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression.”
Charlotte Mason believed art should be a staple in every child’s education, and she explains a simple way to make it easy and effective when she writes:
There must be knowledge … not the technical knowledge of how to produce, but some reverent knowledge of what has been produced that is, children should learn pictures line by line, group by group, by reading not books (about art) but the pictures themselves.
Ms. Mason felt there are two parts to art education: Appreciation and Expression. Let’s explore these two concepts.
Charlotte Mason believed children should be exposed to the great creative works and also the great Masters of those works.
That’s a completely doable task.
After choosing your artist and gathering several of his important works, follow this simple method of understanding and appreciating the Master and his art:
Using this method, your children will easily be able to not only remember the specific piece but will also identify other works the artist created. (And you will too!)
Charlotte Mason believed every child has artistic expression within.
After exposing your children to the Master and his work, have them recreate the art piece.
Teaching art without support can be overwhelming and cause art education to go by the wayside.
Here are a few of the materials I loved for teaching art:
Charlotte Mason recommends using creative expression in academics, especially history and science (of course this is why I added artistic activities in my science curriculum).
Creating art helps children transfer what they’ve learned from their short term to their long term memory.
When they spend time thinking about, mulling over and considering how to use the new knowledge to create something, they’ll enjoy the lesson much more and will experience a deeper love of learning.
Allow your children to creatively express their learning in every subject. You don’t have to do art every day. Even once a month is sufficient. Be creative.
Don’t stress over it. Just have a goal to consistently keep art a part of your children’s education.
Homeschooling gives us the freedom to do that. Allow your children ample time to express their school work and learning through art. You will look back and realize it was one of the greatest ways to take their knowledge and love of learning to the highest level.
For more on teaching the Charlotte Mason way go here.
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