The book is divided into three sections: What Artists Do, What Artists See and Where We Find Art. Each lesson can stand on it's own and skipping around is certainly an option, depending on your needs and purpose. Since we had yet to begin any official art curriculum I chose to start at the beginning and work through it. Each lesson has a couple of pages of text to read to the students with some observation exercises or discussion of some master art works. This takes about 5-10 minutes usually. Since we are starting on the low end of the grade level my son could only touch the surface of some of the exercises, like observing certain details about an object but it was still very engaging. Then a project follows where the student can work on their own (mostly, depending on the age) for about 30 minutes. While each lesson can be related to other ones, all the information needed to teach each one is provided. My husband is particularly good at drawing and the visual arts so whenever he had the chance to teach a lesson, we were all happy! It's hard to be the teacher, housekeeper, cook and part-time anything else (writer, piano teacher, assistant) sometimes so subbing Mr. Butler in is always a good thing. While you could add this in up to two or three times a week to a regular curriculum, because of Mr. Butler's involvement, this was a great evening activity before or after dinner.
|J's baseball field with watercolor crayons|
|Miss Z can never be left out!|