I thought I would post separately about this. My plan for artist and composer studies, hands-on art and music is as follows:
I have posted my Baroque artist study plans. We will follow them on Mondays and Tuesdays.
On Thursdays, the boys will either complete an activity from Evan Moor's How to Teach Art to Children or complete an art activity pertaining to our artist study or composer study. For example, when we study Vivaldi, the boys will create the gondola craft mentioned in a previous post along with a carnaval mask.
I figure we can listen to music while we eat, while the boys play or while in the van. Fridays will usually consist of reading about the composer. We have been listening to some Renaissance music (to prepare for the Baroque period) and using a listening guide to talk about real basic stuff -- who the music was written for, listening for the different voices, whether the piece is religious or secular, etc. Once we start our Baroque period, hopefully in two weeks, we will begin reading about our composers and listening to music when we can.
How our artist study has gone the last two days:
We have schooled for two days (full-time since our light summer). Monday, we looked through the beginning of Piero Ventura's book, Great Painters, with the intent to sort of review what we learned last year about the Renaissance artists. We then read the little section about Caravaggio. It took us about ten minutes.
Today, we read the three pages about Caravaggio from Lives of the Great Artists (man, I love this book!).
We talked about the five paintings shown (the text offers topics to discuss about each). It took about 15 minutes. We all really enjoyed it. We talked about the use of light and how it directs the eye. We talked about how realistic the horse was. Since we have no children's books about him, we will spend next Monday looking at his paintings a little more, and then we will move on.
To help us become more comfortable and familiar with his work, I have three page protectors on my refrigerator with three of his prints showing. I also have my screen saver set to show 19 of his prints in a slide show fashion. When we looked at his paintings in the book today, the boys immediately recognized one of them.