Saturday, May 25, 2013

Olivia's Art Curriculum

This year, we are using God and the History of Art, which came with The My Father's World set. It's had some really good activities and exercises that have challenged Olivia to try new techniques in her drawing. The latest activities involved colors and color mixing. 

Back in January, she and Gabe both did color wheels with food coloring and water. It was an activity that Rebecca found by Mama Jenn (via Confessions of a Homeschooler). 

Over the last couple of weeks, Olivia had to explore and experiment more with creating her own colors in both pencil and paint. She could only use primary colors (red, blue, yellow and white) to create the rest of the colors in between.

Olivia's color wheels

She then had to use what she learned to replicate a painting by Albrecht Durer called The Stag Beetle.

Once again, using only red, blue and yellow, she had to blend all her own colors to try to match what she saw on the card. Let me tell you: mixing black is no easy task...

We've enjoyed the projects we've done in this particular art curriculum, however, there have been quite a few that we'e skipped over because we didn't think the content was appropriate. We skipped doing the things that involved nudity and also especially dark, heavy church imagery. We just didn't feel like these things were really appropriate for a 7-year-old to be copying or attempting to imitate. There were also a lot of lessons involving Egyptian and other cultures that we were selective about, especially if they involved idols or foreign gods. In all likelihood, we would not have purchased this art curriculum on its own, but since it came with the MFW package, we decided to try it out.

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