This art-loving mom discovers an art curriculum that adds history to kids’ art projects!
Have you ever wanted to start teaching art? I mean real art and artists, not just crafts with your kids? Not sure where to start? Then this Artists of the World Home Enrichment Kit would be perfect for you! It’s a great introduction to real art and artists, and everything you need for the projects are included!
Learn History And Technique
With this art curriculum, kids ages 6 to 10 learn about six different artists including Van Gogh, Leonardo Da Vinci, Monet, Michelangelo, Picasso, and Warhol. The kit shares facts about the artists’ life. Things like Picasso’s first word was “piz” (translated to pencil in English), and he created his first painting “La Picador” at the age of 9. That is an inspiring fact for a child!
Kids will also learn about the artists’ most famous works and what styles they are known for. For example, Picasso was known for Cubism.
I’ve seen other art programs teach things like lines and composition while others take more of an art history approach. This does a little of both!”
I love that this art enrichment kit is easy for parents and is detailed! I would say it leans more toward the history side of things but with real hands-on application.
Discuss Art with Friends & Family
Teaching children about art and its history is more than just memorizing facts. It teaches the child to look at art (and life) in different ways. Kids learn to wonder and ask questions about the world around them. WHY did the artist choose the color, lines, etc.? What was going on in his or her life at the time of the piece? What does the artist want the viewer to take away from this? These are things I teach my children from a young age, and I think this program was a perfect complement to that.
I can see this kit being used as a before or after school enrichment program or even a co-op since it’s perfect for group activities. In fact, Dibs On Learning sells group kits that contain enough supplies for up to six kids!
My friend and her children came over to do an art lesson with us, and we had so much fun learning about the gifted Michelangelo. One of the hands-on activities in the book was to tape the paper to the underside of the table and have the kids color it like Michelangelo. Highlighting and talking about how he painted the Sistine Chapel, we discussed the challenges he faced having to paint on a ceiling while laying down in awkward positions. I think using paint rather than crayons would make this WAY more fun, but also WAY more messy. So I’ll let you decide if it’s worth it to you. In the summer this would be a perfect activity to do outside with paint and a picnic table.
This art enrichment kit is perfect for ages 6 to 10 (my son, age 4, had no problem understanding or doing any of the hands-on activities) and it comes with everything you need including:
- flash quiz cards
- a student workbook
- lesson plan books for teachers
The student book is filled with more than just facts; it has games and puzzles for students to fill out. You can also go online and find links to several videos for each artist exploring their life and review their work in museums from all over the world!”
I attended art school, (or crayon college as my stepdad says, hehe) and have a Bachelors of Fine Arts, so honestly I did know a lot of the information already. However, this does NOT mean that you need to have any knowledge of art or art history to do these lessons. Dibs On Learning did a great job lining everything out and making it easy for you, the teacher. In the lesson plan book, they give ideas on how to engage your child. The lesson plan also gives you a step by step on exploring, engaging and elevating your lessons. The student book is filled with more than just facts; it has games and puzzles for students to fill out. You can also go online and find links to several videos for each artist exploring their life and review their work in museums from all over the world!
The first artist you study in the program is Pablo Picasso. In Picasso’s cubism portrait for example, you would draw the eyes maybe straight on, then have them turn their head and draw their ears straight on, and so on. I thought the idea they had for a project was awesome but I just made my own little change. Rather than drawing a traditional portrait, I had my son draw all the different parts of me. Then, like they suggested, I had him cut it up and rearrange it. It was a really fun project for my very logical son. I think activities like this are important for him to think more creatively as he has an engineer-like mind similar to his father.
Overall, I think this kit will help build skills beyond the common core. Things like world awareness, interaction skills (if used in a group setting), encouraging curiosity, problem-solving and so much more.
About the Blogger
Amanda is an artist turned homeschool mom. She started making music over 20 years ago, attended a fine arts college to receive a BFA, and ran a successful photography business for over 10 years. She is a course creator, blogger at Raising da Vinci, and lover of life. You can find her on most social media but her favorites are Instagram, Facebook and Periscope.
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