I never liked Art at school and am absolutely terrible at it. When it came to GCSE options, I took Food and Technology and was so happy I wouldn’t have to spend another year dreading Art lessons!
I haven’t done much ‘formal’ Art lessons with R but have decided that I need to give her opportunities even in the areas I don’t like. She isn’t me and may like it!
So, I found this Art curriculum book:
We started off by learning about the French Artist, Jean Baptiste Simeon Chardi and his infamous Still Life paintings. We discussed what Still Life Art is and looked at his well known paiting The Silver Goblet:
Whilst the painting was displayed on the computer courtesy of GOOGLE I followed the suggestions for discussion in the Curriculum book and we discussed:
- What she could see
- Reflection and shadow
- How many things made by Allah (this wasn’t in the book!) and how many man-made things there were
- Position of the objects
- Background colour
- What each object could be used for
R then chose various objects and arranged them for her own still life drawing. I gave her the option of what materials she wanted to use – she chose colouring pencils!
She then began and here is the end result – she coloured in very lightly and tried to bring in shade.
I’m going to dip into this curriculum from time to time inshaAllah and see whether she likes it or not.
What do you do for Art?