Learning to Draw

Though my Drawing American Art History curriculum offers many drawing projects, they are exactly that: projects. They are step-by-step instructions on how to reproduce a specific work of art. They teach your child to recognize and enjoy art and they teach some important lessons on color matching, proportion and hand-eye coordination. They may even allow your child to hone some of their drawing skills, but they are not designed to teach your child to draw per se. That is another topic entirely.

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10 Days in…You Choose

This morning I intended to write a review of a game that accompanies my newest geography book, Draw Africa. The game is one in a series of geography games by Out of the Box publishers (the same company that publishes Apples to Apples) called 10 Days in Africa. However, I looked it up on amazon.com… Read more »

Only Passionate Curiosity Reviews ARTK12

ARTK12’s American Art History Curriculum was recently reviewed at Only Passionate Curiosity: Life and Learning on the Homefront. Heather, a homeschooler and mother of 3, reviewed American Art History: Volume I and Drawing American Art: Volume I and gave it 5 stars in all four categories (ease of use, ease of prep, quality, effectiveness and fun… Read more »

How to Escape Education’s Death Valley

Lucy introduced me to Ken Robinson this week (alas, not personally, but through a Youtube video). According to Wikipedia: “Sir Kenneth Robinson (born 4 March 1950) is an English author, speaker, and international advisor on education in the arts to government, non-profits, education, and arts bodies. He was Director of The Arts in Schools Project… Read more »

Serious Fun Classes End Spring 2014

It’s been a wonderful year teaching ancient art to a fabulous group of students. We traveled across the globe from the Nazca civilization in South America to Egypt in Africa to the Shang and Han Dynasties in China. We also covered over 15,000 years of history from Ice Age caves to the fall of Rome…. Read more »

Mathematics as Art

“The first thing to understand,” says Paul Lockhart in A Mathematician’s Lament, “is that mathematics is an art.” He continues on to say that “Mathematics is the purest of the arts, as well as the most misunderstood.” The twenty-first-century mind has a very difficult time getting around this. Math as art? To us, math is… Read more »

A Mathematician’s Lament by Paul Lockhart

While researching math books for my son this week on amazon.com, I came across a small volume by a mathematician named Paul Lockhart titled: A Mathematician’s Lament: How School Cheats us out of Our Most Fascinating and Imaginative Art Form. The title intrigued me and promised of good things within, so I (virtually) turned the… Read more »

Is There Such a Thing as Too Many Books?

Under normal circumstances I would emphatically say “no.” But recently I decided that I do not like the current format of my American art history curriculum. With four volumes of text, four volumes of drawing instruction and two bingo games it is both cumbersome and expensive. At the time I published it I did not… Read more »

Ancient History and Ancient Art

Two works of fiction that I highly recommend highlight eras in ancient history and highlight ancient works of art. It is a rare combination, but author Marjorie Cowley is a master at both engaging and teaching children. I use both these books in my art history classes and highly recommend them for any excursion into… Read more »