What you do in your house is worth as much as if you did it up in heaven for our Lord God. We should accustom ourselves to think of our position and work as sacred and well-pleasing to God, not on account of the position and work, but on account of the word and faith from which the obedience and the work flow. ~ Martin Luther

Tuesday, February 04, 2014

February Arts {Mantegna, Bach, Stevenson}

Having no access to a working printer for the entire first half of the school year (with the exception of black and white copies from the library @ .10 a piece), I had to put the fine arts board on hold up until now.  

I could have (and should have) continued with the Composer/Artist/Poet of the Month had I been dedicated enough, but since it wasn't the way I *wanted* it and *liked* to do things, I am ashamed to say our Fine Arts were more haphazard than routine for the first half of the year.  

Thanks to a working printer again (cue angels voices!) the Fine Arts board is back and with it, our monthly composer/artist/poet studies!  I am very excited~ we all are.

  Here is our February board along with some of the resources we will be using this month.


Artist: Andrea Mantegna 1431-1503

Mantegna Works and information at Art Renewal Museum.  (A free membership is required.)  This is where I find the works to print and laminate for our artist works' and picture studies.

Sister Wendy's Story of Painting :  This book is a treasure trove of information on the history of art.  We LOVE this book.  Love.  We'll read about Mantegna this month in it.

Great Painters:  Couldn't find this book on Amazon so I'll link to it on goodreads.com.  This is a GREAT book and has been SO helpful in our monthly artist studies.  I originally borrowed it from the library but took it out so often I started to think I was being a bit unfair to everyone else.  So I bought my own copy.  

The Genius of Andrea Mantegna (Metropolitan Museum of Art)  (book borrowed from library)




Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach 1685-1750

An Ambleside Article all about Bach

Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great Volume 14 by Elbert Hubbard: A rambling discourse on what the artists were like; probably most suitable for Years 6-12. Volume 14: Wagner, Paganini, Chopin, Schumann, Bach, Mendelssohn, Liszt, Beethoven, Handel, Verdi, Mozart, Brahms. (*found on Ambleside Online)

The Classical Music Listening Library : Bach

Classics For Kids Radio Show: BACH

A movie on the life of Bach:  
            Glory to God Alone: The Life of J.S. Bach Free with Amazon Prime! (Not sure the age group here...I'll be previewing it first.) 

A few books:

Great Composers:  *Ditto on the Great Painters.  Had to buy my own copy.  We use this book every month!

Great Composers (Dover History Coloring Book) (I make photocopies of the pages for the children to color on the first introduction of the composer.  I am always sad when we cover a composer that is not included in this book- something feels MISSING in our study of that composer!)

 Sebastian Bach, The Boy from Thuringia

Sebastian: A Book about Bach

These last two I have not used personally- but want to! :

Stories of the Great Composers (Book & CD) (Learning Link)

Meet the Great Composers Book 1 (Learning Link)

A few youtube videos:




Poet:  Robert Louis Stevenson 1850-1894

A Child's Garden of Verses by Robert Louis Stevenson and Jesse Wilcox Smith 1905 (our version)

Robert Louis Stevenson official website.

His home (which is now a museum) and tombstone.  

And not for the children, but this looks like an interesting listen for myself some time this month:

* Some of the links in this post may be affiliate links, in which I am paid a pittance when you click through and buy through  my link. Thank you for those who do!


Bonnie said...

I'm stealing most of this. Just so you know. Because when it comes to the arts... insert finger flapping my lips.
And because maybe I over looked it: do you just read it, listen,etc. with the kids, or do you do projects, reports, whatever brilliant idea you've come up with too?
You rock. If I had as much school planning skills in this area as you seem to have in your little finger, I would be one happy mama.

Courtney said...

I LOVE this! I plan out stuff for art and music every year and when we get behind, unfortunately, those are the first to go. But, what a great way to reinforce the information and if it's already on a board, then it would be so much easier to make it happen. I'm favoriting this post so I can go back and do this!

Rebecca said...

Bonnie- STEAL AWAY! I hope to do this in the beginning of every month so that I can just come back to it as we learn throughout the month.

I'll do a more thorough post on how we do things one of these days....but essentially my goal at this point is to introduce and teach an appreciation for these arts. It is like a month long toe-dipping. We listen to composers during the day or when I am cooking dinner, we read throughout the day, the kids will color or try and recreate artists works and do picture studies. I don't test and I don't expect them to learn many 'facts', just to enjoy it.

Courtney- they ARE the first to go in this house too. That, and LATIN. Latin is the VERY WORST.

BajaManna said...

I am SO impressed with what you're imparting to your kids and how you're imparting it! Oh the things I neglected when my kids were younger…thankfully they turned out to be wonderful people anyway!

Anne in the kitchen said...

I love that you are doing a home school section on composers and art. Lucky kids. I am sending you 2 links to youtube videos that might be interesting ( Not sure how old your children are)

Boby Mcferrin "sings" a Bach prelude while the audience sings Gunod's Ave Maria. Breathtakingly beautiful . The actual song begins at about the 2:08 marker

Bobby Mcferrin teaches how the human brain is hardwired for the Pentatonic scale

Rebecca said...

Anna- pish posh!

Anne- Ooooh! I love that you shared links! THANK YOU bunches!