Years ago I taught a homeschooling art class. I did crafts with the little ones; art history and intro to “real” media with the older ones. In prepping for the class, I went online and looked up art history. Made a list of the “greats” and found free images to print off of their most famous works. I then glued them to card stock and contact papered them. In my folder I made a timeline and divided the artists accordingly.
So, yesterday I decided my kiddos needed exposure to the real stuff. I pulled out my Van Gogh card, let them hold it and look at it, talked about where he painted some of his most famous paintings, looked at the brush strokes, talked about oil paintings, and then I went to my trusty map and drew out an Eiffel Tower, secretly stuck it to Paris – for them to hunt for, and then looked up the Eiffel Tower site online (awesome kid games, by the way). We read Madeline and looked for the Eiffel Tower in the pictures. Discussed their names and talked with terrible awesome French accents. Madeline led to a discussion of what scars were and what an appendix was. We talked about surgery and all things medical. We talked about why the other little girls were sad and wanted to have their own surgeries. We talked about being thankful and not wanting what others have or appear to have.
We had a great school day, I felt good about what I’m doing again, and hey, my kids learned something!