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COURSE NO. FA -645

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COURSE OVERVIEW

Learning to Appreciate Art, for one quarter, as a family.  With Artfully Teaching the Faith added for students in Grades 9-12.

COURSE NOTES

What relationship exists between truth, beauty and sacred art?    The truth is beautiful, carrying in itself the splendour of spiritual beauty. In addition to the expression of the truth in words there are other complementary expressions of the truth, most specifically in the beauty of artistic works. These are the fruit both of talents given by God and of human effort. Sacred art by being true and beautiful should evoke and glorify the mystery of God made visible in Christ, and lead to the adoration and love of God, the Creator and Savior, who is the surpassing, invisible Beauty of Truth and Love” (Compendium 526.  See also CCC 2500-2503, 2513).
 
 
For younger students, one forty-five minute lesson at the beginning of the week and then additional activities the rest of the week.
 
High school students, on the other hand, will do one forty-five minute lesson at the beginning of the week and then additional activities the rest of the week as well as reading Artfully Teaching the Faith and musing assignments in response to those readings.

Credit Information for Students in Grades 9 - 12: High school students may earn 2.5 credits for completing the STAA Course Plan found below.

Scheduling Suggestions: 2hrs/wk



BOOKS AND MATERIALS

 

Learning to Appreciate Art

  • Author: Catholic Heritage Curricula
  • Publisher/Copyright: Modesto, CA: Catholic Heritage Curricula, . .
  • ISBN:        
  • Supplier: Catholic Heritage Curricula

Set includes 60-page student workbook and binder plus packet of 37 art reproductions in varying sizes.

 

This course was written for Gr. 4 through Gr. 8.  We use it as early as Gr. 3 and as late as Gr. 12.  In Gr. 9-12, it can earn as much as 2.5 credits, by adding Artfully Teaching the Faith and completing the STAA Course Plan found below.
        Introduces line, tone, color, composition, form, perspective, art history, and more.  The student establishes an art notebook to add to over the years.  Lessons are of differing length, so set a timer for the amount of time you have available and proceed through the lesson until the timer goes off; next lesson, just pick up where you left off.  Lessons include a discussion, then cutting and pasting art prints into the notebook.  Do this course as a family, and orally.  Each student will need their own book.  Encourage lots of discussion and research.  Use art books from the library and research on the internet to extend lessons.  
        Complete the course in one or two quarters.  Part I (short section): A Note to the Parent, Introduction to Painting, Early Forms of Art.  Part II (longer section): Primitive Italian Painting, Florentine Painters, Italian Masters, Leonardo Da Vinci, Michelangelo Buonarroti, Raphel Sanzio, Conclusion.


Artfully Teaching the Faith

  • Author: Steve Kellmeyer
  • Publisher/Copyright: Peoria, IL: Bridegroom Press, 2004. Print.
  • ISBN: 097181287X        978-0971812871
  • Supplier: Retail or Amazon.com

64 pages; see www.bridegroompress.com for the artwork.

 

This book is only necessary for high school students.
 
This book is non-consumable and one copy may easily be shared by multiple students.  The artwork referenced in this book may be viewed or downloaded for free from www.bridegroompress.com.
 
For semester reporting, report where you started and stopped in the following STAA Course Plan.  The work sample submitted by high school students will need to demonstrate that the Learning to Appreciate Art activities outlined for Days 2-5 AND those for Artfully Teaching the Faith were completed according to the STAA Course Plan.


 

 




LESSON PLANNER

WEEK A

Preparatory Week A: Use this school week to gather the materials for this course and thoroughly read the book notes, course notes, and, if applicable, the weekly lesson plan in your St. Thomas Aquinas Academy curriculum guide.


WEEK B

Preparatory Week B: Use this school week to complete Preparatory Week A and explore the materials for this course. Flip through all of this course’s materials. Make mental notes about the design and organization the resources for the course (editor’s notes, table of contents, maps, charts, forms, appendices, glossaries, bibliographies, end notes, internet supports, etc.).


WEEK 1

Learning to Appreciate Art

DAY 1: Take about 45 minutes to read/do/study the following sections:
1) Introduction to Painting, 2) How an Artist Sees, 3) Composition, 4) Analysis of a Pyramidal Composition, 5) Choosing Subjects for Pictures, 6) Drawing Landscapes, and 7) Diagonal Compositions.
DAYS 2-5: Choose at least one of these activities, relate it to the material studied in the text this week, and work on it for 3.25 or more hours this week to earn full credit for this course—a) create timeline of the period in art history or a timeline of an individual artist’s life and works; b)  write a reflection paper on the art; c) write biographical sketches of the artists; d) research report; e) art museum tour; f) personal art work; g) write the story the picture tells; h) prepare a bullet point list about each artist and piece of art mentioned in the text this week; i) create 3x5 study cards for each artist, concept, time period, and piece of art mentioned in the text this week; j) and/or write a creative story about the artist’s creation or painting of the artwork.

 


WEEK 2

Learning to Appreciate Art

DAY 1: Take about 45 minutes to read/do/study the following sections:
1) Early Forms of Art, 2) Cave Drawings, 3) Egyptian Picture Series, 4) The Classic Period, 5) Byzantine Mosaics
DAYS 2-5: Choose at least one of these activities, relate it to the material studied in the text this week, and work on it for 3.25 or more hours this week to earn full credit for this course—a) create timeline of the period in art history or a timeline of an individual artist’s life and works; b)  write a reflection paper on the art; c) write biographical sketches of the artists; d) research report; e) art museum tour; f) personal art work; g) write the story the picture tells; h) prepare a bullet point list about each artist and piece of art mentioned in the text this week; i) create 3x5 study cards for each artist, concept, time period, and piece of art mentioned in the text this week; j) and/or write a creative story about the artist’s creation or painting of the artwork.

 


WEEK 3

Learning to Appreciate Art

DAY 1: Take about 45 minutes to read/do/study the following sections:
1) Primitive Italian Painting, 2) Giotto, 3) The Story of a Shepherd Boy, 4) Appreciating Art by Giotto
DAYS 2-5: Choose at least one of these activities, relate it to the material studied in the text this week, and work on it for 3.25 or more hours this week to earn full credit for this course—a) create timeline of the period in art history or a timeline of an individual artist’s life and works; b)  write a reflection paper on the art; c) write biographical sketches of the artists; d) research report; e) art museum tour; f) personal art work; g) write the story the picture tells; h) prepare a bullet point list about each artist and piece of art mentioned in the text this week; i) create 3x5 study cards for each artist, concept, time period, and piece of art mentioned in the text this week; j) and/or write a creative story about the artist’s creation or painting of the artwork.

 


WEEK 4

Learning to Appreciate Art

DAY 1: Take about 45 minutes to read/do/study the following sections:
1) Florentine Painters, 2) Appreciating Art by Fra Angelico, 3) Symmetry, 4) Perspective
DAYS 2-5: Choose at least one of these activities, relate it to the material studied in the text this week, and work on it for 3.25 or more hours this week to earn full credit for this course—a) create timeline of the period in art history or a timeline of an individual artist’s life and works; b)  write a reflection paper on the art; c) write biographical sketches of the artists; d) research report; e) art museum tour; f) personal art work; g) write the story the picture tells; h) prepare a bullet point list about each artist and piece of art mentioned in the text this week; i) create 3x5 study cards for each artist, concept, time period, and piece of art mentioned in the text this week; j) and/or write a creative story about the artist’s creation or painting of the artwork.

 


WEEK 5

Learning to Appreciate Art

DAY 1: Take about 45 minutes to read/do/study the following sections:
1) Florentine School, 2) Fra Lippo Lippi, 3) Domenico Ghirlandaio, 4) Sandro Botticelli
DAYS 2-5: Choose at least one of these activities, relate it to the material studied in the text this week, and work on it for 3.25 or more hours this week to earn full credit for this course—a) create timeline of the period in art history or a timeline of an individual artist’s life and works; b)  write a reflection paper on the art; c) write biographical sketches of the artists; d) research report; e) art museum tour; f) personal art work; g) write the story the picture tells; h) prepare a bullet point list about each artist and piece of art mentioned in the text this week; i) create 3x5 study cards for each artist, concept, time period, and piece of art mentioned in the text this week; j) and/or write a creative story about the artist’s creation or painting of the artwork.

 


WEEK 6

Learning to Appreciate Art

DAY 1: Take about 45 minutes to read/do/study the following sections:
1) Italian Masters, 2) Leonardo Da Vinci, 3) Composition of Converging Lines to a Focus, 4) Appreciating Art by Leonardo Da Vinci, 5) Pyramidal Compositions
DAYS 2-5: Choose at least one of these activities, relate it to the material studied in the text this week, and work on it for 3.25 or more hours this week to earn full credit for this course—a) create timeline of the period in art history or a timeline of an individual artist’s life and works; b)  write a reflection paper on the art; c) write biographical sketches of the artists; d) research report; e) art museum tour; f) personal art work; g) write the story the picture tells; h) prepare a bullet point list about each artist and piece of art mentioned in the text this week; i) create 3x5 study cards for each artist, concept, time period, and piece of art mentioned in the text this week; j) and/or write a creative story about the artist’s creation or painting of the artwork.

 


WEEK 7

Learning to Appreciate Art

DAY 1: Take about 45 minutes to read/do/study the following sections:
1) Michelangelo Buonarroti
DAYS 2-5: Choose at least one of these activities, relate it to the material studied in the text this week, and work on it for 3.25 or more hours this week to earn full credit for this course—a) create timeline of the period in art history or a timeline of an individual artist’s life and works; b)  write a reflection paper on the art; c) write biographical sketches of the artists; d) research report; e) art museum tour; f) personal art work; g) write the story the picture tells; h) prepare a bullet point list about each artist and piece of art mentioned in the text this week; i) create 3x5 study cards for each artist, concept, time period, and piece of art mentioned in the text this week; j) and/or write a creative story about the artist’s creation or painting of the artwork.

 


WEEK 8

Learning to Appreciate Art

DAY 1: Take about 45 minutes to read/do/study the following sections:
1) Raphael Sanzio, 2) Beauty of Form and Line, 3) Circular Compositions, 4) Appreciating Raphael’s Madonnas
DAYS 2-5: Choose at least one of these activities, relate it to the material studied in the text this week, and work on it for 3.25 or more hours this week to earn full credit for this course—a) create timeline of the period in art history or a timeline of an individual artist’s life and works; b)  write a reflection paper on the art; c) write biographical sketches of the artists; d) research report; e) art museum tour; f) personal art work; g) write the story the picture tells; h) prepare a bullet point list about each artist and piece of art mentioned in the text this week; i) create 3x5 study cards for each artist, concept, time period, and piece of art mentioned in the text this week; j) and/or write a creative story about the artist’s creation or painting of the artwork.

 




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