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COURSE NO. FA -318

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COURSE OVERVIEW

A Child’s Book of Art: Great Pictures, First Words

COURSE NOTES

Art Appreciation: About 10 to 15 hours per year.

Scheduling Suggestions: see notes



BOOKS AND MATERIALS

A Child’s Book of Art : Great Pictures, First Words

  • Author: Lucy Micklethwait; illustrated by Michelangelo, Caravaggio, Degas, van Eyk, et al.
  • ISBN: 1564582035        
  • Supplier: Rainbow Resource

DK Publ., Inc.; London, UK; 1993; 64 pages; notes to parents/plan of study; Appendix (Picture List)

 

Like all first words books, this book attaches words to pictures of those words—except that this book attaches great masterpieces to those first words, so “touching” is attached to The Creation of Adam/Sistine Chapel/Michelangelo, and “reading” is attached to The Virgin/van Eyck, and “running” is attached to Footrace/Greek vase painting.  Beautiful reproductions!
 
Micklethwait has her own lovely, loving recommendations for working through this book (pp. 4 – 5).  We recommend that you have the children leaf through the book monthly (or weekly—your choice) and find their favorite picture for the month.  Discuss it, display it, and memorize the name of the painting and its artist.  This is counted as Fine Arts/Art Appreciation for Grades Pre-first through Four.  To report it, make a list of the pictures studied—titles and artists—then parent and student sign and date the bottom of the list.  Or copy the child’s favorite picture and have him add his comments to the back of the copy as to why this is his favorite.  These comments can be dictated, traced, copied or written independently, whichever is most appropriate for the child.
 
From Amazon.com’s website:  When I first looked through this book, I thought maybe she could have added some explanation to the artwork. Then I realized that if she had, she would not be allowing the children to make up creative ideas about the art themselves. Each piece is accompanied simply by a word or sentence: "Young and Old" is next to Dignity and Impudence by Edwin Landseer, a picture of a large and small dog; Children Playing on the Beach by Mary Cassatt is labeled "playing in the sand”.  The simplicity of this book is its beauty. Children will want to know more about the pictures and you can answer their questions and have a conversation about art….  There are over 100 paintings reproduced in gorgeous colors. You can teach colors and words as well as art appreciation….   This book is just delightful!
 


 

 




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.).


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