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COURSE NO. FA -303

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COURSE OVERVIEW

Art appreciation using the art work in Faith & Life and "Art with An Active Eye Notebook."  See Religion above.

COURSE NOTES

Beautiful art plates of the masterpieces are used instead of illustration in the Faith & Life series (except for Faith & Life 2/First Sacraments Preparation, where simple illustrations are used), making this series a valuable introduction to the great masters of art.  So, we are going to ask you to cut up a perfectly beautiful book this year.  Each student will need his own copy.  (Honestly, Mom, if you can't bring yourself to cut the book up, then download copies of the pieces from the internet, in color preferably, but black and white will do, to mark up and file in the student's notebook.)
 
For art appreciation, have the student cut the art works out of the Faith & Life student textbook--after you’ve thoroughly discussed the chapter together--and glue them to sturdy paper.  Have the student add the name of the painting and its artist below the picture (found in the back of the student text).  Work through an "Art with an Active Eye Notebook" worksheet--gently, gently, gently--getting to know this worksheet over a year or two or three's time.  Do a picture study with the print.  Review the Catechism questions and the prayers introduced in this chapter.  Then snap the art into a binder lableled "Art with an Active Eye Notebook”.  
 
Group the works together in the notebook by artist.  (An art timeline will be developed about Grade 6, using these art works, when the student is working through Old World & America and Taking the Mystery Out of Studying Art History.)  Add any notes or thoughts or information about the paintings or the painters that the child comes across to the back of these pages—forever!
 
Find an artist the student would like to focus on and spend a quarter getting to know that artist,  using one or more of these art plates as a starting point.  Help the child put together a simple Draw Write Now-style report about the artist, with a graphic glued to the page about or by the artist, and a five-sentence paragraph written, traced, copied, or glued to the bottom of the page.  Add this page to the “Art with an Active Eye Notebook,” filed in front of the artist’s masterpieces.  
 
For semester reporting, report the pages covered in the Faith & Life text.  For a work sample (and a second sample is necessary in order for us to enter a grade on his report card for religion and art appreciation), send a copy of his favorite masterpiece with a paragraph or two added to the bottom or back of the copy about why it is his favorite.
 
Using these recommendations, you have studied religion, composition, visual presentation, research skills, organizational skills, penmanship and art appreciation.  Enjoy!
 
 
The "Art with an Active Eye Notebook" form
is available on the Member Support Site,
and can be used as a parent guide for discussing the different works
or as an independent worksheet.
 
 

Scheduling Suggestions: 2x/wk for 30min



BOOKS AND MATERIALS

Faith and Life 1: Our Heavenly Father (Student Book)

  • Author: Daria Sockey
  • ISBN: 0898707048        
  • Supplier: Emmanuel Books

Ignatius Press, San Francisco, CA; 1987, 2003; Imprimatur; 133 pgs.; 29 chapters; glossary; 5 apendices, 27 art plates with reference list; teacher manual and activity guide not needed.

 

We use Faith & Life 1 for religion and art appreciation sometime during Grades K through 2.  See your student's Overview of Courses list as to which Faith & Life level to use this year.


Faith and Life 4: Jesus Our Guide (Student Book)

  • Publisher/Copyright:
  • ISBN: 0898709075        
  • Supplier: Emmanuel Books

Ignatius Press, San Fran, CA; 2003, 1987; Imprimatur; 168 pgs.; 30 chapters; glossary; 34 art plates with reference list; teacher manual and activity guide not needed.

 

Faith & Life 4 is recommended as a companion for our Ancient History cycle; there are several art pieces that correspond to that timeframe included in this text.  We use Faith & Life 4 for religion and art appreciation sometime during Grades 2 through 5, and usually with Story of the World I: Ancient History.  See your student's Overview of Courses list as to which Faith & Life to use this year.


 

DOWNLOAD: Art-with-an-Active-Eye Notebook Worksheet

  • Author: St. Thomas Aquinas Academy
  • Publisher/Copyright: Reno: St. Thomas Aquinas Academy, 2002. PDF document.
  • ISBN: n/a        
  • Supplier: St. Thomas Aquinas Academy

Log in to the Member Support Site at www.staahomeschool.com/members/ and search for "Art with an Active Eye" in the search box or click on the "Courses & Downloads" link. A paper copy is also included with your STAA Handbook. There is a grammar school and a high school version of this worksheet.

 

This is not a text.  It is a worksheet outlining how to develop an "Art with an Active Eye Notebook".  This notebook will eventually be added to an art history timeline-in-a-binder developed sometime during Grades 4 through 8 when your student works through Old World & America .
 


 

 




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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WEEK 8
[  ] Select a work sample from this quarter to submit in your semester reporting packet.  See the sixteenth week of this semester for more details.

 


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WEEK 16
[  ] Select a work sample from this quarter to submit with your semester reporting packet. Your Semester 1 reporting packet should include work samples from Quarters 1 and 2 and is due before February 28. The Semester 2 packet should include work samples from Quarters 3 and 4 and is due before June 30.

 


WEEK C

Preparatory Week C: This is a bonus week. Use it for Semester 1 catch-up, corrections, review, assessment testing, standardized testing, or semester reporting.


WEEK D

Preparatory Week D: This is a second bonus week. Complete Preparatory Week C or begin the Semester 2 course plan.


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[ ] Select a work sample from this quarter to submit in your semester reporting packet. See the sixteenth week of this semester for more details.


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[ ] Select a work sample from this quarter to submit with your semester reporting packet. Your Semester 1 reporting packet should include work samples from Quarters 1 and 2 and is due before February 28. The Semester 2 packet should include work samples from Quarters 3 and 4 and is due before June 30.




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