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TGIF. Well, nearly.

Yesterday I said I’d share the girls’ Peaceable Kingdom drawings, and I forgot. Fail. Although in fairness, they did only finish them today, so I guess that’s as good a reason as any not to share. In fact, I’ve been feeling guilty about how little art we do generally, and now I come to see that: a) when we “do” Art, it can take up to a week to finish any project, so only having 20 pics to show for the year is actually about right; and b) when we “don’t” do Art, we actually end up with a lot more creative expression: paintings, collages, sewing projects, clay projects, 3D jungles … the list goes on and on.

So to sign off that particular waffle, here are the promised and long-awaited Peaceable Kingdom drawings. Enjoy.

Peaceable Kingdom 001 - DD#1 took a lot more care than she often does with this masterpiece.

Peaceable Kingdom 001 - DD#1 took a lot more care than she often does with this masterpiece.

Alright, I know I said I was done with the long bit, but I feel a bit of explanation is in order about what a Peaceable Kingdomactually is, in general, and what these images are about, in particular. Edward Hicks created a series of paintings illustrating the Peaceable Kingdom described in Revelation:

Peaceable Kingdom 002 - DD#2 created a masterpiece, although there's evidence that she didn't appreciate being asked to colour the border.

Peaceable Kingdom 002 - DD#2 created a masterpiece, although there's evidence that she didn't appreciate being asked to colour the border.

The wolf did with the lambkin dwell in peace
His grim carnivorous nature there did cease
The leopard with the harmless kid laid down
And not one savage beast was seen to frown.
The lion with the fatling on did move
A little child was leading them in love.

So here we have, on the left and archer and a canary, a lion ridden by a Wild Girl (I wonder who that could be?), a hawk and a fairy (mortal enemies, as well we know), a mermaid and a shark, and a dolphin and a fish. On the right we have a jaguar and a unicorn (ridden by the Princess), and a bird giving a lift to a worm (which would usually be its lunch, no?). I confess to being delighted in the extreme by these!

Tomorrow, which is actually Friday, we head up North to see my folks for a weekend. Looking forward to it SO much! We’ll probably do  most of our school on the way there and back, and I have no idea what that’ll be like. But I’ll be sure to let y’all know.

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So we didn’t bake …

Yesterday I commented that I would much rather be baking than working. (Story of my life). I didn’t bake and I DID get some work done. But I also stumbled across this amazing art lesson site, which just reinforced my recent life lessons, namely: when you need something, it comes the moment you need it, not before (even if you identify the need before the time).

When I created my timetable yesterday I had specifically set aside time for art every day. We’re an arty family (my mom’s a professional!)  and the girls love to express themselves visually. I have some books on the subject but they’re not great and I don’t know the first thing about teaching kids art.  I’d pretty much decided to start with the simplest of the books when I found the site on Home School Year (thanks for posting it!).

So I set the girls to creating Peaceable Kingdom pictures, along the lines of the work of Edward Hicks and Henri Rousseau, the results of which can be seen below. How I love the internet!

 

Notes:

Objectives:

The student will learn about artist Edward Hicks. The student will look at paintings of “The Peaceable Kingdom” and create their own Peaceable Kingdoms. The student will compare the work of two artists. The student will learn how to layer with color pencils (or whatever drawing material you select. Crayon resist might also be nice)

 

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