Archives for August 2013

September Make the Days Count Activity Calendar

Our September Make the Days Count Activity Calendar has a host of activities to spice up your homeschool days: make homemade waffles, start a Fall Bucket List, host a checker’s tournament, learn about farm animals, enjoy Teddy Bear Day, celebrate Eat An Apple Day, study Native Americans, drink chocolate milkshakes, and so much more!

Pick out some fun ones to enjoy with your children and make the days count!  

Books to the Ceiling!

Tea Time with Andy Warhol

Andy Warhol was Born August 6, 1928 in Pennsylvania.  As a child, he was often ill and spent lots of time reading and drawing.  He eventually went to art college and then moved to New York and started doing magazine illustrations.  He began getting all kinds of other job offers for design work soon and finally was able to sell his paintings.  He was so successful that he had to hire others to help him in his studio, which he called the Factory.  Warhol’s art showed everyday objects  and famous people and used bright colors and simple shapes.  This style of art came to be called Pop Art.  Andy Warhol died February 22, 1987.

Some books you might enjoy:

Getting to Know the World’s Greatest Artists: Andy Warhol:  These are wonderful simple biographies geared toward elementary-aged students.  My son loves the funny illustrations and always comes away with a good grasp of the most important facts about the artist.

Uncle Andy’s and Uncle Andy’s Cats:  Andy Warhol’s nephew, James Warhola, wrote these fun picture books about his family’s visits to his famous uncle’s home when he was a child.

Andy Warhol’s Colors:  Include your youngest children in your artist study with this fun book of colors shown in Warhol’s works.

Activity Ideas:

Great American Artists for Kids:  This is a wonderful resource book that includes detailed instructions for activities in the style of many American artists.

Handy Andy:  We tried this project from Artolazzi when we studied Warhol–check in the comments section for more detailed instructions.  It was simple enough for my three year old to do with minimal help but it was still enjoyable for my eight year old, too, and I love how they turned out!

If you’re keeping an Artist Notebook, try this free Andy Warhol notebooking page!

 

Tea Time with Norman Rockwell

Norman Rockwell, one of the best-known American artists, was born February 3, 1894 in New York.  Even as a child, Rockwell loved to draw, and at the age of 16 he left high school for art school.  He quickly got jobs doing illustrations for books and magazines and he eventually did the covers for over 300 issues of the Saturday Evening Post.  Rockwell’s pictures are very realistic looking and seem to be telling a story to the viewer.  Many people love his artwork because it often shows an idealized version of life, though some of his later work was more controversial.  Norman Rockwell died November 8, 1978 at the age of 84, but his work continues to be popular even now.

Some books you might enjoy:

Norman Rockwell: Storyteller with a Brush:  This is an excellent biography that is divided into short chapters.  I had intended to read it aloud each week at our tea time, but my son kept getting it and reading it on his own.  When he finished, he asked me to buy our own copy!

The Norman Rockwell Storybook:  Jan Wahl has created short stories to go along with different Norman Rockwell paintings.

Rockwell: A Boy and His Dog:  This is a fictionalized story of one of Rockwell’s models for many of his paintings.

Willie Was Different:  In Rockwell’s only fictional story ever published, he tells about Willie, a small bird with a beautiful voice.

Activity Ideas:

Great American Artists for Kids:  Learn about Norman Rockwell’s life and then find out how to create your own magazine cover.

Be A Connoisseur:  Learn about Rockwell’s painting The Connoisseur and then try this wonderfully creative project from Mrs. Knight’s Smartest Artists!

The Four Freedoms:  One of Rockwell’s most famous series of paintings is known as The Four Freedoms.  Click here for a lesson plan to help kids express what those freedoms mean to them.

Use this free Norman Rockwell notebooking page!