Friday, January 4, 2008

Art Appreciation

I was reading through some of my notes from when I was reading through Charlotte Mason's The Original Homeschooling Series. This is from Volume 6 "Towards A Philosophy Of Education". The entire series can be read online here.
“But we begin now to understand that art is not to be approached by such a macadamised road. It is of the spirit, and in ways of the spirit must we make our attempt. We recognise that the power of appreciating art and of producing to some extent an interpretation of what one sees is as universal as intelligence, imagination, nay, speech, the power of producing words. But there must be knowledge and, in the first place, not the technical knowledge of how to produce, but some reverent knowledge of what has been produced; that is, children should learn pictures, line by line, group by group, by reading, not books, but pictures themselves.” ~Charlotte Mason~ A Philosophy of Education, p. 214

For "Art Appreciation" we use art prints found on the internet. Here are some examples of beautiful art that we've used for our "Picture Study".

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