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Artist Studies During Friday “Tea Time”






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I have two young girls who look forward to Fridays all week long.  Why?  We take a break from our normal school schedule and incorporate “tea time.”  Our tea time isn’t just about tea; that is only a small portion of the weekly event.  Tea parties were something I incorporated into our school schedule after joining the free Charlotte Mason club on CurrClick, and I have to say, I would not trade the days for anything.  We use the time to learn about artists, poetry, composers, manners, and even to learn about refreshments.

Charlotte Mason Artist Studies During Friday Tea Time

If you’re having a hard time fitting artist studies into your plans, head on over to Ambleside and check out their plethora of resources.  You can use the artists in the schedule provided, or like me, you might choose to skip around.

  • Choose a single artist to focus on for 5-6 weeks and print off copies of the artwork provided.  For older kids, I would suggest making a large copy for each child, but for my own kindergartener and preschooler, I make a single colored copy for them to share and place it in a 5×7-inch frame.
  • During your tea time, place the frame on the table while you are gathering up the refreshments and give your children 3-5 minutes to study the picture so they can tell about it from memory.
  • When tea is on the table, place the picture face-down and have your children give a narration about everything they can remember from the picture.  They might describe objects in the picture, the colors of the picture, how the picture made them feel, or what they believe was happening in the picture.
  • Discuss what you know about the artist with your children and research the artist’s life together.  Learn as much as you can about the artist’s life, environment, or time period.
  • After the week’s artist study, keep the artwork visible.  We keep the framed artwork on the top of our refrigerator, so we can see it from the kitchen table each day. At the end of the week when I rotate the past artwork for the new artwork, the picture is hung on our school bulletin board. Then, at the end of the 5-week artist study, I take all of the artist’s work down and place it into a notebook. The kids revisit these at their leisure, or for reference.

We are currently studying Van Gogh and my 6-year-old interpreted the swirls in the sky of Starry Night as wind.  Both she and my 4-year-old interpreted the dark shape to the left as a mountain, whereas I had always “seen” a large leafy tree.  I love how art can be interpreted in so many ways.  Not only that, but artist studies have also widened my girls’ view of the world.  Ever since learning about Seraut’s The Eiffel Tower, the girls have been noticing the Eiffel Tower popping up in various areas of daily life, from coloring books to scrapbook paper.

So, you know all those fancy dishes you may have inherited that are now boxed up and  stored away?  I challenge you to haul them out and put them to use.  Start your Friday “tea times” by discussing some of the world’s great artists.

Author Bio
Andrea lives in Northern California with her husband and two young girls. She left 11 years of public school teaching to homeschool and hasn’t looked back. Andrea loves reading, writing, and spending time outdoors so naturally she fell in love with Charlotte Mason’s methods with her own eclectic twist. Outside of homeschooling, Andrea owns her own tutoring and educational consulting business. Connect with her on at her blog No Doubt Learning, Facebook, G+, Twitter, or Pinterest.



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About Carlie Kercheval

Carlie Kercheval is a happily married stay-at-home homeschooling mom. She and her college sweetheart have been blessed with 3 precious children to raise while traveling the world as a military family. Carlie is the founder of Today's Frugal Mom™, So You Call Yourself a Homeschooler?™ and Managing Your Blessings. Carlie and her husband co-author the Learning to Speak Life™ family Bible studies and together they co-host the Learning to Speak Life™ Radio Show. When she is not busy enjoying her family and the great outdoors, you can typically find her cozied up somewhere under a blanket with a good book. You can connect with her on Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter.

Comments

  1. We do a CM teatime too and it’s something we all look forward to – often the 20 year old will prepare special scones or strawberry shortcake to go with it (yes, he graduated years ago, but teatime involves food so he joins in anyway!) We haven’t done it this month as we’ve been packing, and everyone is missing the ritual.

    Great post!
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  2. Where do I find the free Charlotte Mason club in currclick? I looked, but am not seeing it…. Love her methods and would be grateful for more ideas… :-) Loved todays post!

    • Hi Sarah, Check for it in a few weeks – it’s not up yet, but it’s usually under “Live Classes” and then “Free Clubs.” They are held once a month usually on a Monday the second or 3rd week. I’ll make a note to keep you posted when I see it :) ~Andrea
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