Simply log on to http://www.google.com/. Click "Images" at the top of the page. Now type in the name of the artwork you are looking for. Find just the right image that you like and click on it to see it at full-size. Now right-click and save it to your computer (i.e. Renoir Girl With A Watering Can). Now, go to Kodak Gallery, Snapfish, or any other photo website and upload your selections for the year. I order one 4x6 photos for each of my boys so that they can make their own Masterpiece Portfolio.
|I started out printing images from the computer onto photo paper. Yikes! That could get pricey! The picture on the far right is a Botticelli that I saved from the computer and had printed for just a few pennies from Snapfish.|
Usually, the week before we study a new artist, I try to find a child-friendly story about the artist's life, such as "Getting to Know the World's Greatest Artists", found here or "Smart About Art" found here. These have great narratives about the artist's childhood or their struggles to become successful, etc. They read really well as opposed to the college-style text of most art books.
However, if I can't find one, and don't want to order one, I'll get one of those ginormous art books from the library and find large representations of the paintings/sculptures that we are going to spotlight. Be warned that some of the other selections in the book may not be child friendly. I learned this the hard way with a Picasso book (blush).
When introducing a new piece, I'll tell the kids the name of the artist and ask them what they see. Sometimes I'll have one child close his eyes and have the other child describe it to his brother. As we learn more in the artist biographies about different art movements such as Cubism, Impressionism, etc., I'll ask more detailed questions: Is this a portrait? Is it a landscape? Is it a still-life? What do you see in the foreground? What colors did the artist use? Is it realistic? Abstract? Distorted by light? Is the artist trying to make a statement about politics? You can make this as basic or as complicated as their ages and interest level dictate. If you see their eyes wandering....wrap it up. You want to always leave them wanting more.
The last part of the day is taking their personal copy of the artwork (their photo you ordered for them) and placing it in a photo sleeve of the album. Write the name of the work on a whiteboard/chalkboard so that they can copy it neatly beside the picture in their book. That's it! You've shown them something beautiful, given them a chance to talk about it, compare it to a previous work or a previous artist, and now they have tucked it away for further review later.
Michelangelo (Say MICK-El-Angelo!):
The Sistine Chapel, The Pieta, David, Tomb of Pope Julius II
Primavera, Birth of Venus, Portrait of a Man with a Medallion
The Milk Maid, Young Woman with a Water Pitcher, Girl with a Pearl Earring, Girl Reading a Letter, The Lady and the Two Gentlemen, The Geographer
Girl with a Watering Can, By the Seashore, The Umbrellas, Dance at Baugival, The Luncheon of the Boating Party, Ballat the Moulin de La Galette, The Theatre Box, The Dancer, The Parisian, Claude Monet Painting in his Garden
Water Lily Pond, Water Lilies, Rouen Cathedral, Haystacks, Jean Monet on his Tricycle, The Promenade, A Corner of the Apartment
Cypresses, The Starry Night, Vincent's Bedroom at Arles, The Night Cafe, The Postman, Self Portrait, Potato Eaters, Sunflowers, Irises
|Denver's representation of "Self Portrait With Bandaged Ear"|
|Solomon's "Starry Night"|
Kandinsky: Calm Bend, Composition VII, Overcast, Kandinsky's mobiles--there are several that are notable (we made our own mobiles from recycled objects from the "beautiful junk box" in the garage)
DaVinci: Mona Lisa, The Last Supper, Lady with an Ermine
Rubens: The Hippopotamus and Crocodile Hunt, Slaying of Goliath, Daniel in the Lion's Den, The Three Graces (this last one may be objectional, as it contains nudity--hower, I wanted to show how Rubens potrayed women in a more shapely manner than we see women today in art/media. It's where we got the term "A Rubenesque Figure"--obviously, use your best judgement)
Bruegel: The Tower of Babel, Netherlandish Proverbs --this is awesome!, Peasant Wedding, The Hunters in the Snow
Cassatt: The Boating Party, The Child's Bath, Children on the Beach, Summertime
Toulouse-LaTrec: Chat Noir, Moulin Rouge(poster), At The Moulin Rouge (painting), Divan Japonais, At the Cirque Fernando: The Ringmaster
Matisse: The Dance, Red Fish, Two Girls in a Yellow and Red Interior, Madame Matisse in a Red Headress
Dali: The Persistance of Memory, Lobster Telephone (sculpture), Metamorphasis of Narcissus, Swans Reflecting Elephants
Leichtenstein: The Kiss, Spray, Blam!, Look Mickey
Warhol: Ten Marilyns, 100 Cans, Ice Cream Dessert, Dollar Sign 1981 (this is a great time to study print-making or to play around with the kids' photography using a Photo Imaging program like Photoshop)
Rembrandt: The Angel Stopping Abraham from Sacrificing Isaac to God, The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Tulp, Christ in the Storm, The Night Watch
Degas: The Dance Class, Dancers in Blue, Two Dancers on Stage, La La at the Cirque Fernando
Seurat: Sunday Afternoon in the Park on the Island of Grande Jatte, Bathers at Asnieres, Models, Invitation to the Sideshow, Boats, Young Woman Powerdering Herself
Cezanne: Still Life with Apples and Oranges, Pierrot and Harlequin, The Mounte Sainte-Victoire, Bread and Eggs
Rousseau: Sleeping Gypsy, The Football Players, Tiger in A Tropical Storm (Surprised!), The Hungry Lion Throws Itself on the Antelope, Traumgarten
Chagall: The Birthday, I and the Village, Mariee, Circus, Lovers and Flowers, View of Paris
Grandma Moses: Sugaring Off, Country Fair, The Quilting Bee, The Tramp At Christmas (don't worry--it's about a hobo--LOL), Halloween