Saturday, December 8, 2012

Weekly Wrap Up - Hokusai, Picasso & A New Addition!

So, this week we played catch up from having the flu last week.  Well, that was until Wednesday when one of my children took quite a tumble off of some playground equipment and wound up in the ER.  We are all relieved that the injuries weren't serious!  God is good!!!

In our co-op, it was Art week.  The youngers studied Katsushika Hokusai and the olders studied Pablo Picasso.

First, the youngers practiced drawing Bamboo.


Bamboo Drawing Practice
Bamboo Drawing Practice

And then, tried making some freehand Bamboo branches with brush and black tempera "ink".

Bamboo Painting Practice
Bamboo Painting Practice 

Next step, learn and practice some Chinese writing

Chinese Writing Practice

"We investigated the importance of Asian art with its unique style.  Many of the world's master artists were greatly influenced by Asian art.  The children discovered the techniques common to masterpieces of art from both the East and West."  (Meet the Masters)

Chinese Writing Practice
Chinese Writing Practice 

The olders studied Pablo Picasso.  First they practiced their own Cubist compositions (right side of picture) and then transferred it to a larger scale shading with chalk (left side of picture).

Picasso Cubist
Picasso Cubist Compositions

"The genius of Picasso allowed a review of the art elements previously introduce - line, shape, balance and texture.  The children investigated Picasso's varied styles and were able to trace the transformation of this artist during his different periods of art."  (Meet the Masters)

Picasso Cubist
Picasso Cubist Compositions


And finally, a new addition to our household.  Meet Marshmallow.  He's a dwarf hamster that we adopted from Petsmart's animal adoptions!

Marshmallow Dwarf Hamster
Marshmallow the Dwarf Hamster




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