Picture study is a technique I learned about when studying the Charlotte Mason style of homeschooling. Looking for a simple way to help your kids appreciate different artists and begin to see the differences between styles? Picture study is a fun and simple way to do this.
How to do a picture study
You introduce your child to a painting (or a photo of that painting) and let them look at it for a while. Then, you take the picture back and have her describe it to you in detail.
Then, you show the picture again.
I usually do this for a couple days with the same picture, as it is remarkable how many details aren’t noticed at first glance. It is recommended that you choose paintings from the same artist for a few months, and by the end of that time you are pretty familiar with that artist’s work. I haven’t exactly been sticking to that.
We have a postcard book from a museum and I’ve just been letting the girls choose paintings at random and we’ll study each for a week or two. I can see the benefits of sticking with one artist. Now that my girls are familiar with the concept and excited about it, I will start selecting pictures from one artist at a time.
It is very simple! Over time, I’m hoping my kids will start to appreciate art more fully and develop their own opinions of different artists.
Where to find paintings
Here are some great resources for finding paintings. The websites listed include endless resources…I haven’t reviewed them in their entirety, so be sure to preview them.
Who is your favorite artist?