“Art appreciation is accomplished through a method called picture study. Just ten or fifteen minutes once a week is all it takes. Here’s how you do a picture study.
- Select one artist and linger with him or her for twelve weeks.
- Once a week, select one of that artist’s works. Look at it together until everyone can close their eyes and see every detail in its place.
- Hide the picture from view and have the children describe what it looks like.
- Look at the picture again and discuss any other points of interest.
- Display the picture in your home for the rest of the week.
The next week look at a different picture by the same artist.” See more at Simply Charlotte Mason.
The Out of the Best Books blog has a wonderful compilation of LDS artists as well as non-LDS artists whose work has been featured in official church publications. It also includes quotes by Church leaders and Charlotte Mason’s volumes.
Riverbend Press ($) – “One set of Artist Prints contains seven high-quality images of works produced by an individual artist or, in some cases, a school of artists. All works are in the public domain. The images are printed on 8.5 x 11 coated-card stock. Each set of prints includes a cover page which contains the title of the painting, the location where it usually resides, the year(s) it was painted and the size of the painting.”
Simply Charlotte Mason ($) – “Everything you need to successfully do picture study is in this easy-to-use portfolio. Just one 15-minute lesson once a week is all it takes to spread this feast and cultivate within your children an appreciation for what is just, true, and beautiful.”
The following is a demonstration of how to do picture study by Sonya Shafer of Simply Charlotte Mason: