Saturday, February 24, 2018

Meet the Masters :: Paul Cézanne

We have been studying Paul Cézanne, Father of Modern Art, and finished up our unit study with an art project (Meet the Masters unit study from Track F for ages 10-Adult) this afternoon.  

.: Master Artist Introduction :. 

Paul Cezanne (say-ZAHN) French 1839-1906

Cezanne is known as the “Father of Modern Art,” because he emphasized color and shape over realism. His view of nature through geometric shapes was investigated and imitated in the children’s own “masterpieces.”

Art Activity Emphasis: Shapes, Still Life

Media: Tissue Paper, Starch, Construction Paper, Colored Chalk

Vocabulary: Still life, overlap, arrange, pattern, shadow, outline, composition

.: Art Supplies :.

One 9” x 15” white construction paper
A sheet of 12” x 18” newsprint (placemat)
Deco Puffs tissue squares (one each of blue, red, orange, gold, green)
Paper Towel
Colored chalk
Stiff flat brushes
Liquid Starch (We mixed 1 part white glue with 4 parts water) 
Scissors and glue

.: Practice Technique - Shapes and Patterns :.

.: Art Project - Still Life with Compotier :.

Additional Picture Book: 

Friday, February 23, 2018

{this moment}

“Be happy in the moment, that’s enough. 
Each moment is all we need, not more.” - Mother Teresa

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Eight Months

I can’t believe she is 8 months old already... She won’t keep her bonnet and shoes on, but she does love her kitty cat and watching her older brothers and sisters play basketball from just inside my bedroom door!

(size 3-6 months - she is still a tiny one) from BabyMyLove 

(medium) from JellyCat

Courage, dear heart :: Narnia vaLENTines

“But no one except Lucy knew that as it circled the mast it had whispered to her, "Courage, dear heart," and the voice, she felt sure, was Aslan's, and with the voice a delicious smell breathed in her face.” 
― C.S. Lewis, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

With St. Valentine's Day falling on Ash Wednesday this year, Chiquita decided to pass out a quote from her favorite book series, along with a pre-lenten treat and promises to pray for each of her vaLENTines.  She picked two of our Rycraft Cookie Stamps and a gluten-free peanut butter cookie recipe.

Unbelievable Peanut Butter Cookies 

1 cup peanut butter • 1 cup sugar • 1 tsp vanilla • 1 egg

Mix all ingredients well. Form one inch balls and place on engrossed cookie sheet. Stamp with cookie stamp. Bake at 350˚F for 10-12 minutes. 

Rycraft Cookie Stamps

While she had the cookie stamps out, she also made a batch of Cream Cheese Candy. 

Our original St. Valentine's Day Mailboxes have been too small the last few years (some of the kids bring HUGE valentines) so she quickly decorated a new "mailbox" using one of the coloring pages from her Chronicles of Narnia Coloring Book

Ferdinand Valentines {with free printable}

If you were a flower, I'd pick you! 
Happy Saint Valentine's Day!

- Inspired by The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf
(we own the Spanish version too, a gift from my mother-in-law) 

Any flower shaped candy would tie in nicely. I would have loved to make long-stem chocolate roses with him if we had any Hershey's kisses, but instead we used candy melts and made red roses

It took him a couple days, but he signed all thirty of his valentines!

You are welcome to download our printable Ferdinand valentines if you'd like to use them too!