I've done some reading on "picture study". It is part of a Charlotte Mason curriculum. I have been a bit skeptical on the idea but thought I would give it a try. So I borrowed a few art books from the library and decided upon this one.
Last Tuesday while eating snack I introduced the picture.
Harlequin by Pablo Picasso
We talked about what we noticed and every day during snack I would ask them a few more questions: what colors do you see?, what shapes do you see?, what do you think it is about? and so forth. I then told them the title and artist's name and each day they would tell me the names back. It seemed to be going pretty well.
Today we answered the question that was on the opposing page( I had it covered all week) It asks about the shape that is on the shirt: squares. You then turn the page and there are 4 more pictures of other artwork with squares.
Our goal for today was to draw a picture using predominately squares.
I thought we all did a decent job.
From top to bottom:
William was working hard on making all four sides equal... and mama too!
Landon would draw his squares while saying 1, 2, 3, 4. He was learning how they have four sides and counting.
I have to say I thought this was a pretty neat idea and will continue working through the book as it covers all different shapes.
My favorite part of the week was when both boys were trying to pronounce Pablo Picasso- it always made me smile.