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Seven Wonders Mystery: Upside-Down Drawing, Week 3, Cycle 1

The biggest impediment to drawing is our assumptions. We often miss the actual shape of a thing because we get stuck or intimidated about what we think it should look like. Why do we have kids draw something upside-down? To help students see … Continue reading

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King Tut: Mirror Image Drawing Lesson Week 2, Cycle 1

Ah, the second week of Fine Arts in the Classical Conversations program: Mirror Image! In my first year tutoring, this was a least favorite lesson, but now it’s my favorite and perhaps the most crucial of them all. I didn’t … Continue reading

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Horse Head Profile: Drawing Lesson 1, Cycle 1

For the first drawing lesson, we explore the basic shapes. In Classical Conversations, we spend the first six weeks of the Foundations program learning drawing lesson in the Fine Art segment of the class. My lessons were designed for the Masters class (ages 10-11), but the specific class I had last with cycle one were […]

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Jim Davis Art Lesson

I used this lesson below for my Masters class (ages 10-13) at my local Classical Conversations campus three years ago. For week 18, learning from the masters, the curriculum veers into the contemporary era and focuses on cartooning (much to the joy of this age of students)! Continue reading

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Lichtenstein, Pop Art Lesson

For this lesson on Lichtenstein and his 1960s comics’-inspired art, I thought a smaller-scale project would work better than what the Discovering Great Artists book suggests (considering time and space). Continue reading

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Andrew Wyeth lesson

The goal is to use watercolor to create a winter outdoor scene using dried glue–an easy method to create the illusion of snowflakes. Continue reading

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Georgia O’Keefe lesson

Three years ago, this lesson was used in my Masters class (kids ages 10-13) for Fine Arts, week 15 of cycle 3 for Classical Conversations, but really, I would do this project with even apprentices (ages 6-7). Continue reading

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