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Degas with Chalk

…my favorite project so far for the year… Continue reading

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Teaching a Monet Landscape

In this lesson (week 14 for Fine Arts in Classical Conversations curriculum), the entire idea of Impressionism receives its debut. Continue reading

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Teaching Gainesborough, Master English Painter

Here we will study a little about Thomas Gainesborough, an English painter who lived in the 18th century, and I’ll walk you through my lesson of a painting project for students. Continue reading

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“Multiple Choice” Final Drawing Project, Week 6, Classical Conversations

I’ve seen a lot of panic over the years about the week 6 final drawing project for Classical Conversations communities. I’ve seen some tutors go to great lengths to find or create a project that combines all previous lessons: looking … Continue reading

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Castle Perspective Lesson, Week 5

Perspective. Journeymen and Masters (ages 9-12), whom I teach, have typically been introduced to the concept already, so what can they do next? Fitting with the medieval theme for this fall of Classical Conversations, I chose a castle. Continue reading

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Cubist Queen Mash-Up Art Lesson

For an abstract drawing project to fit into this year’s medieval history theme, I came up with a “Monarch Mash-up,” a nod to Cubism, the first abstract style of modern art. This is the practice of analyzing forms, breaking them down and putting them back together–but not necessarily all from the same perspective.
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How I Talk to My Students about Drawing on Day One

When I came into the Classical model of education, one of the things I loved about it is that it echoes what I already know to be true about the drawing/artistic “talent.” It’s not an “either you were born with … Continue reading

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