Fine Art Adventures: 36 Creative, Hands-On Projects Inspired by Classic Masterpieces
Art is one of those subjects that sometimes slide into oblivion. I've found that much like science experiments having the supplies on hand makes it much more likely to be completed. The projects within are explained in simple terms, the materials needed are easy to find, and the resulting projects look amazing.
I especially like the liberal use of tracing paper. This book is not a "learn how to draw" class, and I'm fine with that. The projects included make it easy to use with a variety of ages- I'd say first through 8th grade. Of course, some projects may not appeal to either older or younger students, but most are middle of the road enough to work at home.
If you are driven to complete the entire book in a year that is doable on one project a week. That's probably not going to happen here although since it's the beginning of the year, I'm optimistic that it could happen.
I'm debating if I want to complete the book in order or if I want to skip around the art book to make it match up with our history study. There is a cave painting project that would be fun at the beginning of the year, and the tiger diorama just looks fun, and I'd like to make that while we can still paint outside. (Chicago winters aren't the best for painting shoe boxes in the garage)
The eight chapters cover a particular technique or subject of fine art: Color, Light & Shade, Shape, Black & White, Portraits, Landscapes, Animals, and Myths & Legends. All chapters include a famous work of art, and then the projects emulate or compliment that art.
I've written a complete supply list which you can download FREE- here on my Study Guide page.