What is Artist Study?
We cannot measure the influence that one or another artist has upon the child’s sense of beauty, upon his power of seeing, as in a picture, the common sights of life; he is enriched more than we know in having really looked at even a single picture.
You can easily integrate artist study into your weekly lessons without adding a large time commitment. Charlotte Mason encourages choosing one person at a time. The goal is not to be an expert on every influencer, rather, to become familiar with one or two per year. Slowing down and narrowing your focus to a single artist will result in absorbing the beautiful work and contribution of one life.
Artist study is an important part of your child’s educational feast. It leads to a rich, full education. Here are simple steps to a successful artist study:
- Choose an artist focus for a semester.
- Study one of their best paintings each week.
- Look at the painting intently for several minutes with your student.
- Remove the image and ask your student to narrate what they have seen.
- Look at the painting again and ask questions to further guide their observations. (What type of colors are used? How did the artist use space? How did the artist use proportion? If you could ask the artist a question, what would you ask? What would you title this painting?)
- Give your student opportunities to create their own art inspired by their artist study.