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Cluade Monet wraps up our study of artists for now. I'm sure we will do more, but, for now we will take a rest. Monet was such a prolific artists and correspondingly, there are many children books written about him. We had no problems borrowing books about Monet from the library! My favorite two books about Monet are actually from the same series, Katie and the Waterlily Pond, and Katie and the Impressionists

For our art work, we painted a water scene with cotton balls, and then made water lilies once it was dry. For the second art project, we stamped with flowers, and once that dried, we scraped blue paint across to make a water scene. I'm so happy with how this turned out.

Now hopefully, I'll have the energy to move onto one or two sewing projects. 

Continuing with our art lessons, we read about Georgia O'Keeffe. I love the work of Georgia O'Keeffe. I love that she's a woman and I love that she painted what she liked. 

We read lots of library books about Georgia, my favorite was Georgia O'Keeffe in Hawaii: When Georgia O'Keeffe Painted What She Pleased. I took Holly and Greta to our local rose garden and they sketched what they wanted to paint. Later, I encouraged them to use bright paints to paint their flowers. I love how their art turned out. 

And a couple of great quotes from Georgia O'Keeffe. Trying to tie in some writing with the arts. 

"To Create one's world in any of the arts takes courage."

"I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn't say any other way - things I had no words for."

This is one of the things I love about homeschool. 

Cross Country in Elementary school is one of the cutest thing ever. I can't help but get a little emotional at the finish line! Holly and Greta did cross country this fall at our neighborhood school. It was fun for them to go to practices and run with kids they know. They both did so great and pushed themselves hard! Greta qualified for the All City race. She has an engine! At her two races she came in 7th and 5th. She ran her second half mile race in 4 minutes! It's been really fun and rewarding to watch these girls practice and apply themselves. Conor has been awesome and he's taken them on some morning runs. So, so cute! 

First up, photos from the first meet.

And the second meet!

Remember when Holly ran cross country in first grade? So cute!

Our most recent art project was Jackson Pollock mimicry. One thing you ought to know about Holly and Greta is that they know how to consume art supplies at the fastest rate possible and therefore they had no problem dumping a ton of paint on poster paper. They really enjoyed this art project!

Unfortunately there are not a lot of children's books about Jackson Pollock, but we did read Action Jackson. We also borrowed from a the library a book with photographs of his work.

I recently visited the Chicago Art Institute and my girls were so jealous that I saw works by Mattisse, Pollock and Georgia O'Keeffe in person! That enthusiasm for art makes all of this worth it. This is one thing I love about homeschooling!

It's no secret that we are homeschooling this year. It has so far been a big roller coaster and rather exhausting, but in it I have found so much joy. It has felt like coming home. I love having a platform and time to do things with my daughters that I want to do. I love reading to them, learning with them and discussing topics like self control. We all really enjoyed art this week. We read books about Henri Matisse and made paper cut-out art. 

The books we read (each more than once!) are:

  • Matisse the king of color by Laurence Anholt
  • Colorful Dreamer the story of Artist Henri Matisse by Marjorie Blain Parker
  • A Bird or Two by Bijou Le Tord
  • The Iridescence of Birds by Patricia MacLachlan

I had the girls copy out a couple of his quotes:

"Creativity takes courage." And, "There are always flowers for those who want to see them." Another good one is, "What I had to do, I did the best I could." And the last one that has stuck with me is, "My mother loved everything I did."

I got the idea for this project from the book, Playful Learning. We have three more artists to read about and mimic. I'm excited about this!

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