Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Fine Arts ~ September

Fine Arts Bulletin Board

Our Fine Arts bulletin board is now up! I found the perfect empty wall space facing the boys' bedroom door, so they will see it every time they come out of their room. Excellent. I used an old bulletin board I had and painted the cork black. Then I used foam letter stamps to paint Poetry, Words, Music, and Art at the top. (Okay, so the words aren't perfect, but better done imperfectly than not at all....)

Fine Arts Bulletin Board 2

Artist: Francisco Goya

I printed the Goya page from the Famous Artist Wall Chart (scroll down a bit to #2) at Practical Pages. This is posted on our Fine Arts bulletin board. Then I printed the featured work by Goya at Garden of Praise along with the description at The Metropolitan Museum of Art for our picture study (which will also be posted on the bulletin board when not in use). We will do a few of the Goya activities at Garden of Praise and read Getting to Know the World's Greatest Artists: Francisco Goya.

(All printed pages for the bulletin board go in page protectors. Printed worksheets are saved in the same sleeve as the picture study for easy access. Each month, we'll take down the pages and put them in a fine arts 3-ring binder with tabs each for artists, composers, and poets.)

Composer: Henry Purcell

We are reading about Henry Purcell at Wikipedia (and listening to samples of his music!). I printed his portrait with basic biography information for our bulletin board. I have the DVD of Purcell's opera, Dido and Aeneas in my collection, so we will dust it off and watch it.

Selections from YouTube:

Poet: William Shakespeare

I've posted previously about our Shakespeare studies. This time around, we'll be reading about Shakespeare in A Child's Introduction to Poetry and enjoying Poetry for Young People: William Shakespeare. I also printed his portrait (from Wikipedia) along with one of his poems for our bulletin board.

Blow, Blow, Thou Winter Wind

by William Shakespeare

Blow, blow, thou winter wind,
Thou art not so unkind
As man's ingratitude;
Thy tooth is not so keen
Because thou art not seen,
Although thy breath be rude.
Heigh-ho! sing heigh-ho! unto the green holly:
Most friendship is feigning, most loving mere folly:
Then, heigh-ho! the holly!
This life is most jolly.

Freeze, freeze, thou bitter sky,
Thou dost not bite so nigh
As benefits forgot:
Though thou the waters warp,
Thy sting is not so sharp
As friend remember'd not.
Heigh-ho! sing heigh-ho! unto the green holly:
Most friendship is feigning, most loving mere folly:
Then, heigh-ho! the holly!
This life is most jolly.

Reasonable Words:

To go with our theme quote for fine arts studies ‎("One ought, every day at least, to hear a little song, read a good poem, see a fine picture, and if it were possible, to speak a few reasonable words." ~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe), I thought I would add a few reasonable words to our bulletin board each month. I'm using Proverbs and Idioms from A First Dictionary of Cultural Literacy. (We will also use the proverbs for handwriting copy work during the month and those pages will go in the fine arts notebook.)

Necessity is the mother of invention.

Little strokes fell great oaks.


~beautyandjoy~ said...

LOVE how you teach. It's so beautiful.

Timi said...

I like your Fine Arts bulletin board! What a great idea!
And the words ARE perfect :o)!

Anonymous said...

Heidi, you painted the cork? Any special tips on how to do that (I didn't know that was possible)? I have an older cork board in the garage just waiting to be renewed! Thanks for sharing! ~C in Tualatin

Heidi said...

Connie~ I just brushed on acrylic craft paint. No special techniques. It does soak in a little, so you need quite a bit, but it's really easy. I didn't even tape off the edges because I wasn't in a perfectionist mood. :) I had previously painted black diamonds on it (that WAS a pain), so when I painted over it the diamonds still showed through a little. You might be able to tell that in the picture.

I hope you are feeling well!!!

Lora @ my blessed life said...

I love your board, Heidi!! Just yesterday I was getting our pages ready for *composer & artist of the month* (also using Practical Pages!) and was wondering if I should laminate them. Thanks for the page protector idea~I already have a ton of those!

Nadene said...

What a wonderful board! I love how you have laid it out and made it so simple to update and renew! Thanks for your link to my pages! I trust your fine arts studies are a rich and delightful journey!

Hannah said...

Love this. I was all excited because I just got our chore bulletin board done (covered in fabric, with motivational quotes and pockets for chore cards); maybe I will use that momentum and do a fine arts board inspired by yours!

commoncents said...

Just a quick note to say I really like your blog! Keep up the good work...

Common Cents

Kelly said...

very interesting! a great idea, and very beautifully done.

Anonymous said...

This is a fantastic ideal. Thanks for sharing.