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Art is too important not to Teach

When we want to know more about art, how to read it, understand it, and enjoy it…we need to know more about the tools that the artist uses. While artists educate themselves about color, line, shadow, symbols, and perspective to create their works, we, the viewers, educate ourselves about these same things so that we can engage with art works intelligently.

Saint Jerome in His Study by Albrecht Durer

I also have the analysis of Albrecht Durer’s engraving, Saint Jerome in His Study, at the end of this post in a video format. If you prefer videos be sure to check out and subscribe to my You Tube Channel. Dürer is often referred to as the DaVinci of the North, a true Renaissance man […]

Elementary Curriculum Recommendations

These are many wonderful curriculums out there, so this list just shows the tip of the iceberg. While the variety of choices is great, it is also OVERWHELMING. If you just need a place to start, I’d recommend these. Then as you get more comfortable with homeschooling you can branch out. To start with, cover […]

The Conversation That Is Art: An Introduction to the Study of Art History

Every discipline has its’ tools. Writer’s craft with words to stimulate the senses, rouse the emotions, and spark our ideas. Construction workers use tools to make an architect’s drawings a physical reality. Teachers use books, imagination, and dialog to inspire their students to learn. When we want to know more about art, how to read […]

The Conversation That Is Art

Art is an exchange of ideas that expands our understanding of what it means to be human. Across time, geography, and social constructs, artist reveal the world we live in and challenge us to think deeply about our place in it.  Art extends an open invitation to all, to join the conversation that is art, […]

The Habit of Thought

Whether parents with kids in school or homeschoolers, this area of the thought life of a child is central to life. I wrote the article for homeschoolers, but I find this area of life is something I still need to work at in my 50’s. We never outgrow the need to get better at managing […]

Video – Nativity Panel by Nicola Pisano at the Pisa Baptistery

Originally I shared the story of the Nativity Panel of the Pisa Baptistery pulpit in a blog, you can read it here, but decided to convert the material into a video for those who prefer that medium. The Baptistery Pulpit is a seminal piece of art marking the beginning of the Italian Renaissance. Nicola Pisano […]