Friday, September 5, 2014

Chrysanthemums {Art Fridays}

We used the piece, Chrysanthemums by Utagawa Hiroshige along with some hand picked chrysanthemums and sunflowers for our Art inspiration this week. We also listened to The Flight of the Bumblebee by Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov. 

You can find both of these in the book Can You Hear it? or you can find them online of course! 

One of the hardest lessons for me with my oldest has been understanding his thought process with his drawings.  He can draw things in great detail and proportion if he chooses too- but other times it appears that he doesn't care and the page just looks like a bunch of scribbles. Today I took some time to sit down with them and realized that he was drawing with the music. He would speed up or slow down, use more pressure or less, depending on the dynamics in the song. It wasn't that he didn't care- he was just experiencing the activity in a different way!  We've referred to it as his "action" drawings. 

Dad's monochromatic approach. The kids really enjoyed having him here this morning! I love seeing his drawings and think I might start stashing them away. 

Next week we will say goodbye to summer by looking at View from Mount Holyoke, Northampton, Massachusetts, After a Thunderstorm- The Oxbow by Thomas Cole and listen to The Four Seasons: Summer by Vivaldi. 

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