Anyway, I snapped a few pictures of last week's Tea Time. It's our weekly time where we study music and art. What you can't see is that Dvorak's "Humoresque" is playing in the background, making us especially hoity toity.
We start Friday's art study by examining a piece by our current artist. This term, we're studying Mary Cassatt. We talk about what we notice in the painting - who/what is in the picture? How are they framed/posed? What are they doing? What kind of colors do you see? How does the painting make you feel? Do you like it or not? Why do you think he/she chose to paint this? How is it similar to, or different than, other paintings we've looked at? You know, uppity questions like that.
After that, I'll give them a little more time to examine the picture, then I close the book and ask them to 'narrate' to me what the painting is like - to describe it in as careful detail as possible. Then we'll pull the book back out, and they'll sketch their own copy of the work. They really get to know the painting well by the end of it!