Category Archives: Unit Studies

Art History Outings at the VMFA: Renaissance and Age of Exploration

We’ll be looking mainly at paintings this month and noticing the shift from mostly religious subjects to portraiture, landscapes and still life paintings. Once again I’ve prepared a little scavenger hunt as well as a drawing prompt. Perspective is one … Continue reading

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October Nature Walk: Decomposers

This month we’ll be looking at the ways in which the cemetery is preparing for next spring’s growth. We’ll be looking at small things so if you have a magnifying glass bring it along. We’ll also be collecting and releasing … Continue reading

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Art History Outings at the VMFA: Medieval Art

This month we will be looking at Medieval European art. Much of this are deals with biblical themes and we will be looking at depictions of saints as well as some utilitarian items with decorative scenes. The printable is a … Continue reading

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Signs of Fall: September Nature Walk

Tomorrow we’ll be hitting the cemetery again to look for signs of the change of seasons. Hopefully the weather will cooperate but we do this rain or shine unless it is really storming. Please bring the printout below as well … Continue reading

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August Nature Walk: Where Is The Water?

Last month’s walk involved just familiarizing ourselves with Hollywood Cemetery a bit. This month I want to go on a bit of a hunt: for water sources. Please download and print the activity for this month and meet in the … Continue reading

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Art History Outings At The VMFA: Ancient & Classical Greece

This month’s outing will take a look at the the art and architecture of ancient and classical Greece. I’ve prepared two scavenger hunts to help us engage with the art more fully! One will be easy even for little children … Continue reading

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We’re Going On A Nature Walk!

Our first nature walk of the 2013-2014 school year was last week. We have a very large old cemetery in our neighborhood, with hills, mature trees, lots of cover for birds, and paved paths for walking! Taking a group of … Continue reading

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Art History: Prehistoric and Ancient Art Activities and Expedition Report

We’re kicking off our study of Art History with a look at some ancient art forms from around the world. Since we’ll be looking at Greek and Roman art separately I want to start by looking at cave and aboriginal … Continue reading

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Our “Easy Day”

One of my goals this year is to relax about school and getting things done. I find I have a habit of over-pressuring myself and then over-pressuring everyone else, so I deliberately made school plans this year to give us … Continue reading

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Art History for Second and Third Grade

This post contains affiliate links. I’ve been working on putting together an art history curriculum/unit study for the big children this year- mostly because I want to start training them to recognize beauty and I found some excellent resources at … Continue reading

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