It’s our first official week of Stay at Home Summer Camp! Our kick-off theme is Art. We’re sticking mostly to painters. We started off the week, looking through a handful of books for kids on different painters. Then we brainstormed several artist and art related subjects we were interested in learning about. We decided to learn about a painter and an art related subject each day. We are also having an art project each day. We voted on our top 5 artist. To keep it fair, I assigned a point value to the choices so the highest priorities get the most weight. Since my children are a little older, we’re dividing up the assignments. Each of us shared what we learned about our assigned artist and we were each in charge of sharing an art project. Once again my children showed me why I should never underestimate their abilities. Many of the art projects were way above what I had expected.
The first artist we learned about was Minerva Teichert. She was an LDS artist who painted western and Mormon scenes. We talked a little about her life and her artistic training. I was most impressed with her drive to paint; it was a need for her. I guess I relate because there are things that I need to stay sane that seem like wants to others. Minerva’s husband must have been supportive of her work, seeing all that she accomplished in between raising five children and the grueling life of working the ranch. She painted murals in the Manti Utah Temple, and has many pieces displayed around the Brigham Young University campus.
We discussed briefly the different mediums artists use; oil paints, watercolors, pastels, charcoal and acrylic paint are just a few. To finish off the day’s lesson, we took a nature walk armed with a sketch pad and pencil. It’s interesting that we all focused on different parts of the neighborhood. After a short walk around the block, we gathered at the kitchen table and added color to our pictures with watercolor paints.