On Monday, I wrote a post about Charlotte Mason’s picture study technique for homeschool art appreciation. Today, I thought I would further the resources on this topic and do some of the art finding and selecting for you. I plan on creating several posts with several suggestions of artists and artworks for this activity. First, I decided I would start with a year of American Art–6 artists with 6 artworks each. Then as I was preparing it all, I realized the post would be way too massive! So, we will do one artist at a time. The first is African-American artist Henry Ossawa Tanner.
I have created a picture study printable for you about this artist. It includes all of the below information and is formatted and ready to print or pull up on your computer. You can buy the PowerPoint for $1.50.
The following links will help you discuss these works with your children. These works are specifically chosen for the Charlotte Mason Picture Study technique described in the first link.
- Charlotte Mason’s Picture Study: An Easy Way to Introduce Art to Your Kids
- How to Look at Art with Children
- Free Art Appreciation Printable Worksheet Bundle
Artist: Henry Ossawa Tanner (1859-1937)
“One of the first African-American artists to achieve a reputation in both America and Europe, Henry Ossawa Tanner worked in the Naturalist and genre traditions of American art. Though his work grew increasingly mainstream and allegorical, his early depictions of humble black folk about their daily lives are regarded as classic statements of African-American pride and dignity.” — PBS. Visit http://www.pbs.org/wnet/ihas/icon/tanner.html for more biographical information.
Works included in this Resource:
- Daniel in the Lions’ Den, 1907–18
- Spinning by Firelight – The Boyhood of George Washington Gray, 1894
- The Annunciation, 1898
- The Banjo Lesson, 1893
- The Thankful Poor, 1894
- The Three Marys, 1910
You can buy this lesson a la carte through the below link.
Which one is your favorite painting by this artist? Why? What artist would you like me to cover in future posts?
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