Friday, March 6, 2009

Picture Study: Weeks 27-28

Week 27:

Paul CézanneHarlequin, 1888-1890

We discussed the use of shapes in Cezanne's paintings and what a harlequin was, hence these observations LOL:
"Her/ his diamond patterned suit is black and red."
"A harlequin is a mute character in pantomime."
A Wikipedia biography of Cézanne and another biography and gallery of works here.

Week 28:

Johannes Vermeer
A Lady Writing, c. 1665

Personally I was very taken by this painting but DS is still not as enthusiastic about these short picture study sessions as I had hoped. We may switch to reading Mike Venezia's Artist biographies if he continues to be uninspired (hopefully it isn't one of those attempts of mine where I am more excited about a project or curriculum than he is).

Anyway, here's a little something about Vermeer and his writing lady.

And DS's little notes:
"She's writing with a quill."

and later, with a little encouragement from me:
"The artist uses browns and blacks for the background." and
"The subject wears lighter colors than the background."


  1. I think if I remember right, without going back through your posts, that you are using a cool art calendar you found and are recording his observations in the calendar. This is a great idea, but since he is not responding as well as you hoped, here is what worked for me to peak my DS' interest. I checked out various art books in the library (usually for children, like those by Blizzard) and we just paged through them and I would tell him maybe one line about the painting, as little as who the artist was and the name of the painting. Then I had him page back through and pick a favorite. That would be the artist I would focus on for the next week or two. First I would find a copy of that painting (or one by the same artist) on Google Images to use as our computer wallpaper. Then I would try to find a simple biography (Mike Venezia is good for this), or a book with other paintings by the same artist we could look at. When we finished with that one, we would pull the art book out and he would pick a new favorite.

    By doing this I was trying to follow his interests within the subject. Once he had a love (or at least a "like") of art, then I could direct it a little more with my choices. You could do this with your calendar. Who says you have to go in date order? Good luck.

  2. Now that's an amazing idea...why didn't I think of that (slap on forehead!)? Thank you!


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