One of the things I love the most about homeschooling is that I get to choose the curriculum I use and I decide how to deliver it. While we study the core subjects, I have a few electives that we incorporate into our school days as well. My favourite elective is art.
My daughter recently attended an 8-week homeschool art program. The focus of this program was to study Canadian artists. My daughter expressed a huge interest in Maud Lewis, so I decided to extend her interest into a full artist study.
We had such a great success with our Paul Klee artist study last year, I felt we were due for another in-depth artist study.
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Here is the Maud Lewis painting my daughter crafted which sparked her interest and inspired our study.
Who is Maud Lewis?
To start our study, we searched the internet to find out different facts about Maud Lewis. Here are a few things we discovered:
* Maud Lewis was Canadian and was born in Nova Scotia.
* She lived from March 7, 1903 – July 30, 1970
* She suffered from juvenile rheumatoid arthritis.
* She is a renowned folk-artist.
* Many of her paintings were small (the size of a standard piece of paper).
* She never mixed colours.
* Much of the materials and paint she used were leftovers dug up from different places (many came from shipyards).
We collected our information from a number of sources:
We also stumbled upon a children’s picture book about the life of Maud Lewis. I borrowed the book from the library for us to read.
As we researched more about Maud Lewis, we came across these two videos.
The first shares the life and work of Maud Lewis.
The second video was a short documentary about a class of grade 6 students who were inspired by Maud Lewis’ work.
After doing the research, reading the children’s picture book, and watching the videos, my daughter created another piece of art which was inspired by this painting:
The Curriculum Summary
– planning, drawing, and painting with acrylics
– discussion about how paint is made
– watched a video about what acrylic paint is made of
– watched episode of “How it’s Made – House Paints”
– explore different ways to make paint dry (hot setting on a blow dryer, fan, etc.)
– counting animals, people, and buildings in the different paintings
– make a chart of the animals, people, buildings in the paintings
– how long Maud Lewis lived
– research Nova Scotia (where Maud Lewis lived)
– read: Nova Scotia (Canada Close Up)
– discussed art as a career
– as mentioned previously, we read various books throughout this study
– document what we learned about the artist in a booklet
– investigated juvenile rheumatoid arthritis
Maud Lewis was a fascinating artist to study and we learned so much throughout this project.
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