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Picasso, That’s Who!

I was lucky enough to receive a complimentary copy of Hope Harris’s new CD Picasso, That’s Who! in exchange for my honest opinion and review–which is I love it! It fits in perfectly with everything our family tries to do with Carschooling. The music is catchy, and Hope works in a lot of factual information as well. Who would have ever thought to write a song for children about Paul Klee? Hope Harris, that’s who!

Here are the artists she sings about:

  • Jackson Pollock
  • Pablo Picasso
  • David Hockney
  • Grandma Moses
  • Alexander Calder
  • Georgia O’Keeffe
  • Paul Klee
  • Romare Bearden
  • Henri Matisse
  • Claude Monet

The Henri Matisse link will take you to a great project  from Exploring More.  The Jackson Pollock link will take you to Teaching Stars where Kristen has used this CD as a springboard for some very cool art activities with her girls. If I can ever find a free weekend to breathe, I’m going to try to work up something fun for Monet.   We have already been reading books from the library about him. Stay tuned!

I do have one major suggestion for parents who are using Picasso, That’s Who! on the road. You really need to have two adults in the car, plus an art history book. The first time we listened to this CD we were driving to my folks’ house. I kept wanting to show pictures to Bruce and Jenna of the art that was being sung about, but didn’t have any materials with me. So at Grandma and Grandpa’s, I “liberated” my old AP Art History Text H.W. Janson’s History of Art. Then on the way home my husband drove and I could flip through Janson and find the right picture.

And now a plea to my blog readers, especially those of you who are homeschoolers. I’d like spend Mondays this summer doing structured, directed art lesson with both Bruce(7) and Jenna(2). I have no artistic training myself, so I need something “teacher proof” (although I hate that term!) These are some of the books and programs I am considering:

Any suggestions? Hope Harris has really gotten us inspired to learn more about art!


  1. Kristen says:

    We started Drawing With Children by Mona Brooks and it was going really well because Howard was teaching it. But then he picked up extra hours at work and had no time to dedicate to it so art kept getting pushed to the wayside. I finally broke down and purchased Atelier during the Buyers’ Co-Op. I haven’t started it yet but I’ll let you know how it goes later this year. 🙂

  2. JenRay says:

    We have done about half of the first Artistic Pursuits book, which is called “The Way They See It” and is really for parents of preschoolers to better understand how it is about process and not product, and for kids to experiment. I plan to get book 1 soon. I like that it involves studying the masters some, but is really pretty open ended when it comes to the student project. (They aren’t just trying to duplicate, and that was important to me.)
    We also have done just one lesson of Meet the Masters. We loved that one lesson, but I find it harder to work into our schedule. And it was much more specific about the student project – although she was very pleased with her work, and it was quite stunning. I think they have a sample lesson you can try.
    I just won a DVD from Home Art Studio with Lindsey Volin. So I haven’t seen it yet, but we are eager to try it out.
    My kid says she wants to be an artist when she grows up, so I am happy to try a few and find a good fit to keep up her enthusiasm. But for now, AP seems to work the best for us.

    • jenbrdsly says:

      Sorry Jen, this was stuck in my SPAM folder! You have some good feedback to share. I ended up putting a bid on EBay for Artistic Pursuits. Now I just need to keep my fingers crossed. 🙂

  3. Lori says:

    We are homeschoolers & I use Meet the Masters which we love. Years ago I was a volunteer “art mom” & used this same program in the public schools & the kids loved it. You can get the curriculum at HomeSchool Buyer’s.com. I’ve tried a lot of different curriculum including the Drawing with Kids book (not a hit), but nothing catches our attention & focus as much as Meet the Masters. I like how you learn about the artist, the techniques they used, & then create your own masterpiece!

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