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:
- How to Draw a Straight Line
- Drawing With the Right Side of the Brain
- Artistic Pursuits
- Meet the Masters
Any suggestions? Hope Harris has really gotten us inspired to learn more about art!