I was struggling with ideas on how to study the Great Painters of the World with my children. I really wanted them to have this experience. So when I was given an opportunity to do a review on one of the project packs from In the Hands of a Child, of course, I chose Great Painters of the World. What a blessing!
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When we first received our Project Pack from In the Hands of a Child I wanted to jump right in!
Of course, we didn’t. Being a homeschooling mom, I got out a binder and began to organize. This isn’t the first time I have used a product from In the Hands of a Child. I love the way the packs are laid out. It makes printing and assembling so easy.
The Great Painters of the World project pack includes:
- Planning Guide
- Related Reading
- Activity Instructions
- Folder Instructions
- Sample Pictures
- Research Guide
- Answer Key
First, I began by printing everything, paying close attention to special printing instructions for the reproducibles. I put the related reading list in the front folder and the planning guide in a page protector. I then three hole punched the rest of the pages(except the reproducibles) and added tabs for the vocabulary, activities, and instructions, and the activities answer key. The green folder you see behind the tabs is where I stored the reproducibles until they were needed.
I then put additional books on hold at the library. Of course, you don’t have to use additional books, all the information needed to complete a pack is included. I love easy!
These are some of the books we used:
Then we read through the research guide and completed some of the activities as we went through the individual painters. Which is another aspect of these project packs that I like, you pick and choose which activities to complete without the pressure of trying to get them all finished.
These are the painters included in the Great Painters of the World project pack:
- Giotto di Bondone
- Leonardo da Vinci
- Henri Matisse
- Michelangelo Buonarroti
- Edgar Degas
- Marc Chagall
- Salvador Dali
- Paul Cezanne
- Claude Monet
- Pierce-Auguste Renoir
- Mary Cassatt
- Henri Rousseau
- Vincent van Gough
- Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec
- Grandma Moses
- Pablo Picasso
- Georgia O’Keeffe
- Jackson Pollock
- Andy Warhol
Here are the kiddos trying their hand at the pop culture painting style for which contemporary American painter Andy Warhol was famous. My daughter is painting a jar of colored stones and my son is painting a candle holder, which he removed from the wall!
They also tried to draw a landscape with their nondominant hands like Renoir did when he broke his right arm in a bicycle accident! They giggled their way through this one.
Finally the assembling of the lapbook and photos of the finished product:
I think figuring out where to put their collection of mini-books, flaps, and folded display material was half the fun 🙂
We really enjoyed the Great Painters of the World project pack. This study made the painters real for my children. The research guide included personal information about the painters which really brought it home for them.
What I like most about the lapbook is now we have a portfolio of our study of famous painters that we can return to time and again!
So if you are looking for a fun, hands-on way of learning for your children(and yourself) I highly recommend grabbing one of the project packs from In the Hands of a Child.
Thank you, Hands of a Child for this opportunity.