Art Study Resources
Picture Talks -PNEU Article
Looking at Art -PDF
What to Draw and How to Draw It Used in PNEU Programs Archive
Drawing for Young Children Archive
Drawing for Children and Others Used in PNEU Programs Archive
Consider the Draw Write Now series as well
Many of the books from the series World's Greatest Composer or World's Greatest Artist by Mike Venezia can be found at Archive. These are "borrow" only versions. Archive
Making Art Fun- Free printable biographies of several artists
NGA: An Eye for Art-Mary Cassatt (PDF)
NGA: An Eye for Art-Edgar Degas (PDF)
NGA: An Eye for Art-Look for many different artists
NGA: Kid's Video Tours -Short video clips focused on specific works from many artists
Coloring Pages- Free printable coloring pages
Music Study Resources
The Wide World of Music -This interactive site allows students to hear and become familiar with 100 instruments! The symbols at the top also designates to which musical group it belongs and whether it is part of a classical orchestra. Thank you B- for sharing this!
Composer of the Month -great website which features a composer each month along with resources to study this composer.
Piano Explorer -we have a subscription to this magazine as a part of our tuition with our piano teacher. We received it from her each month or so and it counted as our theory homework for that week. I love this magazine! If your children are taking piano lessons, it will be very helpful. We found that we had little need for composer study, outside of listening to their CDs, because every issue has a composer focus. The site has music for the students to listen as well as teacher guides with answer keys. Even in a family where only one child is taking piano lessons, the instruments and composer studies will add to your music lessons.
Introduction to Music
Classics for Children-audio CD
Making Music Fun- free printable pages
Carnegie Hall-Listening Adventures- free interactive game for Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra; requires Adobe Flash
Printable Musical Instruments- not fancy by any means, but possibly helpful
A Famous French Composer- short biography of Saint-Saens
Robert Schumann: IMSLP (Audio Files)
The artist studies will generally focus on one artist per term, allowing the students to become familiar with each artist's own unique style. This is one area which lends itself well to family style study. Some years will include 4 artists with the idea that one could be included in a summer term, or you may wish to spend 9 weeks on one artist rather than 12 weeks in that particular year.
Composer Studies, like the artist studies, will generally focus on one composer per term, allowing students to become familiar with each composer's own unique style. Careful attention has been paid to which composers are studied in which year to both meet the developmental needs of children in that year and to highlight the history or literature themes for that year's study. A careful focus has been made to include composers of each major era (Baroque, Classical, Romantic and Modern) along with representatives for opera, ballet and jazz. This area, like Artist Studies, is an area which lends itself well to family studies. Some years will include 4 composers with the idea that one could be included in a summer term, or you may wish to spend 9 weeks on one composer over 12 weeks.
Formal lessons with an instrument are a great way to achieve good music technique and theory, but this is not possible for every family. Singing, Sol-fa, Choir and many other activities provide music technique and theory, giving the student opportunities to learn the language of music and a creative outlet of expression while honing motor skills, refining habits and reinforcing discipline.
Equally important is the student's own instruction in the skills and techniques behind creating art. This further augments a student's practice in important habits such as attention and application. Drawing, painting and sculpting are just some of the variations in art techniques practiced and some suggested resources will be included to achieve this.