Fundamentals of Art with a Focus on Iconography (3-5)
This course will be both practical and theoretical. Students grade will have age-appropriate opportunities to both explore the hands-on side of creating beautiful images as well as examining masterpieces to appreciate both their beauty and composition. Lessons should follow a basic routine. Opening prayers, greeting class with overview of the lesson, the direct instruction, discussion, practice, sharing and feedback. There will be short explanations of technique, modeling an example, and lots of class time to practice, with sharing and feedback. We will use basic art supplies to create different visual affects as we explore various styles of painting. Students will have warm up exercised to develop their ability to reproduce what they see. The teacher will lead discussions at the beginning of each weekly lesson and then students will create or recreate at least one element from the masterpiece. The teacher will describe steps and work alongside the students modeling each lesson. Students will have a chance to share their unique creation with classmates. It will be the responsibility of each student (and their helper) to upload a photo of the finished project for each assignment. The class will be semi-independent because the parent-helper will not need to be “in” class but nearby if the student needs help for example signing in or opening a container.
The primary objective of the course is to encourage students to love and better understand icons and how they are made. Students will identify color names and how to mix secondary colors. Students will be able to identify the kinds of lines (straight, curve, angle) and be able to reproduce drawings of single figures or up to 5 items in a still life. They will be able to identify several masterpieces and the name of the famous artist who made it. Students will expand their vocabulary for describing art and icons. Students will practice describing and observing masterpieces of art and reading icons.
Casey Newman has a Masters in Teaching from the University of New Hampshire with a background in Language. She taught secondary school for more than five years before starting a family. Now at home with children, she has focused on her passion for art. While she had some foundational art courses at UNH, she was blessed to participate in courses in iconography, and she developed her skills while caring for her three young children. Over the past 7 years she has shared the fruits of these labors on her children’s website for free coloring pages. She taught for a year as PreK teacher at a small Classical Academy in OH, but now homeschools her three children, choosing to continue with classical themes, methods and languages. Her passion for art has grown into an iconography studio in the home. firstname.lastname@example.org
Computer: You will need a stable, reliable computer, running with a processor with a speed of 1 GHz or better on one of the following operating systems: Mac OS X with Mac OS 10.7 or later; Windows 8, 7, Vista (with SP1 or later), or XP (with SP3 or later). We do not recommend using an iPad or other tablet for joining classes. An inexpensive laptop or netbook would be much better solutions, as they enable you to plug an Ethernet cable directly into your computer. Please note that Chromebooks are allowed but not preferred, as they do not support certain features of the Zoom video conference software such as breakout sessions and annotation, which may be used by our teachers for class activities.
High-Speed Internet Connection: You will also need access to high-speed Internet, preferably accessible via Ethernet cable right into your computer. Using Wi-Fi may work, but will not guarantee you the optimal use of your bandwidth. The faster your Internet, the better. We recommend using a connection with a download/upload speed of 5/1 Mbps or better. You can test your Internet connection here.
Headset: We recommend using a headset rather than a built-in microphone and speakers. Using a headset reduces the level of background noise heard by the entire class. Headset Recommendations: USB | 3.5mm
Zoom: We use a web conferencing software called Zoom for our classes, which enables students and teachers to gather from around the globe face to face in real time. Zoom is free to download and easy to use. To download Zoom:
- Visit zoom.us/download.
- Click to download the first option listed, Zoom Client for Meetings.
- Open and run the installer on your computer.
- In August, students will be provided with instructions and a link for joining their particular class.
Scanner: In this class, students frequently submit homework assignments by scanning pages from their workbooks. Students and/or their parents should have easy access to a scanner and the ability to use it.
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