Friday, August 22, 2008

Art appreciation on Friday

Fridays we usually reserve for art or music, "life skills" (which for Una usually means baking, cooking or sewing), and our spelling tests. Sometimes there is history or science in the more fun form of a VHS or DVD.

Today for art we learned a little about Hieronymus Bosch, a 15th century Dutch painter who was just weird enough to capture the kids' imagination. First we read the children's book, Pish-Posh, Said Hieronymus Bosch. Then we looked at some of his works in my own art books. I found a very high-definition image of his Garden of Earthly Delights tryptich on Google and we scanned it over looking at all the fascinating details. Then I challenged the kids to come up with their own Bosch-like creations, things that were part animal and part household item. We had a lot of fun with that. It was a good day. Adrian fell asleep on the floor and Dominic took a three hour nap, too. Wow. I love it when that happens.

1 comment:

  1. The creepy sinfulness in this painting has always uuummm...creeped me out! It disturbs me MUCH-and yet it is an effort to look away-and the longer I look the more disturbed -and ashamed I am-the artists purpose I am sure.

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