Resurrection to Reformation:
We studied Rembrandt's painting titled "Belshazzer's Feast" this week for our Looking at Pictures fine arts study together. Reading this book sheds a whole new light (no pun intended
) on studying art. Reading about the background of the artist, the historical context, the actual making of the painting, the artist's techniques that draw the eye certain places, the use of light, etc. - I feel that we now have a much better understanding of what people are doing when they go to an art museum and study a painting for long periods of time! This was not the kind of 'art' I had in school, and looking back, I now see how much I was missing out. This Charlotte Mason inspired picture study using "Looking at Pictures" and RTR's Art Gallery notebooking pages has been pure fun for Riley and me. At the end of our picture study, I always read the key idea in the RTR guide, as it has a timely Charlotte Mason quote that pertains to the art of picture study. It feels like we visited an art museum and never left our home!
When I meet with Riley early in the morning, after him reciting his Scripture Memory work of Phil. 1, and after him sharing his oral narration for history (if it was a day he had one), the Art Study box is the next thing we do. It is always dark outside still, and we are in our pjs snuggled under an electric blanket on our living room couch with the fireplace on. I like to set the mood for school, and just by chance, this time of day and mood seems just right for our own private Art Study time together in RTR.
For Riley's Independent History Study box this week, he read "Gabriel's Hour Book," which is a story of the making of an "hour book" as a wedding gift from King Louis of France to Lady Anne of Brittany. Brother Stephen's makes the book and little Gabriel is his color grinder. After the book is done, Gabriel secretly puts a note in the book to Lady Anne telling her all he did to help the book as it was made and praying that she would let his father out of prison, and give back their meadow and sheep. I won't tell you the end, but it is a happy one!
Riley LOVED coloring his own illumination by using brightly colored pencils to color on top of the provided illumination in the RTR Student Notebook, and then writing his verses upon it. It turned out so lovely, and he was happy to take a picture of it!
In Science, Riley is enjoying reading "Along Came Galileo." We both prefer narrative books like this for science as opposed to dry textbooks. Books like "Along Came Galileo" make science come to life!
RTR's Science notebooking assignments are a great way for Riley to show what he has learned. He really has to put some thought and careful work into completing them, and he has learned to independently follow the steps of directions in the RTR guide carefully, and in order.
Here Riley is with his book and his completed notebooking assignment...