Saturday, March 20, 2010

Mama work

Sometimes it takes some research to teach the things we need to teach our children in homeschooling.

I am not a person who draws. But my kids are... I am more of the 'art history' type art buff. But in the last year, my children have started to really require me to show them how to use the techniques that they are being asked to use... so I have stepped up and am starting by teaching myself to draw with all the many mediums and techniques that I am requiring them to use in our schooling. I read through all of the sections of Live Education on drawing with different mediums, I have looked online for different techniques and new ways of looking at the materials.... and finally, I am getting the hang of drawing (after some serious mess-ups... of course).

These are some of my most recent pictures that will be examples for main lesson book drawings in the near future:

Noah's Ark in the stormy sea, in colored pencil.

Grains of the World: Oats, in graphite pencil

Grains of the World: Wheat, in colored pencil

Grains of the World: Corn, in beeswax crayon



Sadie said...

Your drawings are beautiful! What are you using curriculum now? Live Education? I was looking at Oak Meadow- still on the fence about it.

Val in the Rose Garden said...

Yep... I am using Live Education... and although I think it is fantastic, it is really hard to follow. So I will not be using it again. Now I am looking into Earth Schooling. Their unit studies are only $24 each and it is an entire month block. I am not sure when I will get it (I have a whole year of LE) but I think that is what I will be going with after this.

Thanks for the comments on the drawings. I am still learning... but feeling more confident by the day.



PS Haven't looked at Oak Meadow in a couple years... will have to look again. :)

Jessica Willows said...

I love your blog Val and thank you for sharing your art!!


Naturalearthfarm said...

Yes, we are just getting back to a homelearning with waldorf methods, and it sure does take lots of preparation and heart and mind work from the parent. We have come back to it fully though as it is what feels right for our family.
Your pictures look great.
Warm wishes and joy, Tonya

Heather said...

Wow, I so relate to this post. I have had these same struggles with my boys, and it has been an interesting and fun journey of discovery. Thank you for the reminder