Drawing Portraits

This month we are learning about art from all over the world. Mother Goose Time’s theme this month is Art Studio and we will be traveling to Italy, France, Spain, The Netherlands, and England to discover famous works of art. This week, we specifically talked about portraits and The Mona Lisa painted by Leonardo Di Vinci.

We started the day by putting together puzzles of famous portraits. There were 4 different portraits cut up in different ways. We had to figure out which piece went with which puzzle by comparing colors. Then, we had to figure out which way each piece had to go in the puzzle.

The next thing we did was our art project. We made a mix and match book. This is not something I knew before but, back in the olden days, artists painted the body of the portrait first before they painted a person’s face. Customers could choose their favorite body and the painter would paint their head on that body. Kind of a cool fact! For our book, we colored the pages of heads and bodies in the book, including our own head and body on the last page. Then we cut each portrait in half so we could mix and match heads and bodies. My girls LOVED this activity. They had so much fun creating their own portraits and mixing their head with different bodies.

For the STEAM activity, my girls pretended to be artists! They got their baby dolls all situated in a chair and drew their portraits. It was so adorable!

The last activity we did was a writing activity. We wrote letters, words, and drew pictures on a white paper with a white crayon. I loved this activity. It is such an engaging activity that can easily be adjusted for each learner. I had my older child write words, and my younger child write letters. They both drew pictures. After we wrote and drew on the paper, we painted over them with watercolors to reveal their secret messages.

I am so excited for this month to learn new things about famous art pieces. And I am also so excited to see what new art my girls will come up with. It should be a great art filled, creative month.

** I receive curriculum from Mother Goose Time for honest and authentic stories resulting from my daily experiences using the curriculum. This is my 3rd year using Mother Goose Time, and I am pleased to promote quality educational learning experiences through play with Mother Goose Time!

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