Today I want to introduce you to the tech-based learning discovery experiences of the Famous Artists Online Unit Study (Vol. 1) from Techie Homeschool Mom. The unit studies from Techie Homeschool Mom are designed to integrate multiple subjects across multiple age levels. This online unit study incorporates, information, activities, along with creating original artwork. The online unit study is meant to be self-paced.
Beth Napoli, of Techie Homeschool Mom provides resources designed to guide learners in this ever-changing digital world. From historical figures to famous artists to specific time periods and more, Techie Homeschool Mom has something for everyone. These studies are designed for mid=elementary school children through middle school children. Even though our daughter was outside of these age ranges, I still felt this product had something to offer our artistic daughter.
This online unit study provided an excellent amount of videos, text, audio files and more to help keep my daughter’s artistic mindset interested. Once we were able to login to the course, the first section of the course provided detailed instructions on how the course was structured, how to used emaze (required to create an online digital art gallery. Emaze is an additional site that is required for this particular unit study. The instructions provided in the course made it easy to complete this task.
Once we were set up with emaze, our daughter quickly moved into learning about what is art. Then the course moved into information about specific artists and their time periods including Leonardo da Vinci, John James Audobon, Claude Monet, Paul Cézanne, Georges Seurat, Gustav Klimt, Henri Matisse, Wassily Kandinsky, Pablo Picasso, and Salvador Dali. The one thing I loved about this unit study is that it is meant to be self-paced. So if your student wants to take off on rabbit trails, they can do so easily.
Our daughter had to do a parody of the Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci. She turned the Mona Lisa into a Medusa look-alike and I think she did a pretty good job. However, when she found out I had shared the drawing with her father, she seemed to be rather surprised that I had done so. Her brothers who saw the drawing thought she did an excellent job and were immediately able to recognize what she had done.
For each artist, our daughter had to create a word document in the program of our choice to record her thoughts and information regarding the Artistic Movement, the artist, artwork of the artist along with recording the information about the artwork. One thing I liked as a parent is that students are given links to go to in order to find the artwork and information. The videos are primarily contained within the online unit study, so children are not just wandering around the Internet without guidance. I feel this material presented is age appropriate with the exception of the nudity.
If our daughter was younger, I would have previewed the course and the materials before allowing her to complete anything. Because our daughter is 16 and I wanted to watch the materials with her, I decided to just have her begin the course. If I had found anything objectionable, I would have either marked the section complete or found some way to minimize the information.
My one caution about this particular course is that it does contain nudity. However, this information is clearly stated at the beginning of the study. Parents are given the option to preview the lessons before their student completes them and have the ability to opt-out of any lessons they do not feel are appropriate for their child. So with that stated, I definitely feel this course is one that should be done with parental supervision.
This course is self-paced meaning there is not a particular schedule to follow. So I let our daughter work on the course at her own pace. So we have completed through the Impressionism period. For the Impressionism Period, I realized too late that we did not have the materials we needed for the project, so we just used what we had on hand and will go back later to do it properly as described by the course.
Here is a sample of one of our google docs of information.
Here is our daughter’s Mona Lisa parody.
Here is the link to a video of our daughter’s online art gallery.
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All in all, I have to say our family is very pleased with the Famous Artists Online Unit Study (Vol. 1) from Techie Homeschool Mom. So check it out for yourself.
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