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The Magic of Making Connections

So far you’ve been the tour guide as you and your kids navigate the lively landscape of art history together. But now it’s time for art history to be YOUR guide. Let it guide your educational path by creating connections for your kids that will help them to put things into perspective, and make sense of the world at large. Let curiosity lead you to exploration and discovery! (You'll be amazed at how valuable... and effortless this approach can be!) Put into practice, it looks like this...

  • Paul Gaugin painted the people he met in his travels to Tahiti. Study geography, and the history of Tahiti as you look at Gaugin’s art.
  • Vincent van Gogh captured the mathematical/scientific principal of turbulence in his painting “The Starry Night” even before scientists and mathematicians had discovered it! WHAT?!? Go on a little tangent and study that.
  • The surrealist art of painters like Salvador Dali and René Magritte share a lot of similarities with the ‘nonsense’ literature of Lewis Carroll. Look at surrealist art as you read Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.
  • Andy Warhol’s pop art was heavily influenced by the social and political culture of the 1950’s and 60’s. Discuss popular culture and what was happening in America at the time he was making his art.
  • Impressionism isn’t just for art. Claude Debussy wrote impressionist music. Listen to it as you view Monet’s Impressionist paintings, and find similarities.

Art is connected to everything. When your kids have something related to connect to the art you're studying, it makes what you're learning about so much more concrete and memorable. Have fun finding the connections, and following them to your next topic of study.  

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