Mona Lisa and Girl with a Pearl Earring – A look at powerful portraits!

We use our cameras to capture portraits of our kids and our families on a daily basis – and without even thinking about it most of the time. Not too long ago, though, portraits were rare and special items. 

There are only two styles of portrait painting: the serious and the smirk.
— Charles Dickens

The Mona Lisa and Girl with a Pearl Earring – two of the most famous portraits in history – share the similarities of:

  • being a portrait painted in Europe
  • showing women whose identities were (and still are) veiled in mystery
  • and falling into the "smirk" category as defined by Dickens!
Mona Lisa lesson plan for kids. Girl with a Pearl Earring Art projects for kids.

This month in The Studio, we'll be exploring these similarities, and also what makes these 2 works of art very different. We'll also take a look at Manet's masterpiece portrait of Berthe Morisot (who happened to be an extraordinary painter herself).

Manet for kids - Portrait of Berthe Morisot

During the month your kids will be invited to create 4 amazing projects inspired by these artists' work as we explore the Renaissance, the Dutch Golden Age, and French Impressionism!

It's going to be an AMAZING month! We'll start our study on March 5, and members of The Studio will receive an easy to follow lesson plan each Monday!

Enrollment is open, so if this sounds like fun, I invite you to join us.

If you are already a member of Studio, I know you're just as excited about this upcoming study as I am!

If you are new to Art History Kids, and you haven't heard about The Studio... let me tell you a little bit about it!

The Studio is a monthly membership that helps you cover a new art history topic with your kids each month– effortlessly!

Your Membership Works Like This... You get:

  1. A new fun theme to explore each month. Every month, we'll follow the same blueprint. 
    • Week 1- Introduction and overview
    • Week 2- Going deeper (focus on one aspect of the art)
    • Week 3- Connecting the dots (relating it to other subjects)
    • Week 4- Review and explore more
  2. Easy to follow lesson plans delivered each Monday. Begin your week with creativity! It's effortless with lesson plans from The Studio greeting you each Monday morning. You'll practice the art of conversation with pre-planned discussion guides and chat prompts that will lead you in some great art talks with your kids. Never wonder which book to read! Book lists are all researched for you. And, your kids will love the open-ended project ideas every week. They're always process-oriented, so the artistic journey is more important than the destination. Finally, you'll learn to implement The One Thing Theory. It's my secret trick that banishes homeschool overwhelm for good!
  3. Personalized feedback from me. Email me any time. I'll usually get back to you the same day.
  4. Access to Welcome Week. When you join, we'll spend a week looking at different aspects of the membership, and you'll get a guided tour to walk you through everything. I'll also share tips on how to set up an amazing art area for your kids, and how to store all of their masterpieces in an easy and organized system.  
  5. Access to three months of Archived lessons. There will be 3 months of previous activities waiting for you in addition to the current month's topic. 

Here's what members are saying:

I am a writer, not an artist. I love that the studio allows me to connect deeply with art and explore it in a way that is meaningful for my children (one who wants to be an artist herself.) It’s a gift.
— Elizabeth
The Studio is a wonderful open-and-go resource for your home education. My children (and me) have been introduced to such beauty and interesting topics this past year. I like that we can expand on the month’s topic to include nature study, geography, history, and science. The Studio has become a core resource for our homeschool.
— Darlene

You can read lots more about The Studio, and if you feel your kids (and you!) would like to try it out, you can join us in March. There's no long term commitment... your membership is month-to-month.