Art Appreciation – Self Portraits for Kids

Artists around the world have painted themselves– from ancient times to the Renaissance, and even today... it seems that every famous artist has done at least one self portrait.

 Why are self portraits so important?

For some artists, it's like keeping a diary. Self portraits are their way of documenting how they see themselves, and how they want others to perceive them.

For other artists, it's all about experimentation and trying new things.

Explore a few famous self portraits with your kids and invite them to create their own. The activity of painting a self portrait is a powerful one! Kids will enhance their observational skills as they look intently in the mirror and translate what they see onto their canvas. They will also have the opportunity to spend time being introspective and asking themselves questions that will help them to create their art!

Questions like:

  • How do I see myself?
  • How do I want others to see me?
  • What style of art best expresses my personality?
  • Why?
Let’s not forget that the little emotions are the great captains of our lives and we obey them without realizing it.
— Vincent van Gogh

This month in The Studio we will be exploring several significant self portraits from art history, with a special focus on Gustave Courbet, Vincent van Gogh, and Yayoi Kusama.

Art Appreciation for kids – looking at the self portraits of Gustave Courbet, Vincent van Gogh, and Yayoi Kusama

If you'd like to introduce your kids to this art, but you don't know where to start, I invite you to check out how we study art in The Studio membership! 

It's going to be such an AMAZING month! We'll start our study on Monday, July 2, and members of The Studio will receive an easy to follow lesson plan each Monday!

Over the next few weeks we will:

  • learn more about these three artists, and their respective art movements
  • chat about why self portraits are so important (the kind of chats that help your kids to tap into their critical thinking skills, and express their thoughts)
  • explore the roll of emotions in self portraiture
  • and connect the art to the world around us (literature, geography, etc)

Enrollment is open! Come join us and see how much fun you and your kids can have with art!

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, and learn more about the artist)
    • Week 3- Connect the dots (relating the art to other subjects like science and literature)
    • 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 several months of archived lessons. There will be several 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 July. There's no long term commitment... your membership is month-to-month, and this month only you'll have a chance to preview the membership for a full week before you are charged! See if it's right for you and your kids, and let me know if you have any questions. I'm always here to help.