Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Put a Piece of Art up in Your Home - Scholé Everyday

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Thanks for coming back another day of our month of Scholé Everyday!   If you missed the first post which explains what's going on, take a minute to read it.  Remember, these are just going to be short posts with an idea to encourage you in the way of restful learning.

Today my encouragement to you is to:

Put a Piece of Art up in Your Home

I was struck when I heard Dr. Perrin talk about contemplating the Good, the True, and the Beautiful.  One thing he said is that in order to encourage your kids to do this, you have to place good, true, and beautiful things in front of them!  Makes sense, doesn't it?  He said that if your kids are bored, it just means that they are not contemplating the Good, the True, and the Beautiful.  Brilliant!  So, let's get started and give our kids something to contemplate!

When I first thought of bringing art into my home, my first thought was that it would be expensive and that would be difficult because I am pretty cheap.  (Dr. Perrin also talked about how sometimes it is worth spending money on things that will enrich our souls even though they don't have any real tangible worth.)  You might be thinking the same thing, so I wanted to share some ideas with you for how you can get art in your home pretty cheaply.

  • Buy poster prints of fine art and frame them.  I recently bought about 6 of them for just a few dollars each.  The frame was the most expensive part, but you might have one at home already.  Here is one that I have up in my home right now: Van Gough Turquoise Almond Branches in Bloom

  • Go to a bookstore (preferably a used bookstore, well, or amazon now that I think of it) and look for large books of art.  Find one filled with big pictures, cut them out and frame them!  I have this big Norman Rockwell book from my parents, and I recently found an O'Keefe  book in the used section of Barnes and Noble.  

  •  Calendars!  I've started to see calendars in the stores again.  Look for a fine arts one, or one of one specific artist's work, and cut out the pictures. (Here's an example of one from Renoir.)  These may not be huge, but you could put them in a smaller frame to sit on an end table or at your child's school table.  Then switch out the picture each week.

Do you have fine art up in your home?  What are you tips for encouraging your kids to contemplate beautiful things?  This is not something that comes naturally to me, but like I mentioned, I've spent a few dollars on some prints, and I'm hoping that will be a good start!  My hope is to change the pictures up about every month, so my family will have a variety of artists to admire throughout this year.

If you are purposing to incorporate scholé into your home this year, I'd love to hear from you!  Share with me what you are doing or how these ideas have impacted your homeschool and I can compile your stories in to a post.  I'd love to even have some guest bloggers if you'd like to write a whole post about how you are using scholé in your homeschool this year!  Contact me and let me know how you are doing!

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  1. We've been in our home for over two years and I still don't have pictures up in some rooms. It's just not a priority, but lately I've been trying to make it more of one!

    We have a couple beautiful paintings up, but our most recent "art" was a map of Ancient Egypt and Bible Lands that the kids helped me water color. Not exactly fine art, but it's awfully fun. :)

    Oh, and I love the idea of getting an art themed calendar so they can see new art each month!

    1. Your situation sounds just like mine! Getting decorations on the well just hasn't been a priority to me either, but I'm trying to change my perspective =)

      I'd love to see you home made map! It sounds lovely =)

  2. An art themed calendar is a great idea! I have a large corkboard in our kitchen where I display artist works for the artist we are studying.

    1. That is great that you display the art that you are studying in your kitchen! I have a free wall in my kitchen and have been trying to think of how I could work some art there for us to study, but that is still pretty enough to be a focal point.

  3. I would love to hang some things on the wall but need to find a way to do that. We are renting and the wall paper is textured so when I tried Command hooks they didn't work. I do have an art calendar that sits on the shelf.

    1. Oh bummer! What about putting something a little smaller in a frame and using one of those decorative frame stands? That is great that you have an art calendar!


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