This Week – FREE Holiday Arts and Crafts Ebook, Lessons and Art Competition – Ice Skating, Winter Birds, and More!

Here is a great lesson I  just created on Ice Skating in Art and Literature. I am are sure you will enjoy this! Click here to view!

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If you like this lesson, check out all of Visual Manna’s Art Through the Core books. I have created an entire selection of material to teach core subjects using art. Great for any kind of learner, but especially useful for making learning fun for visual and kinesthetic learners. Go to here to see all our offerings!

Rainbow Resources also has these books in hard copy and CD form, which you can view here.

Your kids will love them!

Here is also a link to another Christmas lesson I created at their site, Our Homeschool Forum, “Shape with Winter Birds”:

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Also check out this art competition from HSLDA:

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DON’T MISS OUT ON OUR CHRISTIAN HOLIDAYS ARTS AND CRAFTS EBOOK – with 50 different projects to choose from, we are sure you will enjoy this resource! FREE WHEN YOU SIGN UP FOR OUR NEWSLETTER HERE!

Included:

The dove of peace, clothes pin angels, an angel mobile, toy soldiers of the cross, a shepherd landscape and much more. Most of the materials needed you already have at home such as yarn, glue, scissors, glitter, poster board, ribbon, clothes pins, etc. Enjoy!

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Hope you are having a wonderful Christmas season! God Bless!

Love,

Sharon

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Not Sure What to Give This Christmas? Give the Gift of Art!

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We have some great classes coming up with the Landry Academy. We offer BOTH a two-day Art Intensive and four-day Advanced Art Workshop.You don’t want to miss them! We have locations available throughout the United States. Here are some details:

Two-Day Art Intensive Option

Credit: 1 semester class

Length: 2 Days. 9:00 am – 5:00 pm each day. Students should bring a brown bag lunch and snacks each day.

Students may commute from home each day or families may find local accommodations.

Prerequisites: none.

Suggested Student Grade Range: 6th – 12th

Professor: Sharon Jeffus, Nationally known art teacher and author

Location: Exact location in each area will be determined and announced closer to the date of the event.

What is provided to students: As part of our Art Intensive each student will receive a t-shirt and all the supplies needed for the labs.

No Art Experience Necessary for this Intensive!

Students learn the elements and principles of art (line, shape, texture, color, value and form), art history (Renaissance, Baroque, Impressionism, Post Impressionism, Expressionism, Realism (and movements such as The Hudson River School, Romanticism, etc.) and art techniques (pencil, charcoal, pastels, markers, watercolor, acrylic, mixed media)  in a two day time period.

Day One

Students complete:
-a line design learning marker and oil pastel techniques while looking at master art by Van Gogh and Dore.
-a shape project learning techniques in pencil and willow charcoal while looking at master art by Carravaggio, Raphael and Da Vinci.
-a texture project learning shading techniques while looking at master artists Audubon and Bierdstadt.
-a color project while looking at master artists Franz Marc, Monet and Renior.  Students do a horse in color and learn techniques in water color.
-a project showing value and look at master artists Gainsborough, Moran and Cezanne.
-a mixed media project.

Day Two

Students:
-learn techniques in linear perspective.
-complete a cityscape and bridge.
-look at works by Brunelleschi and Cole.
-study form looking at sculptures including the “Pieta” by Michelangelo and create a sculpture with terra cotta clay.
-learn portrait techniques and portrait artists then do their own portrait.
-look at master portrait artists Vermeer and Copely.
-do a landscape on a small canvas using acrylic paint using only primary colors and white.
-learn technique in under painting and blending.
-go over the master artists we looked at and talk about where they fit in in the history of art, techniques and the elements and principles, reinforcing what they have learned.

CLICK HERE FOR CURRENT RATES AND PROMOTIONS, LOCATION DETAILS AND INSTRUCTIONS ON HOW TO REGISTER FOR THE TWO-DAY ART INTENSIVES!

Four-Day Advanced Art Worshop Option

The advanced art and mural workshops are taught by internationally known art teacher and author, Visual Manna Owner Sharon Jeffus, for 13-18 year olds.

– Credit: 1 semester class

– Length: 4 Days. 9:00 am – 5:00 pm each day. Students should bring a brown bag lunch and snacks each day.

– Students may commute from home each day or families may find local accommodations.

– Prerequisite: some type of basic art training: co-op class, intensive, class at home, online class, self directed study, etc.

– Location: Exact location in each area will be determined and announced closer to the date of the event.

– What is provided to students: As part of our Advanced Art Workshop each student will receive a manual, a t-shirt, and all the supplies needed for the workshop.

Note: All of these workshops will include mural painting instruction – some (but not all) will include students actually painting a barn / church / business mural. That information will be noted in the details within the course catalog as it becomes available.

The earlier you register, the bigger the discount.

Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis.

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE FOUR-DAY ADVANCED ART WORKSHOPS!

To see specific locations, details, and to register, select “Jeffus (Advanced Art Workshop), Sharon” from the Teacher Search in the Landry Academy course catalog, then submit.

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We also are offering two bundle specials, one for Older Students and one for Younger Children. This is a great value!

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CHRISTMAS SPECIAL FOR OLDER CHILDREN – 6th to 12th Grade Curriculum ebook Bundle – $75

Excellent curriculum for older children!

Includes:

  • Master Drawing
  • Drawing, Painting and Sculpting Horses
  • Visual Manna Complete Curriculum Book 1 & 2

Everything you need to teach the wee little ones. All these books are very popular.

Includes:

  • Art Basics for Children
  • Preschool and Early Elementary Art Basics
  • Preschool Bible Lessons
  • Artsy Animals Book One and Workbook

DON’T MISS OUT ON OUR CHRISTIAN HOLIDAYS ARTS AND CRAFTS EBOOK – with 50 different projects to choose from, we are sure you will enjoy this resource! FREE WHEN YOU SIGN UP FOR OUR NEWSLETTER HERE!

Included:

The dove of peace, clothes pin angels, an angel mobile, toy soldiers of the cross, a shepherd landscape and much more. Most of the materials needed you already have at home such as yarn, glue, scissors, glitter, poster board, ribbon, clothes pins, etc. Enjoy!

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Featured Complimentary Video Lesson of the Week – Watercolor Techniques with Nature

Enjoy our free featured video of the week, “Art Through the Year with Sharon Jeffus – Lesson 7 – Watercolor Techniques with Nature.” Take a journey through art with Visual Manna owner Sharon Jeffus! In this lesson, learn how to paint with watercolor as you explore things in nature, like butterflies and flowers. Look at art from the masters: Winslow Homer and John Singer Sargent. Practice some watercolor techniques, then move on to creating a fanciful scene of sailing butterfly boats.

Element of Art:
Color / Shading

Art Appreciation:
Winslow Homer / Watercolor

Technique:
Watercolor

[NOTE: This complimentary video by Visual Manna first appeared at Our Homeschool Forum] We are so pleased to be able to offer a free resource of NINE video lessons here to help you get acquainted with our teaching style and introduced to our material. They are geared at older children for age range and you will love them!

DON’T MISS OUT ON OUR CHRISTIAN HOLIDAYS ARTS AND CRAFTS EBOOK – with 50 different projects to choose from, we are sure you will enjoy this resource! FREE WHEN YOU SIGN UP FOR OUR NEWSLETTER HERE!

Included:

The dove of peace, clothes pin angels, an angel mobile, toy soldiers of the cross, a shepherd landscape and much more. Most of the materials needed you already have at home such as yarn, glue, scissors, glitter, poster board, ribbon, clothes pins, etc. Enjoy!

Join us here for more art lessons, art tips, resources and more at: —-> https://www.facebook.com/visualmanna

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Thanksgiving in Art

Thanksgiving is a very special holiday that began in America in 1621 in Plymouth and was prompted by a good harvest. In later years, religious Thanksgiving services were declared by civil leaders such as Governor Bradford, who planned a Thanksgiving celebration and fast in 1623, and it became an annual harvest festival in New England in the late 1660s. Americans were thankful to God for their many blessings. How did the turkey get to be part of the feast? From letters and records kept by early American settlers, we know that when the colonists sat down to dine with the Wampanoag Indians that beef and fowl were on the menu. A letter written by pilgrim Edward Winslow mentions a turkey hunting trip before the meal and talks about the celebration and giving thanks to God. View the letter here.

The wild turkey is a native bird of North America and there are several ideas how it got to have a day all its own. It is general knowledge that Benjamin Franklin claimed the turkey was a more suitable national bird for the United States than the bald eagle. Not everyone agreed with Franklin, however, and the bald eagle became the national emblem for the United States in 1782.

During the Revolutionary War period, political influences affected the issuance of Thanksgiving proclamations. As President of the United States, George Washington proclaimed the first nation-wide Thanksgiving celebration in America marking November 26, 1789, “as a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favors of Almighty God”.

In our country today, we use Thanksgiving as a time of getting together. Some people use it as an opportunity to provide food for those less fortunate. For a wonderful story of Thanksgiving by the great writer Louisa May Alcott called “An Old Fashioned Thanksgiving” go here.

In art, there are many master art works about Thanksgiving and the turkey. One of my favorites is by Norman Rockwell who created “The Four Freedoms.” Go to this website to see this wonderful picture of a family celebrating together. ta 1

It is very similar to the photograph to the right called “Thanksgiving Grace” by Marjorie Collins taken in 1942. It captures a feeling of warmth and family representative of the 1940s, as does Norman Rockwell’s painting. ta 2

 

Look at both pictures. What do you see that is similar? What do you see that is different in both works? ”Thanksgiving” by Jennie Augusta Brownscombe pictures one of the first Thanksgivings. What do you notice first when you look at the picture? That is the center of interest? What do you see in the background of the picture? What do you see in the foreground of the picture? Do you notice how the artist uses atmospheric perspective to show depth? Things around the horizon line in the distance are much lighter in color.

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“The Embarkation of the Pilgrims” above was painted in (1857) by the American painter Robert Walter Weir. What is the center of interest in this picture? What do you look at first? Do you see where the light is coming from? Can you see anything in the background of the picture? Where does the light come from?

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In the second half of the 17th century, Aelbert Cuyp did the picture above called “Domestic Foul.” Notice his placement of the turkeys. He creates a wonderful composition using four turkeys. The red on the birds contrasts with the blue of the sky. He creates a wonderful feather texture using different values of brown.

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The great master artist Audubon did both of the turkey pictures above. He puts the birds in their natural habitat. You can read about him here. He is known for using mixed media; a water paint and pastel combination. Several other master artists did paintings with turkeys as the subject. In the picture of turkeys below by Monet, you can see the Impressionist style. Impressionism is characterized by a lack of detail. Do you like the realistic approach of Audubon or the Impressionist style of Monet? Before the camera, Audubon gave us an exact replica of the turkey. After the development of the camera and photographs of the turkey could be taken, Monet gave us an artistic expression of the turkey. Which do you prefer?

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Paul Gauguin was a Post Impressionist who also did a picture about turkeys. What do you notice about his style from the picture below? Notice the colors of the sky? Do you see his brushstrokes? Look up Post Impressionism and define the style. Get ready to do your art project. You will need watercolor paint, pastels, watercolor paper, and pencil. Draw your picture lightly in pencil first and create a very light background of watercolor. Let dry. Add your pastels over this. You can even create your turkey in colored pencil. This will be a mixed media composition.

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Use basic shapes to draw your turkey and then add shading, shadow and texture to make him look real. Look at the pictures above of turkeys in their natural habitat and choose a background for your turkey. Always do your background first and then your turkey. Make the pupil of the eye very black with a little dot of white.

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Below is a very old Thanksgiving greeting card.

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You can create a picture of a turkey and write a poem to go with it.

 

Read this poem:

Thanksgiving by Ella Wheeler Wilcox (1896)

We walk on starry fields of white And do not see the daisies;

For blessings common in our sight

We rarely offer praises.

We sigh for some supreme delight

To crown our lives with splendor,

And quite ignore our daily store

Of pleasures sweet and tender.

Our cares are bold and push their way

Upon our thought and feeling.

They hang about us all the day,

Our time from pleasure stealing.

So unobtrusive many a joy

We pass by and forget it,

But worry strives to own our lives

And conquers if we let it.

There’s not a day in all the year

But holds some hidden pleasure,

And looking back, joys oft appear

To brim the past’s wide measure.

But blessings are like friends,

I hold,

Who love and labor near us.

We ought to raise our notes of praise

While living hearts can hear us.

Full many a blessing wears the guise

Of worry or of trouble.

Farseeing is the soul and wise

Who knows the mask is double.

But he who has the faith and strength

To thank his God for sorrow

Has found a joy without alloy

To gladden every morrow.

We ought to make the moments notes

Of happy, glad Thanksgiving;

The hours and days a silent phrase

Of music we are living.

And so the theme should swell and grow

As weeks and months pass o’er us,

And rise sublime at this good time,

A grand Thanksgiving chorus.

Can you think of a good picture to go with it that would cause people to feel thankful? Can you bring the poem to life visually?

A nice idea is to have everyone in the family trace their hands. On each finger let them write something they are thankful for. You can do this on cardstock paper and then cut out each hand and create a wreath.  Happy Thanksgiving!

DON’T MISS OUT ON OUR CHRISTIAN HOLIDAYS ARTS AND CRAFTS EBOOK – with 50 different projects to choose from, we are sure you will enjoy this resource! FREE WHEN YOU SIGN UP FOR OUR NEWSLETTER HERE!

Included:

The dove of peace, clothes pin angels, an angel mobile, toy soldiers of the cross, a shepherd landscape and much more. Most of the materials needed you already have at home such as yarn, glue, scissors, glitter, poster board, ribbon, clothes pins, etc. Enjoy!

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