Everyday Easels

Length: Over 75 units
Includes: Printable unit studies spanning 5 or 10 days
Age/Grade: Projects and assignments are given for Kindergarten-2nd, 3rd-6th, and 7th-12th

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How to Use This Course

SchoolhouseTeachers.com’s Everyday Easels presents art in the context of other subjects to help those students whose interest in art may only be piqued by understanding the story behind the art or by approaching the art from another direction entirely. There are 5-day and 10-day unit studies presented, and these can be further broken down to fit the student’s schedule. Everyday Easels begins each unit with a brief study of the art itself. Then, it approaches the art from different angles including history, vocabulary, geography, writing, Bible, and science. This course truly gives an overview of the art in many different areas, including hands-on activities to inspire students to become involved in the art and not simply be a spectator. Transcript information for the classes is given in detail on the Course Details tab, however, a .5 high school credit can be earned by following the transcript instructions given. As always, please check your own state’s academic requirements.

Course Introduction

Everyday Easels is a collection of more than 75 art studies. There are two different formats of unit studies, 5-day unit studies and 10-day unit studies. Below you’ll find a description of what is included in each type. Enjoy!

5-Day Everyday Easels Unit Studies

This feature leads your family in studying a different work of art each week. Day One introduces the work of art, gives you a link to where you can view it online, and begins your study. Days Two-Four provide different questions and activities approaching the featured work of art from many different angles—including history, vocabulary, geography, writing, and science. Each week concludes with hands-on activities broken into grade levels, providing students of all ages a fun way to experiment with what they have learned.

10-Day Everyday Easels Unit Studies

Every two weeks, we will begin a study of a new work of art. Day One will contain a thorough look at the piece of art and the artist. Subsequent days will explore Bible, history/geography, English, math, science, physical education/health, and home economics through our study of the painting. The unit will conclude with a notebooking page and a final day of hands-on activities for your family to try.

You may use Day One’s material for one day, or you may decide to break it up into sections and explore some art with each day’s material. Choose the method that works best for you and your family.

Course Outline

Five-Day Unit Studies

  • A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte by Georges Seurat
  • A Young Girl Reading, oil on canvas by Jean-Honore Fragonard
  • Acropolis, ancient Greece
  • American Barque “Jane Tudor,” Conway Bay, photograph by David Johnson
  • Ascension of Christ, oil on canvas by Benjamin West
  • Boys in a Dory, watercolor over graphite on paper by Winslow Homer
  • Breezing Up, oil on canvas by Winslow Homer
  • Byzantine Floor Mosaic
  • Calder’s Circus, made of various items by Alexander Calder
  • Children of the World by Greg Olsen
  • Children Playing on the Beach, oil on canvas by Mary Cassatt
  • Christ in the Storm on the Sea of Galilee, oil on  canvas by Rembrandt
  • Daniel Boone Sitting at the Door of His Cabin on the Great Osage Lake, oil on canvas, by Thomas Cole
  • Dust Bowl photograph
  • First Footprints on the Moon, photograph by NASA
  • Hand with a Reflecting Sphere, lithograph by M.C. Escher
  • Last Supper, mural painted by Leonardo da Vinci
  • Lunch Atop a Skyscraper, photograph taken by Charles C. Ebbets
  • Milkmaid (a/k/a The Kitchen Maid), oil on canvas by Johannes Vermeer
  • Mount Rushmore
  • Nation Makers, oil on canvas by Howard Pyle
  • Necklace with Pendant Designed by Louis Comfort Tiffany
  • Noon Recess, wood engraving by Winslow Homer
  • Portrait of a Pig by James Wyeth
  • Red Mobile, wire sculpture by Alexander Calder
  • Rocket Ship by Norman Rockwell, lithograph on paper
  • St. Joseph the Carpenter, oil on canvas by Georges de La Tour
  • Stonehenge, near Salisbury, England
  • Stove, pottery by David II Pfau
  • Striding Lion Panels of Babylon
  • Terra Cotta Army in China
  • White cross-lined ware beaker with hippos (from Ancient Egypt)
  • Windmill at Wijk-bij-Duurstede oil on canvas, by Ruisdael
  • Young Mother Sewing, oil on canvas by Mary Cassatt

10-Day Unit Studies

  • 99 Cent, a photograph by Andreas Gursky
  • After the Prom, an illustration by Norman Rockwell
  • A Path Among the Rocks, oil on wood by Théodore Rousseau
  • Apple Butter Making, oil on pressed wood by Grandma Moses
  • Basket Dance (The), bronze sculpture by Glenna Goodacre
  • Bayeux Tapestry, embroidery
  • Book of Kells, an illuminated manuscript
  • Cape Cod Afternoon, by Edward Hopper
  • Central Park in Winter, hand-colored lithograph by Currier & Ives
  • Composition in Red, Blue, and Yellow, by Piet Mondrian
  • Cottage Children (The Wood Gatherers), oil on canvas, by Thomas Gainsborough
  • Crucifixion (The), oil on canvas by Bartolomé Estebán Murillo
  • Esther before Ahasuerus, oil on canvas by Pompeo Girolamo Batoni
  • Everyday Easels: Passport Series (travel to 8 famous landmarks over 16 weeks)
  • Frank Lloyd Wright Room
  • Grazing Horse, Chinese calligraphy, ink on paper by Xu Beihong
  • Great Sphinx of Giza
  • Harvesters (The), by Pieter Bruegel, the Elder
  • I and the Village, oil on canvas by Marc Chagall
  • Irish Brigade Monument at Gettysburg National Park
  • Little Sister, pastel by Carol Theroux
  • Pavement School in Jaipur, India, a photograph by Henri Cartier-Bresson
  • Petra
  • Presentation of Christ in the Temple, tempera and gold on wood by Giovanni di Paolo
  • Spray of Leaves, paper cut out by Henri Matisse
  • Statue of Liberty
  • Tetons and the Snake River, a photograph by Ansel Adams
  • Threshold pavement slab from Ninevah (Assyrian)
  • Thriller (The) by Hal Lasko
  • Titan’s Goblet (The), oil on canvas by Thomas Cole
  • Tree of Jesse, stained glass window from Swabia, Germany
  • Two Young Girls at the Piano, oil on canvas by Pierre-Auguste Renoir
  • Washington Crossing the Delaware, oil on canvas by Emmanuel Leutze
  • Waterfall, lithograph, by M.C. Escher
  • Xiao and Xiang Rivers, ink on silk by Dong Yuan
  • York Boat on Lake Winnipeg, colour woodcut on paper by Walter Joseph Phillips

A .5 high school credit for Everyday Easels is based on a student investing an hour a day for 70 days, completing 7 10-day unit studies. Some studies are more intense than others, so please use your judgment in determining when this requirement has been fulfilled.

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