Home School Life Journal From Preschool to High School

Home School Life Journal ........... Ceramics by Katie Bergenholtz
"Let us strive to make each moment beautiful."
Saint Francis DeSales

Fra Angelico; The Annunciation; and the use of coloring pages

Altarpiece of the Annunciation. c. 1430-1432. Tempera on panel. 194 x 194. Museo del Prado, Madrid, Spain

For part of our picture study today, we watercolored copies of the picture we studied this week. This is not to reproduce it as art, but serves to help the student to carefully and clearly look at the painting.

"...Beyond this of a rough study from memory of a given picture or of any section of it, these picture studies do not afford much material for actual drawing; they are never copied lest an attempt to copy should lessen a child's reverence for great work... - Charlotte Mason, Volume 6 p. 213-218

Exclamations of, "Oh, look at this" come every now and again, then he goes on to show me some part of the painting he had just noticed.
A Peaceful Day explains the use of jigsaw puzzles in this same way.

Artists and Art


  1. I hadn't thought of that use for copying and such.

  2. Thanks for the link! The watercolours looks fun as well.

  3. Thank you for linking up. I agree that although a coloring sheet doesn't allow creativity and isn't "art" it does serve a very useful purpose for art appreciation.

  4. I'm not fond of coloring books but coloring great works of art looks like fun. I respectfully disagree with the quote because I have tried to copy master paintings and it has only led to greater respect and appreciation of the work.


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