Schooling in Pajamas

How To Talk To Children About Art part 2







This is the second post about this book. See
for part one of my review of the book.

Here I will be talking about the section “It’s okay not to know”. This section deals with questions we may not know the answers to. I’ve found that my kids ask me about things I think I know a lot about only to bring me down a few notches with the amount of stuff I don’t know on the subjects they ask about. The questions are arranged by theme beginning with general questions then moving onto more specific questions. The subjects are ordered by  their development beginning with the Middle Ages. That order begins with religious themes, then portraits, followed by mythology and history, landscapes, and finally scenes from everyday life and paintings of objects.

Questions in the Paintings and Museum section deal with have paintings always been in museums?, what are paintings made of?, what does “mixed media” mean?, and who chooses the frames for old paintings?.
Questions in the Painters section include such questions as what makes an artists great?, does an artist have to be dead to be famous?, and why are there so many anonymous artists?.
The next section of questions deal with Paintings in the twentieth century. These questions deal abstract painting, monochrome, untitled paintings, and why art is called art.
Next we have questions about religious art such as why are there so many religious paintings and what sources are religious paintings taken from. Questions about Portraits ask what is a portrait and the different types. We then move on to Mythology, History, and Allegory. Questions here may deal with nudity in paintings and why paint mythology subjects. Landscape questions are next. What is a landscape? and why did artist paint so many landscapes? are a few questions found here. Scenes from everyday life and paintings of objects contain questions about symbolic meanings as well as questions about the subjects being painted. Lastly, we have the section on the prices of paintings. This small list is broken into old masters & modern paintings and contemporary paintings. The lists consists of the names of paintings and their artists followed in parentheses the year(s) then what they sold for as well as where sold and the year sold.

I found the “It’s okay not to know” section very informative. I knew some of the information but also learned a lot of new information. These questions and answers furthered my small understanding of the art world.

The next post will be about section three in the book, titled “How to look at a picture”.


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3 thoughts on “How To Talk To Children About Art part 2

  1. Pingback: How to Talk To Children About Art part 3 | Schooling in Pajamas

  2. This is a great idea. I love fine art. I love sharing it with my kids. And what I need are great questions like these. Thanks for the idea!


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