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My previous post I mentioned some great sources for art prints. Just this past week my Art Page-A-Day Calendar 2011 arrived and looks fantastic. Of course we’ll have to stare at the front cover for a few more months, but we’ve all looked through it and are excited about the daily images it will bring next year. This is the same publisher that makes the Brain Quest and What to Expect products by the wayl.

It comes in a plastic case with dimensions 7.4 x 6.3 x 1.6 inches. Here’s what it looks like on our window ledge for size reference.

Here’s the first photo. It isn’t all famous paintings, there is also sculptures, pottery, textiles and more. That’s fine with us, already we’ve seen some Ancient Egyptian art that we can appreciate. The images are in a square format though, so if the original image isn’t square, it may cut off some of the painting. They do show a thumbnail of the whole image in the upper corner if this occurs.

A handful of pages…

Once my 2011 calendar arrived, I loved it so much I jumped online to purchase previous years. Unfortunately, they were not the $10.87 I paid, they averaged anyway from $45 on up into the hundreds! I did manage to snag a used but unopened 2009 calendar for just $19.95. Once that was gone, I was shocked to see remaining ones go up to $999.98!

That is why I think these calendars are a great investment. After the year is up, keep them and use them for art appreciation projects. Use them for art games, flashcards, etc… Or, keep it for a few years and sell for a profit! Here’s the current listing for Art Page-A-Day calendars so you can see what they’re currently going for.

Meet the Masters Curriculum

Satori is going to begin studying fine art this year. We’re going to start with the program Meet the Masters, which is centered around art appreciation. MTM (Meet the Masters) is currently 50% off at Homeschool Buyers Co-op, a Bundle goes for $44.95. We purchased Bundle 1 – Track A (for ages 5-7) which studies Van Gogh, Cassatt, Mondrian, Picasso, Monet and Homer. Meet the Masters has a 3 Step Curriculum.

  1. Introduction to the Master Artists – go online and get a short lesson of the artist.
  2. Download the Art Technique Packets – learn to implement an art concept the artist used.
  3. Create a Masterpiece Art Activity – use step-by-step instructions to create your very own masterpiece!

Although MTM alone would probably be fine, I can be a very thorough person and would love to explore more. We have other art books on hand to help us study master artists, and I’ll mention them as we get to them throughout the year. I also want to build a collection of quality art prints to study, so the rest of this post describes different options I found.

Fine Art Prints

It’s always good to have art prints on hand for study and other activities. But collecting fine art prints can be expensive. If you want large Fine Art Posters for your wall, you might like to check out Poster Revolution. Van Gogh’s Starry Night in a poster 36″x24″ is $7.14. This is their sale prices, I’m not sure if it’s one of those continuous sale prices. You may find both smaller and larger prints, they seem to run on average $4.80-6.80.

Crystal Productions offers prints, posters, bundles, flashcards and games catered for art education for schools and homeschools.

List of online sites to find prints, please let me know if I’m missing your favorite!

  • Poster Revolution (mentioned above)
  • Crystal Production (mentioned above)
  • National Gallery of Art Shop – the site was slow for me and difficult to navigate
  • Child Size Masterpieces – on the expensive side, we only have the first set and don’t have the “How to Use” book. Various post-card sized prints you cut out
  • University Prints – prints are only 5.5″ x 8″ but only 26 cents each, you can also create your own bound book. Interesting site, they even have special topics for kids, here’s their Ancient World sets. Unfortunately, they do not offer online orders, just mail-in orders.
  • 24 Art Cards by artist – fast way to get 24 postcard-sized art cards on one artist, most are 4-for-3 promotion, making them $5.21 each

Masterpiece – looks very interesting. I signed up for their Free Introductory Package. I’ll get 12 Masterpiece Reproductions on high quality paper, a nice portfolio case to store them, and an Art Display easel totally free (valued $88.95), even if I cancel. But of course they need to get money out of you somehow, so they also tempt you with 4 extra prints, which if you like, pay $9.95 and then $12.95 for each new packet which will be sent every 3 weeks. I wish they sent it every 4 weeks, or even 6 weeks, but we’ll try it out, as we can cancel at any time.

Once I get it and if I like it, I will definitely blog about it more. (The parent company, IMP, offers “inspiring and informative” packages on a variety of topics. I haven’t seen many reviews on them though.)

FREE PRINTS – Print yourself

This is just a fabulous resource. If you want to print out your own 8.5″x11″ prints at home, join the Ambleside Online Picture Study Yahoo group. I just did this and using my home printer, I had a few nice prints in just minutes! Then simply use page protectors and put in a binder and you’ve got a great Artist Study binder! I thank Beth on WTM forums for suggesting the Yahoo group and binder idea.

There are several Picture Study groups to join, but membership is instant. You can also get little Timeline Figures to cut out and stick on your timeline. – 8.5″ x 11″ PDFs, Part 1 – 8.5″ x 11″ PDFs, Part 2 – 4″ x 6″, nice size for personal prints or in album – 2.5″ x 2.5″ PDFs, nice size for matching/memory games – 3.5″ x 2.25″ PDFs, nice size for card games – non-discussion homeschool list for the purpose of storing and downloading pdf files of the art prints that are scheduled with Ambleside Online

The Artchive

The Ambleside Online Picture Study group generally only has a handful of paintings on each artist. If you can’t find what you’re looking for, check out the Artchive. This incredible website gives great information on each artist and holds a diverse collection of art images. It even has a very cool Image Viewer so you can print the image out or save as a desktop background!