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5101 W Friendly Ave, Greensboro, NC 27410

Fine Arts Elective for Grades 9-12 (10:00)

Course:           Fine Arts Elective for Grades 9-12 (10:00)

Instructor:        Kelly Jewell

Email:               sixhappyjewells@yahoo.com

Price:                $250

Curriculum:      The Story of Art, 16th edition, published in 1995 by E.H. Gombrich ($30 on Amazon but you can find used copies online and sometimes at Ed McKay's for less. I paid $3 for my copy.) A Little History of the World: Illustrated (Make sure that you buy the illustrated edition) by E.H. Gombrich ($20 on Amazon)

Course Description: “Art washes from the soul the dust of everyday life.” -Pablo Picasso  

The Fine Arts Elective class will study art appreciation, architecture and composers. When I was in eighth grade my art teacher gave us an assignment to write a biography of a famous painter. I randomly chose Claude Monet from a list of painters and that was the beginning of my lifelong love affair with art. When I was 18 years old, I visited the Musée d’Orsay in Paris, France and finally saw Monet’s paintings for myself. Let me tell you what I don’t have: I don’t have a degree in art history, and I have zero artistic skills. Drawing a stick person is about the best I can do but what I do have is a love and passion for art that has inspired me for nearly 30 years. The swoop and flow and curve of the Spanish architect Gaudí makes me swoon. The paintings of J.M.W. Turner are endlessly fascinating to me. Lady Trevelyan wrote “You never get to the end of a picture of his:  the more you look at it, the more you find out.” The pristine beauty of Borromini’s architecture takes my breath away. The sister paintings of Millet and Van Gogh are fascinating. I am a devoted follower of the greatest landscape painter who ever lived, the luminous J.M.W. Turner. I have a degree in History from N.C. State University and a Master’s in Education from UNC-Greensboro. I hope to combine my love of art, architecture and history into a Charlotte Mason inspired class where students will join me in exploring the lives and works of 20-25 artists and architects, while listening to the music of the time period. The class will have two tracks available. Friendly Educators is very lucky to have a talented artist in our midst, Hannah Hammond. For those students who are interested in exploring their artistic abilities, Hannah will teach a different technique each week based on the artist we are studying. For those students who are interested in the study of art but not in actually creating art, there will be a track available that explores art history in more depth without requiring any artistic output.  There will be a voluntary field trip to the NC Museum of Art in Raleigh. We’ll have an overview tour of the museum’s excellent selection led by my favorite docent and I’ll introduce students to my favorite painting in the museum, “Fiercely, the red sun descending.” At the end of the year, I’d like to bring in a local artist to speak to our class. No artistic skill is required for this class.  Just bring your enthusiasm for beautiful art and architecture as well as a tolerant attitude towards your teacher who loves art in an entirely geeky way.  Mrs. Jewell is entering her 11th year of homeschooling her four children, ages 8-14. “When I was young, all I could see was the use of it.  Now that I am old and have no use of it, all I can see is the beauty of it.”  -Queenie from Larkwise to Candleford (30 weeks)