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February 10, 2010



Art is cool, and so is the Artists' Special Series. Perhaps our un-schooled children are actually learning something?


Yesterday, Silas mentioned that he had gone to the museum and I asked him if it was the Children's museum. He said, "No, we went to the art museum." When I asked if he had fun, he was very excited about it and said, "Yes, we liked it." I honestly think having a little background about the artist makes everything more interesting. Joel's first grade teacher was amazing and so into art. She would bring in books on the great masters and have the children try to copy a painting. We still have Joel's version of "Starry Nights." Next time you visit we can go to the Walters Art Gallery here and also the Baltimore Museum of Art, just a short walk away. I'm so impressed they lasted so long and also enjoyed it.


This is just wonderful! I read it to Richard and we were both cracking up about 'fondling the sculptures'! We are motivated to look at our art book today, we will look at the You-tube Van Gough and maybe check out some more at the library! Thanks for the motivation!!


Youre welcome!  I was especially worried when we saw the marble sculptures of women with exposed breasts - I was worried Tiny would have a flashback and not be able to resist at least a feel.

I hope your library has the movies, enjoy!


That is amazing that you still have his painting from 1st grade! 

Im sure well enjoy those museums the next time were down your way, although well have to do the aquarium first!


Michelle, are you really surprised we still have the painting after seeing our basement!!


LOL!  Well, I guess Im not really surprised that you have it, but that you actually remember the specific painting that you have stored in your basement!

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