Note: The picture study rotation was updated in July 2020. Some of the artists that were originally in the rotation were removed to make way a more balanced selection in terms of gender and nationality. This unfortunately had the impact of moving some artists around and you may have already studied the artists listed for this. We have included an optional replacement artist at the bottom if that is the case.
Monet is such a popular artist that you are encouraged to check out your library for a selection of books about his life and works. There are several lovely children's book.
Amrita Sher Gil: Rebel with a Paint Brush by Anita vachharajani
Keliwali (in the melodic mode of kastori) by Mohammad Omar (The Virtuoso from Afghanistan)
See Lesson Segment #1 here: https://folkways.si.edu/afghan-rubab-lion-instruments/kabuli/music/tools-for-teaching/smithsonian
Read CD liner notes here: https://folkways-media.si.edu/liner_notes/smithsonian_folkways/SFW40439.pdf
The Gallop of Jonon Khar
See CD liner notes pages 1-12 and page 20 here: https://folkways-media.si.edu/liner_notes/smithsonian_folkways/SFW40438.pdf
Bageshwari (A Traditional Sitar Baga) · Shamim Ahmed
See the lesson plan here: https://folkways.si.edu/indian-sitar/classical/music/tools-for-teaching/smithsonian
CD Liner notes here: https://folkways-media.si.edu/liner_notes/monitor/MON00489.pdf
Shintaro San of the Mountain
CD Liner notes here: https://folkways-media.si.edu/liner_notes/folkways/FW04534.pdf
Moonlight on the Ching Yang River written by Yu Shinan
CD Liner notes: https://folkways-media.si.edu/liner_notes/folkways/FW06812.pdf
Note: “Moonlight on the Ching Yang ( Xun_vang) River” (2:02). This piece dates from the Tang dynasty and is attributed to Yu Shinan. The pipa and the erhu play much of the main melodic line in unison. The Xiao embellishes the melody and ornaments some of the longer notes. This is a performance of Jiangnan fichu by an early touring group from Shanghai. ~The Concise Garland Encyclopedia of World Music
Kepandung Sita by Sekaa Kecak Puspita Jaya
Lesson Plan Segment #3 here: https://folkways.si.edu/vocal-elysia-indonesia/lullabies-world/music/tools-for-teaching/smithsonian
CD Liner Section F here:https://folkways-media.si.edu/liner_notes/hart/HRT15021.pdf
(Choose which one you love the most or pick three from each and then do a comparison study. See this comparison study)
A documentary made before she died: Grandma Moses! America’s Most Loved Painter of Folk Art! See this lesson plan for ideas on discussing her art.
The Checkered House was a local legend. Situated along the Cambridge Turnpike, it was an inn where stagecoach drivers had changed horses as far back as the eighteenth century. During the Revolutionary War, the inn served as General Baum’s headquarters and field hospital. Its checkerboard front made the house a distinctive landmark that was remembered long after it burned in 1907. Moses painted a number of versions of “Checkered House,” in both winter and summer. When asked how she managed to come up with a new composition each time, she said she imagined the scene as if she were looking at it through a window. By then shifting her viewpoint slightly, she could cause the elements to fall into place differently. Compare with this one, this one, and this one in winter.
Oh, Monday was our washing day,
and while the clothes were drying,
a wind came whistling through the line
and set them all a-flying.
I saw the shirts and petticoats
go flying off like witches.
I lost (oh bitterly I wept),
I lost my Sunday breeches.
I saw them flying through the air,
alas too late to save them.
A hole was in their ample part,
as if an imp had worn them.
Term 2 - Johannes Vermeer
One of our members did an original composer study, taking the lead from her son’s love of gaming. We want to share it with you to use as a model for your own, or merely as inspiration. Here is her description:
So, here’s the background of this ‘study’ that my son and I worked on. One day, he was listening to a YouTube playlist as he was building Lego. It was a playlist of songs from various video game soundtracks – and one track came on and I felt like I knew it, but I don’t know game soundtracks at all so I listened from outside the room trying to place this song. Then it hit me – it sounded like Clint Mansell who is one of my ALL TIME favourite musician/composers. He’s brilliant. Anyway so I went in to my son’s room and checked out the title of the track and sure enough it was Mansell, and I noticed it was a piece from a game called Mass Effect 3.
I told Evan, “You know who this IS?? This is my favourite composer of maybe EVER.” And I started to show him a few of Mansell’s tracks on YouTube. So Evan says, “We should do him as our music study like we do our artist studies.”
So, the deal was that I wanted Evan to ‘lead’ the composer study. He would choose one track from Mansell for the three of us to listen to once a week, and he’d tell me why he chose the track. I also made up 6 questions to ‘guide’ him in how to research the composer (I know this is not strictly CM but he was not sure how to go about researching, so I thought this would be a fun way for him to do that). Each week, at composer study time – Evan would play the song, and he’d ‘teach us’ about whatever the question was for that week.
Marjorie Lang is co-creator of Wildwood Curriculum, and passionate about making a Charlotte Mason education available to everyone.
She blogs at: https://juniperpines.com