Saturday is Arts & Music Day at the River Houses. This week, take a few homeschool minutes to learn about the great American painter Winslow Homer, born in Boston on 24 February 1836.
Largely self-taught as an artist, Winslow Homer began his career as a young man in commercial illustration. As his skills developed he turned to oil and watercolor painting and went on to become one of the most prominent American painters of the nineteenth century. Best remembered for his seascapes and his depictions of rural life, he created a style and an aesthetic that we still think of as distinctly American.
The National Gallery of Art in Washington — part of the Smithsonian Institution — has a wonderful educational site on Winslow Homer and his work, with images of a great many of his paintings and drawings. If you have a serious homeschool art student (or if you’re one yourself) you won’t want to miss it:
From the late 1850s until his death in 1910, Winslow Homer produced a body of work distinguished by its thoughtful expression and its independence from artistic conventions. A man of multiple talents, Homer excelled equally in the arts of illustration, oil painting, and watercolor. Many of his works — depictions of children at play and in school, farm girls attending to their work, hunters and their prey — have become classic images of 19th-century American life. Others speak to more universal themes such as the primal relationship of man to nature. (nga.gov)
Take a few minutes to share Winslow Homer’s beautiful paintings with your homeschool students this week, and perhaps inspire them to become ever better artists themselves.
What artistic discoveries have you made in your homeschool lately?