It didn't even have to take hours. My inspiration for this was the book Museum ABC, and the first idea was just to pick one painting of the 4 offered for each letter in that book. That lasted about 10 minutes. Museum ABC is limited to art within the Met, I was not. So I was going to replace a few of the letters in the book with a few favorite paintings. Well, then I started to worry I was going to leave something important out. You know, some artist or work of art that my two year old would be horribly bereft to not be introduced to. Then I became concerned that I was focusing too much on works of certain styles, certain artists. No artist could be repeated! Plus, I just had to have at least one representative from each major style of art.
Then I took some rescue remedy and had a brief reality check.
This is fairly typical of any and all projects that I take on.
So what follows are 26 paintings, one for each letter of the week. It is probably the most well-thought-out list of it's kind.
A is for Apple
Red Apple by Roy Lichtenstien
The Thames by Andre Derain
Three Cats by Franz Marc
Two Dancers by Edgar Degas
E is for Egg
Brown and White Eggs by Brian Connelly
Red Fish by Henry Mattisse
Vegetable Garden with Donkey by Joan Miro
The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere by Grant Wood
Guitarra y Mandolina by Pablo Picasso
Jungle Sunset by Henry Rousseau
Mother’s Kiss by Mary Cassatt
Lion by Leonardo DaVinci
The Mount Saint-Victoire by Paul Cezanne
Christ on the Sea of Galilee by Delacroix
Battle of the Pyramids by Watteau
Q is for Queen
Queen Victoria by Thomas Sully
Roses in a Vase by Renoir
Starry night by Vincent Van Gogh
The Swing by Fragonard
Still life with Fruit by Carravaggio
Tulip Fields by Claude Monet
On White by Kandinsky
The Bridge in 8 Parts by Katsushika Hokusai
I have a lot of plans for future years of art study...I just think its so beneficial to be introduced to fine art. One idea, for an older child, it to focus on one artist each week. This could easily fit into a letter-of-the-week plan as well and there are a ton of art books in libraries (at least in our library). It could be as easy as picking up the book. I've also soon postcard packs with 5 or 6 postcards of different works by an artist. I think Zeke is too young to take in more than one painting a week but I could see an older child really benefiting from seeing a few different pieces done by the same person.