Art history journal

Published by Lori Pickert on October 17, 2008 at 07:47 PM

While looking through old journals for things to photograph, I found this journal made by my son when he was 7 and 8, during a year-long art history project. The pages were compiled separately and bound together at the end of the year. There was also a set of handmade note cards (cut card stock) on a ring filled with his notes on various books he’d read and works of art he’d seen during the year.

This project was done at our private school under the auspices of the world’s greatest studio teacher; our Reggio-inspired program had mixed-age classes, a project-based curriculum, and each class had its own full art studio. There are schools that do this kind of learning! I find that heartening...

I love these three-dimensional, complex, layered pages. I find them inspirational; I hope you do, too. 



Comment by Leisa on October 17, 2008 at 11:32 PM

I do find myself remembering that class of boys- diving into art history books! I think about how I was able to give them the freedom to explore- not for 10 minutes- but for hours or days. And then to watch them tell and teach each other- to see the excitement when one of them realized that they had read about the same artwork- but had another point of view. They took it seriously- it was work- and they were good at it.


Comment by Lori Pickert on October 18, 2008 at 12:36 AM

i thought of them as being really old then .. you know, compared to the three- and four-year-olds. then i looked up the dates today and realized d was *seven* when he started that project. seven! i sat and read his journal for more than half an hour.

giving children this much time to focus on an idea .. it’s such a luxury.

Comment by Julie on October 18, 2008 at 03:07 PM

Lori, I am struck by his handwriting--it's so lovely, fluid, and confident--no trepidation. Did he learn to write cursive before printing? I'm curious about this...I know some Montessori schools teach cursive first. I am very interested in handwork and its development. I loved this post. Thank you again and again for sharing these ideas, experiences, and passions.

Comment by Lori Pickert on October 18, 2008 at 03:25 PM

julie, it’s so funny — *he* is lovely, fluid and confident. ;^) don’t you love his giant r’s?

he learned printing first and then cursive at age seven. he was very passionate about writing in cursive — he still is. he hates to print. and the older he gets, the more tiny he writes. he has very definite ideas.

thank you for your lovely comment!

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