Spot A Dog by Lucy Micklethwait is one of my favorite early readers. It’s an amazing book because it combines: early reading skills, famous art, the classic game of I spy, and dogs! The text itself is simple but it is elevated by diverse pieces of art by various famous painters, the juxtaposition is perfect. Another interest is added by the hunt for man’s best friend. My children love looking for the dogs hidden in plain view, the search gives them a chance to rest from the labors of reading and it deepens their appreciation for art. Little details and depth are slowly realized as they search the paintings: a bee on a flower, a fly, a sleeping cat, a dappled dog! The domestic touch can be surprising.
We Use Time Life Library of Art Books for our Art Studies:
These books are perfect for picture study, I love using them! Each term we study a new artist and I bring out a new art book for our studies. It’s nice to bring the books out one at a time, instead of having them always available, the change seems to spark more interest in the term’s artist. I only have one left at my etsy shop but they are also available on amazon
Our Lady embraces her crucified Son, their cheeks touching as in the icon of loving kindness. Christ in majesty appears against a red and blue background with bold lines that echo the contours of a tulip, angels swirl so speedily around Him that their faces become watery reflections. Sts. Anne and Joachim embrace at the Golden Gate, in front of their marriage bed. From their meeting at Jerusalem’s wall to the descent of the Holy Spirit on the Apostles, the mysteries of Christ’s life unfold, in a long wall of pictures, a sequence of scenes that recalls pre-regularization versions of the rosary. Joined icon screens extend like accordions. Rows and rows of saints fill pictorial calendars of the liturgical year.
A friend told me about the Russian Icon Museum in Clinton, Massachusetts years ago and now it’s my turn to recommend it. If you are a Western Christian, you will breathe with your second lung. You will enter many hushed mansions of the centuries since Christ. Your soul will steep in the colors of the world to come.