The following is one of the sessions from our 2018 Conference co-hosted by School of the Ozarks and held at the College of the Ozarks in Point Lookout, MO. The full collection of presentations can be found at https://theclassicalthistle.com/2018-conference/.
Visual Competence: Training Children to See as an Artist in the Grammar Stage
By teaching the principles of design through the biblical framework of beauty, students obtain a sound understanding that beauty is not in the eye of the beholder. This helps students understand art as a discipline that requires devoted labor. Skills in art can be cultivated; it requires devotion and hard work. These skills can and should be cultivated beyond just the art room and should be recognized and reinforced in all classrooms of a grammar school. Here we will discuss practical ways to train the eyes of our students to see as an artist, even if the teacher lacks confidence in his or her own artistic abilities.