Art appreciation was an important part of Charlotte Mason's method of educating. There are many that she readily would recommend and some have made my list, however I have added a few that I'm certain she herself would have added to the list had they been in her time.
Here is my list of 10 Artist Charlotte Mason Would Want Your Kids to Know:
- Mary Cassatt was an American, however lived most of her adult life in France, during the 1800's when she befriended Edgar Degas (later on this list). She is one of my favorite artist to introduce my younger children to, because she is known for portraits for women and children. A few of my favorites are Children Playing the Beach and Breakfast in Bed.
- Claude Monet was French and did his paintings in the 1800's and was the founder of the Impressionist. He is well known for his scenes of fields of flowers and country views. A few of my favorites are Bridge Over Water Lilies and Nympheas.
- Leonardo Da Vinci was Italian and did most of his works in the 1400's and is known for many of his inventions and of course, the Mona Lisa. My favorite is his work of the Last Supper.
- Vincent van Gogh was a Dutch artist that only lived to 37, in the 1800's and left us many amazing works. A few of my favorites are Seascape at Saintes Maries and Still Life with Bible.
- Pierre-Auguste Renoir was a French artist, who did his work in the 1800's. A few of my favorite works are Two Girls at the Piano and Two Reading Girls in the Garden.
- Norman Rockwell was an American artist in the early 1900's and well known for capture everything American. A few of my favorite works are Mother's Little Angel and Before the Shot.
- Winslow Homer was an American artist that painted in the 1800's. He is known for his wonderful marine works. A few of my favorites are Driftwood and Breezing Up.
- Thomas Kincaid was an American artist that painted in the 1900's and has just recently passed away. He is well known for his cottage works and his painting of lights. My favorite works are A Holiday Gathering and Stillwater Cottage.
- N.C. Wyeth was an American artist that did his work in the early 1900's. His is known for his illustrations in Treasure Island and historical paintings. My favorites are Wreck of the Covenant and Reading the Bible.
- Edgar Degas was a French artist that was friends with Mary Cassatt, in the 1800's. He is best known for his ballerinas, but I have a few other favorites: Horse in a Meadow and The Violinist.
For some good books for picture study the Charlotte Mason way, you may want to consider a few of these books: