Artist & Picture Study: How & Why Plus FREEBIES

Affiliate links may have been used in this post. To read our full disclaimer, click here.

FREE offers are often time-sensitive. Although they are FREE at the time of posting, please be sure to verify the offer is still free before claiming or purchasing it. (We are not responsible for price changes.) Thank you!

What exactly is picture study and why should you care? How can you implement Picture Study in your #Homeschool? Definitions, Resources, Methods.

Why Children Should Study Art through Picture Study

1. Children learn to love the things they are consistently exposed to.

This is found to be true as we introduce our children to food, music, art, books, and so many different areas of life. A child who is consistently exposed to great art in positive ways will likely come to love or at least appreciate great art.

2. Great art touches and changes us in ways that other modes of communication cannot duplicate.

Art has been used as a means to change minds, move people, bring glory to God, and effectively change the world since the beginning of time. Without the ability to understand and relate to art, we are losing a significant part of our history and heritage.

3. When we study great art, we learn to look at the world around us in a new way.

You’ve probably seen an Oak tree or a Pine tree or the ocean hundreds of times depending on where you live, but seeing them through the eyes of an artist brings out their beauty and helps us appreciate our surroundings. In the same way, a portrait can help us know and appreciate the people in our lives.

“We cannot measure the influence that one or another artist has upon the child’s sense of beauty, upon his power of seeing, as in a picture, the common sights of life; he is enriched more than we know in having really looked at even a single picture.” Charlotte Mason, Volume 1, pg. 309

4. We were made in the image of God and just as He is the Great Creator — we were made to create.

Studying great art gives us a greater appreciation for our Creator God and provides the inspiration we need to create something ourselves. (The Truth Project, Tour 11)

Picture Study as defined by Charlotte Mason

1. Picture Study Should Be Regular.

Giving a child as young as six roughly six works of art to study for six months at a time — all from the same artist — allows that child an opportunity to become very familiar with the style and technic of one particular artist and with six excellent works of art which he will be able to describe from memory.

“When children have begun regular lessons (that is, as soon as they are six), this sort of study of pictures should not be left to chance, but they should take one artist after another, term by term, and study quietly some half-dozen reproductions of his work in the course of the term.” (Volume 1, pg. 309)

2. Picture Study Should Include a “Picture Talk”

Step 1: Give the child a new picture to look at.

Step 2: After 3 or 4 minutes, take the picture away, and ask the children to tell you what they remember about the picture as narration.

Step 3: After they finish telling you what they remember, ask them a few questions to bring out details of the picture they may not have mentioned.

Step 4: Have the child tell you the name of the art work, and discuss the painting and artist briefly.

Step 5: Have the child draw the lines of the painting quickly, to preserve his impressions of the painting.

(from Volume 1, page 10 – revised from her instructions for a specific painting.)

“children should learn pictures, line by line, group by group, by reading, not books, but pictures themselves.” (volume 6, pg. 214)

“We attach a good deal of value to what we call picture talks, that is: -a reproduction of a suitable picture…is put into the children’s hands, and they study it by themselves. Then, children…describe the picture, giving all the details and showing by a few lines where is such a tree or such a house; judging if they can the time of day; discovering the story if there be one….The object of these lessons is that the pupils should learn how to appreciate rather than how to produce.” vol. 3, p. 23

How Homeschool Moms Have Adapted Picture Study

Homeschooling Moms have embraced the teachings of Charlotte Mason and introduced her methods to the homeschool community. As her methods were originally written for classroom use, some adaptation has been done but the basic steps outlined in the paragraph above remain the foundation for picture study.

These homeschool Moms have written excellent articles about how they use picture study in their homeschool if you’d like to read more.

Charlotte Mason Artist Study by Jimmie Lanley

Picture Study by Sonya Schafer

Our Picture Studies by Linda Fay

Art Appreciation the Charlotte Mason Way by Karen Andreola

Charlotte Mason Picture Study by Sue Pruett

8 Ways to Teach Art in your Homeschool by Lisa Harrington

How to do a Charlotte Mason Picture Study by Wise Owl Homeschool

Picture Study: Art Appreciation for your Homeschool by Crafty Erin

FREE Resources for Picture Study

Ambleside Online Artist Schedule with Free Art Links

Artist Timeline Downloads from Practical Pages Memberships include books for Artist and Picture Study combined with quotes from the artist for copywork. Signing up for the newsletter will get you a free sampler pack.

Free Art Card Discussion Questions from Harmony Fine Arts

Free Discussion Question Printable for A Child’s Book of Art from Homeschool Encouragement

Picture Study Resources by Triumphant Learning

Subscribe to the Art Curator’s e-mail newsletter to receive the free Art Appreciation Printable Worksheet Bundle which includes 8 ready-to-use art worksheets designed to work with almost any work of art. Subscribers also get my Art Around the World eBook for 40% off!

Art Study Notebooking Pages
from New Bee Homeschooler

Mary Cassatt Picture Study from Two Muses Homeschool

Enrichment Studies has the popular Fine Art Pages homeschoolers love!

Main business logo--goes to home page

Guest Post by: Amy Blevins. Amy lives with her husband and six beautiful children in Northern Virginia. , Amy owns the inspirational and encouraging Homeschool Encouragement, the fun membership site Homeschool Copywork, and the support site for bloggers and brands, Homeschool Blogging. Amy also contributes articles for the 2:1 Blog and Blessed Beyond a Doubt. Besides blogging, Amy enjoys homeschooling, hiking, reading, singing, teaching, and serving Jesus above all.

Written by Carrie


Carrie is the owner & operator of Homeschool Giveaways. She is also the Operations Manager for Build Your Bundle – a once a year HUGE homeschooling sale. She has been homeschooling for ten years, has two girls and works side by side at home with her awesome husband. She has been saved by grace, fails daily, but continues to strive toward the prize of the high calling of being a daughter of the Most High God.

Opt In Image
Join our growing list of 120,000 homeschoolers who LOVE free stuff!

Is my email safe and will I get junk? Click here for info.

Similar Posts You Might Like:

Need An Affordable Approach to Learning?
Save time, money and stress with our award-winning online homeschool curriculum!

DIY Pullout Baking Sheet Drawer

I don't know about you, but I get into my kitchen cabinets a lot, and no matter how many times I organize them, they seem to stay messy. The problem usually lies in the lack of organizational tools, not in the lack of trying, which is why I need this baking…

Don’t forget to teach your kids these life skills {free printable}

In the busy life of homeschooling it's easy to forget basic skills that every person needs. We're so busy teaching history, science, math, and grammar that it's easy for other things to go unnoticed. But there are plenty of skills that kids need that they might not learn in their…

Sensory Integration for Children Who Chew

Do all the pencils in your home look as if they've been through the wood chipper? You might have a child that has a sensory need! Some children use chewing as a way to deal with sensory overload (like a noisy environment). Have you recognized this? It's tricky because it can look like…

Magical, Natural Weed Killing Potion

It's fall. I wish someone would inform the weeds in my yard that it's time to leave me alone. I'm suspicious that the 82 degree days may have them confused. I've - and when I say "I," what I really mean is "my husband" - tried all kinds of treatments to rid…

How to Simplify Your Meal-Planning Routine

It's not always easy to get a hot, delicious, nutritious meal on the table for our families. It might be necessary, but it's not always easy. Check out these 10 tips to simplifying your meal-planning routine. Wouldn't it be nice to move beyond the daily "What am I going to…

20 Cool Crafts For Your Old Frames

I've been cleaning out my closets and spare bedroom this weekend. I was a little amazed at how many extra pillows I have on hand. Nine to be exact. I guess I'm thinking that we just never know when overnight guests are going to show up without their own beloved pillow?…

Fast & Easy Way to Make a Wreath with a Dollar Store Hack

Isn't it shocking how expensive a pre-made wreath from the store can cost? Make your own with cuttings from your yard or perhaps with cuttings from this year's Christmas tree! This Fast & Easy Way to Make a Wreath with a Dollar Store Hack will save you money and it won't…

15 Amazing Ways to Make Your Home and Car Smell Good

I've been on a bacon kick lately - cooking it for breakfast and to include in recipes. Seems like no matter how much I wipe up and mop, the smell lingers and won't go away. I've been on a salmon patty kick lately, too. You can imagine the smell. I…

40+ Legitimate Ways to Earn Money as a Stay-at-home Mom

I don't know of a family that couldn't use a little extra cash. Even if your household has a budget and you live within your means, it's not unusual to encounter a few surprise expenses from time to time. For instance, when we changed churches, my son made friends with…

FREE All-in-One Planner for Homeschool Moms

Hey, homeschool moms! Are you ready for a planner that combines your homeschooling life with the rest of your life? If so, Heather from has just what you're looking for! Her complete personal and homeschool planner gives you all of the resources you need to organize your life! This…


Notebooking Pages Free Resources