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If you enjoy learning about different artists in your homeschool you will love this series on famous artists. There are so many wonderful artists out there that you can study, but I have picked some of our personal favorites to highlight. Studying artists and their works of art go along great with a Charlotte Mason style education, and you can also pair it up with history as well. Each week in this series we will be highlighting an artist, with free resources, printables and unit studies to give you an in depth study. This week is John James Audobon.
John James Audobon is a favorite among nature lovers. You can not do a nature study without first learning about Audubon. His drawings were scientific in nature and they turned into beautiful art prints that so many can enjoy. He was an American ornithologist, artist and naturalist known for his bird drawings and paintings of North American birds.
We love learning through living books. Before you start learning about the different drawings and paintings he created, why don’t you learn about his life? Here are some of our favorite books to read. These are so fascinating!
The Boy Who Drew Birds: A Story of John James Audubon (Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students K-12)John James Audubon: The Making of an AmericanUnder a Wild Sky: John James Audubon and the Making of the Birds of AmericaJohn James Audubon: Writings and Drawings (Library of America)Audubon: America’s Greatest Naturalist and His Voyage of Discovery to LabradorJohn James Audubon: The Nature of the American Woodsman (Early American Studies)John James Audubon: A BiographyAudubon: Painter of Birds in the Wild Frontier
FREE John James Audubon Lesson from ArtK12 – The John James Audubon free download gives you information on the artist, two forgeries (Greater Flamingo and American White Pelican), cartoons, a faux ad and faux newspaper articles. You also receive drawing instructions for the American White Pelican.
There is also an Audubon website just for kids. There are articles, videos, games and more. Your kids will have a lot of fun on this website!