“Art is never finished, only abandoned.” ~ Leonardo da Vinci [1452-1519]
Italian draftsman, Painter, Sculptor, Architect and
Engineer whose genius epitomized the Renaissance humanist ideal.
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This page has two main sections — appreciation and lessons.
IDENTIFICATION AND APPRECIATION
The following section has tools and guides. This section is new and will have a substantial update. Check back later.
- http://iowapublicradio.org/about-ipr/dictionary.html – Pronunciation guide for Music and Musicians
- http://www.pronunciationguide.info – A pronunciation guide for classical radio announcers
- For additional pronunciation guides, visit A WRITER’S REFERENCE DESK, filed under MY REFERENCE DESK.
- http://www.composers.net – Music glossary
The following is a collection of radio stations that label their music. I need the labels so my child and I can play “name that tune.” I can not think of an easier way to the learn the world’s most famous music.
- http://icebergradio.com – Classical music – This is my favorite station because the music is labeled.
- http://www.classicalkusc.org/stream/listen.html – This station is useful for learning more about classical music, but is too talky to use for study time.
GUIDES TO CLASSICAL MUSIC
- http://www.naxos.com/composerlist.asp?periodid=Medieval – “Composers are arranged in alphabetical order within their respective time periods (Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic, 20th Century, Contemporary)”
- http://www.classicalarchives.com – “Collect the “Must-Know/Must-Have” Classical Hits”
- http://www.lvbeethoven.com/Bio/BiographyLudwig.html – Biography of Beethoven
- http://www.lucare.com/immortal – Beethoven
- store.confessionsofahomeschooler.com/index. php?main_ page=product_ info&cPath= 70_76_77& products_ id=258 – Johannes Brahms free notebook
- http://store. confessionsofahomeschooler.com/index.php?main_ page=product_ info&cPath=70_76_78& products_id=194 – world’s greatest artists: Pablo Picasso, Vincent Van Gogh, Jackson Pollock, Claude Monet, Henry Matisse, Georgia O’keefe, Michelangelo, and Leonardo Da Vinci
- http://www.blockmrecords.org/bach/about.htm – “This website offers free downloads of the complete extant organ works of Johann Sebastian Bach, recorded by Dr. James Kibbie from 2007 to 2009 on original baroque organs in Germany.”
The library has many resources on music in general, and classical music specifically including quality media on many of the great composer’s autobiographies, plays and operas. The following are handy reference guides available at our local library:
- The NPR Guide to Building a Classical CD Collection: The 300 Essential Works by Ted Libbey of NPR’s Performance Today [c1994] – I bought this at the thrift store for a fabulously low price. This guide makes for a handy checklist to search online and at the library for more information.
- The NPR classical music companion: terms and concepts from A to Z by Miles Hoffman [c1997]
- The NPR curious listener’s guide to opera by William Berger [c2002]
RANDOM ONLINE RESOURCES
- https://hemetsonshine.wordpress.com/2012/05/01/the-mozart-effect-works – the effectiveness of study music from my point of view
- http://www.cancer.org/Treatment/TreatmentsandSideEffects/ComplementaryandAlternativeMedicine/MindBodyandSpirit/music-therapy –
- http://freestylemind.com/concentration-music – Free Style Mind Blog
- http://www.tekiu.blogspot.com – For the Love of Music Blog
- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EvksB4L2zmQ&feature=g-vrec – 15:59 – 50 Greatest Classical Music Recordings of All Time
- http://musicempowersfoundation.com/the-importance-of-music.html – The importance of music
- http://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/most-popular/landfill-harmonic-orchestra-intro.html – “LandFill Harmonic” Orchestra Plays With Instruments Made of Trash – December 09, 2012
- https://www.facebook.com/landfillharmonicmovie –
- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GNZBSZD16cY – Beatbox Brilliance: Tom Thum at TEDxSydney
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Note to self: Move contact information for local art and music teachers to this section.
FILM MAKING AND DIGITAL ART
- http://www.xtranormal.com – Xtranormal instantly turns your words into a 3D animated movie.
- http://animoto.com/education – Movie Making Software
- http://www.nyvs.com – Learn to Make Amazing Videos!
- http://www.freshiacademy.com – Freshi is a world created for youth ages 8–18 to encourage communication and collaboration through digital media creation.
- http://www.youthdigitalarts.com – Youth Digital Arts is where All young minds are given opportunity and online access to learn rich digital arts skills at their own pace in the pursuit of learning their favorite digital arts.
- http://schoolvideonews.com – K-12 TV/Video Production
- http://www.christiancinema.com/catalog/newsdesk_info.php?newsdesk_id=968 – Homeschooling Dad and Founder of Advent Film Group George Escobar
The following is available at our local library:
- Filmmaking for teens by Troy Lanier & Clay Nichols 
- 130 projects to get you into filmmaking by Elliot Grove 
- Don Bluth’s art of animation drawing by Don Bluth 
- The Animator’s Survival Kit by Richard Williams 
- Get animated!: creating professional cartoon animation on your home computer by Tim Maloney 
- The complete animation course: the principles, practice and techniques of successful animation by Chris Patmore 
PHOTO TO DRAWING SOFTWARE
The following are programs that convert pictures to sketches. This would be useful for illustrating how-to instructions.
SCHOOL YEARBOOK/PHOTO ALBUMS
- http://www.shutterfly.com/yearbook/?rilt=preheader&mpch=email&CID=FOC_136623&UID=005011678767&TC=TC0028582&esch=1 – Shutterfly
- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Snipping_Tool – FREE Snip it tool that comes with Windows
- Theatre for young audiences : 20 great plays for children / edited by Coleman A. Jennings ; foreword by Maurice Sendak 
- Alfred’s Basic Piano Library has been and remains one of the quintessential methods for piano learning by students of all ages. In addition to featuring a progression of lessons, theory, technic, performance books and more designed for students based upon age and experience, these piano courses also present learning in a fun and engaging manner.
- All-in-One Course for Children: Lesson, Theory, Solo, Book 1 (Alfred’s Basic Piano Library) $6.95
- http://takelessons.com/blog/2012/10/music-theory-the-characters-of-key-signatures – Take Lessons Blog – A great resource for music and musicians.
- http://www.onlineuniversities.com/blog/2009/12/50-fascinating-lectures-for-music-lovers – 50 Fascinating Lectures for Music Lovers by Online Universities
- http://datadragon.com/education/reading – Introduction to Reading Music
- Handmade music factory: the ultimate guide to making foot-stompin’-good instruments by Michael Orr [c2011] – “Discusses the history of handmade music and the new movement reviving this practice, with nine step-by-step projects to make guitars and accompaniments, like the washtub bass, soup can diddly bow, stomp box and washboard.” – available at our library
HAND CRAFTED ART
- http://pinterest.com/heima/middle-school-art-lessons –
- http://strix.org.uk/stencil – FREE Stencil Generator
- http://www.tagxedo.com – turns words — famous speeches, news articles, slogans and themes, even your love letters — into a visually stunning word cloud, words individually sized appropriately to highlight the frequencies of occurrence within the body of text.
- https://secure.flickr.com/photos/archisculpture/sets/72157626970598991/with/5892182485 – A torso with removable organs
- http://www.langorigami.com/science/sciencelinks.php – Origami Science Links
- http://www.ics.uci.edu/~eppstein/junkyard/origami.html – origami masters have looked at constructing geometric figures
- http://www.pbs.org/independentlens/between-the-folds – Between The Folds, a documentary
CRAFTING WITH PLASTIC TRASH
Most of the art done in my home includes upcycled trash. Upcycling is a great way to experiment with art at a lower cost. For practical upcycled projects, visit my other blog at http://hemetsunshine.wordpress.com.
Learn more about sustainability from Waste Management at http://www0.wm.com/campus/form/?cmp=101_172_2668_41661&gclid=CNqyzKSatbcCFYme4Aod1FAAlg.
- http://apexhsart.blogspot.com/2011/09/cassette-art.html – Audio cassette tape used for line drawings
- http://www.jupisart.com/about.html – The art of Paper Cutting, except with plastic
- http://www.schoolartsdigital.com/schoolarts/201112#pg34 – Layering Paper Cutting, except using plastic.
- http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=q4gJSR4RtDw – How to render one continuous strand of “plarn” from a plastic shopping bag. This same process will work with tee shirts.
- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pT_9StewAIE&NR=1&feature=fvwp – finger knitting
- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I74He-LSzns&list=UU0YnJhBiXGG7bpFHrTyX1aA – finger knitting and how to make a loom
- http://www.wholeliving.com/135049/recycled-craft-plastic-bag-kite – make a kite
- http://www.filthwizardry.com/2010/03/iron-on-decals-from-plastic-shopping.html – iron decal
- http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=87737.0#axzz2US9pIqoz – crocheted sandals
- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tiPYTHhtB5E – bead making
- http://pinterest.com/pin/203717583113914272 – baby bib
- http://doyoumindifiknit.typepad.com/do_you_mind_if_i_knit/2009/05/pattern-for-the-sisterhood-crochet-blanket-square.html – crochet
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It is paradoxical that many educators and parents still differentiate between a time
for learning and a time for play without seeing the vital connection between them!
Leo Buscaglia, author [1924-1998]