Arts & Music

“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.

PRONUNCIATION GUIDES

RADIO STATIONS

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.

GUIDES TO CLASSICAL MUSIC

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

MISCELLANEOUS TALENT

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LESSONS

Note to self:  Move contact information for local art and music teachers to this section.

FILM MAKING AND DIGITAL ART

The following is available at our local library:

  • Filmmaking for teens by Troy Lanier & Clay Nichols [2010]
  • 130 projects to get you into filmmaking by Elliot Grove [2009]
  • Don Bluth’s art of animation drawing by Don Bluth [2005]
  • The Animator’s Survival Kit by Richard Williams [2009]
  • Get animated!: creating professional cartoon animation on your home computer by Tim Maloney [2009]
  • The complete animation course: the principles, practice and techniques of successful animation by Chris Patmore [2003]

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

PERFORMANCE ART

  • Theatre for young audiences : 20 great plays for children / edited by Coleman A. Jennings ; foreword by Maurice Sendak [1998]

CREATING MUSIC

HAND CRAFTED ART

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.

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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]

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