"We recognise that the power of appreciating art and of producing to some extent an interpretation of what one sees is as universal as intelligence, imagination, nay, speech, the power of producing words. But there must be knowledge and, in the first place, not the technical knowledge of how to produce, but some reverent knowledge of what has been produced; that is, children should learn pictures, line by line, group by group, by reading, not books, but pictures themselves."
Charlotte Mason Volume 6 Page 214
I recently came across this video: Conversations with Mona Lisa
Honestly I was shocked. It is too much! It is so sad that we live in a society where people feel that even art masterpieces have to be animated in order to hold the attention of young ones. I had to ask myself, what would Charlotte Mason think?
While I am all for promoting a child's interest in art, this is the wrong way to go about it. How does turning great works of art into something more like television or a video game help children to appreciate true art? It doesn't.
Yes it may be more "fun" to watch a screen than view the still work, and to see the people in a painting move and explain exactly what they are doing, but the whole point is for children to discover for themselves what is in each painting. To find their own meaning in it. To compare it to what they already know. To make their own connections. To study it "line by line."
Charlotte Mason, as brought out in the quote above, advocated children learning from the painting itself and not from books which might discuss the painting. The same would hold true to videos and animated paintings. These masterpieces speak for themselves.
What are your thoughts? Feel free to leave them in the comments.
For a more Charlotte Mason based approach to art, be sure to check out my spring themed art, nature study and handicraft kit which includes a Rousseau art print and notebooking page, the art shows listed in my sidebar, as well as my Clouds in Art Mini Unit Study and Still Life Art Show Mini Unit Study.