In Classical Conversations from week 13 to week 18 the children do an art project from this book to go with a different artist each week.  When we were part of CC, I always did more at home about each artist because my kids really love art, and by doing a second project at home, they remembered the artist better.  With weeks 13 to 18 starting soon, I prepared a list of additional activities and information about each artist for Cycle 2.  I am limiting it to just a few clicks per artist so it won’t be overwhelming.

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There was a wealth of information for Rembrandt and it was a challenge narrowing it down.

  • A biography geared for kids.  Another (more detailed) biography at Garden of Praise.
  • The Rembrandt Teaching Project – website with two detailed art appreciation lessons, plus go-along lessons across the subjects for two of his works of art, and many more. You’ll have to explore it.
  • Detailed art lesson on Rembrandt – art history, art appreciation and video art lesson.  There’s actually enough lessons here to study Rembrandt for a month!
  • Two books to add to your collection (or to find at the library):

Rembrandt (Getting to Know the World’s Greatest Artists)

Rembrandt and the Boy Who Drew Dogs: A story about Rembrandt van Rijn.  The author of the second book has a website with Rembrandt activities.


The CC focus for Linnaeus is his botanical illlustrations.  There was little that came up in my searches for art lessons with regards to Linnaeus; most of the results referred to taxonomy.  Consequently, I will be writing an art lesson to go with Linnaeus and posting it next week.  You can sign up for email updates to make sure you don’t miss it.



There are so many projects out there for Monet.  Again, I narrowed it down to two so as not to overwhelm.

  • Books for your collection:

Claude Monet: Sunshine and Waterlilies (my favorite),

Linnea in Monet’s Garden (a bit long – my son won’t sit through it, but Bear likes it),
The Magical Garden of Claude Monet (This is a Lawrence Anholt book and I like his artist books a lot.  We own quite a few of them.)


I love the Smart About Art and the Anholt books the best.


Which artist are you looking forward to the most?