Magic Marker Monday — Marvelous Metallics — 5 Minutes for Special Needs

Magic Marker Monday — Marvelous Metallics

by Michelle



It took me four years to paint like Raphael, but a lifetime to paint like a child.”

~Pablo Picasso

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I like to sneak in a little learning along with arts and crafts time around my place.

So while my six-year-old happily snipped a fairy castle out of gold metallic orgami paper, I told her about an artist from a long time ago named Giovanni Cimabue.

We looked at his artwork online and talked about the way he liked to use golden hues and metallics in his work. We giggled as we learned to properly pronounce his name (chee’-mah-boo’-eh) and I applauded her metallic masterpiece.

We just started up first grade homeschool for the year in August and have resumed our art lessons with Artistic Pursuits K-3 Book 2. We’re still loving this curriculum!

What has your little artist been up to this week? Link up and share!


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Michelle is a stay-at-home mom, wife to her wonderful husband, and mother of their two adorable and much-loved children. Through her blog, In The Life of a Child, Michelle has grown a passion for supporting families who are parenting children through extreme medical challenges. Her oldest child was born with a rare birth defect known as a lymphatic malformation and was also diagnosed with cyclic vomiting syndrome. Michelle and her husband share a common goal as parents: To treasure every moment and raise their children to be extraordinary individuals.

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1 MaddyM August 23, 2009 at 11:34 pm

That does sound like a lot of fun. Mine are back to school tomorrow. I wish there was more emphasis on art but it’s effectively an extra at school and relies upon parent volunteers. [Yes it’s a question of volunteer or die around here.]

2 Danette August 24, 2009 at 8:29 am

I love it! It looks like the castle is floating happily in the clouds :). What a good way to incorporate learning into it also.

3 Stacie August 24, 2009 at 10:02 am

What a beautiful castle! I love the colors! I can’t wait for school to start next week to see what kind of art projects they are going to do.

4 Monica August 24, 2009 at 12:31 pm

Good job!! Beautiful castle!

5 SoCoMom4James August 24, 2009 at 8:51 pm

Oh, I love, LOVE the golden castle!

Those books look great — I think my daughter would adore them. Do you buy them online?

6 Michelle August 24, 2009 at 11:10 pm

SoCoMom4James —

Yes, you can find them online. I get mine through, but you can buy them at as well — you just have to scroll down the page a LONG way to find the “Add To Cart” button that allows you to purchase the books. I believe some of them can be found at Amazon also.


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