31 Days Of Homeschooling Using Disney Parks : Art Studies

 

 

 

 

 

 

Art is a crazy subject for us.  Some of us love it (aka Madison) while some of us are indifferent to it (aka Jojo)  .   One of us hates it immensely (aka Logan ) while some of us are not very good at it (aka me).  Regardless of our feelings about it , it is a necessary subject for any homeschool.    You can make it hard or easy.  I prefer easy with not too much prep work.  

 

31 Days of Homeschooling Using Disney Parks : Art

 

 

It’s not too difficult at Disney to locate art to look at and analyze.  There is the mosaic inside Cinderella’s castle.  Michelangelo painting the Sistine Chapel on Spaceship Earth.  Signs galore not to mention the Art of Disney stores.  Everywhere you turn there is something art related.  This is in addition to the animation classes for the Youth in Education Series or the Animation Academy at Hollywood Studios.  

 

Animation Station  at Hollywood Studios is a dream come true for a kid who likes art.  It is easy enough for those of us who can’t draw but hard enough for those who can.  You start with a short film about how they draw the characters.  After the movie, you can either play at the consoles or move on to meet some characters.  It was the characters from Wreck It Ralph but it’s changing in November to Big Hero 6.  If you want to draw then move into the Animation Station.  Find a seat with a piece of paper and pencil . The animator draws it up on a screen while you follow along.  Of course, there are no erasers.  Great tip : the animator will give away their drawing if you ask.  Free souvenir! 

 

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  We’ve taken rubbings of the mosaic in Cinderella’s Castle . We’ve tried to replicate a mosaic of that size at home to see how hard it must have been .  We’ve sketched paintings, statues and signs in our sketchbooks.

Often times, it can be as simple as one of the children noticing it so we stop to analyze it.

  • How did they do that?

  • What about the shading?

  • What is the medium?

  • What was the artist hoping to porrtay?

  • How long do we think it took to complete?

  • My favorite : What do you see?

 

 

If you have an art lover then there is a Youth in Education class for them.  

Exploring Disney’s Animation History

Enroll in the Animation Academy, birthplace of many Disney animated feature films, to discover the innovative animation processes Walt Disney developed that changed the way stories were told and brought beloved characters to life. During this 3-hour program students in grades 3-12 will learn how to sketch a famous Disney character, experiment with early production processes and develop their storytelling skills.

Key Learning Points

During this interactive field study, students will:

  • Articulate the various elements of the animation process.
  • Demonstrate storyboarding and pitch their story to the group.
  • Draw a Disney character using simple geometric shapes.
  • Describe the physical phenomenon of persistence of vision.
  • Calculate the number of frames needed to produce a 60-minute animated film.
  • Create their own simple animation by making a kineograph.
  • Discuss Walt Disney’s role as a leader and innovator in the animation and entertainment industries.
  • Understand how the characteristics of media, techniques and processes can be used to enhance the communication of experiences and ideas.

All programs subject to availability. Program content, times, attractions and locations subject to change due to inclement weather, availability or group dynamics. Students must meet minimum age/grade requirements.

Art doesn’t have to be a difficult subject nor does it have to be expensive. Open your eyes to all the art surrounding you in daily life.  Next time you are visiting the Walt Disney World Resort, check out the many ways art is portrayed around the World. 

 

 

 

 

 

31 days to Homeschooling Using Disney Parks

Day 1 : Overview

Day 2 : Haunted Mansion

Day 3 : Literature Selections

Day 4 : Nature Studies

Day 5 :  Flower and Garden Festival

Day 6 : American History

Day 7 : Youth in Education Series

Day 8 : Disability Access Service Pass : One Year Later

Day 9 : Kingdom Keepers

Day 10 : Magical Mouse Schoolhouse

Day 11 : Spaceship Earth

Day 12 : Photography

Day 13: Food and Wine Festival

Day 14 :  Tom Sawyer Island

Day 15 : Sorcerors of the Magic Kingdom

Day 16 : Pirates of the Caribbean

Day 17 : Trains

Day 18 : World Studies

Day 19 : Architecture

31 Days of Homeschooling Using Disney Parks : Architecture

31 Days to Homeschooling Using Disney Parks: Architecture

One portion of homeschooling that is not that hard to teach really.  Since Disney does such a great job at their attention to detail , every building has the correct architecture to go with it. This is probably the only place on Earth where you can see such a vast selection of architecture in one place.  From the Eiffel Tower in France at Epcot to Cinderella’s Castle in Magic Kingdom to Chinese Theater in Hollywood Studios to the Asian temples at Animal Kingdom, there is  always a new piece of architecture to look at and study. 

 

 

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All photos courtesy of Darkroom Disney

 

 

As you can see above, everywhere you turn there is architecture to analyze.  For us, architecture is an art credit.  It also blends in seamlessly with our world studies, literature, and nature .  While we read and study those subjects, we look for and find how the architecture fits in to what we are studying.  Now, there are times when we aren’t studying something in history but the architectures catches our eye. On those occasions, we head for our architecture books to learn more about it.

 

 

Now, these books are left out all the time in our home.  The children peruse and read them at their leisure. If something caught their eye then they are encouraged to find out more about it from the internet and these books. They sketch these buildings in their journals or take pictures of them to print and paste in there.  I allow all pictures for Logan because with his fine motor difficulties ,he would never sketch in his journal plus it works his photography skills. In their journals goes where it is found in Walt Disney World, where it is actually found in the world along with who the architect was if known. This is done on a regular basis although there is no actual timeline to it. 

 

31 days to Homeschooling Using Disney Parks

 

 

Day 1 : Overview

Day 2 : Haunted Mansion

Day 3 : Literature Selections

Day 4 : Nature Studies

Day 5 :  Flower and Garden Festival

Day 6 : American History

Day 7 : Youth in Education Series

Day 8 : Disability Access Service Pass : One Year Later

Day 9 : Kingdom Keepers

Day 10 : Magical Mouse Schoolhouse

Day 11 : Spaceship Earth

Day 12 : Photography

Day 13: Food and Wine Festival

Day 14 :  Tom Sawyer Island

Day 15 : Sorcerors of the Magic Kingdom

Day 16 : Pirates of the Caribbean

Day 17 : Trains

Day 18 : World Studies

 

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