Living Learning Children Picture Study: Fra Angelico’s The Annunciation

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“We cannot measure the influence that one or another artist has upon the child’s sense of beauty, upon his power of seeing, as in a picture, the common sights of life; he is enriched more than we know in having really looked at even a single picture.”  – Charlotte Mason



“Show the pictures, let them look well at them, and then draw from them their ideas as to the beauty and simplicity of the composition; call attention to the breadth of tone, and the dignity of the lines. Help them, sketching when necessary to reduce a picture to its most simplest form; half-closing their eyes to shut out detail, help them to get an idea of the masses of tone.”

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“At age six, when children have begun formal lessons, this sort of picture study should not be left to chance. They should study one artist at a time, term by term, and they should study quietly six reproductions of his work in the course of the term.”

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“The six-year-old child should begin both to express himself and to appreciate, and his appreciation should be well in advance of his power to express what he sees or imagines.”


“There is no talk about schools of painting, little about style; consideration of these matter comes in later life, but the first and most important thing is to know the pictures themselves.”


We have observed several “pictures” by great artists in our home. It adds another flavor to the living feast we take on a weekly basis. And so, I’ve decided to include this in the Living Learning Children program, and they loved it. It’s been great seeing how the children interact with each work of art.

The primary objective is for the child to interact with the picture. No analysis needed nor discussion of symbols. The child simply observes, narrates, and appreciates. Artistic analysis will be done in the upper years. Before that, the main focus is for the child to see beauty, and to furnish his imagination with whole galleries of mental pictures.
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