Cindy is hosting a Book Club discussing The Hidden Art of Homemaking by Edith Schaeffer. Please join us!
I've never considered myself artistic. The college prep track I took in
school left no room for art class. College really, either excepting
the Art History class I was required to take. I enjoy some art, but
don't understand it.
I've also been a little intimidated by the sermon drawing in this chapter. Partially
because I'm concerned about using the visual in worship, partially
because I'm simply unable to think on the fly how to draw my pastor's
sermons. I do take notes, and the older children have been learning to
do so as well. They have drawn some little pictures before they could
really write. I should have R-girl working on that now.
In some ways, I think art for the homemaker has changed in the Computer Age from when Mrs. Schaeffer wrote Hidden Art. I've been trying to transition to doing my lists digitally after reading Mystie's Paperless Home Organization. It's a big transition, but has been worthwhile so far. What that means, though is that I don't have papers that I'm doodling on. But, if you look around Pinterest for home organization printables and layouts, there are beautiful, colorful pages aplenty. If you look at Brandy's Circle Time plans, the layout and details from fonts to clip art are pleasing to the eye.
We do love art in our homeschool. We do an art lesson every other week with friends, we use Artistic Pursuits and we have learned so much. We look at art every day by means of the Metropolitan Museum of Art's annual Page A Day calendar (this is our 3rd year and we love it). We're going to start alternating our Opal Wheeler books with the Simply Charlotte Mason Art Study packets during Circle Time. We've enjoyed trips to museums, Art Cards, and creating Nature Journals.
I was surprised in this chapter, by her very brief inclusion of cake decorating as one of these artistic endeavors. I can do this a bit. I can't say I have enough talent or patience to work at it diligently and often. Plus, I hate the cleanup. Each Christmas my mother and I decorate dozens of cookies. I make cakes for my kids' birthdays ... one of the most searched-for posts here is my Jack and the Beanstalk cake (which fell).
My real claim to fame with cakes is that many years ago my friend and I were asked to teach cake decorating at a Keepers at Home meeting at our church. We did so - just piped some stars on cupcakes - and one of the young ladies (who is now in high school) took it and ran with it. She is talented, patient, and willing to work. And, my, how amazing her cakes are. She did the cakes for the most recent weddings at church and regularly brings cakes for potlucks. She has been accepted into a local vocational culinary program for her Junior and Senior years. This is the beauty of introducing art to younger people, when their efforts vastly outpace your own.
Maybe I should make some cutouts for my own children sometime soon ...