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Ever Ancient Ever New: Art History, Appreciation, Theory, and Practice (Level 2)
Bethany Pederson, M.A.

"Late have I loved You, O Beauty ever ancient, ever new!"
                                                                    —St. Augustine

Ever Ancient Ever New, Level 2 completes CHC’s art history program by telling the “story of art” from the High Renaissance masters to the Modern era. As each artistic period is discussed, detailed Picture Studies teach students the “language of art” as they engage with masterpieces such as El Greco’s The Holy Trinity, Millet’s The Gleaners, and Van Gogh’s The Starry Night. Lessons in Art Theory focus on the principles of design (unity, variety, contrast, movement, proportion, emphasis, repetition, balance, and rhythm).

This level continues the theme of Ever Ancient Ever New, Level 1 by demonstrating how the beauty in great art points beyond the visible to what is spiritually good, true, and beautiful. Level 2 also explores how the art of each period was influenced by the religious and philosophical beliefs of the time, especially the artists’ beliefs about how human beings come to know what is true. Particularly valuable is the balanced discussion of Modern art, which provides an overview of why the break from traditional art occurred, what Modern artists were trying to achieve, and what standards one should have when evaluating Modern artwork.

The non-consumable textbook may be used over and over again! 36 chapters, 422 pgs. Lavishly illustrated in full color! Softcover. 8½”x11”



Art Pad 2 provides homeschool-friendly art projects that teach fine arts skills while reinforcing the lessons in art theory and art history from the text. For example, the art history lesson on still life paintings in the Dutch Golden Age is complemented by an Art Pad project in which the student draws and shades a still life composition. Art Pad 2 has instructions and templates for 36 projects. Black and white text with special templates on cardstock and artist's paper. Pages are not reproducible; each student will need his own Art Pad. 166-page tear-off pad, shrink-wrapped. 8½”x11”

Prerequisites & Scheduling: It is highly recommended that the student complete Ever Ancient Ever New, Level 1 and Art Pad 1 before beginning this program. Ever Ancient Ever New, Level 2 is designed to be completed over two years in 7th and 8th grades, but could also be used by 6th-12th graders. Essay and research ideas for high school students are included in the introduction.

Topics covered in Ever Ancient Ever New, Level 2:

  • Art History: High Renaissance, Northern Renaissance, Mannerism, Dutch Golden Age, Baroque, Rococo, Neoclassicism, Romanticism, Pre-Raphaelites, Realism, Impressionism, Post-Impressionism, Modern Art, and American Art
  • Art Theory: This level focuses on the principles of design (unity, variety, contrast, movement, proportion, emphasis, repetition, balance, and rhythm). Also covered are chiaroscuro and tenebrism; efficient/loose brushwork; warm and cool colors; tints, shades, and tones; color saturation/intensity; color and mood; local, optical, exaggerated, and arbitrary color; visual weight; symmetrical and asymmetrical balance; actual, implied, and visual movement; irregular rhythm through line, shape, and brushstroke; abstraction; and the rule of thirds.
  • Art Appreciation: Over 90 picture studies of masterpieces such as Velazquez' The Coronation of the Virgin, David's The Oath of the Horatii, and Childe Hassam's The Fourth of July.
  • Art Practice: Art Pad 2 projects teach fine arts skills such as advanced human figure drawing; working with acrylic paints and oil pastels; still life drawings and paintings; extreme view and two-point linear perspective; crosshatching; contour drawings; grid drawings; using saturated and desaturated colors; creating regular and irregular rhythm; using exaggerated and arbitrary color; compositional skills; advanced painting skills; and more!

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