Art Masterpieces: ABC Collection consists of 26 full-color art cards printed on glossy, thick cardstock and an accompanying Teaching Booklet with detailed picture studies. The paintings have been chosen with the goal of instilling in a child an interest in beauty, composition, color, and line. The art cards feature the work of artists such as Renoir, Murillo, El Greco, and Van Gogh and are sized for small hands to study and manipulate. To complement the other topics a child is learning at this age, the art cards and picture studies reinforce the alphabet, colors, shapes, and numbers. Ages 4–6. Teaching Booklet: Softcover, black and white, 58 pgs. 51"×81" AMPK-B $6.95 26 Art Cards: Cardstock, full color, 51"×81" AMPK-C $11.95
Why teach ar t appreciat ion? The most fundamental answer i s that the exper ience of beauty in ar t helps to form the mind and hear t for the pursui t of t ruth and goodness. As Prof. John Crosby has said, “the chi ld who i s rai sed to respond to the beaut i ful i s thereby sens i t ized to al l that i s good and r ight and wor thy. ” Taking t ime to expose our chi ldren to great ar t gives them the oppor tuni ty “to contemplate the ray of beauty that st r ikes us to the quick, that almost ‘wounds ’ us, and that invi tes us to r i se toward God” (Benedict XVI ) .