Art: A Reflection of Worldview

I have led many student tours as part of a study of European and American history. My first European tour guide was a brilliant, totally fun, Englishman named Joe . . . who was also an atheist. During the tour my students and I often were locked in heavy theological discussions with Joe. Our group visited the National Gallery in London, where one of the greatest collections of Western European painting in the world is housed, and I required my students to have master knowledge of seventy-five paintings displayed there. The next day, after our kids had acted Shakespeare on the Globe Theatre stage and were walking to dinner past the Tate Modern Museum of Art, Joe threw down the gauntlet: Joe believed home school parents sheltered their kids. He was right, and furthermore, we were unapologetic about it! He expressed his desire to expose these sheltered kids to modern art minus my editorial comments, so that their eyes would be opened.

We had an extra twenty minutes before dinner, and Joe suggested we “duck into the Tate.” I judged it would be a good experience for this strong group of kids. As we reconvened outside, Joe asked what the students thought. Hesitant to speak, I said, “If you have an opinion, go ahead and tell Joe.” Evie, a gem of a student, spoke: “Well, I thought it was very insightful. You have all these paintings of chaos . . . but what would you expect? Because the artists obviously believed chaos is a worthy subject to paint, they must embrace a chaotic worldview. I thought the artist did a good job of reflecting their chaotic worldview.”  Score, Evie!

Don’t ever be tempted to cut art or art history. It is too rich a reflector of cultures, history, and worldview.

Jessica Hulcy, co-author of KONOS Curriculum, the first curriculum for homeschool, is an educator, author, and formerly popular national homeschool speaker prior to her near-fatal wreck in 2009.  A graduate of the University of Texas, mom to four grown sons, and “Grandear” to grandchildren, Jessica lives with her husband Wade on acreage in Texas. Recently Jessica and Wade started the ultimate online help for homeschooling moms called Homeschool Mentor.  Visit www.homeschoolmentor.com and www.konos.com.

Copyright 2012, used with permission. All rights reserved by author. Originally appeared in the February 2012 issue of The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine, the family education magazine. Read the magazine free atwww.TOSMagazine.com  or read it on the go and download the free apps at www.TOSApps.com to read the magazine on your Kindle Fire or Apple or Android devices.

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