I’ve been thinking about offering the Charlotte Mason Picture Study Aids in some kind of printed form for a while. Some of you have expressed interest in this option either via my feedback form or other means, and so it’s definitely been something on my mind. Originally my intention was just to offer the picture study aid itself, with no prints, in a bound book. But the more feedback I received and the more I thought about it, I decided that I really wanted to offer page-sized copies of each piece discussed as well. The only problem was that I was unable to find a print service that would offer print-on-demand (meaning I don’t have to keep them “in stock” or spend any money upfront to have them printed) loose prints.
As an alternative that I hope can still benefit those wanting physical copies of the prints and the picture study aids is a spiral-bound book that includes the body of the picture study aid at the front and the six (or more) prints at the back that can either be kept as is (and displayed folded over as in the picture below) or cut out. It’s not ideal, I know, and I wish I could offer something better, but I did receive quite a bit of feedback that many of you are interested in this so I decided to offer it now until something possibly better is available.
As I wrote on Instagram last week, my primary goal is and has always been to help homeschooling families in any way that I can to incorporate picture study in their weekly routines, which is why I offer the picture study aids for free. Obviously, I can’t offer a print version for free, but I am going to try to keep the costs down as much as I can. For this reason, I will not be making any kind of profit from these printed versions and none of the money spent on them will be going to me. The cost will only be for printing and shipping. I will be offering them through Lulu, which is what I use to print the Kindergarten Curriculum, and I think their prices are reasonable. They also often offer coupons (also listed on the main page of the site), but they do charge per page so longer picture study aids will be more.
Below you can see a little flip-through of the book. I encourage anyone who is thinking about buying one to first download the free PDF version here first. Unless there’s a printing error, I am unable to offer refunds or replacements so it’s very important to me that you know exactly what you’re getting before you buy.
I only have Constable up right now and depending on what kind of feedback I get on that one (if anyone orders it!), I will also offer Vermeer and Waterhouse in this format (as well as the free PDFs once I’ve finished them). If there is interest in the older picture study aids being offered in this format as well, I will post those also. If you’re interested in the print version, you can find it at the button below.
I really, really want to ask that if anyone does order one of these printed versions, please, please provide me with feedback regarding what you thought of print quality/value/etc. as I truly don’t want to offer these printed versions if they’re not exactly what people are looking for.
In other picture study news, I’ve also started offering free PDF downloads of JUST the pieces covered each term on the Ambleside Online artist study rotation. You can either find those files on the individual picture study aid pages (and I’m still working on getting them all up), or on my Charlotte Mason Picture Study Resources page. They are also linked to from the Ambleside Online art study page beneath each artist. While the picture study aid prints do not contain the titles, artists, and dates on each print, these shorter PDFs do, so if that’s something that you’re wanting, you may want to download these in addition to the picture study aids.
I’m still working on Vermeer, but he is coming! He is one of my very favorite artists, so I want to do him justice. 🙂