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Emily Carr Picture Study

Included in this 26-page Emily Carr Picture Study Aid (see a sample Picture Study Aid here!) is the following:

  • a brief summary of the life of the Canadian painter Emily Carr (1871-1945).
  • a synopsis of seven of her paintings (see below).
  • resources for additional reading can be found in the Living Art Book Archive.
  • printable versions of the pieces covered (in the PDF version).
  • a brief discussion about Charlotte Mason’s ideas and methods for implementing picture study at different ages is also included.
  • the printed book is saddle-stitched with high-quality, 100-lb., smooth paper and full color and includes a self-portrait of the artist at the end.

There is also an option to order separate, professionally-printed copies of each piece for use during your picture study time in the drop-down menu below as well. These are printed on durable cardstock with a smooth finish on 8.5×11-inch, acid-free paper and display beautifully. The prints do not include the Picture Study Aid PDF download – this is a separate purchase.

The pieces discussed are:

  • War Canoes, Alert Bay (1912)
  • The Indian Church (1929)
  • Blunden Harbour (ca. 1930)
  • Vanquished (1930)
  • Forest, British Columbia (1931-32)
  • Shoreline (1936)
  • Odds and Ends (1939)

I appreciate Carr’s art because it was so different from anything else coming out at the time. She has often been compared to van Gogh with her stylized skies, but at the same time, the “plastic” quality of the trees and hills of her later career was a characteristic all her own. I also appreciate that she painted the world around her as she saw it and valued the beauty of First Nations culture (leaving us with a record of so many aspects of it that would otherwise not exist) as well as the natural world of her native Vancouver island.

The intention of this Picture Study Aid is to equip the home educator with some basic facts and understanding of a sampling of the art Emily Carr (1871-1945). It is not meant to be an exhaustive analysis or study of each piece or a complete biography of the artists.

About picture study, Ms. Mason recommended keeping learning as simple as possible, especially in the younger years, and put extra emphasis on the images by themselves.

There is no talk about schools of painting, little about style; consideration of these matters comes in later life, the first and most important thing is to know the pictures themselves. As in a worthy book we leave the author to tell his own tale, so do we trust a picture to tell its tale through the medium the artist gave it. In the region of art as else-where we shut out the middleman. (vol 6 pg 216)

Definite teaching is out of the question; suitable ideas are easily given, and a thoughtful love of Art inspired by simple natural talk over the picture at which the child is looking. (PR Article “Picture Talks”)

…we begin now to understand that art is not to be approached by such an acadamised road. It is of the spirit, and in ways of the spirit must we make our attempt. We recognise that the power of appreciating art and of producing to some extent an interpretation of what one sees is as universal as intelligence, imagination, nay, speech, the power of producing words. But there must be knowledge and, in the first place, not the technical knowledge of how to produce, but some reverent knowledge of what has been produced; that is, children should learn pictures, line by line, group by group, by reading, not books, but pictures themselves. A friendly picture-dealer supplies us with half a dozen beautiful little reproductions of the work of some single artist, term by term. After a short story of the artist’s life and a few sympathetic words about his trees or his skies, his river-paths or his figures, the little pictures are studied one at a time; that is, children learn, not merely to see a picture but to look at it, taking in every detail.” (vol 6 pg 214)

This Picture Study Aid is meant to offer basic information about the artists as well as ready answers should your student ask about a particular aspect of a piece and the explanation isn’t readily evident. Ms. Mason emphasized not focusing on strict academic discourse when doing picture study, but rather simply exposing students to the art itself:

His education should furnish him with whole galleries of mental pictures, pictures by great artists old and new;––…––in fact, every child should leave school with at least a couple of hundred pictures by great masters hanging permanently in the halls of his imagination, to say nothing of great buildings, sculpture, beauty of form and colour in things he sees. Perhaps we might secure at least a hundred lovely landscapes too,––sunsets, cloudscapes, starlight nights. At any rate he should go forth well furnished because imagination has the property of magical expansion, the more it holds the more it will hold. (vol 6 pg 43)

6 reviews for Emily Carr Picture Study Aid and Art Prints

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  1. These pictures were all great quality. It’s nice to have the physical picture to hold in our hands and look at.

  2. This set was discounted due to minor imperfections. It was far better than I expected. If you are considering purchasing a discounted set but are on the fence, do. You will be glad you did.

  3. I appreciate that this set highlights a Canadian artist. We studied Canada recently and it will be great to look more closely at the artwork of British Columbia.

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