Thursday, October 31, 2013

Lautrec OCC Boxes

Your gifts for needy children are all packed up and on their way.  I wonder which country they are destined for.  Don't forget that you can track your Operation Christmas Child box (if you paid for shipping online) at Samaritan'

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Toulouse-Lautrec Extension Activities

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec was only a little over four and a half feet tall at maturity, but his impact on the world of art was larger than life.  


I hope you will have time to take a look at my absolute favorite book about this artist: Great Names: Toulouse-Lautrec 19th Century French Painter by Diane Cook. {affiliate link}  It has wonderful illustrations, accurate history, and handles delicate topics in a respectful yet factual way.


  • Practice drawing faces with proportion grids online.  Scroll down to view all of the instructions.
  • Try using your water paints to complete this coloring page of Toulouse-Lautrec's painting.  Don't forget to use eye-catching colors! 
  • Do another copy with marker, and a third with crayons.  Compare the results.  Which looks most like the original oil painting?  
Marcelle Lender doing the Bolero in 'Chilperic'
Private Collection


Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec died at a very young age because of the poor choices that he made.  

The Bible says a lot about keeping ourselves healthy.  Many people may respond "Who cares?  It's my body, isn't it?"  Well, to be honest, the answer from the Lord is a resounding, "I care, and no, it really isn't your body to begin with.  I created you, I died for you, and I love you even more than you love yourself."

Here is the direct quote from 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 

"Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies." 

We all make mistakes.  Encourage your child to discuss the many ways that life can be hard.  Remind them that Jesus said, “I have overcome the world.” He can help where alcohol and other indulgences cannot. He does not always make our problems go away, but He has promised to help us.

If you have any questions feel free to get in touch with me or call New Hope at 345-7203.

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec

Want to meet a man with an extremely long name? Try this one: Henri Marie Raymond de Toulouse-Lautrec-Monfa.  That's a mouthful isn't it?  Most of know him as Toulouse-Lautrec.

Toulouse-Lautrec is well known for his love of the theater and skill with creating captivating posters.  We will be creating our own poster-like images this month.

Parents: Please be assured that the personal life of this artist and the subjects of his work will be handled delicately in class in order to avoid any topics that may be offensive or disturbing.  


In preparation for class please print the image below and place it in a location where your child will see it often.  (Click here for a printable image)
At the Moulin Rouge
Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec
Self Portrait
Oil on Canvas
Art Institute of Chicago

We are creating artwork that will go into boxes filled with Christmas gifts for children around the world.  The program we are working with is called Operation Christmas Child through Samaritan's Purse.  Here is a quick video describing the project.

There are plenty of boxes being sent from New Hope it is not required that your family packs your own box, but you are welcome to do so if you choose.  I will give more information on Friday and you can get details at

In order to complete this month's project, each student will need to bring the following items to class:

Note: Please make sure that all supplies are clearly labeled with your family’s name.  Children work at large tables, and supplies often roll.  Collecting materials at the end of the day is much easier if they are marked.  Address labels work well for this purpose.  

See you on Friday, October 18th at 6:30!