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Paint Your Way Through American and Modern World History and Literature

Art Lessons will include drawing, watercolors, and acrylics

History lessons will give context to the art and the readings 

List of readings coordinate with the art each week

    Semester 1: Short Stories from The American Experience, Copper Lodge from

    Semester 2: Newberry Award Winning books related to modern America and world history

This class coordinates with Classical Conversation's Foundations Cycle 3.

Recommended for ages 10-12

Meets live, online, for one hour, once a week.

Taught by Madeline Sanford

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Enjoy good books and related art projects related to Medieval History 

Students will read a chapter book on their own (or parents can read it aloud). During the online class, Maddie will go over The Who-What-How-What* of the book and together they will do a creative project inspired by the book and the history! (Two to three classes will be spent on each book giving students plenty of time to read the book.) 

Students will design a family crest, design a stained glass window, draw castles and maps, and so much more! Every week is something new! Students will work in a mixed-media art journal so that at the end of the class they have a beautiful portfolio of their work!


Books are chosen from the Beautiful Feet Medieval History Intermediate Pack for grades 4-8 so you can easily extend the lesson with their study guides, timelines, and writing lessons. (You do not need to purchase the whole package, though, you can just purchase the list of books below. Check used book stores, too.)

Class meets for one hour once a week for 24 weeks.

(12 weeks before Christmas break, and 12 weeks after Christmas break.)

This class goes well with Classical Conversation's Foundations classes! (Especially 4th, 5th, and 6th graders who want to integrate literature with their Foundations memory work!)

No art experience is necessary. All levels are welcome.

Wednesday 1:00 to 2:00 Eastern Time SORRY THIS SESSION IS FULL


Wednesday 3:00 to 4:00 Eastern Time 


THURSDAY noon Eastern Time 


The PDF has the book information. Download the PDF for details:


King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table, Green

One Thousand and One Arabian Nights

Queen Eleanor

Robin Hood

The Magna Charta, James daugherty

The Kite Rider

The Trumpter of Krakow

Adam of the Road

The Adventures of Robin Hood

Fine Print (Gutenburg and the Printing Press)

Morning Star of the Reformation

There will be approximately 2 art projects related to each book, one project per week.

(Substitutions on books are okay.)

Some books are a collection of short stories-- you may choose to just read a few short stories.


Frequently Asked Questions:

1. *What is a A Who-What-How-What? It is a list of questions that helps young readers with literary analysis and with practice, helps them with reading comprehension.

You ask, "Who" was that story about? Their answers are the characters.

"What was the problem?" The answer gives you the conflict.

"How was the problem solved?" That answer is the plot and resolution

"What did they learn from it?" This answer is the moral of the story.

Another two questions that they will explore in class is, "Where and when did this happen?" this is the setting and the time period. They might paint a landscape of the setting and draw a map of the country it takes place in. They will also discuss the time period and what it might have been like to live at that time.

2.  Do I have to read all the books? To get the most out of the class, read all the books by the suggested deadlines, but, it isn't required. Students will enjoy the art projects and hearing about the characters, plots, and history even if they haven't read the book. You might even let the class be an introduction to the book that you read later. Some books are collections of short stories, so you could read a couple short stories before class.

3. Do I have to purchase the books from Beautiful Feet? No, in fact, you might find them at a used book store!

4. Do I have to purchase the entire pack? No (but you can if you want to extend the lessons at home.)

5. Can younger students take the class? Yes. You can read aloud the books and help them with the projects. You're welcome to help them with their art projects, too, or modify them to be age appropriate. Please note that all kids who participate in the online class pay tuition, even if they are siblings.

6. Can all my kids participate in the online class? Yes, but please pay tuition for each student who participates online. 

Note: REGISTRATION FEE IS NON-REFUNDABLE (if you need to transfer to another session of the same class, we can do that by email.


You don't have to order the entire kit. You don't have to order from Beautiful Feet. Most books are available anywhere you normally buy books, maybe even used book stores.

Note: We don't read Crispin or Beowulf in this class because those are a part of CC Challenge classes that the students will read later. If you purchase the set, just hang on to them for later.

Students will draw, paint, and use collage in their visual journaling. The emphasis is on creativity and trying new things rather than on producing "fine art." This is a great introduction to the creative process for the beginner. Students who have had art before will be able to use what they already know and build on those skills. Lots of freedom and creativity in this class!

Check out the Medieval History Books from Beautiful Feet Books here:

(Some books are not used in this class because they are used in other Challenge classes.)

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Sample Lesson:

Students read "The Kite Rider" at home. In class, they discuss the characters, setting, and plot, then the learn a little more about China and the time period. They learn how to paint some Chinese characters that were mentioned in the book. (They were painted on the red kite in the book for good luck.) The following week would be a paint party in which they talk about the end of the book and paint along to create a scene from the book something like the one below, but everyone's will be unique. (The clouds were painted with cotton balls, the kite was cut out of paper...easy tricks like these will help students get creative!)

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