Monthly Art Music Saint Studies

March Composer, Artist, Saint Yr. 2

Wow, it has been forever since I posted anything.  With us getting sick and my husband having a crazy business travel schedule I just have not had the energy for extra things.  But we are back!  Here is what we are immersing our senses into this month.

Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach, hello I don’t have to post anything more.  We all know this guy and we are all (or should be) familiar with his music.  Instead of posting a well known Bach composition I went on a hunt for a lesser known classic. 

Cantata 157:

Artist: Sketch by James Barry, ‘Baptism of Oengus’, this is a painting of St. Patrick which was in the Irish Parliament until a fire destroyed it in 1794.

You can follow this link to a good article on the many other depictions of St. Patrick:


Saint:  Of course every year it is Saint Patrick!  The kids love this story.  It is a great one for boys especially.  The story has a very adventurous plot.  Have your young ones act out the story.

Monthly Art Music Saint Studies

Art, Music, and Saints for March

Each month we try to study about a particular artist, musician, and Saint.  I love the two main websites about the Charlotte Mason Method.  They have lesson plans, resources, and so much more.  However, I do not agree with some of their choices on art and music studies.  I think that some of the choices younger children should not be exposed to them.  I, being the rebel that I am, have come up with my own lists.  I try to match the month with what we are studying.  Why do I pick a saint?  Charlotte didn’t have them in her curriculum.  Even though my main method is the Charlotte Mason Method, I do incorporate the Classical Method as well.  Home schooling is about what fits you and your kids and not about following the rules 1, 2, 3.  Now on to our studies!  In March the obvious choice for a saint is St. Patrick.  I picked Monet for the artist because of his landscapes and showing movement of wind.  For a composer I look up to see who was born in the month.  Joseph Haydn was born in 1732, March 31st.  This date is interesting to my kids because their Grandad was born on March 31st too.  Now art and music study usually just involves looking at a picture of a famous artist and listening to music during our morning routine (which I just implemented this week).

March Artist is Monet:  The Waterlily Pond, 1899, The National Gallery, London. 232KB                                                                          Woman with a Parasol, 1875, National Gallery of Art at Washington D.C. 164KB

March Composer Joseph Haydn:  Symphony No. 94 Surprise, there are 4 movements                                                                               

March Saint St. Patrick: For popular holidays that revolve around saints I try to go to the library a month before the holiday and check out books on the saint.  Another online resource is the American Catholic website.  Here is a link  Many of the more famous saints have a radio clip about the saint and features like how to celebrate a certain day as a family.

I am not a Catholic but I am a non denominational Christian.  I, however, believe that it is important for my kids to know the history of their faith.