Did you know August is American Artist Appreciation Month? I never found art interesting until I took a trip to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. It was there that I started to notice that the paintings were more than paintings. They were windows into other worlds. I began to be drawn in to the story the paintings were just one part of. Later, as I learned more, I began to also be drawn in to the stories of some of the paintings and artists themselves. This month, I have a special American Artist copywork printable for you. Gilbert Stuart is perhaps best known for the portraits he painted of several of our early Presidents and First Ladies including George Washington, John and Abigail Adams, Thomas Jefferson, and James Madison. You can practice handwriting in print, cursive, or manuscript fonts alongside some of Gilbert Stuart’s famous works.
In honor of the year Gilbert Stuart was born, here is a Teachable Timeline from 1755. Enjoy!
- The University of Moscow held its opening ceremony April 26, 1755. See if you can match these famous University of Moscow alumni to what made them famous.
- The British army was defeated by the French near Fort Duquesne (modern Pittsburgh) July 9, 1755. Create a timeline of the French and Indian War. You can use these key dates to get you started!
- John Marshall, a future Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, was born September 24, 1755. See how well you know the main purpose of each Article of the Constitution with this fun matching game. If you need some review, try the flashcards you’ll find here.
- Gerhard von Scharnhorst, a Prussian general remembered for his views on citizen armies, was born November 12, 1755. He served in the Prussian army from 1804 to 1813 when he was killed in battle. Take a look at this map of Napoleonic Europe (scroll approximately halfway down the page), then see if you can label this modern map of Europe (select “Europe” in the drop down).
- The future King Louis XVIII was born November 17, 1755. Try this worksheet to see if you can put six of the most notable kings of France in chronological order.