Last February my family spent several days creating murals to hang in their bedrooms. Coordinating several children to produce something beautiful to hang on the wall can be challenging. We used inexpensive downloads from Art Murals for Kids as our guide for several reasons: They’re easy – even my 2 year old can color. They’re printable – which meant if a piece got messed up and bothered
I count it a benefit of homeschooling when one of the masters can step in and teach my children. Thomas Kinkade has led my children in Drawing Basics several times already. That is with the Alpha Omega DVD Lifepac. An Alpha Omega Lifepac is a full subject of study “built upon the principle of mastery learning.” Drawing Basics is an elective Lifepac. Our two eldest
I am proud to introduce you to Artistic Pursuits. I will admit that teaching art was not my strong point. Mostly art classes in my home consisted of activities I looked up online or using my own imagination. While I came up with some creative and fun ideas, I was not teaching art but allowing my children to use different mediums to express themselves visually.
After many years of homeschooling, seven to be exact, I finally made an effort to include art appreciation in our school day. I decided to use The Usborne Art Treasury as our “spine”. The book introduces artists of many genres – from African masks to Vincent van Gogh to Georgia O’Keefe. Each artist is covered on four pages. The first two pages introduce one piece of
Our entire life has been made better by using Mark Kistler’s Draw Squad. Okay, maybe that is an exaggeration but I could easily say that this has been the most loved, used, and admired book in our art instruction courses over the past ten years. All three of my boys have worked their way through this art instruction book at least once. Learning to draw
Our family completes artist study once per month during the school year. We focus on one artist during that month – learning about their life, observing their art and completing art projects of our own. One super book that has helped us during this art study time is The Usborne Introduction to Art by Rosie Dickins and Mari Griffith. Even more than being a specific
We enjoy incorporating art into our unit studies. There are many ways to accomplish this, but one of my favorites is to have my children do a lesson from Draw Write Now, a series of books containing beginning drawing lessons and handwriting practice for primary and elementary students. The author, Marie Hablitzel, developed this collection of lessons for her second-grade students after seeing that they were becoming
To most of us, modern art is a mystery. I admit freely that most of the abstract modern art that I have been exposed to does not move me emotionally. I find myself trying to “understand” it and make sense of it but there is very little to understand about art like this. Untitled Mark Rothko I really have to go out on a limb