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How to Easily Bring Life to Your Teen's Artist Studies

Jul 17, 2016

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If you've been reading my blog for any length of time, you know we're big on art in this family. I appreciate it; my kids create it.

Therefore, I'm always sharing art resources. 

Today I want to tell you about this AWESOME art course my kids are taking. Specifically, Lorelai will be taking it, but if Alexis wants to, she can. Alexis is finished with high school, and as the creator of this course said, Alexis "...could probably teach this course." But being an artist, she is always looking to learn more.

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Introducing Mixing with the Masters

While I love artist and art studies conducted in the Charlotte Mason style, Mixing with the Masters adds a new dimension to learning. Kids love learning through hands-on activities. 

Since my kids have dyslexia and dysgraphia, they appreciate hands-on learning. They much prefer it to reading and writing. (Of course, they still have to do those things, but you get what I'm saying.)

By adding hands on activities to your child's learning, you're stimulating different parts of the brain. By allowing them to create art, you're bringing their art lessons to life!

So what's so great about this art course?

Children will still learn about six artists - about their lives, art styles, techniques, mediums, and genres. But - and this is the fun part - Your children will create a work of art! 

With this program, you'll be able to
  • ignite a love, even passion, for the old masters and their works
  • encourage kids and teens to actively engage in the art process and have FUN doing so
  • inspire them to utilize and further develop their own natural creativity

About Mixing with the Masters Art Course

This course is designed for ages 8 to adult. The lessons include:
  • A short biographaphical video on each artist
  • Printable PDF study guides
  • A weekly student “challenge”
  • Printable patterns and templates
  • Inspirational quotes by each artist
  • Suggested books, videos, and websites for further learning
  • Private Facebook group in which to share students’ works of art

The artists your child will study are:
  • Leonardo da Vinci
  • Rembrandt van Rijn
  • Claude Monet
  • Vincent van Gogh (our FAVORITE!)
  • Pablo Picasso
  • Georgia O'Keefe

Your child will experiment with the following art forms:
  • Sketching & charcoal drawing
  • Acrylic painting techniques, such as:
  • Fresco
  • Chiaroscuro
  • Impasto
  • Alla Prima
  • Gradient
  • Watercolor painting
  • Pastel painting
  • Wax resist
  • Collage art
  • And MORE!
Register today! Classes begin August 1st, 2016.

  • Early registration price = $48 for entire Volume One;
    or $10 per individual artist
  • Regular price (after July 31st) = $60 for entire Volume One;
    or $12 per individual artist

Complete your registration today and I'll see you in the Facebook group! 

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The Ultimate Guide to Artist Studies

Apr 20, 2015

A comprehensive guide to artist study resources, lesson plans, printables and more.

Art was not something I was exposed to in my childhood. I wasn't raised around art lovers or artists. 

Yet, I've produced several children with these natural talents (thank their dads for that gift). As a result, I learned to incorporate art not only into our studies but into our lives as well.

I believe we are all born with a natural appreciation for art. It's why little kids are so fascinated by all the handiworks of God, from flowers to bees. They see the artwork and love it. Give them a crayon and they'll draw on anything. Literally.

All children are artists. Whether they continue to be artists is up to us. 

  • Do we provide the proper environment to grow an artist?
  • Do we give them the tools they need to create art?
  • Do we praise and support their artistic interests?

100 Art Resources for Homeschoolers

Dec 8, 2014

A huge collection of all sorts of resources for studying artists and their art.

Art is a big thing in my family. Several of my kids are gifted with artistic talents such as drawing, painting, sculpting, composing music and singing. It's important to us.

The arts are an important part of education, as well. As parents (not just homeschoolers), we need to create an environment that offers them plenty of opportunity to explore the arts.

All children have a natural appreciation for beauty and creativity. We only need to nurture it.
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We need to have plenty of resources to do this, right? Right. That's why I'm sharing with you 100 art resources today.

Art in History: A Brain-Based Art History Project

Nov 4, 2013

In our family, art and history are favorite subjects. A few months ago, I decided I want to teach a new subject, art history, to the girls. I even considered writing an art history curriculum, but who has time for that? Not this mama.

The Challenge
Quite frankly, even if I'd written a curriculum (or just lesson plans), I would never have come up with a creative activity. I'm too left-brained for that. For my kids who are right-brained learners, that's the pitfall of my homeschool. 

They love creative, hands-on activities and I am sorely lacking in the creative ability to dream up those activities. Thanks goodness for bloggers, curriculum writers and Pinterest! 

The Answer
Imagine how delighted I was to learn about a company that provided art history projects! 

Spring Break Week 1: Takin' It Easy

Mar 8, 2013

The Homeschool Mother's Journal

In my life this week... 

Our first week of Spring Break was uneventful. I went on a cleaning binge and noted a hundred things that need to be done outside. I've been doing a lot of planning ahead and writing. 


In our homeschool this week... 


We're are on Spring Break.  

Lorelai has been playing around on doing math and learning about artists. Alexis has spent her time drawing because that's what she does. 

A Week of Big Steps

Feb 22, 2013

The Homeschool Mother's Journal

We've been taking some "big steps" around here. I've made some changes; Alexis made strides in math. Progress!

In my life this week...

I came to some big decisions. I keep hearing "Simplify, simplify, simplify" in my mind. I took down all websites and blogs which are no longer serving me well. This included my southern cooking blog (never had the time), my natural mothering blog (my focus is no longer on homebirthing, cloth diapering or breastfeeding), my green cleaning website (I'm shutting down the business due to lack of business). 

So here I am. I feel a sense of loss. Nine years of those businesses shut down in a matter of seconds. Hard to believe. Sometimes, this is the type of thing we must do. I also feel a great weight.. a pressure to keep up with the marketing on those.. lifted off of me. Now I can redirect that time and focus to the two blogs I care about most. This homeschool blog and Life on My Planet. Yes. This will be better. 

Wrapping Up Our School Year

Feb 15, 2013

The Homeschool Mother's Journal

In my life this week...

I've spent a lot of time working/writing. Pretty boring, right? 


In our homeschool this week...

We're at the end of Week 10 of Term III.  
The girls took another online science class. You'll be hearing more about this in a couple of weeks. They really enjoyed it. I'm about to sign Lorelai up for a couple of other online things. We are about to begin our Animal Signs study using the unit study from NaturExplorers. We've studied a bit on this topic in the past, and are pretty good at identifying tracks while hiking. It should be fun to learn a bit more. 

The girls spent a good amount of time being artsy-craftsy this week. Photo below.

A Wrap-Up of Our Week

Feb 8, 2013

The Homeschool Mother's Journal

 In my life this week...

There has been nothing interesting. Well, nothing except having to pass up a possible $2000/week account. Long story. It's painful to think I had to pass that up. I'll move on to more positive things now.

Positive: Switched meds for one of the girls (we use natural meds). She started them today. I should see a difference tomorrow. She had to go a few days without any at all and let me tell you.. it was not pleasant. Now I have to do the re-evaluation for the other child to see what improvements we can make in her meds as well.

Handicraft: An Eye for Photography

Jan 9, 2013

Homeschool Handicraft: An Eye for Photography

This family.. my family.. is so full of natural talent. No, I'm not bragging. OK, maybe I am just a little. It's just that I am so amazed at all the artistic things my kids do and they do it with no training. One of the things they do, all of them, is photography. So it's automatically a handicraft in our homeschool.

Alexis is 14 years old. I've shared her drawings and singing in previous posts. And I've shared her photography when she was about 11 or 12 years old. She has such an eye! I'm so impressed with her photography. So I'm sharing with you again.

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