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

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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.

Pricing: 
  • 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

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?

Chalk Pastels: Easy Art for All Ages

Chalk pastels are an easy and affordable medium for teaching homeschool art. www.HeartofMichelle.com

One of Lorelai's favorite pastimes is creating art with chalk pastels. In fact, my girls do some pretty creative stuff with them.



Chalk Pastels: Easy Art for All Ages


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Learning chalk pastels is easy and fun.

We got started with chalk pastels a couple of years ago when my friend Tricia came out with a book called A Simple Start to Chalk Pastels. I was able to obtain a copy and try it out with Lorelai. It was an immediate winner.

How to Include Art across Your Homeschool Curriculum

A couple of ideas to help you include art across your homeschool curriculum. www.HeartofMichelle.com

Including art as a subject is the most logical step when attempting to add art to your homeschool. But did you know you can include art in your other homeschool subjects? You can.

Just how would you do this?

9 Ways to Nurture Your Child's Artistic Interests

Adding art to your homeschool includes nurturing your child's artistic interests. Here are 9 tips for doing just that. #homeschool #art

This week we're talking about ways to include art in your homeschool. Today, we're going to discuss how to nurture a child's artistic interests.


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From the time our children are very young, they have an interest in art. What child doesn't love to pick up a pencil or crayons and draw? Many children lose interest as time goes by, but why is that?

How to Develop an Appreciation for Art in Your Homeschool

Developing art appreciation in your homeschool is the first step to including art in your children's lives. www.heartofmichelle.com

Developing an appreciation for art in your children is easier than you may think.


I didn't have any type of art education as a kid. I had no knowledge about artists or art. I had never even been to a museum until I was homeschooling my own kids. I'm not kidding.

So how did someone with my lack of art experience raise so many kids with such artistic talents?

Granted, the greater credit should go to our Creator who gave my children their gifts in the first place. Still, these gifts were nurtured in their homeschool atmosphere. How did I do that? How can you?

5 Ways to Include Art in Your Homeschool

Adding art to your homeschool need not be intimidating. Here are 5 ways to easily add it to your homeschool curriculum. #homeschool www.HeartofMichelle.com

Art is often overlooked as a homeschool subject. Sometimes, parents are simply intimidated by the idea of teaching art. However, the arts are so important to a child's education, so it's important to make it a part of our children's lives.

Adding art to your homeschool curriculum needn't be intimidating. In this 5-day series, I'm hoping to help you easily add art to your homeschool.

100 Art Resources for Homeschoolers

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

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.

How to Teach the Arts Even if You Have No Artistic Talent

Tips to help you teach the arts to your homeschool student even if you don't have natural artistic abilities.



I am not an artist. I have absolutely no creative ability, no drawing or painting skills, and certainly no profound bits of art knowledge to share with my children. I'm pretty much lacking the entire right side of my brain. 

Oddly enough, I do have children who are very talented.



  • Michael paints, composes music, draws, plays piano, enjoys photography and even whittles flutes from bamboo!
  • Lee Anne sings and draws. She even designs and builds movie/theatre sets.
  • Alexis draws. She's begun painting, but mostly draws. She also enjoys photography, singing and dancing.
  • Lorelai loves creating art with pastels.
The arts are important in education. How did a mom with very little artistic ability (I only sing and write) raise children who enjoy art so much? I may not have talent, but what I do have is a desire to infuse art into their world. That's all I need.

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