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.

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?

Art in History: A Brain-Based Art History Project

Are you looking for aways to bring history to life in your homeschool? Here's a super-fun way to do it: combine art and history!
Art in History: A Brain-Based Art History Project

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 even 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! 


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

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.

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?

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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child creating art

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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Going Screen-Free with Art

Art is a natural interest that requires no screen-time. If we involve our children in artistic endeavors, they're less likely to resort to screens for their amusement.

Welcome to Day 3 of my 10-day series on Screen-Free Family Activities. Today, I want to talk about art.

Art is not only very important to creating well-rounded children, it improves their academic abilities and social skills. Equally important, learning about and participating in art activities is fun. 

Children love creating masterpieces, whatever they are. We can see this in even the youngest of children as they bring us their drawings of "mom and dad" with over sized heads and stick arms. It's a natural inclination within humans.

Unfortunately, many of us have grown up without the proper tools and experiences for expressing our creativity through art. I can't draw draw or paint. Nearly all of my 5 children, however, have artistic talent. 

Art is a natural inclination which must be encouraged.

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?

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.

Top 10 Pinterest Boards for Homeschool Art You Should Be Following


The last post in my 5-day series is to share some of my favorite Pinterest boards for homeschool art. In no particular order, here they are.

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.

Art Supplies Every Homeschool Should Have

Every homeschool should encourage artistic creation. Here is a list of art supplies for young and older kids.  www.HeartofMichelle.com



The arts are a necessary and important part of education. Keeping your homeschool stocked with some basics will help nurture a love of the arts in your children. 

Art Supplies Every Homeschool Should Have


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Art Supplies for Little Artists





Are the Arts Important in Education?

As schools systematically do away with music and art courses, one has to wonder, "Are the arts important in education?" 

Two girls painting

Visit any Charlotte Mason-related website or blog and you're certain to come across information about the arts. Artist studies, art studies, art lessons, composers and their compositions abound on these sites.

In fact, it's not only Charlotte Mason educators who believe that the arts are an important part of education.

How I Teach Fine Arts to Multiple Ages Using the Charlotte Mason Method

The fine arts are important to developing a well-rounded education for our children. Including the arts is one of the foundations of a liberal arts education. Find out how this mom teaches the fine arts using the Charlotte Mason method. #homeschool #charlottemason

This is day #5 in my series on "How I Teach to Multiple Ages Using the Charlotte Mason Method." 


There is a lack of appreciation for the arts.


Once upon a time, the fine arts were taught to all students, whether before the day of institutional learning, or even within those institutions.


Children were taught an appreciate for music, and how to play instruments as a matter of standard course. They learned to paint, draw, and learned about the artists and composers. 

We now live in a society that invalidates and minimizes any interest in those things.





The schools have all but done away with music and art to redirect money elsewhere. Kids who play instruments are the the butts of jokes in school. Students who want to study music and art in college are portrayed as flakey, young people with their heads in the clouds. 

As for me, I believe n
o education is complete without fine arts. 


There are so many benefits from learning fine arts. Why would we deprive our children of these things? I'm grateful that I can decide what to teach my children. 



10 Items Absolutely Every Homeschool Should Have

Whether you're a new homeschooler, or you've been doing this for twenty years, you need a few things to help your homeschool run smoothly.
List of homeschool supplies


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Every homeschool needs some basic supplies.

Of course you'll need pencils and other basic school supplies. But what else is helpful to a homeschool family?


Our Charlotte Mason Middle School Curriculum 2014-15

A Charlotte Mason middle school curriculum covering all subjects from nature study to writing, history to science.


Our Charlotte Mason Middle School Curriculum

2014-15

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Lorelai's curriculum has come to me quite easily this year. I won a homeschool giveaway worth $700 (Whaaat? I know, right?) Also, I purchased the Charlotte Mason bundle on the Build Your Bundle sale. I'm feeling pretty good about this. So what do we have lined up?


History

For the first 9 weeks we will be living in the old west using these weekly unit studies: Westward Ho! Part 1 and Part 2 - I won this in a giveaway and they just look like a lot of fun. That's how I want to kick off our next term - with fun!

5 Pinteresting Homeschool Boards You Should Follow

A list of five Pinterest boards specifically designed to inspire you in your homeschool journey.


Pinterest is a lot of things: Fun, entertaining, a great bookmark and, if you're a website owner, a terrific source of traffic.

Do you know what else it is? A homeschool resource. Whether you're in need of ideas for a science project or worksheets for math someone has surely bookmarked it on Pinterest.


I am one of those people. I have loved Pinterest from the start have over 60 boards, because I try to keep things organized. I don't pin everything I see, but when I do pin, I want to be able to find it later.


Today I'm sharing with you five of my favorite homeschool boards. They're my favorite subjects, therefore my favorite boards.

Encouraging Creativity Reduces Screen Usage

Reducing the time our children spend on screens, while encouraging creativity, increases their usage of divergent thinking rather than a belief that there is only one right answer.

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Did you know that creative thinking decreases as a child gets older?
“Of 1,600 children aged three to five who were tested, 98% showed they could think in divergent ways. By the time they were aged eight to 10, 32% could think divergently. When the same test was applied to 13 to 15-year-olds, only 10% could think in this way. And when the test was used with 200,000 25-year-olds, only 2% could think divergently.” - Sir Ken Robinson (Listen to this  YouTube talk: "Do schools today kill creativity?" by Sir Ken Robinson

10 Things Charlotte Mason Homeschooling Has Taught Me About Myself

10 things this homeschool mom has been taught by using the Charlotte Mason method of education.

One of the surprising things about being a home educator is how much we, the parents, learn. Of course we learn some new things while participating in studies with our children, but we learn so much more than that.

We learn lessons about homeschooling. We learn about our children. We learn about ourselves. 



10 Things Charlotte Mason Homeschooling Has Taught Me About Myself


1. I love hiking and camping. I never did either as a kid. As a young mother in my 20s, I scoffed at the idea when my husband suggested these things.

What? Me? Tents and bears and snakes and dirt? Are you crazy?

Charlotte Mason's insistence that nature is a great teacher led me out of doors. Nature walks became hiking trips. Hiking trips became camping trips. 

As it turns out, I love doing both!


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