How to Include Art in Your Homeschool Curriculum


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I've heard on several occasions how families feel intimidated by the prospect of "teaching" art. Here are some great tips on how to include art in your homeschool curriculum!

Many people may think that art is the easiest subject to include in your homeschool curriculum. However, I’ve heard on several occasions how families feel intimidated by the prospect of “teaching” art. They often express that they’re not artists themselves and that they have little knowledge about techniques and the process.

I love art. While I occasionally create artwork, I’m by no means an expert but I feel that this is what makes homeschooling art so much fun. I get to learn side-by-side with my children. For me, that’s exciting!

Art journal

I started this last year with my daughter. I bought her an art journal and encouraged her to draw in it every day. On some days she draws something inspired by our studies and on other days she draws whatever inspires her. I always record the date and a “title” for her drawings in her art journal.

Art books

I love using books to introduce concepts to my children. There are some amazing books available which provide art education and inspiration. Here are a couple of my favourites:

I've heard on several occasions how families feel intimidated by the prospect of "teaching" art. Here are some great tips on how to include art in your homeschool curriculum!

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I've heard on several occasions how families feel intimidated by the prospect of "teaching" art. Here are some great tips on how to include art in your homeschool curriculum!

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Artist studies

Artist studies are a wonderful way to teach children about art. You don’t need to know a lot about the artist… use this opportunity to explore together! My daughter and I have done artist studies on Paul Klee and Maud Lewis. You can investigate our artist studies or feel free to create your own!

Another resource is the Teachers Pay Teachers website. There are amazing curriculum packages and artist-specific ideas which can be purchased for a few dollars each!

Art techniques

If you’re wanting to explore art techniques with your child, there are many books and videos available which teach different artistic processes.

I've heard on several occasions how families feel intimidated by the prospect of "teaching" art. Here are some great tips on how to include art in your homeschool curriculum!

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Local libraries and art galleries may also offer free or inexpensive lessons as well.

Exploring art mediums

It’s important to note that art doesn’t simply mean drawing and painting. There are many mediums of art to explore. Here are some of our favourites.

* clay

* photography

* 3D art (with random recycled materials)

* Soapstone Carving Kit

* acrylic paints on canvas

* water colours on paper

* weaving

If you’re looking for inspiration for drawing you can check out this post HERE. Creative painting ideas can be found at this post HERE.

Notebooking

Last year I discovered the process of notebooking. Here’s how I use notebooking in our homeschool lessons:

* I use the notebooking site to construct a set of lessons or a study.

* With many of the pages, I set up lines for my daughter to write on and I include a box for her to draw in.

* I incorporate notebooking mostly into science because it’s a lovely way to document learning.

Field trips

Field trips are a wonderful way to learn about art and provide plenty of inspiration. Field trip ideas include:

* art gallery

* museum

* art shop

* art festivals

* monuments or pieces of art in your community (sculptures, murals, etc.)

Art doesn’t have to be overwhelming or intimidating. There are many opportunities to learn about and explore art with your child. You don’t have to be an expert!

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Author of My Kitchen, My Classroom: An Introduction to Homeschool, creator of The Deliberate Mom, Deliberate Homeschooling and regular contributor to The Huffington Post. Jennifer writes about parenting, her faith, and life with her husband and two girls. Jennifer has a Bachelor of Applied Human Service Administration Degree with a specialization in Early Learning in Child Care. 

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