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Chalk Pastels Narnia with Nana Art Adventure

Are your kids ready for an epic homeschool art journey? Then, take a trip with chalk pastels Narnia with Nana art adventure!

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The Chronicles of Narnia series is one of our favorite read alouds and audiobooks. We’ve read the series each year for several years. Last year to celebrate the end of the series we had a Narnia teatime complete with sardines on toast, butter on toast, and jam on toast. Just like the tea, Lucy had with Mr. Tumnus. This year, we decided to do something a little different. This year we celebrated this wonderful series with candles, tea, iced cake, and chalk pastels!

Chalk Pastels Narnia with Nana

Chalk Pastels Narnia with Nana Fun for Kids

Chalk pastels are so easy to use. All you need is a cheap set of chalk pastels, a pack of construction paper, and Nana’s chalk pastel videos! Nana is the best at guiding your kiddos on artistic adventures. Seriously, we’ve been using her videos for years. Did you know that when we say “Nana” in our house we have to clarify if we mean my mom or chalk pastels Nana? It’s a lovely bit of confusion we all enjoy!

Nana always reminds the children, “You ARE An Artist!” and inspires them to make their paintings their own. She encourages the kids to use the colors they like; my daughter is particularly fond of pink, motivating them to use their imaginations and learn new art techniques!

Chalk Pastels Narnia with Nana

Chalk Pastels Narnia with Nana Adventure for Your Homeschool

Begin your Narnia adventure with the magical wardrobe! If you or your children have read The Magician’s Nephew then you’ll know how this wardrobe came into being and why it is magical! Can you see a glimpse of Narnia inside?

Did I mention my daughter likes pink? She would LOVE to have a huge pink wardrobe in her room, lol!

Chalk Pastels Narnia with Nana

Chalk Pastels Narnia with Nana Through the Wardrobe

Next the children created the famous lamp post while sipping their hot tea and enjoying their cake.

Keep paper towels handy as spills DO happen, but having these sweet treats have become part of our chalk pastel experience. It makes them just a little bit more magical and memorable.

Chalk Pastels Narnia with Nana

A Cup of Tea with Mr. Tumnus Art Lesson

How about a cup of tea with Mr. Tumnus?

Chalk Pastels Narnia with Nana

Carriage of the White Witch Art Lesson

Beware the White Witch in this winter wonderland! Or is that Father Christmas coming into view?

Chalk Pastels Narnia with Nana

Map Your Way Across Narnia with Nana

My son has been enjoying Nana’s chalk pastel geography maps this year and was delighted to discover she has a video lesson mapping Narnia!

Chalk Pastels Narnia with Nana

Take Up Swords and Prepare to Battle for Narnia

An adventure wouldn’t be complete without a battle! Check out these awesome swords the children and I did!

Chalk Pastels Narnia with Nana

Aslan Will Be There Too

Of course Aslan will be there too! The great lion is always there when you need him. And oh, how great he is!

Chalk Pastels Narnia with Nana

Chalk Pastels Narnia with Nana Homeschool Art Adventure

The adventure can continue with a trip on the Dawn Treader if you so desire!

Chalk Pastels Narnia with Nana

All Hail the Kings and Queens of Narnia

Sorry Susan, we didn’t forget you. But there are only three of us and there are four Pevensie children.

Can you tell which crown my daughter created? Pink anyone? I’m sure Queen Lucy would love it.

Chalk Pastels Narnia with Nana

Narnia Homeschool Unit Study with You ARE AN Artist Clubhouse Membership

With the You ARE An Artist Clubhouse Membership you’ll have access to 600+ chalk pastel lessons including a plethora of Narnia adventure lessons:

  • Through the Wardrobe
  • Lamp Post
  • Aslan
  • Narnia map
  • Carriage and horse for either Father Christmas OR the White Witch of Narnia
  • Cup of Tea with Mr. Tumnus
  • Beaver
  • Crown for kings and queens of Narnia
  • Sword
  • Winter forest scene with deer
  • Preschool winter scene
  • Snow
  • Icicle
  • Spring tree and spring tree reflection (when Aslan returns!)

Plus others to round out your Chronicles of Narnia homeschool unit study:

  • War helmets
  • British Isles map
  • Voyage of the Dawn Treader
Chalk Pastels Narnia with Nana

Chalk Pastels Narnia with Nana Art Adventure

The children loved adding art to one of their favorite book series of all time. I loved how we discussed different literary aspects of the books as they related to each pastel picture. But above all, we enjoyed our magical adventure together making memories that we’ll all look back on with great fondness.

Chalk Pastels Narnia with Nana

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A Christmas Carol Homeschool Activities with Chalk Pastels

Do you and your kids read “A Christmas Carol” each year? What about watching one of the many movie adaptations? Exploring A Christmas Carol in your homeschool is an easy and fun way to combine the rich literature of Charles Dickens, the excitement of cinema, and the glory of art this Christmas season!

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“Reflect upon your present blessings – of which every man has many – not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.”

Charles Dickens

An Overview Of A Christmas Carol

“A Christmas Carol,” written by Charles Dickens in 1843 has become synonymous with the holiday season. It is filled with charity, goodwill, inspiration, redemption, and repentance during the Christmas season.

That’s one of the main reasons we read it aloud each year! It’s one of the many ways we pursue a slow December.

A Christmas Carol Book, Movie, & Art Activities

There are so many lessons to be gleaned from this famous story. After reading it aloud we usually pick one of the many movie adaptions to watch as a family. Comparing the book to the movies always leads to lively discussions about what was different in the movie versus the book. The audiobook also makes a great alternative if you can’t manage a read aloud.

This year, we also added a chalk pastel Christmas Carol teatime to the mix! Adding an art element like chalk pastels can help your kids get even more out of this famous book.

Exploring A Christmas Carol with Chalk Pastels

A Christmas Carol Homeschool Teatime

First, I set the table with all of the needed items for a successful chalk pastel teatime:

  • chalk pastels
  • construction paper
  • computer or tablet for watching the video lesson
  • teapot and cups filled with our favorite tea
  • a scrumptious treat ( this time we chose chocolate eclairs)
  • vase of flowers
Exploring A Christmas Carol with Chalk Pastels

More Christmas Learning Resources

Then, I pull up our You ARE AN Artist Clubhouse Membership. It provides over 600+ chalk pastel lessons for all ages plus new art lessons from Nana and themed art events throughout the year! In addition to the Christmas Carol lesson you’ll also have access to these other Christmas and holiday lessons:

  • Christmas Star
  • Away in a Manger
  • Christmas Tree
  • Winter Fun
  • Gingerbread Man and Holly Leaf
  • Christmas Angel
  • What’s Under Your Christmas Tree?
  • Christmas Ornaments
  • Christmas Lights
  • Nutcracker
  • Clara and the Christmas Tree
  • Sugar Plum Fairy
  • Chinese Tea Dance
  • Mouse King
  • Arctic Express
  • Plus so much more!

A Christmas Carol Homeschool Study

With the Christmas Carol chalk pastel lesson Nana takes you and your kids step-by-step in creating:

  • Scrooge’s Top Hat
  • Scrooge’s Night Cap
  • The Ghost of Christmas Past’s Candle
  • The Ghost of Christmas Present
  • Tiny Tim’s Crutch
  • The Ghost of Christmas Future
Exploring A Christmas Carol with Chalk Pastels

I must add that when Nana mentioned that the Ghost of Christmas Future reminded her of Harry Potter’s Dementors, she earned major cool points with my Harry Potter loving kiddos! My daughter’s eyes got as round as saucers and she squealed, “Nana’s read Harry Potter!”

Exploring A Christmas Carol with Chalk Pastels

The Christmas Carol lesson also sparked interest in Charles Dickens’s life. So, my son and I looked up his biography! It’s so interesting to learn more about the time and place that Dickens lived as well as the hardships he faced. It seems we also covered a bit of history, and geography with this lesson too!

After all the tea was drunk, all the eclairs eaten, and all the pastels used we settled in to watched Mickey’s Christmas Carol together.

Exploring A Christmas Carol In Your Homeschool

“I will honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year. I will live in the Future. The Spirits of all Three shall strive within me. I will not shut out the lessons that they teach.”

Ebenezer Scrooge, A Christmas Carol

The Christmas Carol chalk pastel lesson and teatime was a wonderful addition to our yearly tradition of “A Christmas Carol” book and a movie! I really LOVE this tradition and so do my kids. I highly recommend adding a bit of your own Christmas magic with chalk pastels to your Christmas tradition.

Exploring A Christmas Carol with Chalk Pastels

Erin is a writer, blogger, and homeschooler to two intense kids. Her blog is filled with information to help you explore a child led education while making meaningful connections with your children. Discover favorite read alouds, seasonal books, games, art projects, hands-on activities, and learn to just breathe through the ups and downs of life. She loves nature, farm life, good books, knitting, new pens, and hot coffee. Erin is a contributing writer for Weird Unsocialized Homeschoolers. Her work has also been featured on Simple Homeschool and Book Shark.

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Winter Solstice Art Activities For Your Homeschool

Celebrate the winter solstice with your kids with chalk pastels winter themed art! They are easy and fun for the whole family. A perfect addition to your winter homeschooling!

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For years we have made a tradition of celebrating the shortest day and longest night of the year. These Winter Solstice Activities & Books have been perfect as we learned the science behind the winter solstice while making orange pomanders, orange garland, and delicious sun bread. With the winter solstice marking the first day of winter I thought, “why not add a little winter themed art this year?”

Winter Solstice Chalk Pastel Art

How about making some scones and tea to go along with our winter solstice art time? My son and daughter helped me prepare the scones and steep the tea. We set the table and logged into our clubhouse membership. I simply searched for “winter” and a whole slew of options popped up! The kiddos decided to start with the frost-covered leaf.

My daughter made her frosted leaf magical. She said it was touched by the autumn and winter fairies! Can you see the magic swirling around it?

Winter Solstice Chalk Pastel Art

Winter Solstice Art Lessons

Next, we chose a moonlit bridge and frozen lake while continuing to sip tea and slather extra butter on our scones. It was a big hit! And nothing says winter like winter landscape scenes!

We just adore how “Nana” walks us through step-by-step in creating these snowy works of art! She always reminds us that we are the artist and that we don’t have to choose the same colors she does or add the same trees where she does. She encourages us to make it our own.

Winter Solstice Chalk Pastel Art

My daughter added holiday lights to her bridge and a lovely reflection of the moon to her frozen lake. Can you tell which one is hers?

I just love her creativity!

Winter Solstice Chalk Pastel Art

Celebrating the Winter Solstice In Your Homeschool

How about a deer standing in the snowy woods for a first day of winter creative project? Although initially, my son said his looked more like a silver-back gorilla, ha! I thought they turned out lovely.

Winter Solstice Chalk Pastel Art

Winter Solstice Chalk Pastel Art wouldn’t be complete without the beautiful northern lights! After creating these magnificent works of art, we watched a video all about them. It was a great way to mix in a bit of extra science and beauty!

Winter Solstice Chalk Pastel Art

Chalk Pastels Clubhouse Winter Art Lessons For Your Homeschool

Did you know that with the Chalk Pastels Clubhouse you have access to ALL of their winter-themed art along with 600+ other art lessons? It’s true! Here are just some of the winter art course lessons you can do with the clubhouse membership:

  • Fireplace (A Simple Start)
  • Frost (Winter)
  • Icicles (Winter)
  • Frozen lake (Winter)
  • Winter forest scene with deer (Winter)
  • Stonehenge winter solstice (World Landmarks)
  • Bird in snow (Winter)
  • Northern Lights (Essential Oils)
  • Stopping By the Woods on a Snowy Evening (Master Classes)
  • Winter Tree Reflection Acrylic (Master Classes)
  • Snowman (Preschool)
  • Skate (Winter Games)
  • You might also like Winter Art Fun with Artist Express (and enjoy the Polar Express with it!)
Winter Solstice Chalk Pastel Art

Winter Solstice Art for Kids

We thoroughly enjoyed our buttered scones, tea, and winter art time. My son declared that homeschool art days are his favorite days! I think that’s saying something, folks. Though winter can be cold and dreary, art, it seems, warms our hearts and souls. Why not give the shortest day and longest night of the year the warmth of art this year?

Winter Solstice Chalk Pastel Art: Kids will love making winter solstice chalk pastel art with the You ARE An Artist clubhouse. Chalk pastels are perfect for any age and celebrating the winter solstice just got easier! #YouAREAnArtist #chalkpastels #wintersolstice #winterart #artforkids #wintersolsticeart

Erin is a writer, blogger, and homeschooler to two intense kids. Her blog is filled with information to help you explore a child led education while making meaningful connections with your children. Discover favorite read alouds, seasonal books, games, art projects, hands-on activities, and learn to just breathe through the ups and downs of life. She loves nature, farm life, good books, knitting, new pens, and hot coffee. Erin is a contributing writer for Weird Unsocialized Homeschoolers. Her work has also been featured on Simple Homeschool and Book Shark.

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Winter Art Fun with Artist Express Homeschool Lessons

Are you looking to add some cozy winter art fun for your kiddos this holiday season? Chalk Pastels are an easy way to help kids get creative! Add a little hot cocoa or a sweet treat and watch as you warm those cold snow days right up with beautiful art and lasting memories!

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We have been adding Festive Christmas Chalk Pastel Art Lessons during the holidays for years. It’s become a most treasured tradition. The kiddos always look forward to our holiday chalk pastels and togetherness. This year we were super excited to partake in the Artist Express lesson! Plus, the kid’s Papa joined in as a special treat!

When Papa learned that our plan was to watch the Polar Express movie and then draw our own version of a train in the snow he asked if he could join in too! The kids were thrilled!

Winter Art Fun with Artist Express Chalk Pastels

Winter Art Fun with Artist Express

If your children love the Polar Express book and/or movie, then they will adore chalk pastels Artist Express lesson!

But first, I like to set the table with Christmas lights, make some hot cocoa, and serve a special treat. We’ve had these chalk pastel traditions for years and the ambiance is part of the magic and fun. I want my children to have beautifully warm memories of the holidays.

It’s ok if they don’t like cocoa. Just pour a mug of their favorite beverage!

Winter Art Fun with Artist Express Chalk Pastels

What better way to make lasting memories than by letting the children get creative and messy! That’s why I adore chalk pastels. They are so easy to use that preschoolers through adults can have the best time making art with them.

With the Artist Express chalk pastel lesson Nana takes you step-by-step on an adventure drawing your very own locomotive in the icy north!

Winter Art Fun with Artist Express Chalk Pastels

Winter Art In Our Homeschool

And oh! What icy locomotives were made! Not one looked like any other, but each was so special and unique just like each of us. One of the things I especially love about Nana is that she ALWAYS reminds your children that THEY ARE ARTISTS and that it’s OK if they use different colors or add extra trees or mountains or whatever their hearts desire. It’s OK to have smudges and lines. These are things that make each painting special and unique. These words are so helpful for young artists or perfectionist who may struggle when they feel their paintings don’t look exactly “right.” Nana is so encouraging!

Winter Art Fun with Artist Express Chalk Pastels

Chalk pastels and art in general have been a wonderful addition to our homeschool and our holidays.

But it was especially lovely being able to share our chalk pastel joy with Papa! It made our special winter art time even more special.

Winter Art Fun with Artist Express Chalk Pastels

Winter and Holiday Themed Online Art Lessons

Did you know that the Chalk Pastels You ARE An Artist Clubhouse Membership has loads more Winter and Holiday themed art lessons? There are over 600+ chalk pastel lessons to choose from including these winter lessons:

  • Artist Express
  • Hot Chocolate
  • Mittens and a Mug
  • Frost
  • Icicles
  • Frozen Lake
  • Winter Forest Scene with Deer
  • Bird in Snow
Winter Art Fun with Artist Express Chalk Pastels

Christmas and Holiday Art Lessons For Your Homeschool

You will also have access to all the Christmas and Holiday Lessons including:

  • Christmas Star
  • Away in a Manger
  • Christmas Tree
  • Winter Fun
  • Gingerbread Man and Holly Leaf
  • Christmas Angel
  • What’s Under Your Christmas Tree?
  • Christmas Ornaments
  • Christmas Lights
  • Nutcracker
  • Clara and the Christmas Tree
  • Sugar Plum Fairy
  • Chinese Tea Dance
  • Mouse King

Plus, so much more!

Winter Art Fun with Artist Express Chalk Pastels

Winter Art Fun with Artist Express Chalk Pastels

Making holiday traditions warm and inviting plus easy on mom is a big checkmark in my book. Chalk pastels have proven themselves time and again as a fun and engaging art medium. The Artist Express lesson was a perfect addition to watching the Polar Express movie while enjoying a warm mug of hot cocoa. Chalk pastels will forever hold a special place in our family’s winter and holiday fun.

Winter Art Fun with Artist Express Chalk Pastels
Winter Art Fun with Artist Express Chalk Pastels

Erin is a writer, blogger, and homeschooler to two intense kids. Her blog is filled with information to help you explore a child led education while making meaningful connections with your children. Discover favorite read alouds, seasonal books, games, art projects, hands-on activities, and learn to just breathe through the ups and downs of life. She loves nature, farm life, good books, knitting, new pens, and hot coffee. Erin is a contributing writer for Weird Unsocialized Homeschoolers. Her work has also been featured on Simple Homeschool and Book Shark.

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Make Homeschool Geography Fun with Chalk Pastels

Are you looking for a unique way to get your kids excited about their homeschool geography? Maybe you have a hands-on learner that just needs something a little extra for their cartography lesson. Here is a unique way to learn about maps, continents, countries and world landmarks. Now you can make geography fun with chalk pastels!

Make Homeschool Geography Fun with Chalk Pastels: Are you looking for a unique way to get your kids excited about their homeschool geography? Maybe you have a hands-on learner that just needs something a little extra for their cartography lesson. Now you can make geography fun with chalk pastels! #homeschoolgeography #geography #chalkpastels #chalkpastelart #chalkpastelgeography #chalkpastelmaps #homeschoolart

This year my son is focusing heavily on World Geography. We are approaching geography with loads of books, websites, documentaries, and our Pin It Maps. When I saw that chalk pastels had a maps course, as part of the I Drew it then I Knew it series exclusive to the You ARE an Artist Complete Clubhouse, I was thrilled! Here is a hands-on creative way for my son to test his knowledge and learn a few things about the different countries he is studying.

Make Geography Fun with Chalk Pastels

He cracked open a couple of his geography books and followed along with Nana as she led him through the drawing of Australia. We’re actually studying Australia this week, which is why it was his first choice. Plus, labeling maps is a stealthy way to sneak in handwriting practice. Shhhhh!

Did you that the You ARE an Artist Complete Clubhouse also offers some fun World Landmarks such as the Sydney Opera House, Great Wall of China, Taj Mahal, and the Eiffel Tower?

Make Geography Fun with Chalk Pastels

Fun Homeschool Geography Lessons with Chalk Pastel Art

Next week we’ll be looking at Asia, so my son went ahead and did the China chalk pastel lesson too. He plans on adding more information to each chalk pastel map as we cover each country.

Make a map of China with chalk pastels for homeschool geography - with Nana of You ARE an ARTiST!

Cartography and Homeschool Geography

Africa is looming in our homeschool geography future by the end of the year. But it may go into the new year as well. Why? Fair warning…the cartography of Africa is a little intense. Think about it. Africa is a huge continent with over 50 countries! 54 countries to be exact. Even Asia, which has a larger landmass, doesn’t have quite so many countries. So, when studying Africa, you’ll definitely want to break it up by the regions or individual countries you are studying.

Make Homeschool Geography Fun with Chalk Pastels

The effort was well worth it! Following along with Nana, my son was determined to complete Africa, and Madagascar… for good measure.

Make a map of Africa with chalk pastels.

We’ll probably go back and create individual chalk drawings of each African country along with major cities and landmasses. But just look at this colorful creation! Hopefully, by the end of the homeschool year, we will have covered all of the world’s countries thoroughly. I plan on adding all of his chalk pastel maps to a geography binder for him to keep.

Make Geography Fun with Chalk Pastels

Hands-On Geography with Chalk Pastels

Another map my son did just for fun was the map of France. Reason? He’s also a World War II history buff. He wanted to make his own map with Nana so that he could go back at his leisure and add key battles. He already added Dunkirk. Once he gets France labeled, I imagine he’ll want to do either Italy or Great Britain next.

Hands On Homeschool Geography with Chalk Pastels

Though chalk pastels are for everyone, these map lessons are designed with upper elementary to high school students in mind. That means they are perfect for my young teen’s homeschool geography.

Enjoy Maps, Continents, World Landmarks and American Landmarks in Your Homeschool!

The Map Video Art Lessons include the continents and:

  • Great Britain, Scotland, and Ireland
  • Africa
  • Asia
  • The United States and Canada, South America
  • India
  • China
  • Australia
  • Antarctica
  • Italy
  • France
  • Me on the Map unit
  • Lewis & Clark’s journey
  • The voyage to the first Thanksgiving
  • Biblical map of the journey to Bethlehem for Christmas
  • To the moon and back for modern history studies
  • Laura Ingalls Wilder family travels
  • Map your garden plan
  • Through the Wardrobe Map
  • The Hundred Acre Wood

Be sure to Travel the World with Nana’s World Landmarks and Trek American Landmarks too!

My son is excited for additional maps in the future!

Make Homeschool Geography Fun with Chalk Pastels - Map of France

These art lessons help with understanding and recall of map facts. My son enjoyed the lessons, and, most importantly, the facts and history behind the maps and cartographers. Remember, this hands-on and fun homeschool geography resource is only available through the You ARE An Artist Complete Clubhouse. So, tell me, do your kids enjoy adding art to their homeschool studies?

Make Homeschool Geography Fun with Chalk Pastels: Are you looking for a unique way to get your kids excited about maps, continents, countries and world landmarks? Maybe you have a hands-on learner that just needs something a little extra for their cartography lesson. Now you can make geography fun with chalk pastels! #homeschoolgeography #geography #chalkpastels #chalkpastelart #chalkpastelgeography #chalkpastelmaps #homeschoolart

Erin is a writer, blogger, and homeschooler to two intense kids. Her blog is filled with information to help you explore a child led education while making meaningful connections with your children. Discover favorite read alouds, seasonal books, games, art projects, hands-on activities, and learn to just breathe through the ups and downs of life. She loves nature, farm life, good books, knitting, new pens, and hot coffee. Erin is a contributing writer for Weird Unsocialized Homeschoolers. Her work has also been featured on Simple Homeschool and Book Shark.

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Fall Art and One-On-One Time with Kids

Art is an exceptional activity for strengthening parent-child relationships. With the crispness of the fall air and the rustle of fallen leaves, it is a great time to explore fall art with your kids. Using chalk pastels you can create both beautiful artwork and lasting memories while nurturing your connection.

Fall Art and One-On-One Time with Kids

Pie, Chalk Pastels, and One-On-One Time

“Can we just eat pie and color with chalk pastels?”, my daughter asked.

Why yes. Yes, we can! I mean why not? The idea sounded lovely.

“Woohooo! Girl Time! Just you and me!”, she exclaimed loudly.

My 7-year old’s face lit up like the sun when I agreed to pie and art. Just the two of us. She calls this our girl time. I call it our one-on-one time.

Fall Art and One-On-One Time with Kids

Fall Art and One-On-One Time with Kids

Do you make space for one-on-one time with your kiddos? Spending quality time together is a wonderful way to build your relationship. It can be just a few minutes of uninterrupted time talking about their favorite things, playing a beloved board game, even cooking a meal together. It’s a crazy busy world out there, but our kids need us to connect with them in meaningful ways.

For us, it was an afternoon of apple pie, ice cream, apple cider, and fall art chalk pastels! Art is my daughter’s love language. She eats, breathes, and lives for art. She is constantly creating, drawing, and coming up with new ideas. So, for me to spend this time with her doing what she loves is quite special and it strengthens our mother-daughter bond. 

Fall Art and One-On-One Time with Kids

Luckily for us, Papa had just brought home an apple pie from the bakery. I dug around in the freezer until I found the vanilla ice cream. And then to top it all off I made some apple cider too. I served all of this on our poetry teatime tea set. It just made everything feel a bit more special.

All that was needed now was our chalk pastels, construction paper, and of course our beloved Nana from You ARE An Artist!

Fall Art and One-On-One Time with Kids

My kids and I have adored Nana for years! When we mention Nana, we always must clarify if we’re talking about my mom OR chalk pastels Nana! It’s a delightful problem to have. That’s because Nana has been a part of our family and homeschool journey for years! Ever since we first discovered Chalk Pastels back in 2017! That’s saying something, folks!

Fall Art and One-On-One Time with Kids

My daughter was over the moon excited to get to eat apple pie and ice cream while drawing apple pie with ice cream with Nana! Nana is the best at reminding us that there are no mistakes in art and that we are always an artist.

The only thing that could have possibly made this better might have been real pumpkins and candied apples in addition to our apple pie and ice cream. The reason? She got to draw those too!

Fall Art and One-On-One Time with Kids

Fall Art with Chalk Pastels

When we got to the campfire and roasted marshmallows, she declared that we must start a fire in the firepit and make campfire s’ mores!

Maybe tomorrow…She had already had enough sugar for one day, ha!

Fall Art and One-On-One Time with Kids

 

Fall Art Using You ARE An Artist Clubhouse Membership

In all the years we’ve been doing chalk pastels I don’t believe we’ve ever done the same lesson twice. That’s because there is 600+ chalk pastel lessons available through the Clubhouse membership!

Did you know that with the You ARE AN Artist Clubhouse Membership you get a bank of art lessons to choose from for ALL ages! Here is a sampling of the fall-themed art that we had access too:

  • Acorn
  • Apple or Pumpkin
  • Apple Pie and Ice Cream
  • Brilliant Fall Trees
  • Caramel Apple
  • Fall Leaf
  • Fall Nature Walk
  • Fall Trees  
  • Fall Trees acrylic
  • Fall Tree Reflection
  • Fall Tree Reflection acrylic
  • Fall Walk in the Woods
  • Little Church in the Woods
  • Mittens, Scarf and Hot Chocolate
  • Pumpkin Patch
  • Roasting Marshmallows Around the Campfire
  • Thanksgiving Table Turkey
  • Wind in the Tree 

But the Fall Art Lessons are wonderful too if you’re not interested in the Clubhouse membership but you are interested in trying some fall art.

Fall Art and One-On-One Time with Kids

Wonderful Moments with Fall Art

This quality one-on-one time together eating ice cream, enjoying apple cider, and creating art together is priceless. The chalk dust on our hands was nothing compared to the joy in our hearts. If you have a kiddo that loves art, even if you don’t, give the simple chalk pastel a try. You may be surprised at just how easy they are. I wouldn’t trade these fall days of one-on-one time for anything. They are worth their weight in pie.

Fall Art and One-On-One Time with Kids

Erin is a writer, blogger, and homeschooler to two intense kids. Her blog is filled with information to help you explore a child led education while making meaningful connections with your children. Discover favorite read alouds, seasonal books, games, art projects, hands-on activities, and learn to just breathe through the ups and downs of life. She loves nature, farm life, good books, knitting, new pens, and hot coffee. Erin is a contributing writer for Weird Unsocialized Homeschoolers. Her work has also been featured on Simple Homeschool and Book Shark.

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Online Summer Art Camp

Are you looking for a summer art camp for your kiddo this year? How about an online summer art camp chocked full of artful activities? With just a little bit of planning you can create an online summer camp right from the comfort of your own home!

Are you looking for a summer art camp for your kiddo this year? How about an online summer art camp chocked full of artful activities? With just a little bit of planning you can create an online summer camp right from the comfort of your own home!

Online Summer Art Camp for Kids

Even if you can’t get your children to a “real” summer art camp this year, I want to encourage you to explore an online camp. With the wonders of technology at our fingertips, this can be an amazing option for many families to choose from. Plus, art camp can be an easy way for kids to learn to express themselves this summer. That’s because art gives children the chance to be creative, carefree, and engaged. Your child will gain self-confidence as they develop the skills and techniques to bring their creations to fruition. No artistic talent needed. Just an openness to creative expression!

Even if you can’t get your children to a “real” summer art camp this year, I want to encourage you to explore an online camp. With the wonders of technology at our fingertips, this can be an amazing option for many families to choose from. Plus, art camp can be an easy way for kids to learn to express themselves this summer. That’s because art gives children the chance to be creative, carefree, and engaged. Your child will gain self-confidence as they develop the skills and techniques to bring their creations to fruition. No artistic talent needed. Just an openness to creative expression!

Summer Art Camp with Chalk Pastels

The first step in creating a fantastic online summer art camp to decide how long you want your summer art camp to be. Maybe you want to do one artistic thing with your kiddos per day for a whole week, or maybe you would prefer to have multiple lessons on only a single day. Do what works for you and your kids!

Next, gather your art supplies! We adore Chalk Pastels! They are so easy to use that preschoolers through adults can enjoy this wonderful art medium. Chalk Pastels make gathering needed art supplies easy. All you need is a set of chalk pastels, construction paper and the You Are An Artist Clubhouse Membership!

Looking for a summer art camp for your kiddo? This online summer art camp is chocked full of artful activities yo can enjoy from the comfort of your home!

With the You Are An Artist Clubhouse Membership, you have access to a bank of art lessons for all ages, a wonderful art community; plus new art lessons from “Nana”, including themed art events throughout the year! You don’t have to worry about being the teacher, “Nana” has got your covered!

Another aspect that brings my children joy is that they get to choose which art video lessons they want to explore. The Complete You Are An Artist Clubhouse Membership offers you endless access to the ENTIRE Chalk Pastel library of courses!

Let Kids Choose the Chalk Pastel Videos

My kid’s love “Nana” and her videos! She is such a wonderful art teacher and with every lesson she always reminds us that, “You Are An Artist!”

Another aspect that brings my children joy is that they get to choose which art video lessons they want to explore. The Complete You Are An Artist Clubhouse Membership offers you endless access to the ENTIRE Chalk Pastel library of courses! Clubhouse members enjoy a monthly curated calendar with lessons chosen for you, should you choose to access it. Members also receive exclusive, new Summer Art Camp lessons.

 That means your kiddos could choose:

  • Summer Camp Video Art Lessons which include camping, camp tree house, bubbles, canoes, hammocks, and pools!
  • Nature courses such as Sharks, Seashore, Forest Nature, Spring, Garden Nature, Backyard Nature, Pond Nature, and more! Many of these Nature lessons contain everything kids love about summer – lightning bugs, beach vacations, bullfrogs, dragonflies, flowers, and dandelions.
  • Famous Artists series explores Michelangelo, da Vinci, Monet, and Rembrandt.
  • American Landmarks Lessons include the Liberty Bell, Washington Monument, Niagara Falls, and loads more landmarks you’d only see on summer road trips.
  • Plus, so much more!!!
I like to include the poetry teatime aspect to our art time by making it enjoyable with treats, beverages, and twinkle lights or candles. The ambiance and fun factor can change a child's perception of art! It doesn't matter what the art looks like. It doesn’t have to be perfect. All that matter is that your children are finding joy and making memories.

Making Summer Camp Special

So, how can you make your kiddo’s online summer art camp just a little bit extra special?

  • Set the table with a fun tablecloth or strip of fabric. I used an old top to a quilt that was never finished. The colorful squares just screamed summer picnic!
  • I added a vase of flowers to the table that I had picked earlier from our yard.
  • Light some candles, tealights, or string a few Christmas lights to give off that “campfire” glow.
  • Following the summer camp/picnic theme I let the children make their own S’mores in the microwave. If you’ve got the time and the day is nice and sunny, you could always let your kiddos make Solar Oven S’mores before getting started with their art.
  • Nothing says summertime like S’mores and Root Beer Floats; however, any treat and favorite beverage will do. It doesn’t have to be fancy!

You ARE an ARTiST Clubhouse members enjoy a calendar filled with summer camp art lessons for an entire month. Plus, a fabulous Summer Camp Guide FULL of fun ideas: themed days for each day of the week, detective work, planners, a certificate of completion to print out for each week and more! There is even a special prompts list from Nana!

Nothing says summertime like S’mores and Root Beer Floats; however, any treat and favorite beverage will do. It doesn’t have to be fancy!

Summer Art Camp Fun

I like to include the poetry teatime aspect to our art time by making it enjoyable with treats, beverages, and twinkle lights or candles. The ambiance and fun factor can change a child’s perception of art! It doesn’t matter what the art looks like. It doesn’t have to be perfect. All that matters is that your children are finding joy and making memories. I always quote Miss Frizzle to my kids, “get messy, make mistakes!”

But keep a roll of moistened paper towels nearby.

Summertime is the perfect time for kids to explore and get excited about art! With endless chalk pastel lessons to choose from, your kiddos are going to love celebrating these lazy months in new creative ways.

Easy Online Summer Art Camp

Summertime is the perfect time for kids to explore and get excited about art! With endless chalk pastel lessons to choose from, your kiddos are going to love celebrating these lazy months in new creative ways.

An art camp is perfect for kids this summer as it provides a wonderful artistic outlet!

So, call the kids in from the heat and watch as they learn, explore, and grow their imaginative talents! Your children are going to enjoy traversing the world of chalk pastels.

So, call the kids in from the heat and watch as they learn, explore, and grow their imaginative talents! Your children are going to enjoy traversing the world of chalk pastels. There is so much to discover about color, technique, and self-expression with an online summer art camp! Additionally, at the end of each lesson they will always be reminded that they ARE an artist!

Online summer art camp is one of the MANY benefits of You ARE an ARTiST Clubhouse membership. Our Clubhouse members enjoy special events and new art lessons!

There is so much to discover about color, technique, and self-expression with an online summer art camp! Additionally, at the end of each lesson they will always be reminded that they ARE an artist!

Enjoy a Sample Online Summer Art Camp Lesson – Treehouse

Suggested supplies: white construction paper and all the chalk pastel colors! Baby wipes or slightly damp paper towels for easy clean up.

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Erin is a writer, blogger, and homeschooler to two intense kids. Her blog is filled with information to help you explore a child led education while making meaningful connections with your children. Discover favorite read alouds, seasonal books, games, art projects, hands-on activities, and learn to just breathe through the ups and downs of life. She loves nature, farm life, good books, knitting, new pens, and hot coffee. Erin is a contributing writer for Weird Unsocialized Homeschoolers. Her work has also been featured on Simple Homeschool and Book Shark.  

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Joyful Christmas Activities For Your Homeschool

The beauty and magic of the holidays are upon us and your kids are going to love making Christmas chalk pastels. These fun and easy chalk pastel tutorials help bring joy and celebration to the holidays. Especially when you add in a mug of hot cocoa, some twinkly lights, and a little Christmas music for an extra bit of enchantment. Enjoy these Christmas activities for your homeschool.

The beauty and magic of the holidays are upon us and your kids are going to love making Christmas chalk pastels. These fun and easy chalk pastel tutorials help bring joy and celebration to the holidays. Especially when you add in a mug of hot cocoa, some twinkly lights, and a little Christmas music for an extra bit of enchantment. It's Christmas chalk pastel joy.

Christmas Homeschool Unit Study or “Christmas School”

There are so many ways to make this time of year truly special. But, let’s face it. The holidays can be chaotic.

I for one like to put away the “academics” and focus more on what I like to call “Christmas School!”

It’s all about building relationships and focusing on what this time of year is all about.

“Christmas School” may include the study of:

  • Religious Significance
  • Holiday Baking and Cooking
  • Christmas Crafts or Homemade Gifts
  • Decorating
  • Volunteering and Giving Back to the Community

Did you know that we’ve even turned tracking Santa on Christmas Eve into a family fun geography event?

We still incorporate loads of read alouds, and games into December as well.

The beauty and magic of the holidays are upon us and your kids are going to love making Christmas chalk pastels. These fun and easy chalk pastel tutorials help bring joy and celebration to the holidays. Especially when you add in a mug of hot cocoa, some twinkly lights, and a little Christmas music for an extra bit of enchantment. It's Christmas chalk pastel joy.

Christmas Homeschool Lessons And Activities

But art has been the most special of Christmas homeschool activities.

There is just something about art that is so delightful. It simply brings joy to our lives. We love to incorporate chalk pastels into our holiday plans because:

  1. They are quick (most lessons are only 10-15 minutes long)
  2. Chalk Pastels are easy to use for preschoolers through adults
  3. All you need is a cheap set of chalk pastels and construction paper

That’s it!

Plus, art makes a great gift.

These fun and easy chalk pastel tutorials help bring joy and celebration to the holidays. Especially when you add in a mug of hot cocoa, some twinkly lights, and a little Christmas music for an extra bit of enchantment. It's Christmas chalk pastel joy.

Even if you find your holiday schedule chaotic, there is time for Christmas art.

Now, throw in some Christmas goodies, and twinkle lights and you’ve got memories in the making. You can make your own homemade treats or pick something up from the store.

My kiddos are particularly fond of cakes, cookies, and pie with their hot cocoa. Keep a good supply of your child’s favorites on hand.

Alexa, play Christmas carols.

Turn on the Christmas Music

I love playing Christmas carols first thing in the morning during the month of December. It seems to set the tone for a tranquil and joyful day. Did you know that you can do a Christmas Carol Study with SQUILT on many of the Christmas Carols you may already be listening too? We have truly enjoyed learning about the history and origins of many Christmas Carols. Last year we even did a Unit Study on The Nutcracker.

I usually have Christmas music playing softly in the background as we dive into our holiday art!

Yes, I participate too! Art is more fun when it is shared!

We string lights all around. Even on our homeschool table and books. Twinkly lights just fill us with a cozy warmth.

I also like to leave our chalk pastels out for easy access, because my kids will use them all month long… and have for years!

There are enough lessons for us to do new holiday homeschool art every day for the month of December if we want!  This year the Complete Clubhouse membership also has a special study on composer Handel and his Messiah.

Easy Christmas Art Lessons for Kids

With the Complete Clubhouse membership, we have access to a whole of holiday chalk pastel tutorials including:

  • Christmas Video Art Lessons
  • Nutcracker Video Art Lessons
  • Teatime Art Lessons including Charlie Brown Christmas and more

There are enough lessons for us to do new holiday homeschool art every day for the month of December if we want!

This year the Complete Clubhouse membership also has a special study on composer Handel and his Messiah.

There is even going to be a “How to draw” the Biblical map of Bethlehem! This will go beautifully with the Christmas Star of Bethlehem chalk pastel the kids did.

Christmas chalk pastels offer an easy and fun way for the whole family to slow down and enjoy the tranquility that only art can bring.

Art can be a wonderful break from the hustle and bustle of the busy holiday season. It can help us to reconnect as a family while building lovely memories filled with enchantment and joy. Christmas chalk pastels offer an easy and fun way for the whole family to slow down and enjoy the tranquility that only art can bring.

Art can be a wonderful break from the hustle and bustle of the busy holiday season. It can help us to reconnect as a family while building lovely memories filled with enchantment and joy. Christmas chalk pastel joy!

Erin is a writer, blogger, and homeschooler to two intense kids. Her blog is filled with information to help you explore a child led education while making meaningful connections with your children. Discover favorite read alouds, seasonal books, games, art projects, hands-on activities, and learn to just breathe through the ups and downs of life. She loves nature, farm life, good books, knitting, new pens, and hot coffee. Erin is a contributing writer for Weird Unsocialized Homeschoolers. Her work has also been featured on Simple Homeschool and Book Shark.