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Art Lessons for Parents

Do you hear the knocking on your heart? It’s the call to create! Did you hear the description of how a pastel chalk whooshes across a sheet of paper?  Nana chats with you about how you, too, can paint. You ARE an Artist! She shares just a very special art lesson just for you parents. You moms and dads. Yes, we have had many requests for art lessons for parents. In this podcast, Nana talks about all the possibilities. And coming on May 27th at noon EDT, our members will enjoy an Adventure Tea Cup art lesson! Join the You ARE an Artist Clubhouse today.

Art Lessons for Parents – The Call to Create Podcast

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And be sure to join Nana in our FREE You ARE an Artist Facebook group and our community on Instagram and all the social media as well.

Show Notes:

Nana is passionate about helping you realize you ARE an artist! Not only an artist with chalk pastels but with homeschooling, creative spaces, favorite family recipes and more. Nana also enjoys chatting – especially about art. If you have followed along with any of her You ARE an Artist video art lessons, you know that. She also enjoys sharing photos and thoughts on topics while she is being creative in her studio space on her back porch. That is where she will be chatting with you – from her back porch. It’s Nana’s You ARE an Artist Podcast!

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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!
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!

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!

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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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The Ultimate List of Art Marathons

Often we hear of our artists going through many of Nana’s video art lessons in one sitting. We know that sometimes students are interested in enjoying ALL of the lessons on a certain topic simply because it is their favorite thing right now. So we created the ultimate list of art marathons to make it even easier for you to plan.

Of course the easiest way to enjoy an art marathon is to join the You ARE an Artist Complete Clubhouse so you have immediate access to ALL of Nana’s video art lessons. Our members receive specific plans and lists of lesson marathons.

Want to enjoy ALL of the You ARE an Artist lessons on a certain topic? We created the ultimate list of art marathons to make it even easier for you to plan.Ultimate List of Art Marathons

  • Chalk Pastels at the Movies (a bonus full of art lessons for movies and favorite books – with Artist Clubhouse membership) – here are just a few:  Star Wars (a whole marathon of its own!), Incredibles, Minions, Finding Nemo and Finding Dory, The Grinch, Frozen, Mary Poppins, How to Train Your Dragon, Jaws (Sharks art lessons) Pooh, Narnia, Green Ember, Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel, Madeline, Charlie Brown, How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World, Cars, Harry Potter, Dr. Seuss, Harold and the Purple Crayon , Angry Birds and many more!
  • Composers Art Marathon (member exclusive continuing series) John Williams (and all that movie music!), Symphony Conductor, Beethoven, Aaron Copland Lincoln Portrait, Handel’s For Unto Us a Child is Born, Beatles, Jazz Composers, Vivaldi Spring

With our preschool chalk pastel video art lessons your artists will learn how to draw circles, squares, triangles and even a straight line!

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Color Me Thankful

It is time to come sink back into a big old wicker chair, settle in and get comfy, and let’s talk a while! Just you and me, the birds, leaf blowers, dogs barking, neighborhood children yelling…and the ubiquitous “long mower” droning in the background! I have stories to tell, confessions to make and a way to color me thankful for this past month of “sheltering in place!” Come on, let’s lean in together and talk!  ❤️Nana

I have stories to tell and a way to color me thankful for this past month of “sheltering in place!” Come on, let’s lean in together and talk!

Color Me Thankful Podcast

P.S. If you enjoy this episode, would you please share it with a friend (there’s a handy little share button, above) and/or leave a review on your favorite podcast app? Thanks!

And be sure to join Nana in our FREE You ARE an Artist Facebook group and our community on Instagram and all the social media as well.

Show Notes:

Nana is passionate about helping you realize you ARE an artist! Not only an artist with chalk pastels but with homeschooling, creative spaces, favorite family recipes and more. Nana also enjoys chatting – especially about art. If you have followed along with any of her You ARE an Artist video art lessons, you know that. She also enjoys sharing photos and thoughts on topics while she is being creative in her studio space on her back porch. That is where she will be chatting with you – from her back porch. It’s Nana’s You ARE an Artist Podcast!

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Homeschool Science and Art Curriculum Match Up

We have a handy, dandy Homeschool Science Curriculum Match Up Checklist for your science curriculum. All of Nana’s I Drew It Then I Knew It science and her nature video art lessons are listed – including inventors, space and more!

Matching Nana’s You ARE an Artist video art lessons to your homeschool science curriculum just got so much easier!

This homeschool science and art curriculum match up checklist has plenty of planning space for you to add your corresponding science lesson or to jot down a date, note or page number.

Homeschool Science and Art Curriculum Match Up

We hope this helps makes it easier for you to expand your science learning with art! Download yours here!

*Once you use your new handy, dandy curriculum planning sheet, please tag us in your photo at @chalkpastelart – we would love to see how Nana’s lessons match up with your studies and feature you!

Find the full list of all of the 50+ courses here and the You ARE an Artist Clubhouse here.

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Why Combine Art And Academics?

When I was in seventh grade, we were all assigned a different country to learn about and present back to the class. The presentation itself required more than just a standard book report. It required us to combine art and academics. We had to create a salt dough map, and then use the map to guide the class around our assigned country.  I was given Italy and spent days preparing for my presentation and painting that map. Twenty years later, I still know more about Italian geography than any other country in the world outside my own.

I share this example, because my guess is, you likely have one too from your own school experience. The diorama, the science fair presentation, or that one cool teacher who let you create a project instead of submitting a written report – when we think of them now, we smile, and we actually remember what we learned

This illustrates perfectly the power of using art to aid academic learning.

Why Combine Art and Academics?

Adding art to a more formal learning assignment has two essential benefits for learners.

  1. It creates a multi-sensory experience.
  2. Creativity leads to ownership.
You Are An Artist combines art and academics with lessons designed to foster creativity and a multi-sensory approach for effective learning. 

Art and Academics with Multi-sensory Learning

Multi-sensory learning is typically defined as an approach to learning that uses more than one sense (seeing, hearing, touching, doing).

Research has repeatedly shown that this type of learning is far more successful, because it allows the child to access the information in different ways.

“… when we engage in creative activities, we change the neurochemistry of our brain in ways that a drug can change the neurochemistry of our brain.” Kelly Lambert,  neuroscientist at the University of Richmond.

This is one of the reasons why I Drew It and Then I Knew It lessons work so well for my son. 

The audio of Nana’s instruction, the visual input from the computer screen and from the colors as my child paints, as well as the obvious tactile experience of holding the chalk and blurring the lines on the page – all work together to create a seamless, multi-sensory experience for my son. This type of multisensory learning leads to greater comprehension and retention for all children, and especially those who have learning differences.

Creativity Increases Ownership

When we create something, anything, it requires a certain level of commitment from us. The same is true of our children. It forms a much more personal relationship to what is being learned and goes far beyond what a simple worksheet or quiz can provide.

This increased ownership is another contributor to the increased retention and comprehension we see when we add art to academic learning. It’s one of the reasons why we all remember what we learned from those more creative assignments back in school.

Adding Art To Academics in Our Homeschool

As homeschoolers, we are fortunate enough to have the opportunity to create these types of learning experiences all the time. Rather than just the one or two projects I remember from my school days, I am excited to incorporate this type of approach into our learning as much as possible.

Here is a recent example from my own home:

  1. My son saw a hummingbird outside and we decided to learn more.
  2. We read a book together about birds.
  3. We watched a  video online about hummingbirds.
  4. We added an element of creativity with You Are An Artist Chalk Pastel Bird Study,
  5. As my son created his picture, we listened to Nana talking about hummingbirds and we reviewed what we’d learned.

It may seem simple, and I guess it is. But the truth is, my son has comprehended and retained this learning far more than had we just completed the chapter in his science book.

You Are An Artist is an easy and incredibly effective way to combine art and academics in our homes. The lessons are designed to foster the ownership creativity brings, along with the multi-sensory approach that stimulates more effective learning. 

What a wonderful and seamless way to incorporate art into our academic learning.

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Easter Video Art Lessons

It is a very special time of year to focus on the hope we have in Christ. As a gift to our artists, Nana shares Easter Video Art Lessons to complement your celebrations and learning.

A Week of Easter Video Art Lessons

Day 1 – Palm Branch  – Let’s start the week in celebration! All ages will enjoy this Palm Branch video art lesson from our set of Easter Video Art Lessons. You may be surprised at who shows you how to do this step-by-step lesson! Gather some yellow construction paper or a plain, white piece of paper (or whatever you have on hand) and your set of chalk pastels. Find the art lesson on this page (Scroll down just a ways). It is super quick: Easter Palm Branch

Day 2 – Rainbow Cross – This is such a beautiful lesson to enjoy with ALL the colors. Enjoy Nana’s video art lesson she shared as part of Unit Studies by Amanda Bennett’s Easter Co-Op. We love her Easter Unit Studies! Fast forward the video to about 20 minutes in. (This video also includes an Easter cross lesson with Easter lilies. I encourage you to save that one for later this week).

Day 3 – Crown of Thorns live replay at noon EDT on Wednesday, 4/8. Find the lesson on our Live Lesson page at the tab, above. You can also enjoy the video on our You ARE an Artist YouTube channel. Crown of Thorns.

Day 4 – Hand Print Easter Lamb – find this step-by-step lesson on our sister site, Hodgepodge. Nana says, “I absolutely love any craft that makes use of children’s handprints. They are an enduring testimony of the child’s growth over the years. Almost every mother and grandmother would treasure a gift of a handprint. I still carry a laminated handprint that my son made for me over 30 years ago, tucked into my Bible!”

Day 5 – Easter Cross with lilies. Find this in the video art lesson, from Day 2, above. A beautiful cross surrounded by lilies plus an Easter rainbow cross art lesson in chalk pastels. You can paint a wonderful Easter painting with chalk pastels that you can share with your family and friends during this blessed season!

You ARE an Artist!

We can’t wait to see your chalk pastel paintings! After you finish your lesson, please be sure to share a photo of your art work right to the comments here so Nana and Tricia can comment. Or you can share on Instagram. (Just be sure to tag @ChalkPastelArt and use the hashtag #YouAREanArtist so we won’t miss it on Instagram).

Our You ARE an Artist Clubhouse members are enjoying a clickable calendar for the whole month of April. All 30 days! The calendar has an art lesson for each week day, master classes plus special messages from Nana on the weekends. There are links directly to Nana’s lessons from her Easter Video Art Lessons:

  • Three crosses
  • Crown of thorns
  • Easter cross
  • The stone rolled away
  • Easter lily
  • Palm branch
  • Easter eggs
  • The Lord’s Supper bread and cup
  • Church stained glass window

Just be sure to join us for ALL of these and more in the You ARE an Artist Complete Clubhouse at ChalkPastel.com!​ Artist Clubhouse members will also enjoy a new Famous Artist Beatrix Potter lesson, a surprise lesson Nana recorded herself from her studio (it is such fun!) and the replay of the Green Ember Gala.

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Chalk Pastel Green Ember Art Lessons

Calling all Green Ember fans and Green Ember Gala participants! Nana offers you special chalk pastel Green Ember art lessons in the style of artist Zach Franzen.

Let’s celebrate this favorite book series by author S.D. Smith. For access to the replay of the Green Ember Gala, please scroll down for more details.

Calling all Green Ember fans! These special chalk pastel Green Ember Art Lessons with Nana are great additions to your tea time and read aloud time.

Chalk Pastel Green Ember Art Lessons

Please scroll down for the very few supplies needed.


Green Ember Video Art Lesson by Nana

Ember Falls Video Art Lesson by Nana

🎨Just a few supplies needed:

  • Construction paper or plain printer/copier paper (or what you have on hand! No special trips to the store!)
  • starter set of chalk pastels {our favorites here}
  • baby wipes or a couple dampened paper towels for easy clean up.

Green Ember Gala Artists!

A very special thank you to those that attended the Green Ember Gala! Here are some wonderful art lessons, below, that complement Green Ember, nature, bunnies and all things beautiful.

You can get access to the replay of the Green Ember Gala, ALL of Nana’s art lessons, courses, exclusive live lessons with You ARE an Artist Complete Clubhouse membership. Oh my goodness, it’s a huge library of art lessons for a discounted price!

Nana shared this art lesson during the Green Ember Gala! You ARE an Artist Clubhouse membership includes these and over 560 video art lessons! Just add chalk pastels and paper.

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You ARE an Artist!
We would LOVE for you to share photos of your artwork! Share photos on social media! On Instagram, tag @chalkpastelart and use the #YouAREanArtist hashtag so we won’t miss them. We would love to see your artwork and to comment.

Be sure to tell your friends about the Green Ember Gala and Nana’s lessons!

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Be Creative Every Day

Do you find little spots of time to use those creative juices? In this podcast, Nana urges you to be creative every day! It’s a stress reliever and it’s fun! She has some great suggestions for artists of all ages.

Do you find little spots of time to use those creative juices? In this podcast, Nana urges you to be creative every day! It's a stress reliever and it's fun! She has some great suggestions for artists of all ages.

 

I love for my paintings to tell you stories: this funny little overstuffed chair is waiting for her owner to come back and sit down!! The owner has been busy painting most of the afternoon! What about you? Are you busy creating?

 



P.S. If you enjoy this episode, would you please share it with a friend (there’s a handy little share button, above) and/or leave a review on your favorite podcast app? Thanks!

And be sure to join Nana in our FREE You ARE an Artist Facebook group and our community on Instagram and all the social media as well.

Show Notes:

Nana is passionate about helping you realize you ARE an artist! Not only an artist with chalk pastels but with homeschooling, creative spaces, favorite family recipes and more. Nana also enjoys chatting – especially about art. If you have followed along with any of her You ARE an Artist video art lessons, you know that. She also enjoys sharing photos and thoughts on topics while she is being creative in her studio space on her back porch. That is where she will be chatting with you – from her back porch. It’s Nana’s You ARE an Artist Podcast!

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Words to Comfort

Need a hug today? Hear a story about our family’s words of comfort! Then let me know what yours are. Visit with me, on my back porch, today!

Need a hug today? Hear a story about our family’s words of comfort! Then let me know what yours are. Visit with me, on my back porch, today!Are you sheltering at home? This little painting of mine is not my home, but is what I think a serene English sitting room might look like. Where is the lady of the house? Gone to get more hot water for her teapot? I would be going to get a slice of cake or a cookie! How about you? What do you take with your tea? I am thinking of you all. ❤️Nana

Words to Comfort Podcast

Come with me, and I am going to tell you about words of comfort.

P.S. If you enjoy this episode, would you please share it with a friend (there’s a handy little share button, above) and/or leave a review on your favorite podcast app? Thanks!

And be sure to join Nana in our FREE You ARE an Artist Facebook group and our community on Instagram and all the social media as well.

Show Notes:

Nana is passionate about helping you realize you ARE an artist! Not only an artist with chalk pastels but with homeschooling, creative spaces, favorite family recipes and more. Nana also enjoys chatting – especially about art. If you have followed along with any of her You ARE an Artist video art lessons, you know that. She also enjoys sharing photos and thoughts on topics while she is being creative in her studio space on her back porch. That is where she will be chatting with you – from her back porch. It’s Nana’s You ARE an Artist Podcast!