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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?

 



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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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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!

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St. Patrick’s Day Video Art Lessons

Da duit! That is Irish for “Hello!” Are you ready to create some artwork in GREEN? How lucky 🍀 can you get with shamrocks on your drawing paper! Let’s go celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with all things green and St. Patrick’s Day Video Art Lessons! -Nana

Let’s celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with shamrocks, a pot of gold, all things green and St. Patrick's Day Video Art Lessons with Nana!

St. Patrick’s Day Video Art Lessons

Find Nana’s Shamrocks art lesson in her Spring Video Art Lessons!

and on YouTube! These are some fun replays of live art lessons with Unit Studies by Amanda Bennett.

Even more Holidays and Celebrations art lessons in this awesome bonus for You ARE an Artist Clubhouse members. Available in our shop as well.

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Spring Homeschool Art Lessons

Are you ready to put winter behind you? Do you need a little push from Nana to get started? How about a painting a lovely spring tree reflection pastel? A great hymn study to hum and paint along with me!! We have a wonderful surprise spring map…like you have never seen from us! We have such fun spring homeschool art lessons coming up, you will start feeling like spring yourself, and looking around for your flip flops! Come on, let’s go paint and take our shoes off! ❤️Nana

“The best things are nearest…light in your eyes, flowers at your feet, duties at your hand, the path of God just before you.” ~Robert Louis Stevenson

We have such fun spring homeschool art lessons coming up, you will start feeling like spring yourself, and looking around for your flip flops! Come on, let’s go paint and take our shoes off! ❤️Nana

 

 

(and YOU can paint this spring scene with Nana’s acrylic tutorial in our Seasonal Start in Spring ebook – a bonus to Nana’s Spring Video Art Lessons available with sooo many more lesson in the You ARE an Artist Clubhouse)

Artist Clubhouse March Spring Homeschool Art Lessons

All You ARE an Artist Clubhouse members will enjoy:
Hymn: In the Garden with a hymn study from Dawn Peluso
I Drew It Then I Knew It Summer Games lesson (are you excited for Summer Olympics?)

COMPLETE CLUBHOUSE MEMBERS also receive:
Composer Antonio Vivaldi Spring + Spring Tree Reflection
Map: Design your spring garden!

LIVE LESSONS to enjoy:
Members Only 3/5 – Grow a Love of Learning with Nana, Mary of SQUILT Live! and Cindy of No Sweat Nature Study. Nana’s lesson The Swing by Robert Louis Stevenson. More about these wonderful, creative, online homeschool classes here.
Tea Time date TBA: Heidi art lesson

Join us in the You ARE an Artist Complete Clubhouse at ChalkPastel.com!​

Just be sure to join us for ALL of these and more in the You ARE an Artist Complete Clubhouse at ChalkPastel.com!​

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Why Art Is So Powerful In Helping Struggling Learners

When I was in school, I had a complicated relationship with art. I was a very type A, by the book, just give me a worksheet and let me fill in the blanks kind of learner. For me, art seemed to be unnecessary and, at times, it frustrated me. (That, and I thought I was pretty awful at it). Fast forward 25 years to when I found out why art is so powerful in helping struggling learners.

Art is so powerful in helping struggling learners because they are engaged in the multi-sensory components of the learning (and it’s way more fun!)

Now, I am homeschooling two boys who are vastly different learners than I was at their age. (For example, no matter how much I love them myself, I never give them a worksheet if I actually want them to learn.)

Not only are their learning styles different than mine, but they also struggle with learning differences. My oldest is on the autism spectrum and profoundly dysgraphic. My youngest has attention, sensory and processing issues and is also profoundly dyslexic and dysgraphic.

Helping them learn in ways that allow them to actually retain the information has been a daily challenge. Moreover, it has required me to look beyond my own school experience and instead, consider what actually helps them make progress.

To my surprise, art has become an essential element of their learning, in almost every subject.

Here’s why.

Art is so powerful in helping struggling learners because they are engaged in the multi-sensory components of the learning (and it’s way more fun!)

Why Art Is So Powerful In Helping Struggling Learners

Through a lot of trial and error, my own research, and work with outside therapists, there are three things that I have found work best for my children, and for most kids struggling with a traditional school approach.

  • Multi-sensory learning
  • Short lessons
  • Moving at the child’s pace and allowing him to explore

You Are An Artist lessons naturally incorporate these three essential ingredients in ways that have helped my own children immensely. Nana and her sweet, kind, artist’s way have become a staple of our learning, precisely because they work so well with my boys’ learning needs.

You Are An Artist Is Perfect For My Struggling Learners

There are several reasons why this program is such a good fit for us.

Multi-Sensory Approach

As I mentioned, this is essential for any learner who is not connecting with the standard textbook and worksheet approach to learning.

You Are An Artist’s  multi-sensory approach allows my sons to use their hands, experience the “feel” of the medium, see the video, and hear the sound of Nana gently guiding them through not just the art, but the history or science lesson as well.

For my kids, this makes it “stick” in ways that I would not have expected. Because they are engaged in the multi-sensory components of the learning, their brain is much better able to retain what is being taught (and it’s way more fun!).

Perfect for the Perfectionist

We tried art therapy for my youngest son a few years ago, with mixed results.

Most of what got in the way of him being able to relax and engage, was the feeling of needing to make his art “perfect.” (If I think back to my own experience in school, I am pretty sure I felt the same way and disconnected from art because of it.)

Using chalk pastels has completely changed this for him. Because they are not as precise as using a pencil, crayon or marker, he can make “mistakes” without feeling like his project is ruined. Chalk pastels are also incredibly helpful for a child with gaps in fine motor skills.

Plus, it helps that Nana always gently reminds her students that mistakes aren’t really mistakes in art, and even makes a few herself to model flexibility.

Pressure Free Learning

Using art in more traditional subjects completely changes the tone of the learning for my boys. Rather than worrying about whether they will be able to keep up, they relax into a much softer, but just as effective learning environment.

Shorter, well-paced lessons combined with the multi-sensory nature of the learning means a struggling learner can connect with the topic without the pressure of performance or fear of failure.

I would never have predicted how much art, and especially You Are An Artist, would help my children learn.

But the truth is, it has and it continues to, even as they get older.

Finding ways to connect with struggling learners can be difficult, but it doesn’t have to be. You Are An Artist is a great place to start.

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Shawna Wingert is a special education teacher turned writer, speaker and consultant. She is also a homeschooling mom of two brilliant boys with differences and special needs.  Shawna has written four books for parents – Everyday Autism, Special Education at Home, Parenting Chaos and her latest, Homeschooling Your Child With Special Needs. She helps parents of children with learning differences, behavioral challenges and special needs every day at DifferentByDesignLearning.com.

 

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Little House on the Prairie Art Lessons

This is a preview of the February Artist Clubhouse and Little House on the Prairie art lessons in the You ARE an Artist Complete Clubhouse! Such rich lessons to complement the learning already happening in your home. Nana says, “Get your pastels lined up, construction and copy paper ready. You’ll read books that will take you to the wide open plains of the 1880’s midwest in a covered wagon.. you will sing a hymn and then make wonderful artwork about the music!

We are going live again with a pastel lesson (Yes, Nana will really be LIVE). I love to paint with each one of you…do you like to paint with me too?” Join us in the You ARE an Artist Complete Clubhouse at ChalkPastel.com!​

Artist Clubhouse Little House on the Prairie Art Lessons

All You ARE an Artist Clubhouse members will enjoy:
Tea Time: National Hot Tea Month, National Cherry Month, Groundhog Day, Super Bowl, Norman Rockwell birthday, National Inventors Day, Valentine’s Day, Great Backyard Bird Count, Presidents Day

Hymn: Sweet By and By. Pa Ingalls’ favorite to play on his violin. Dawn Peluso has a special hymn study to share with our members too.

COMPLETE CLUBHOUSE MEMBERS also receive:
Famous Artist: John James Audubon – a wonderful artist and naturalist for the month of the Great Backyard Bird Count. Goes well with Famous Naturalists Audubon study from Cindy of No Sweat Nature Study.
President: Ulysses S. Grant
Map: Little House on the Prairie

LIVE LESSONS to enjoy:
Little House on the Prairie with Sarah Mackenzie and Read Aloud Revival – Friday, February 21st
Famous Artist: Garth Williams – illustrator of Little House books and many other 20th century childhood favorites like Charlotte’s Web and Stuart Little. Nana’s live lessons with the Read Aloud Revival community.

Just be sure to join us for ALL of these and more in the You ARE an Artist Complete Clubhouse at ChalkPastel.com!​

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“February is a great month full of lots of things to create and learn. Please come and “let’s get started!” But always, always remember: You are ALL Artists! Sending a Valentine…❤️❤️❤️Nana”

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Monthly Member Newsletters

Easily download each month’s Artist Clubhouse Newsletter via the links below: February 2020 – Little House on the Prairie
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Groundhog Day Art Lesson

Will it be an early spring or six more weeks of winter? Paint your prediction with Nana’s Goundhog Day art lesson. Then, if you are ready for an early spring, dive into Nana’s set of Spring Video Art Lessons. Or if you are still enjoying winter, paint up a snowstorm with Nana’s Winter Video Art Lessons. Of course you can have access to ALL of Nana’s video art lessons in the You ARE an Artist Complete Clubhouse.

Enjoy Nana’s Groundhog Day Art Lesson!

Suggested supplies: white construction paper. Brown, yellow and black chalk pastels.

FEATURING YOU! YOU ARE AN ARTIST!

So, paint your Groundhog Day art and be sure to share with us! Simply tag @chalkpastelart on Instagram, use the #YouAREanArtist hashtag, or upload a photo to the ChalkPastel.com Facebook page!

  • A note on chalk pastels: Pastels are an easy, forgiving medium. Fun for children and adults alike! Details on the pastels and paper we use, how and where to purchase, and links to all of Nana’s other pastel lessons are here: Our Favorite Chalk Pastels
  • The practical aspects of a mess: Pastels are blessedly messy. We always have baby wipes close by to wipe hands. We wear something we don’t mind getting stained or don a smock.


Do you and your artists learn best with a video art tutorial? Join the You ARE an Artist Clubhouse for even more Video Art Lessons at ChalkPastel.com!

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We can’t wait to see your Groundhog Day painting. And please be sure to share with a friend!

You ARE an Artist!

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How to Draw Baby Yoda and Mandalorian

Baby Yoda and the Mandalorian stories have captured our hearts! We know there are fellow fans out there that feel the same way. So we knew it was time for an art lesson. Join Nana for How to Draw Baby Yoda and the Mandalorian. And know that this lesson is part of the wonderful Chalk Pastels at the Movies bonus with You ARE an Artist Clubhouse membership.

How to Draw Baby Yoda and Mandalorian Video Art Lesson

Enjoy Nana’s How to Draw Baby Yoda and Mandalorian in Chalk Pastels video art lesson!

Suggested supplies: orange construction paper. Brown, orange, red, green, blue, white, pink, purple and yellow chalk pastels. (Lots of colors for this one!)

FEATURING YOU! YOU ARE AN ARTIST!

So, paint your Baby Yoda and the Mandalorian art and be sure to share with us! Simply tag @chalkpastelart on Instagram, use the #YouAREanArtist hashtag, or upload a photo to the ChalkPastel.com Facebook page!

    • A note on chalk pastels: Pastels are an easy, forgiving medium. Fun for children and adults alike! Details on the pastels and paper we use, how and where to purchase, and links to all of Nana’s other pastel lessons are here: Our Favorite Chalk Pastels
    • The practical aspects of a mess: Pastels are blessedly messy. We always have baby wipes close by to wipe hands. We wear something we don’t mind getting stained or don a smock.


Do you and your artists learn best with a video art tutorial? Join the You ARE an Artist Clubhouse for even more Video Art Lessons at ChalkPastel.com!

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We can’t wait to see your baby Yoda and Mandalorian painting. And please be sure to share with a friend!

You ARE an Artist!

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Artist Clubhouse Modern History

Are you ready to WHOOSH into 2020? A NEW decade, a NEW year of ENJOYING learning is about to burst like a “jillion” New Year’s rockets! The pastels are trembling with excitement in their box. The paper is anxiously waiting to be put in place (either vertically or horizontally) on the table. Come on, hold my hand, and let’s get started!! This is a preview of the Artist Clubhouse Modern History in the You ARE an Artist Complete Clubhouse! Such rich lessons to complement the learning already happening in your home. – Nana

Are you ready to WHOOSH into 2020? A NEW decade, a NEW year of ENJOYING learning is about to burst like a “jillion” New Year’s rockets! The pastels are trembling with excitement in their box. The paper is anxiously waiting to be put in place (either vertically or horizontally) on the table. Come on, hold my hand, and let’s get started!! This is a preview of the Artist Clubhouse Modern History in the You ARE an Artist Complete Clubhouse! Such rich lessons to complement the learning already happening in your home. – Nana

Artist Clubhouse Modern History Art Lessons

All You ARE an Artist Clubhouse members will enjoy:
Art in Space, Martin Luther King, Jr.
Tea Time: Mary Poppins, Stopping By the Woods on a Snowy Evening, Cardinals in the Snow
Hymn: He’s Got The Whole World in His Hands

Artist Clubhouse Special Live Event

Master Class with Nana – Winter Acrylic Tree Reflection to be announced

You ARE an Artist Complete Clubhouse members will enjoy these lessons with Nana:
Famous Artist:   Lichtenstein pop art
Composer:  Beatles
President:   Kennedy
Map: To the moon and back

Just be sure to join us in the You ARE an Artist Complete Clubhouse at ChalkPastel.com!​

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