Posted on

The Ultimate Guide To Art Appreciation In Your Homeschool

Building a love for beautiful art is something that happens over a period of time for our children. This guide has everything you need for engaging art appreciation in your homeschool.

When we first started homeschooling, art appreciation appealed to me, but I didn’t know where to start. Sometimes you just need to dive in and give it a try and that is exactly what I did with my children.

Even though I had no real background in this subject, I did have a passionate interest in paintings and art history. I had a desire to learn more and along with my children we learned together as the years went along.

What did we do to get started? What method helped us get our feet wet with art appreciation? How did we progress slowly through the years? What things have stuck with us?

Homeschool Art Appreciation: Getting Started

  • Use a series of artwork from one artist and that will help define for your children the artist’s style. Pick four paintings you like and share those one at a time.
  • Picture Study or Narration: Closely observe and enjoy one painting at a time, increasing your child’s awareness of what it means to have a “style”. View the artwork together and have your children tell you what they see in the painting. Many people call this narration or picture study. Most paintings have some sort of story to tell. Encourage your children to try to guess the painting’s story.
  • Keep the artwork you are studying in plain sight for a period of time. Make the painting your computer’s desktop background or have a print of the painting in a prominent place where you spend time each day.
  • After you have studied two or more painters, begin to compare and contrast the artists. How are they different and how are they similar? Over time this will help your child learn more about the periods of art history. But in the beginning, just make casual observations.
  • Come up with a way to review the artists from time to time. Keep your prints in a notebook, binder or folder. Pull them out at the end of each term and spend a few minutes going over the various paintings and artists. This is a fun time for children once they start to accumulate a number of artists. Keep the mood light and do not make it like a test.

When my children were younger, I chose an artist where their style was particularly apparent and easy to see. We studied Mary Cassatt, Vincent Van Gogh, Pablo Picasso, Pierre Renoir and a few others. These artists appealed not only in subject matter but in showing a distinct style.

These early years were focused on gaining an interest in art and not so much in learning about art movements or art history. The viewing of artwork and then perhaps learning the title of the painting and the artist’s name were about all we did for art appreciation.

If your child has an interest or you are starting your program of art appreciation with older children, of course you can add in a little more depth by reading a biography for the artist or perhaps making a drawing of the painting you are studying.

I would create a folder that was not fancy. I would print out four prints on a sheet of photo paper and then slip it into a clear sheet protector. Those would go into a three ringed binder.

I also used Dover coloring books to go along with the artist’s paintings as a quick follow up for an artist if the children were interested and had a desire. We kept everything very casual and positive.

As they got older, we would attach the art prints in a spiral sketchbook. They would print the title under the print along with the author’s name. Again, keeping it simple and enjoyable.

Art Appreciation For Young Children

Art is a thing of the spirit, and we need to teach it in ways that affect the spirit. We realize that the ability to appreciate art and interpret it is as universal to all people as intelligence, or imagination, or the ability to form words to communicate. But that ability needs to be educated. Teaching the technical skill of producing pictures isn’t the same as appreciating art. To appreciate, children need to have a reverent recognition of what’s been created. Children need to learn about pictures: they need to learn about them a line at a time, and as groups, by studying pictures for themselves rather than by reading about them.

– Charlotte Mason, volume six, page 214 (More in Charlotte Mason Homeschool Art Appreciation)
  • Study one artist at a time.
  • Study at least four prints one at a time, using careful and casual observation.
homeschool high school

Adding Depth To Your Study for Older Children

  • Follow up with learning the name of the painting and the artist’s name, if desired.
  • Store the prints in a three-ringed binder or in a spiral sketchbook and review at the end of each term.

Hands-On Activities For Art Appreciation In Your Homeschool

Follow up with a coloring page from a Dover coloring book or an art lesson with Nana! Or you can simply sketch a part of the painting or the whole thing.

Remember that your goal is to spark a love for great artwork. This goal is one that can be achieved using any artist that suits your family. Here are some websites that I find helpful for viewing artwork

The Ultimate Guide to Virtual Art Museum Field Trips is your extensive guide to why, how, and where to find virtual art museum resources.

Art Appreciation Online

The Ultimate Guide to Virtual Art Museum Field Trips – There are so many resources you can use to enrich your homeschooling, right online! Virtual Art Museum Field Trips are one of those things!

ABCGallery.com – A large, online art collection

A Fine Arts Homeschool Curriculum For All Ages

Art and music appreciation are subjects that if not given priority, fail to be done in our home. (It’s probably safe to assume that is true for many homes.) It seems like every year I plan on adding art appreciation to our long list of subjects and at the end of the year I realize that once again I haven’t done it. It’s been so helpful to find a Fine Arts Curriculum that does all the work and organizing for me!

You ARE An ARTiST Fine Arts Curriculum offers art and music appreciation plans for grades K-12. Minimal prep plans for your fine arts needs! A review from The Curriculum Choice

One of the reasons I have need a fine arts curriculum to help me is because I know next to nothing about art. It should be simple enough to add in picture study to accompany history. But that would require me to actually know which artists and paintings are most significant. Sure, I could probably research, learn and figure some things out. But thankfully I’ve discovered the You ARE An ARTiST Fine Art Curriculum that was written by someone much more knowledgeable than I, and has already done the work for me.

YOU ARE AN ARTIST FINE ARTS CURRICULUM

You ARE An ARTiST Fine Arts is an art and music appreciation program that works seamlessly into your homeschool studies.

The You ARE An ARTiST art and music appreciation program has 12 yearly plans based on a chronological 4-year history cycle. These are divided into the stages of learning of the classical trivium (grammar, logic, and rhetoric). 

There are options for every grade level and each plans includes notebooking pages, coloring pages and YouTube links for art tutorials and listening to classical music.

fine arts

Find out more about our Fine Arts Curriculum HERE.

Posted on

Fabulously Funny Folk Tales with Art Perfect for Your Homeschool History

We all love a fun story, don’t we? Enjoy fabulously funny folk tales with art and watch your homeschool history come to life!

We all love a fun story, don't we? Enjoy fabulously funny folk tales with art and watch your homeschool history come to life!

Fabulously Funny Folk Tales with Art – An Event for All Ages!

The replay of this event is available in Nana’s Fairy Tales series with You ARE an ARTiST Clubhouse membership! Clubhouse members receive access to the replay for as long as you are a member.

Enjoy fabulously funny folk tales with art and watch your homeschool history come to life! Includes everything you need for a fun lesson.
Replay now available in the Fairy Tales series of You ARE an ARTiST Clubhouse membership!

What is included in Fabulous Funny Folk Tales with Art for Your Homeschool History Event?

Here’s How to Be Ready for the Event

Join the You ARE an ARTiST Clubhouse for access to the replay plus, at the Complete level, over 800 video art lessons and growing!

For your art time with Nana, you will just need a very few suggested supplies, below:

  • a starter set of chalk pastels (Our favorites are here).
  • construction paper (Nana suggests white construction paper for this lesson)
  • baby wipes or damp paper towel for easy clean up

Share On Social Media!

Be sure to share photos of your Fabulously Funny Folk Tales with Art time on social media and tag @humilityanddoxology and @chalkpastelart – We can’t wait to see you participating and to see your paintings!

And please invite your friends! Share this post with them!

What a FUN way to incorporate storytelling and art into your homeschool history routine!

Growing a love of art at You ARE an ARTiST is a multi-generational passion! Tricia is Nana’s daughter and a mama of five children. Nana shared the fun of her first chalk pastel art lessons with her grandchildren around Tricia’s kitchen table. Homeschooling since 2000, Tricia has seen the fruits of home education with three homeschool grads so far! She shares the art and heart of homeschooling at Your Best Homeschool and is author of the book, Help! I’m Homeschooling! She and her husband, Steve, are also owners of sister sites Homeschool Nature Study and The Curriculum Choice.

Posted on

The Beauty of Literature, Art and Nature in Your Homeschool

Make your homeschool a little more beautiful with literature, art and nature study! Explore the beloved picture book, Miss Rumphius, with Sarah, Nana and Tricia. What a FUN way to kick off your homeschool year!

Make your homeschool a little more beautiful with literature, art and nature study! Explore the beloved picture book, Miss Rumphius, with Sarah, Nana and Tricia. What a FUN way to kick off your homeschool year!

Make Your Homeschool a Little More Beautiful – A Free Event!

YOU are invited to the replay of this event!

Sign Up For Access to the Replay and For Your Free Resources

When you sign up you will receive:

  • Access to the replay of the event through August 3, 2022
  • Members receive access for as long as you are a member (Read Aloud Revival, You ARE an ARTiST Clubhouse and Homeschool Nature Study)
  • Your Read Aloud Revival Family Book Club Guide on Miss Rumphius
  • A Homeschool Nature Study lupine Outdoor Hour Challenge

Please note: A replay will only be available to those who sign up. Be sure to fill out the form, below!

Sign Up To Participate

Get your free resources + info on the Live Event!

Make Your Homeschool Year a Little More Beautiful

    What is included in Make Your Homeschool a Little More Beautiful Event?

    • A fun Miss Rumphius literary ‘hunt’ with Sarah Mackenzie of Read Aloud Revival
    • A peek at Sarah’s NEW picture book, A Little More Beautiful
    Find out ALL about Sarah’s NEW A Little More Beautiful book HERE!
    • A wildflower nature study with Tricia of Homeschool Nature Study
    • Nana’s art lesson in the style of Miss Rumphius and A Little More Beautiful
    Miss Rumphius picture book.

    Here’s How to Be Ready for the Event

    For your literature time with Sarah, reserve or pick up your copy of Miss Rumphius at your local library or order online today!

    For your art time with Nana, you will just need a very few suggested supplies, below:

    • a starter set of chalk pastels (Our favorites are here).
    • construction paper (Nana suggests white construction paper for this lesson)
    • baby wipes or damp paper towel for easy clean up

    For your nature study time with Tricia, have your lupine download on hand.

    Remember to sign up, above!

    Share On Social Media!

    Be sure to share your Make Your Homeschool A Little More Beautiful time on social media and tag @readaloudrevival @outdoorhourchallenge and @chalkpastelart – We can’t wait to see you participating and to see your paintings!

    And please invite your friends! Share this post with them!

    Sarah Mackenzie quote about Nana and chalk pastels.

    What a FUN way to incorporate literature, art and nature into your homeschool routine!

    Posted on

    The Ultimate Guide To Fun Art Projects For Your Homeschool

    There are so many ways to integrate art into your homeschool! Use this guide to fun art projects to add a beautiful layer of learning and joy to your homeschool.

    There are so many ways to integrate art into your homeschool! Use this guide to fun art projects to add a beautiful layer of learning and joy to your homeschool.

    Art Projects by Grade Level

    First Grade Art and Music Curriculum for Your Homeschool – Creating a love for beautiful art and music in your homeschool can start from birth. It doesn’t take much effort to surround your family with the great artists and classical composers from the very start of a child’s life. Weave experiences into your everyday routine by using our Homeschool Fine Arts first grade art and music plans as a framework.

    Online Art Lessons Perfect for Grades K-3 – Art is an essential part of our elementary learners’ development. Online art lessons are a great option for grades K-3 and are easily incorporated into any homeschool lesson plan.

    There are so many ways to integrate art into your homeschool! Use this guide to fun art projects to add a beautiful layer of learning and joy to your homeschool.

    Homeschool Art Lessons Perfect for Grades 4-6 – Studies have shown, time and time again, that adding art to learning adds value across academic subjects. This educational approach is appropriate and helpful across all grade levels, including the late elementary grades 4-6.

    Why Homeschooling Middle School is Better with Hands on Learning – Study after study has shown that learners of all ages do best when the material is presented in a multisensory format. Text combined with video, hands-on creative activities, and even art as a way to demonstrate understanding have all been proven to contribute to more successful learner outcomes.

    Integrated Art for Homeschooling High School – Are you looking for ways to create a more dynamic learning environment for your high schooler? Homeschooling with an integrated art approach may be exactly what you need!

    Art Credit For High School

    Here Is How You Can Earn an Art Credit for High School – As fellow homeschoolers, we know that homeschool families like to plan their own way! That’s why You Are An Artist is an excellent fit for your visual art credit needs. Our flexible path to a visual art credit with chalk pastels allows you the freedom to plan; however it best suits your student. 

    Classical Music Appreciation Lessons for All Grades – There is no right or wrong way to start classical music homeschool lessons. The most important thing is that you start! Learn the simple steps to building a love of classical music and a knowledge of great composers.

    Art Projects for Preschool Homeschool

    Preschool Homeschool Art Activities

    Early learners need lots of play-based learning and time creating. We have to make time for preschool art in our homes and homeschools. Art is essential to the mental, social, and emotional growth of our early learners. Art is also a fantastic way to satisfy children’s natural curiosity for exploration and  experimentation.

    Art Projects By Academic Subject

    Art Projects for Ancient Egypt

    Art Lessons for Your Homeschool History Curriculum

    Yes, you can use art to teach history! No matter what time period you are studying in your homeschool history curriculum, Nana’s I Drew It then I Knew It video lessons are the easy – and fun – way to learn important parts of history. Enjoy a library of history video art lessons to match all four history cycles no matter what homeschool history curriculum you are using. Nana does the teaching and all you need are very minimal supplies. It is super easy to get started in chalk pastel art with The Best Art Lessons for Your Homeschool History Curriculum.

    • Ancient History Art Projects – “When I discovered that Nana had new chalk pastel art lessons specifically for ancient Egypt, I was so excited! I love presenting our current interests with hands-on activities, and art is just that. When my kids can create art while we read aloud about a particular subject they are interested in, it helps solidify the knowledge they are learning in ways that dry, rote memorization can not.”
    • American History Art Projects – Are you looking for fun ways to incorporate American history homeschool lessons? Maybe you already have a history curriculum, but you’re looking for ways to make it more hands-on and engaging. Chalk pastels may be just what you need to get your kids to fall in love with history!
    • Civil War History Art Projects – With Nana’s Civil War Hands-On Homeschool Lessons and the accompanying I Drew It Then I Knew It American History workbook, you can reinforce all that you are learning in your homeschool. Don’t miss Nana’s podcast on Sojourner Truth, included below!
    • Middle Ages History Art Projects and The Ultimate Guide to Medieval History Lessons – Do your kiddos love dragons, and knights, and princesses? Or maybe you are studyingthe Medieval world this year with your history curriculum. The Middle ages were an interesting time. The Roman Empire had fallen, and smaller kingdoms were vying for control. There were Barbarian raiders, wars on faith, and the Black Death to contend with, but there were some pretty exciting inventions too! The printing press, flying buttresses in gothic architecture, eyeglasses, and knights in shining armor, to name a few!
    • Modern History Art Projects – These lessons have made my history buff extremely happy. Isn’t it wonderful how we were able to pull from Nana’s different courses to create art lessons to fit my son’s interests? That’s just one of the reasons I adore our You ARE An Artist Complete Clubhouse membership. I can cater to my children’s interests in colorful and fun ways that won’t soon be forgotten.
    • Chalk Pastels Great Britain Homeschool Art Lessons – You can now travel to Great Britain with chalk pastels! Explore Big Ben, Queen Elizabeth, Winston Churchill, and much more in this unique and colorful way. Nana will be your guide on this historic trip filled with key icons and landmarks with chalk pastels Great Britain themed art.
    Make Geography Fun with Art Projects

    Make Homeschool Geography Fun!

    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!

    There are so many ways to integrate art into your homeschool! Use this guide to fun art projects to add a beautiful layer of learning and joy to your homeschool.

    Literature and Art Are a Perfect Combination!

    A Lord of the Rings Homeschool Study to Rule Them All
    STEAM and Science Art Projects

    STEAM and Science Activities Make Learning Fun!

    Why STEAM Learning Matters in Your Homeschool – STEAM learning has become a popular topic in education today. The good news is, a STEAM approach to learning can add creativity and innovation to your child’s education. This summary of STEAM learning includes ideas and resources for how to easily and effectively incorporate it into your homeschool.

    Shark Week Fun Art Projects

    A Shark Week Homeschool Study for Kids – Do your kids love sharks? Are you getting ready for shark week? Then let Nana take you under the sea with chalk pastels shark art for kids! These easy-to-follow video homeschool lessons will teach you and your child how to draw some of the most exciting sharks using chalk pastels.

    Dive into a Shark Study This Summer! – This homeschool study all about sharks is perfect for summer learning. It includes a shark tracking activity, online lessons, book lists, and so much more!

    Human Heart Art Activity

    Human Heart Activity for Kids: Hands-On Science – Nana’s human heart activity for kids is a great hands-on homeschool science experience that highlights art, writing, diagramming, plus an exposure to brand new vocabulary. It’s a combination of multiple subjects all in one spot!

    Solar System Art Projects – Are your kids fascinated by the idea of space? Mine too! The solar system can be such an exciting area of study. Most of us still remember learning about all of the planets and space exploration when we were kids. 

    Here is everything you need to create a moon missions unit study that will blast off! Includes art, books, and even snacks for learning.

    Everything You Need For A Moon Missions Unit Study – This is a perfect time of year to learn about the moon in your homeschool. Here is everything you need to create a homeschool moon missions unit study that will blast off!

    This Homeschool Moon Study Is Out of This World – Moon activities, books, and fun art lessons for all ages! Learn about moon phases and more with this homeschool moon unit study!

    Small But Mighty Cell Activities for Your Homeschool – These online cell activities for your homeschool are multi-sensory and appropriate for all ages. In fact, online cellular biology lessons are an excellent addition for your homeschool science. Take a look!

    Small But Mighty Cell Activities for Your Homeschool

    STEAM Art Projects – A STEAM approach encourages students to ask questions and think creatively. It is also a great way to help children who typically shy away from topics related to mathematics and technology to engage and learn in a different way!

    A Microscopic World Study for Homeschool Science – Science, it’s one of those love-it-or-hate-it subjects in homeschooling. Teaching homeschool science and facilitating experiments at home might make you feel a little overwhelmed. There are so many exciting ways to teach and learn about science together at home.  This microscopic world study is a great example!

    Take Flight with These Famous Aviators Homeschool Lessons – With the Wright Brothers, Amelia Earhart, Neil Armstrong and more, you can take flight in your homeschool with these famous aviators activities.

    Famous Artists Art Projects at You ARE an ARTiST

    Famous Artists and Art Appreciation

    Exploring famous artists with your children has never been easier! Now you can expose your children to the glory and wonder of master artists like da Vinci, Michelangelo, Monet, Rembrandt, Vermeer, and so many more with chalk pastels!

    Most of the links below include Nana’s mini podcast on the artist!

    Fine Arts Curriculum for Grades 1-12 at You ARE an ARTiST

    Homeschool Fine Arts for Learning About Artists and Composers

    You ARE an ARTiST Homeschool Fine Arts lesson plans organize great art and music appreciation resources into the classical four-year cycle of history and seasons each week with a Charlotte Mason flavor. Here you will find homeschool fine arts curriculum for the whole family!

    homeschool fine arts titles at You ARE an ARTiST

    These lesson plans are available for Grades 1-12 and will offer families three different options for art study and a detailed plan for music appreciation.

    Each flexible and easy to use 32-36 week plan includes notebooking pages, coloring pages and YouTube links for art tutorials and listening to classical music.

    View more about these Comprehensive Plans for Families.

    homeschool acrylic art projects

    Fun Acrylic Art Projects

    Let Nana help you as you embark on this easy acrylic painting journey. Learn some simple tips about color, and brush strokes. You’ll be amazed at how much fun you and your kids will have! It’s easier than you might expect! Easy Acrylic Painting with Nana!

    There are so many ways to integrate art into your homeschool! Use this guide to fun art projects to add a beautiful layer of learning and joy to your homeschool.

    Art Projects for the Homeschool Mom

    Mini Moments for the Homeschool Mom with Chalk Pastels – Whether you have 5 minutes, 10 minutes, 20 minutes, or more, take the time to recharge your spirit with these mini moments for the homeschool mom. Even busy moms can appreciate the simplicity and ease of chalk pastels.

    Easy Mommy and Me Art Time – Taking the time to create art with your kids shows them that it is worth doing. As you connect with your child, they will see that art is interesting and fun. It shows them that you are engaged while also building your relationship through an easy and fun shared activity.

    Bible Crafts homeschool art projects

    Bible Stories Art Activities

    Bible Crafts for Kids: Meaningful and Fun Resources – A really fun way to bring the Bible to life in your homeschool is with these Bible crafts for kids. You can build memories, pass on your faith to your children and create hands on art projects that are meaningful and fun!

    A Disciples of Christ Unit Study – Homeschooling is such a unique privilege for Christian families, and it is such a sweet blessing to pass along the Word of God to our children. We have, as parents, an incredible opportunity to mold our children into disciples for Jesus, and educating at home is a powerful tool for that. And what better way to experience personal discipleship with our children at home than to study the Disciples of Christ. 

    Easter Art Projects – You can easily count the Easter art lessons as homeschool because you will also learn facts and history behind each topic. We give you just enough for an all-in-one lesson that is the perfect fit for homeschool or church-at-home. If your kids are anything like mine, you will find yourselves researching more exciting facts on your own. Or access all of our extension ideas inside the companion workbook to continue the learning. 

    Beautiful Easter Hymn Study – Join us for a beautiful Easter hymn study for your homeschool and video art lessons to match! Music and art help us all to connect learning with a special holiday plus build sweet memories together as a family.

    How to Plan an Awesome Home Bible Study for Kids – Whether you are teaching Bible in your homeschool as a daily or weekly lesson, or perhaps you are creating a church-at-home experience for your family, you will love how effective it is to add art along with your Biblical teachings. With an I Drew It Then I Knew It New Testament Guide!

    There are so many ways to integrate art into your homeschool! Use this guide to fun art projects to add a beautiful layer of learning and joy to your homeschool.

    Holiday Art Projects For Throughout the Homeschool Year

    Thanksgiving art activities for your homeschool

    Thanksgiving Art Activities

    Nana has all sorts of Thanksgiving homeschool lessons to fill the whole month. Abraham Lincoln, Aaron Copland, pilgrims, the Mayflower voyage, a map of the very first Thanksgiving, Cranberry Thanksgiving and more!

    Christmas Tea Time

    Christmas Art Lessons for All Ages

    Enjoy this ultimate list of Christmas Homeschool Art Lessons! Christmas homeschooling allows us to focus on the real reason for the season. And you can do that in so many ways. We will give many resources to choose from and help you customize your perfect Christmas school day, week, or month.

    Favorite movies for Christmas Homeschool

    Christmas Book to Movie Homeschool Activities – Check out this festive list of Christmas books made into movies – with homeschool activities your kids will love! Now your kids can re-create their favorite book characters and movie scenes with chalk pastels!

    movies art lessons

    Movies Art Projects

    Favorite Movies Homeschool Art Lessons – Don’t let family movie night become boring! Bring some excitement back with these chalk pastel art lessons. All you’ll need is a pack of construction paper and a set of chalk pastels. So grab your favorite movie snacks or make some of your own and join Nana for some of your family’s favorite movies.

    • Incredibles
    • Mary Poppins
    • Peter Pan
    • Seuss Truffula Trees
    • Tangled
    • Penguins of Madagascar
    • Star Trek
    • Super Hero Shield
    • Angry Birds
    • Bruce of Finding Nemo
    • Cars Mater and Lightning McQueen
    • Cat in the Hat acrylic
    • Charlie Brown Christmas
    • Charlie Brown Thanksgiving
    • Despicable Me Minion
    • Dinosaur – Jurassic Park
    • Dr. Seuss Cat in the Hat
    • Finding Dory
    • Frozen
    The beauty of art, music and nature in your homeschool!

    Art Lessons for Nature Study and The Seasons

    The Beauty of Art and Nature Study in Your Homeschool! Discover the beauty of art and nature study in your homeschool and help your children explore the simple joys of the outdoors. There is so much to marvel about in God’s great creation!

    There are so many ways to integrate art into your homeschool! Use this guide to fun art projects to add a beautiful layer of learning and joy to your homeschool.

    Nana has all of these Homeschool Art Projects ready for you in the You ARE an ARTiST Complete Clubhouse, along with 700+ video art lessons and an art lesson calendar with art for every day of the year!

    It is all done for you!

    Growing a love of art at You ARE an ARTiST is a multi-generational passion! Tricia is Nana’s daughter and a mama of five children. Nana shared the fun of her first chalk pastel art lessons with her grandchildren around Tricia’s kitchen table. Homeschooling since 2000, Tricia has seen the fruits of home education with three homeschool grads so far! She shares the art and heart of homeschooling at Your Best Homeschool and is author of the book, Help! I’m Homeschooling! She and her husband, Steve, are also owners of sister sites Homeschool Nature Study and The Curriculum Choice.

    Posted on

    July Homeschool Art Activities

    What a celebratory month July is! With these July homeschool art activities, you can celebrate Independence Day, Shark Week, blueberry month, famous authors birthdays, National Ice Cream Day, Moon Day and MORE!

    What a celebratory month July is! With these July homeschool art activities, you can celebrate Independence Day, Shark Week, blueberry month, famous authors birthdays, National Ice Cream Day, Moon Day and MORE!

    Some links may be affiliate links to resources we love. Please see our disclosure policy.

    Independence Day Homeschool Art Lessons

    American Flag Homeschool Art Lesson

    The Art of Patriotism – These commemorations instill a sense of awe and pride in our country and its peoples. Even if there are parts of our shared history that we shouldn’t be proud of, our people have overcome, adapted, and developed. This is a great opportunity to reinforce the core values enshrined in the Declaration of Independence, “that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.”

    With these July homeschool art activities, you can celebrate Independence Day, Shark Week, blueberry month, famous authors birthdays, National Ice Cream Day, Moon Day and MORE!

    Fireworks Homeschool Art Lesson

    An American Art Celebration – Who is ready for an American Art Celebration? History, art, holidays, maps and more! There is simply so much to celebrate. Scroll down to enjoy an American Flag art lesson. And take a look at all the lessons you can enjoy in the You ARE an Artist Clubhouse with Nana.

    With these July homeschool art activities, you can celebrate Independence Day, Shark Week, blueberry month, famous authors birthdays, National Ice Cream Day, Moon Day and MORE!

    American Landmarks Art Activities

    An American Landmarks Homeschool Study – Do you dream of trekking America’s landmarks with your kids? Let Nana take you and your children on a trip around our great United States without leaving the comforts of your home. Trekking American landmarks with chalk pastels are as easy as walking to your kitchen table and setting out your chalk pastels with a pack of construction paper. Nana will do the rest.

    No hiking shoes or sore feet required!

    Find 13 Colonies Lesson Plans for Creative Kids, HERE.

    USS Constitution Ship and the United States Constitution

    Paint this famous and oldest ship in the US Navy! Then paint the United States Constitution in honor of our nation.

    There is an entire set of homeschool art lessons on American History, but the  Constitution lesson is perfect for Constitution Day. This painting is done in a simple manner that makes it easily achievable even for elementary-aged students. Chalk pastel projects are easily woven into your Independence Day celebration (or lessons) and reinforce themes of the Revolution. 

    Be sure to check out: 7 American Homeschool History Lessons Your Kids Will Love

    With these July homeschool art activities, you can celebrate Independence Day, Shark Week, blueberry month, famous authors birthdays, National Ice Cream Day, Moon Day and MORE!

    The Star Spangled Banner

    The Star Spangled Banner by Francis Scott Key is another great lesson to enjoy for Independence Day or as part of your American history homeschool studies.

    With these July homeschool art activities, you can celebrate Independence Day, Shark Week, blueberry month, famous authors birthdays, National Ice Cream Day, Moon Day and MORE!

    My Country Tis Of Thee and America the Beautiful Perfect for Your Homeschool Hymn Study

    What can make a hymn study even more fun and powerful? Adding art to that study! Nana, here at You are an Artist, has done an entire course of art lessons that connect especially to hymns. This allows students to experience the songs in new ways and engages students that might not otherwise be interested in music. It’s the art of hymn study!

    Blueberries for Sal and a blueberry homeschool art lesson. Such a great combo for a homeschool activity!

    Blueberry Month

    Are you picking buckets full of blueberries in July? Paint a blueberry with Nana and enjoy some follow up with a favorite book, Blueberries for Sal.

    Charlotte's Web art lessons for homeschool

    July Birthdays to Celebrate

    • Author E.B. White’s birthday – End of book celebrations are not only an incentive to complete the book, but they are a great way to continue to grow a love for reading. If you have a child who is a reluctant reader or hasn’t adapted to family read-alouds yet, you may want to think about adding in these hands-on homeschool art lessons from YOU ARE AN ARTiST. 
    • Julius Caesar’s Birthday – Paint Julius Caesar with Nana! And find more ideas for ancient history studies in Julie’s Art for the Classical Homeschool Family.
    • Henry David Thoreau’s birthdayIf you are craving simplicity in life or homeschool, this is a lesson you may want to use. You can adapt it to your own homeschool however it fits best. We love to decompress with tea and literature, so tea time is fitting for Thoreau’s “I Went To The Woods” Art Lesson

    Shark Week for Your Homeschool

    Nana has a NEW Shark Tracking Map art lesson you will love! Another to add to her HUGE series of beautiful sharks in the You ARE an ARTiST Complete Clubhouse. Enjoy a Shark Week Homeschool Unit Study for Kids!

    With these July homeschool art activities, you can celebrate Independence Day, Shark Week, blueberry month, famous authors birthdays, National Ice Cream Day, Moon Day and MORE!

    National Ice Cream Day

    What a yummy holiday to celebrate! With Nana’s lesson you can paint YOUR favorite flavors – and add all the toppings and sprinkles you would like!

    Neil Armstrong Quote for Moon Landing Day

    Moon Day – Anniversary of Moon Landing

    This is a perfect time of year to learn about the moon in your homeschool. Here is everything you need to create a homeschool moon missions unit study that will blast off!

    Celebrate Amelia Earhart Day with art!

    Amelia Earhart Day

    With the Wright Brothers, Amelia Earhart, Neil Armstrong and more, you can take flight in your homeschool with these famous aviators activities.

    Add Art to Your Homeschool

    Planning for the New Homeschool Year?

    Do you know what one of the most skipped subjects is when it comes to homeschooling? Art! Can you believe it? For some of us, skipping art is unimaginable. Whether you enjoy art in your homeschool daily or weekly, creativity is essential to your homeschool’s health. As you plan your homeschool year out and make careful curriculum choices, don’t forget to include art. Here are 5 reasons not to forget art and why you need to begin including art in your homeschool regularly. 

    What a celebratory month July is! With these July homeschool art activities, you can celebrate Independence Day, Shark Week, blueberry month, famous authors birthdays, National Ice Cream Day, Moon Day and MORE!

    July Homeschool Art Activities

    There is simply SO much to celebrate in July! Nana has all of these July Homeschool Art Activities ready for you in the You ARE an ARTiST Complete Clubhouse, along with 700+ video art lessons and an art lesson calendar with art for every day of the year!

    Growing a love of art at You ARE an ARTiST is a multi-generational passion! Tricia is Nana’s daughter and a mama of five children. Nana shared the fun of her first chalk pastel art lessons with her grandchildren around Tricia’s kitchen table. Homeschooling since 2000, Tricia has seen the fruits of home education with three homeschool grads so far! She shares the art and heart of homeschooling at Your Best Homeschool and is author of the book, Help! I’m Homeschooling! She and her husband, Steve, are also owners of sister sites Homeschool Nature Study and The Curriculum Choice.

    Posted on

    June Homeschool Art Activities Perfect for Summer Fun

    Summer! Do you feel it too? These June homeschool art activities for summer fun will help you kick off summer break and keep any mention of boredom at bay! You can include Nana’s new earthworm lesson for your nature studies, celebrate fathers, go to “infinity and beyond” with Buzz Lightyear for the new Lightyear movie and travel American Landmarks and national parks. Let’s start the fun!

    These June homeschool art activities for summer fun will help you kick off summer break and keep any mention of boredom at bay! You can include Nana's new earthworm lesson for your nature studies, celebrate fathers, go to "infinity and beyond" with Buzz Lightyear for the new Lightyear movie and travel American Landmarks and national parks. Let's start the fun!

    June Homeschool Art Activities Perfect for Summer Fun

    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. 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 with s'mores

    Online Summer Art Camp for All Ages!

    NEW! Lemonade lesson is included for members. Plus a jar of fireflies, roasting marshmallows, looking up at the night sky, camping in the backyard and MORE! Take a look at all your will enjoy with Summer Art Camp.

    • an interactive calendar for each day
    • summer camp guide with themes for every day of the week
    • book lists for summer reading
    • daily art prompts with Nana!
    • a week (or more!) of space camp! 🚀
    • fun memories to be made and MORE!
    These June homeschool art activities for summer fun will help you kick off summer break and keep any mention of boredom at bay! You can include Nana's new earthworm lesson for your nature studies, celebrate fathers, go to "infinity and beyond" with Buzz Lightyear for the new Lightyear movie and travel American Landmarks and national parks. Let's start the fun!

    Join the Fun! Buzz Lightyear and Space Camp for June Art

    To infinity and beyond with these Free Buzz Lightyear activities perfect for your summer space camp! Find the lesson HERE and be sure to share with your friends!

    You can find out about Summer Space Camp HERE.

    National Donut Day in Your Homeschool

    Of course we must celebrate Donut Day with art! Summer Art Camp includes Nana’s yummy donut art lesson.

    Dinosaur for Jurassic Park World Dominion Summer Movie

    For your dinosaur fans, enjoy Nana’s dinosaur art lesson any time. You can also plan a follow up art lesson with the Jurassic Park movies. More Favorite Movies art lessons here.

    These June homeschool art activities for summer fun will help you kick off summer break and keep any mention of boredom at bay! You can include Nana's new earthworm lesson for your nature studies, celebrate fathers, go to "infinity and beyond" with Buzz Lightyear for the new Lightyear movie and travel American Landmarks and national parks. Let's start the fun!
    Enjoy Reading in the Hammock as part of Summer Art Camp with Nana!

    Summer Reading for Your Homeschool with June Homeschool Art Activities

    NEW! Fairy Tale art lesson in Nana’s Fairy Tales and Mythical Creatures continuing series for Clubhouse members.

    These June homeschool art activities for summer fun will help you kick off summer break and keep any mention of boredom at bay! You can include Nana's new earthworm lesson for your nature studies, celebrate fathers, go to "infinity and beyond" with Buzz Lightyear for the new Lightyear movie and travel American Landmarks and national parks. Let's start the fun!

    Visit the Seashore with a Majestic Ocean Study

    Take your kids on an ocean study under the sea and up on shore with a combination of books and art to spark the imagination! A Majestic Ocean Study with Art here.

    Celebrate Birthdays with Art!

    Nana’s birthday is in June and you can enjoy her celebratory slice of birthday cake art lesson any time of the year!

    Strawberry Moon Art

    With the Strawberry Moon on June 14th in 2022, paint this gorgeous full moon with Nana! Members will find it in your A Simple Start in Hebrew lessons. To go with it, enjoy Erin’s This Moon Study is Out of This World for more great ideas.

    Juneteenth History With Hands On Civil War Art Lessons

    With Nana’s Civil War Hands-On Homeschool Lessons and the accompanying I Drew It Then I Knew It American History workbook, you can reinforce all that you are learning in your homeschool. Don’t miss Nana’s art lesson and podcast on Sojourner Truth plus art lessons for Harriet Tubman, Abraham Lincoln and more.

    Visit National Parks with Art for Your June Homeschool Activities

    Trek American Landmarks – Do you dream of trekking America’s landmarks with your kids? Let Nana take you and your children on a trip around our great United States without leaving the comforts of your home. Trekking American landmarks with chalk pastels are as easy as walking to your kitchen table and setting out your chalk pastels with a pack of construction paper. Nana will do the rest.

    No hiking shoes or sore feet required!

    • Old Faithful
    • Statue Of Liberty
    • Grand Canyon
    • Washington Memorial
    • Lincoln Memorial and so many more!
    Charlotte Mason Geography Activities with Julie and her artists.

    Travel the World with Chalk Pastels for Summer Fun

    June homeschool art activities wouldn’t be complete without some virtual travel! Did you know that you can travel the world with chalk pastels? That’s right! Let Nana take you on a trip around the world with her World Landmarks series! This is the perfect addition to your homeschool geography lessons, world history lessons, or just because! Explore the lessons HERE.

    These June homeschool art activities for summer fun will help you kick off summer break and keep any mention of boredom at bay! You can include Nana's new earthworm lesson for your nature studies, celebrate fathers, go to "infinity and beyond" with Buzz Lightyear for the new Lightyear movie and travel American Landmarks and national parks. Let's start the fun!

    Father’s Day – Celebrate an Incredible Dad!

    In honor of our incredible dads, paint Mr. Incredible for a fun way to celebrate Father’s Day. Members have this lesson in Nana’s Chalk Pastels at the Movies series. paint Mr. Incredible with Nana!

    Or – does Dad love to fish? Hike a mountain, go to the beach, go camping, look up at the stars? Nana has all sorts of nature and adventure lessons you can paint in the You ARE an ARTiST Clubhouse.

    online art camp for all ages!

    You ARE an ARTiST Complete Clubhouse for June Summer Art Camp and More!

    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. 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!

    Summer! Do you feel it too? These June homeschool art activities for summer fun will help you kick off summer break and keep any mention of boredom at bay! You can include Nana's new earthworm lesson for your nature studies, celebrate fathers, go to "infinity and beyond" with Buzz Lightyear for the new Lightyear movie and travel American Landmarks and national parks. Let's start the fun!

    More June Homeschool Activities

    You might also like these June Homeschool Activities:

    Growing a love of art at You ARE an ARTiST is a multi-generational passion! Tricia is Nana’s daughter and a mama of five children. Nana shared the fun of her first chalk pastel art lessons with her grandchildren around Tricia’s kitchen table. Homeschooling since 2000, Tricia has seen the fruits of home education with three homeschool grads so far! She shares the art and heart of homeschooling at Your Best Homeschool and is author of the book, Help! I’m Homeschooling! She and her husband, Steve, are also owners of sister sites Homeschool Nature Study and The Curriculum Choice.

    Posted on

    The Best Art Lessons for Homeschool Families

    Homeschool families come in all shapes, sizes and learning styles! These art lessons for homeschool families are a brilliant way to creatively bring learning to life, build memories together and have FUN learning. Let art add a layer of learning that brings joy to all ages.

    Photo by Amy Law

    Here we share the various homeschool methods and how art blesses each. No matter which homeschooling style you use, the great news is that it is super simple to get started with chalk pastel online video art lessons.

    Getting Started with Homeschool Art: Supplies List

    To get started in homeschool art, all you need is:

    • construction paper
    • a starter set of chalk pastels (our favorites are here)
    • Nana’s video art lessons
    • baby wipes or a slightly damp paper towel for easy clean up

    Art Lessons for the Charlotte Mason Homeschool Family

    In a Charlotte Mason homeschool, there are two major components to art education: art appreciation and art expression.

    Art Appreciation is helping children know and love great art and artists. Students get exposure to a variety of different types of art and the works of many great artists. Picture study is a frequent component of a Charlotte Mason-style education.

    Art Expression is the opportunity for the student to be creative and express themselves through art. Afternoon handicrafts time can be a great place to fit this in your schedule.

    These art lessons for homeschool families are a brilliant way to creatively bring learning to life, build memories together and have FUN learning.

    Though Nana would disagree (because You Are An Artist), I do not consider myself an artist. I really need the assistance of art lessons to help me include art in our homeschool.

    We love using the You Are An Artist Lessons because they tie in so well with the Charlotte Mason philosophy. Instead of being an entirely separate subject, I can use the lessons to supplement history, hymn study, or nature study. Dawn shares about Art Lessons for the Charlotte Mason Homeschool Family.

    Art Lessons for the Classical Homeschool Family

    Art Lessons for the Classical Homeschool Family

    At the core of a classical homeschool is the desire for students to delight in their observations, wonder and ask good questions, and share their knowledge. Classical homeschooling focuses on teaching children HOW to learn, not WHAT to learn.

    I was dubious about my ability to teach art to my children because I never considered myself an artist. The classical method (and Nana!) helped me overcome these doubts. 

    If you know HOW to learn, you can learn anything! Even if you’re new to art, you can learn right alongside your children. 

    Here’s what learning art in classical education might look like: Julie shares Art Lessons for the Classical Homeschool Family.

    Delight Directed Homeschool Learning

    Art and the Delight-Directed Family

    We follow our interests. And I learn right alongside my kids. My goal is to provide loads of great literature, intriguing documentaries, plenty of fun games, and tons of learning and creative opportunities that coincide with my children’s interests. As part of our child-led education, I’ve been strewing to keep my kids exploring, engaged, and full of ideas. That means our tables are covered in books, games, modeling clay, maps, and hands-on activities. I want to foster a love of learning in my children, and following my kiddo’s interests makes learning more relevant and meaningful.

    Delight-directed homeschool art has been super easy with our You ARE An Artist Complete Membership. We like to pair the video art lessons with current read alouds, picture books, or current interests. When my son was obsessed with WWII for two years, Nana consistently added history art lessons to thrill my son. 

    Both children have been obsessed with Harry Potter, and lucky for us, creating an enchanting Hogwarts chalk pastel teatime was easy to pull together with Nana’s clubhouse.

    When the children were enamored with sharks, chalk pastels came to the rescue again! There were easy-to-follow tutorials on some of the weirdest and most beautiful sharks of the deep!

    Erin shares Homeschool Art for the Delight Directed Family.

    Art and the Eclectic Homeschooling Style

    The Eclectic Homeschool Family

    Art is the perfect addition to eclectic homeschooling. Since eclectic homeschooling has no boundaries, you can add art to anything. And with so many lessons to choose from, You ARE An Artist has an art lesson on just about everything. Seriously! You are sure to find an art lesson to coincide with almost anything you might be studying at home.

    I say this all the time, but adding fun, creativity, and excitement to your homeschool can make a world of difference in your home and for your children. Art helps them express their creative ability, incorporates hands-on learning, and helps them retain what they have learned. Not to mention, we don’t have to sit stiffly or still when we create. We can sit however we want (or wiggle) and enjoy art!

    In addition to those wonderful benefits, by adding art, you can create an environment that shows your children learning can be a lifestyle! Isn’t that the goal, cultivating lifelong learners? Courtney shares: Art and Eclectic Homeschooling.

    art and special needs homeschooling
    Learn more about Homeschool Art for a Child Who Hates the Mess and the simple suggestions – pictured in these photos.

    Art Lessons for Homeschooling a Child with Special Needs

    My son has always been fascinated by art.

    He is naturally a creative child. When we visited an art museum with a group of homeschool friends a few years ago, I understood a bit better why art is so meaningful to him.

    After spending the day running all over the museum with other ten year olds, we got back into the car to begin our drive home. My son gazed out the window, tired but satisfied, and said, “That was the best field trip we’ve done in a long time.”

    Thrilled at this homeschool mom win, I asked him why he loved it so much.

    He replied something to the effect of, “I was just like all the other kids today. I didn’t have to read anything. I could just look at all the art and talk about why it was beautiful or cool. I like pictures so much more than writing.

    At the time, I didn’t realize how profound his statement really was. Now, four years later, I see how powerful art has been for him, both as a learner and as a human being.

    Shawna shares four ways art can help struggling learners and more encouragement in Art Lessons for Homeschooling a Child with Special Needs.

    Art Lessons For Your Morning Basket Homeschooling

    Starting our homeschool day with art has been a beautiful way to encourage creative thinking throughout the day. In fact, incorporating art into your homeschool lessons has tons of amazing benefits! Keep reading to discover how we are using art in our morning baskets to support our current homeschool lessons and unit studies. Jessica of The Waldock Way shares Why Adding Art to Your Morning Basket Makes All The Difference!

    These art lessons for homeschool families are a brilliant way to creatively bring learning to life, build memories together and have FUN learning.

    A Simple Start in Homeschool Art

    As these families have shared, art opens the door to learning – no matter your homeschool method. It is simple to get started with just a very few supplies. There is not an intimidating or expensive list of supplies. Not only that, art lessons with Nana are a fun way to learn together as a family. Won’t you join us?

    Growing a love of art at You ARE an ARTiST is a multi-generational passion! Tricia is Nana’s daughter and a mama of five children. Nana shared the fun of her first chalk pastel art lessons with her grandchildren around Tricia’s kitchen table. Homeschooling since 2000, Tricia has seen the fruits of home education with three homeschool grads so far! She shares the art and heart of homeschooling at Your Best Homeschool and is author of the book, Help! I’m Homeschooling! She and her husband, Steve, are also owners of sister sites Homeschool Nature Study and The Curriculum Choice.

    Posted on

    Bible Crafts For Kids: Meaningful and Fun Resources

    A really fun way to bring the Bible to life in your homeschool is with these Bible crafts for kids. You can build memories, pass on your faith to your children and create hands on art projects that are meaningful and fun!

    A really fun way to bring the Bible to life is with these Bible crafts for kids. You can build memories, pass on your faith and create hands on art projects that are meaningful and fun!

    Teaching Children About The Bible Should Be Fun

    There are so many benefits to taking an art-based approach to learning about the Bible. Whether you are teaching Bible in your homeschool as a daily or weekly lesson, or perhaps you are creating a church-at-home experience for your family, you will love how effective it is to add art along with your Biblical teachings.

    Art can open the door to learning and add depth to an understanding of the Bible. Listening to a Bible story while creating a Bible craft with art is a really fun way to help remember something you are learning.

    Teaching children about the Bible should be fun!

    Bible Crafts For Kids: Everything You Need To Get Started

    Did you know you can craft Bible Art with Nana? Yes! Learning with art is simple because all you need to get started is a starter set of chalk pastels, construction paper and our video art lessons. Having baby wipes or a slightly damp paper towel is recommended for easy clean up.

    In addition, our You ARE an ARTiST Clubhouse members enjoy an accompanying I Drew It Then I Knew It companion guide for each of the set of art lessons listed below! Each guide includes an overview of each Bible topic with the Bible reference, a list of books and extension ideas like tea time, unit studies and art shows.

    Old Testament Bible Stories crafts for kids
    Moses and the Parting of the Red Sea art lesson – Photo by Jamie of Treasuring the Tiny Moments Homeschool


    Old Testament Bible Video Art Lessons

    “God left us a book filled with incredible stories to share with our children, so why not go all out? I want my children to hear the amazing things God has done, and it leave an impression on them for life, just as it did for me.” Enjoy How to Plan an Awesome Home Bible Study for Kids by Courtney.

    • Creation
    • Garden of Eden
    • Noah’s Ark
    • Joseph’s Coat of Many Colors
    • Parting the Red Sea
    • Ark of the Covenant
    • David and Goliath
    • Esther
    • Daniel in the Lion’s Den
    • Jonah and the Whale – with more, exclusive lessons for members

    Free Bible Craft for Kids – Sample Old Testament Bible Story Art Lesson

    For a fun way to incorporate Bible crafts for kids, give this sample lesson from Nana’s Bible Stories series a try!

    Suggested supplies: yellow or other light colored construction paper. Starter set of chalk pastels. Baby wipes or slightly damp paper towel for easy clean up.

    If you enjoy this art lesson, please share a photo and tag us on social media! @chalkpastelart on Instagram

    New Testament Bible Art Lessons

    “Yes, reading straight from the Bible with our family is fantastic! But it doesn’t hurt to add resources that visually stimulate our children. Visuals are excellent teaching tools for children of all learning styles. It also doesn’t hurt to tie in hands-on experiences that will help them never to forget. We can help bring the Bible to life as they hear the retellings. 

    For that reason, I am beyond thrilled to share with you the ultimate Bible story companion. Art. How to Plan an Awesome Home Bible Study for Kids by Courtney. 

    • Jesus Blesses the Children
    • Zacchaeus
    • Jesus Walks on the Water
    • Jesus Feeds the 5,000
    • Garden of Gethsemane
    • Jesus Washes the Disciples Feet
    • The Last Supper
    • Paul and Silas Jail Earthquake
    • I Stand at the Door and Knock and more lessons for Clubhouse members.

    A really fun way to bring the Bible to life is with these Bible crafts for kids. You can build memories, pass on your faith and create hands on art projects that are meaningful and fun!

    Disciples of Christ Art Lessons with Nana

    Homeschooling is such a unique privilege for Christian families, and it is such a sweet blessing to pass along the Word of God to our children. We have, as parents, an incredible opportunity to mold our children into disciples for Jesus, and educating at home is a powerful tool for that. And what better way to experience personal discipleship with our children at home than to study the Disciples of Christ. 

    Enjoy a full Disciples of Christ Unit Study for your homeschool with Jesus, history, character, prayer, geography, genealogy, language and math!

    We have also included Biographies of the Disciples and 5 Fast Facts for them all in our I Drew It Then I Knew It New Testament Companion Guide for your family to enjoy. Inside the Companion Guide, you can plan your studies with our art planners and use our book recommendation list to get started. 

    You can even tie in The Chosen TV series with these lessons!

    A Simple Start in Hebrew art lessons Bible learning

    A Simple Start in Hebrew Video Art Lessons with Nana and her Grandson

    A Simple Start In Hebrew: Learn seven basic Hebrew words with A Simple Start in Hebrew Video Art Lessons. Why would you want to learn Hebrew? Because many Biblical words have roots in the Hebrew culture. With You ARE an ARTiST Clubhouse membership, you will get the Companion Guide to these art lessons packed with Aleph-Bet chart, word studies, traceable letter printables, and much more. 

    • Day
    • Peace (Full Moon)
    • Faith
    • Prayer
    • Hallelujah
    • Commandment
    • Israel
    Easter Art Lessons - Bible Crafts for Kids

    Easter Art Lessons – Draw Your Way Through the Resurrection Story

    You can use these art lessons in your homeschool to draw through the Resurrection story and to teach the Easter story in a colorful and memorable way.

    These are all accompanied by a Companion Guide too! So you will get the book list, planners, overviews, fast facts, and more. 

    • Palm Branch 
    • The Lord’s Supper 
    • Crown of Thorns 
    • Calvary’s Crosses 
    • Easter Cross 
    • The Stone Rolled Away
    • Easter Eggs 
    • Easter Lily 
    • Church Stained Glass Window 
    • Jesus and the Sheep

    Christmas Bible Crafts for Kids – Draw Your Way to the Birth of Jesus

    Add these Advent art activities to your Christmas Homeschool plans! You can draw your way through the story of Christmas from the angels announcing Messiah’s birth to the manger scene. Draw Your Way Through the Story of Christmas by Courtney.


    Inspiring Art And Music Activities For Additional Learning

    In addition to Nana’s Bible crafts for kids, her online hymn video art lessons are a wonderful way to celebrate these rich songs of the Christian faith.

    A really fun way to bring the Bible to life is with these Bible crafts for kids. You can build memories, pass on your faith and create hands on art projects that are meaningful and fun!

    Growing a love of art at You ARE an ARTiST is a multi-generational passion! Tricia is Nana’s daughter and a mama of five children. Nana shared the fun of her first chalk pastel art lessons with her grandchildren around Tricia’s kitchen table. Homeschooling since 2000, Tricia has seen the fruits of home education with three homeschool grads so far! She shares the art and heart of homeschooling at Your Best Homeschool and is author of the book, Help! I’m Homeschooling! She and her husband, Steve, are also owners of sister sites Homeschool Nature Study and The Curriculum Choice.

    Posted on

    Marvelous May Homeschool Art Activities

    These marvelous May homeschool art activities will keep the fun going throughout the month! You can include beautiful blooming flowers for your nature studies, celebrate mothers, use the force for May the 4th Be With You and paint an American flag for Memorial Day. There is SO much to enjoy and to celebrate in your homeschool!

    Marvelous May homeschool art activities will keep the fun going throughout the month! Fun celebrations for Mother's Day, May the 4th and more!

    Marvelous May Homeschool Art Activities

    Flower Art Lessons

    With Nana’s A Simple Start in Chalk Pastels and acrylics lessons, you can paint flowers galore! It’s the joy and the beauty of art and nature study.

    Harry Potter Day

    Check out this fun Harry Potter homeschool teatime that even muggles will love! You’ll find magical art lessons that everyone in the family will enjoy. You don’t have to have a magic wand or spellbook. Bring the magic of art and Harry Potter into your home!

    Marvelous May homeschool art activities will keep the fun going throughout the month! Fun celebrations for Mother's Day, May the 4th and more!

    May the 4th Be With You

    May the 4th Be With You – Use the Force for Learning! – Nana has a NEW Star Wars themed art lesson perfect to pair with the new Obi Wan series or any of your fan favorites.

    There are several free art lessons included in this fun Star Wars chalk pastel teatime with Nana – which is the perfect way to celebrate your kiddo’s love for all things Star Wars! The Star Wars-themed lessons are super easy to follow and are ideal for all ages. All you need is a simple set of chalk pastels, construction paper, and Nana’s video art lessons! Add in some tasty treats, and you have a teatime even a Wookie would love!

    Marvelous May homeschool art activities will keep the fun going throughout the month! Fun celebrations for Mother's Day, May the 4th and more!

    Mother’s Day

    Mother’s Day – You ARE an ARTiST Clubhouse members have a special art lesson to paint for mothers and grandmothers and all of the very special women in your lives.

    National Day of Prayer

    The National Day of Prayer – “an annual observance held on the first Thursday of May, inviting people of all faiths to pray for the nation.” Choose from any of Nana’s many Bible and Hymns art lessons.

    Cinco de Mayo

    For your Cinco de Mayo studies, enjoy painting a map of Central and South America! Did you know Nana has maps 🗺 of all the continents — and SO much more? Oh the learning adventures and travels you can enjoy!

    How Does Your Garden Grow – Backyard Nature

    Plant a Garden and Enjoy Backyard Nature Study – Art and Nature Study for Your Homeschool. Discover the beauty of art and nature study in your homeschool and help your children explore the simple joys of the outdoors. There is so much to marvel about in God’s great creation!

    All Creatures Great and Small Spring Art Celebration – Perfect for commemorating spring, Nana’s spring homeschool nature study with art explores all creatures great and small and all things bright and beautiful! These nature-inspired art lessons are easy and fun for the whole family!

    Backyard Creatures Art Lessons

    Squirrel! Paint this rascal and change up his coloring according to the squirrels you have in your area. Included in Nana’s Backyard Nature art lessons in the You ARE an ARTiST Complete Clubhouse.

    Homeschool Fine Arts

    The Beauty of Art, Music and Nature Study in Your Homeschool – Learning art and music history is very important, as is learning about the world right outside our door. Now you can quickly and seamlessly include the beauty of art, music, and nature in your homeschool.

    World Turtle Day

    Enjoy a Turtle Nature Study from our sister site, Homeschool Nature Study. Learn about pond life, pondweed and a pond habitat with this fun turtle nature study for your homeschool. Includes activities for learning about tortoises and microscopic pond life too.

    Visit the Ocean with an Ocean Study with Art

    Take your kids on an ocean study under the sea and up on shore with a combination of books and art to spark the imagination! Majestic Ocean Study

    Hands On Homeschool Science Lessons

    As much as we can observe so much of the human body’s wonder from the outside, it’s a million times more astounding to consider what goes on at the cellular level! Enjoy Small But Mighty Cell Activities and A Microscopic World Study.

    Homeschool History Art Lessons

    Like many children, my son is a hands-on visual learner. He enjoys his studies and retains more knowledge when there are hands-on and creative components to his lessons. That is one of the reasons Nana’s chalk pastel lessons have been a vital and thriving part of our homeschool for many years! Learning about the 13 Colonies was no different. Though we read books and watched documentaries, the hands-on art of Nana’s 13 Colonies chalk pastel lesson solidified his understanding!

    Enjoy Nana’s ‘America’ (My Country ‘Tis of Thee) hymn lesson and Dawn’s accompanying hymn study in the You ARE an ARTiST Clubhouse! Photo by Erin Vincent

    Memorial Day

    What better way to learn about the flag and remember its importance than to paint it? The Art of Patriotism – I am so grateful for our freedom and the blessings that come from living in the United States of America. While I am grateful every day, upcoming holidays make me spend more time reflecting on those blessings and the art of patriotism.

    Marvelous May homeschool art activities will keep the fun going throughout the month! Fun celebrations for Mother's Day, May the 4th and more!

    Summer Art Camp Kick Off

    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! An Online Summer Art Camp Perfect for All Ages

    Marvelous May homeschool art activities will keep the fun going throughout the month! Fun celebrations for Mother's Day, May the 4th and more!

    Homeschool Art Lessons for the Whole Family with You ARE an ARTiST Complete Clubhouse

    Build beautiful memories while having fun painting today around the kitchen table. Marvelous May homeschool art activities for all ages!

    Growing a love of art at You ARE an ARTiST is a multi-generational passion! Tricia is Nana’s daughter and a mama of five children. Nana shared her first chalk pastel art lessons with her grandchildren around Tricia’s kitchen table. Homeschooling since 2000, Tricia has seen the fruits of home education with three homeschool grads so far! She shares the art and heart of homeschooling at Your Best Homeschool and is author of the book, Help! I’m Homeschooling! She and her husband, Steve, are also owners of sister sites Homeschool Nature Study and The Curriculum Choice.

    Posted on

    The Ultimate List of Holiday Activities For Elementary School

    A fun art project is a perfect way to celebrate a holiday! These holiday activities for elementary school will give you opportunities to make memories in your homeschool journey. 

    We believe sometimes pushing everything off the kitchen table and pulling out a project is just what everyone needs.

    Holiday activities for elementary school with opportunities to make memories in your homeschool journey. Perfect way to celebrate!

    The Ultimate List of Holiday Activities For Elementary School

    Enjoy this list of holiday activities for homeschool by month and by holiday. We will be adding to this list throughout the year!

    January Activities

    January Homeschool Art Activities – These January homeschool art activities will keep you going through the coldest month of the year with fun, indoor projects for all ages.

    Activities For February

    February Homeschool Art Activities You Will Love! – Valentines Day, Groundhog Day, Great Backyard Bird Count, Presidents Day

    The Best Presidents Day Lessons for Your Homeschool – Presidents’ Day should really be referred to as President’s month if you are a homeschooler! Am I right? We can’t cram all of that good stuff into one day. It’s impossible; there are way too many interesting facts and rabbit trails to explore. 

    St. Patrick's Day unit study with holiday activities for elementary school

    Activities For Holidays In March

    March Homeschool Art Activities – Add a beautiful layer of education with art! With these March homeschool art activities you can celebrate spring, St. Patrick’s Day, Van Gogh’s birthday and more!

    Here are a few ideas for using chalk pastel lessons to teach the Resurrection with kids. You could use these ideas in your homeschool, in a Sunday School, or for family devotional time. Perhaps spread them through the Lenten weeks, or use them for a concentrated study during the Holy Week.

    April Activities

    Awesome April Homeschool Art Activities – Build beautiful memories with your family with these awesome April homeschool activities. Find art lessons for Easter, famous artists, Earth Day, plus mini moments for homeschool moms and more spring homeschool ideas! Don’t miss the new I Drew It Then I Knew It Science course too!

    Eric Carle and Very Hungry Caterpillar Day – Here you will find everything you need for a famous artist Eric Carle homeschool study.

    May The 4th Activities

    May the 4th Be With You – This fun Star Wars chalk pastel teatime with Nana is the perfect way to celebrate your kiddo’s love for all things Star Wars! The Star Wars-themed lessons are super easy to follow and are ideal for all ages. All you need is a simple set of chalk pastels, construction paper, and Nana’s video art lessons! Add in some tasty treats, and you have a teatime even a Wookie would love!

    Marvelous May Homeschool Art Activities – These marvelous May homeschool art activities will keep the fun going throughout the month! You can include beautiful blooming flowers for your nature studies, celebrate mothers, use the force for May the 4th Be With You and paint an American flag for Memorial Day.

    Holiday activities for elementary school with opportunities to make memories in your homeschool journey. Perfect way to celebrate!

    Summer Holiday Activities

    Summer Art Camp for All Ages – 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!

    June Activities

    June Homeschool Activities Perfect for Summer Fun – Summer! Do you feel it too? These June homeschool art activities for summer fun will help you kick off summer break and keep any mention of boredom at bay! You can include Nana’s new earthworm lesson for your nature studies, celebrate fathers, go to “infinity and beyond” with Buzz Lightyear for the new Lightyear movie and travel American Landmarks and national parks. Let’s start the fun!

    July Activities

    July Homeschool Art Activities – What a celebratory month July is! With these July homeschool art activities, you can celebrate Independence Day, Shark Week, blueberry month, famous authors birthdays, National Ice Cream Day, Moon Day and MORE!

    Here is everything you need to create a moon missions unit study that will blast off! Includes art, books, and even snacks for learning.

    Moon Missions Anniversaries and Space Camp – This is a perfect time of year to learn about the moon in your homeschool. Here is everything you need to create a homeschool moon missions unit study that will blast off!

    The Art of Patriotism – I am so grateful for our freedom and the blessings that come from living in the United States of America. While I am grateful every day, upcoming holidays make me spend more time reflecting on those blessings and the art of patriotism.

    Shark Week – Do your kids love sharks? Are you getting ready for shark week? Then let Nana take you under the sea with chalk pastels shark art for kids! These easy-to-follow video homeschool lessons will teach you and your child how to draw some of the most exciting sharks using chalk pastels.

    September Art Activities

    Talk Like a Pirate Day – Ahoy Matey! Talk Like A Pirate Day is the perfect opportunity to add a bit of fun to your homeschool. Do you know what a pirate’s favorite subject is? Arrrrrt! Get it? Arrrr. See what I did there? But seriously, there are plenty of creative ideas to add to your homeschool day, and some of them count as educational. So, let’s plan a day or afternoon in your homeschool that the kids will never forget!

    October Activities

    Pumpkin Art Lessons Perfect for Fall Homeschooling – Just in time for fall,  these fun and engaging art projects are perfect for your homeschool! Take a look at all the different options available as you create your own homeschool pumpkin themed study.

    Columbus Day – paint a tall ship to celebrate American history.

    Activities For November Holidays

    Veterans Day Homeschool Activities and Resources – Whether you know a military member personally or not, there are several activities and ideas you can use to help children recognize and honor our veterans. 

    Holiday activities for elementary school with opportunities to make memories in your homeschool journey. Perfect way to celebrate!

    Thanksgiving Homeschool Lessons – Draw Your Way Through the Story – Here are some ideas and resources to help you plan some time to dive all into learning about Thanksgiving and creating your own homeschool traditions. 

    Charlie Brown Thanksgiving Homeschool Art Activities – I am a big fan of tradition, and there are some that I want to pass down to my children. I recall watching A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving as a child so many times. It became a tradition to watch the beloved special each holiday season. 

    December Art Activities

    Pearl Harbor Day – These modern history art lessons are perfect for adding a bit of art to your homeschool history studies! These lessons are also excellent for history buffs, young and old.

    Holiday activities for elementary school with opportunities to make memories in your homeschool journey. Perfect way to celebrate!

    Christmas Book to Movie Homeschool Activities Your Kids Will Love! Check out this festive list of Christmas books made into movies – with homeschool activities your kids will love! Now your kids can re-create their favorite book characters and movie scenes with chalk pastels!

    The Ultimate List of Christmas Homeschool Art Lessons – St. Nicholas Day, St. Lucia Day, Christmas and more! Enjoy this ultimate list of Christmas Homeschool Art Lessons! Christmas homeschooling allows us to focus on the real reason for the season. And you can do that in so many ways. We will give many resources to choose from and help you customize your perfect Christmas school day, week, or month.

    Winter Solstice Homeschool Art – 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!

    Winter Homeschool Snowflake Study – This winter homeschool snowflake study combines the beauty of winter with the fascinating life of Snowflake Bentley.

    Boys point at computer screen with art lesson calendar shown

    More Elementary School Learning Options

    You will also love these fun elementary homeschool activities!

    10 Ways to Effortless Add Art to Your Homeschool Any Time of Year – Whether you are a serious planner mom or a spontaneous fun family, we have some ideas to share with you. Because art can be the cherry on top of all your learning at home and kids thrive when they can use their hands and exercise their creativity! 

    You ARE an ARTiST Complete Clubhouse for Homeschool Art Lessons for the Whole Year!

    Plan art for every day with the Art Lesson Calendar for members. Join the You ARE an ARTiST Complete Clubhouse for access to endless art lessons for holiday activities for elementary school and the whole family throughout the year.

    Growing a love of art at You ARE an ARTiST is a multi-generational passion! Tricia is Nana’s daughter and a mama of five children. Nana shared her first chalk pastel art lessons with her grandchildren around Tricia’s kitchen table. Homeschooling since 2000, Tricia has seen the fruits of home education with three homeschool grads so far! She shares the art and heart of homeschooling at Your Best Homeschool and is author of the book, Help! I’m Homeschooling! She and her husband, Steve, are also owners of sister sites Homeschool Nature Study and The Curriculum Choice.