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Famous Artist John James Audubon

Have you ever fallen in love with a bird that you saw outside in your yard? I did. I was blessed to see an Indigo Bunting perched on my fence in the backyard. Literally my heart stopped – he was so incredibly beautiful! Perhaps this was Famous Artist John James Audubon’s thought when he arrived in the wild, ancient forests of a young America!

All those heart-stopping beautiful birds that Audubon saw in the wilderness. They MUST be painted and each detail recorded! His stunning portraits of our American birds give us a rare look at what was in our forests in the 1820s. Some of those birds, sadly, do not exist today.

Come on! Grab a saddlebag and join us as we explore the forests of early America and see this great country through the eyes of famous artist John James Audubon!

Famous Artist John James Audubon Show Notes

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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!

-Special thanks to Erin Vincent and her artists for the beautiful photos. Visit her at Nourishing My Scholar.

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Famous Artist Vincent Van Gogh

Famous Artist Vincent Van Gogh is one of the most gifted artists that ever lived. Van Gogh only painted for a little longer than ten years, but he produced over 2,000 pieces of art! 

Some of Van Gogh’s most famous and celebrated paintings are his Sunflowers. Each sunflower is different in color and placement…either in a vase or left in a field of flowers! It is said that he painted sunflowers in a yellow house that he rented in Arles, France. He rented the house for the visit of his friend, Paul Gauguin.

Today, our lesson is on a very famous painting that he created towards the end of his life, the iconic “Starry Night.” The night sky has his famous broken line circles that you will learn how to paint yourself!  This style is now know world wide but not during the time Van Gogh was alive. At the time of his death the world was not ready to embrace his style and flamboyant use of color. 

Years after he passed away, Vincent Van Gogh has become one of the most successful artists in history – his paintings commanding millions today.

Famous Artist Vincent Van Gogh is one of the most gifted artists that ever lived. Nana chats about Van Gogh's iconic “Starry Night.”

Famous Artist Van Gogh Show Notes

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Famous Artist Vincent Van Gogh is one of the most gifted artists that ever lived. Nana chats about Van Gogh's iconic “Starry Night.”

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!

-Special thanks to Erin Vincent and her artists for the beautiful photos. Visit her at Nourishing My Scholar.

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Charlie Brown Christmas Art and Music

You are invited to a very special replay of an event with Ms. Mary of SQUILT Live! and Nana of You ARE an ARTiST Clubhouse! Music 🎶 + art 🎨 The music of Vince Guaraldi and art in the style of Peanuts. Charlie Brown Christmas Art and Music!

This special event is a preview of what will be happening in December in both of our memberships.​

Charlie Brown Christmas Art and Music

The following supplies are suggested for this event:

1. Download this lesson packet from SQUILT for the event. 2. Dark colored construction paper (black or dark blue preferred).
3. Chalk Pastels (Our favorites here) Suggested: – baby wipes or a couple dampened paper towels for easy clean up.

Did you know that Nana and Ms. Mary both live in Georgia and are practically neighbors? What fun that Nana, Mary and Tricia could plan such a special event for you!​ We can’t wait for you to join us for our special event, Christmas Time is Here! Music and art are such a great combination!

Nana’s Special Challenge for Christmas Time is Here
Hello, hello artist friends from Nana! As you can see I am wrapped up in woolen scarves and a coat. What in the world is Nana doing? There I am, SINGING my heart out, looking a bit like one of artist Charles Schulz’s kids singing Christmas carols. Yes, I am VERY much older than that mischievous Lucy, but here I am, my head thrown back and singing!
​Now, your job, as “Christmas Time is Here” is to put on your coat, gloves, hat and pretend that you are singing with the Peanuts gang! Then share a photo with us and TAG us here at You ARE An ARTiST! Tag @chalkpastelart on Instagram, use the hashtag #ChristmasTimeIsHere or email us a photo of YOU singing! Why? To celebrate our special Christmas Time is Here free event for all! Nana is joining Ms. Mary of @squiltmusic.
Because we know that YOU ARE AN ARTIST! See you soon! ❤️Nana
Please be sure to share with your friends!
Love,

Nana and Tricia


During the event, Nana mentions all that she will be sharing in the Christmas Clubhouse! Lessons for every day from now through the new year. From

  • Christmas trees to holly
  • Polar Express to The Grinch
  • a map to Bethlehem
  • hymns We Three Kings and I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day
  • Nutcracker
  • The Messiah – Angels announce Messiah’s birth and For Unto Us a Child is Born (with special lessons from Ms. Mary)

These and SO much more! Leading right into January’s Narnia with Nana!! All in the Complete Clubhouse with Nana!

PS: Enjoy these fabulous ideas for your Thanksgiving and Christmas homeschool! 

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Famous Artist Rembrandt van Rijn

Rembrandt van Rijn was and still is considered one of the world’s most famous artists. He was known for his inventive and different ways to capture the interest of the viewer gazing at his paintings. He could paint VERY large paintings. The most famous one of his large masterpieces was “Night Watch” – a massive 14 feet long and 12 feet wide painting! It depicts the preparation for a battle, no the soldiers are not in straight lines at attention, they are loading their guns, moving around, checking to see if everyone is ready to fight. This was such a different way to see a work of art! The soldiers are looking at YOU, the viewer. And the man at the back of the room is pointing at you! 

“ Painting is the grandchild of nature. It is related to God.”

Rembrandt

Famous Artist Rembrandt Show Notes

Enjoy painting the dark night the sleeping Joseph and the blindingly bright Angel! This is truly a painting that a master of art has given us.

Our lesson is a favorite of my family, it tells a story and is named “Joseph’s Dream”. You will instantly see Rembrandt’s use of light and dark.  It is in the middle of the night, and Joseph is asleep in a chair. Suddenly, the Angel of the Lord appears to Joseph with a message. A very important message warning Joseph to take Mary and the child and flee to Egypt.

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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!

-Special thanks to Erin Vincent and her artists for the beautiful photos. Be sure to visit her at Nourishing My Scholar.

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Famous Artist Norman Rockwell

How would you like to visit with famous artist Norman Rockwell, known as “America’s Artist” while he paints one of his most iconic scenes from the “Four Freedoms” series: Freedom from Want! Yep, you will sit at a festive Thanksgiving table, set with the best china, the best dinner guests and have a happy time? Come on, that turkey leg looks like it is all yours! 

Famous Artist Norman Rockwell Show Notes

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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!

How would you like to visit with Famous Artist Norman Rockwell, known as “America’s Artist” while he paints one of his most iconic scenes from the “Four Freedoms” series: Freedom from Want! Yep, you will sit at a festive Thanksgiving table, set with the best china, the best dinner guests and have a happy time? Come on, that turkey leg looks like it is all yours! From Nana's Back Porch Podcast.

-Special thanks to Erin Vincent and her artists for the beautiful photos. Visit her at Nourishing My Scholar.

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Famous Artist Johannes Vermeer

I am inviting you to come with me on a trip back 400 years to a city named Delft and visit with famous artist Johannes Vermeer, who has been called the “Greatest Artist of the Dutch Golden Age”. You can sit with me as he paints his most famous painting, The Girl With the Pearl Earring! Not only this painting, but we will talk about his other paintings, like The Geographer plus Vermeer’s love of cartography! How did he have time to paint? This artist had 15 children! Come on, let’s go visit this Golden Era artist!

Famous Artist Johannes Vermeer Show Notes

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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!

-Special thanks to Erin Vincent and her artists for the beautiful photos. Visit her at Nourishing My Scholar.

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Famous Artist Claude Monet

Happy Birthday, Claude Monet! Before you go for ice cream and cake in honor of Monsieur Monet on November 14th, let’s delve deeper into his life and how his insistence of making art HIS way has influenced artists for almost a century! He has changed the art world, and almost like the Beatles changed music forever…Monet has graciously, softly, and beautifully colored our lives with his impression of what we couldn’t see before! Enjoy Famous Artist Claude Monet.

Happy Birthday, Claude Monet! Before you go for ice cream and cake in honor of Monsieur Monet on November 14th, let’s delve deeper into his life and how his insistence of making art HIS way has influenced artists for almost a century! He has changed the art world, and almost like the Beatles changed music forever...Monet has graciously, softly, and beautifully colored our lives with his impression of what we couldn’t see before! Enjoy Famous Artist Claude Monet.

Famous Artist Claude Monet Show Notes

Happy Birthday, Claude Monet! Before you go for ice cream and cake in honor of Monsieur Monet on November 14th, let’s delve deeper into his life and how his insistence of making art HIS way has influenced artists for almost a century! He has changed the art world, and almost like the Beatles changed music forever...Monet has graciously, softly, and beautifully colored our lives with his impression of what we couldn’t see before! Enjoy Famous Artist Claude Monet.

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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.

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!

-Special thanks to Erin Vincent and her artists for the beautiful photos. Visit her at Nourishing My Scholar.

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The Big Kid Art Table

Do you have some “littles” lurking around your table while you are setting up an art lesson? You know, the eager two or three-year-old want-to-be artist? Pull them up a chair, even put a couple of books in the seat to raise them up to table level! Yep, invite them to sit at the Big Kid Art Table! I can tell you how and when this can happen at your house. Change his life with this invitation. Little person will be forever thankful! Do it today! Look, EVERYONE can be an artist! ❤️Nana

Invite your eager two or three-year-old to sit at the Big Kid Art Table! Little person will be forever thankful! A podcast with Nana of You ARE an ARTiST #podcast #youareanartist #preschoolart

Listen to Nana’s Podcast The Big Kid Art Table

Big Kid Art Table Show Notes

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!

Try a Big Kid Art Lesson – Preschool Apple

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.

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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Christopher Columbus Art Lesson

Enjoy an I Drew It Then I Knew It Christopher Columbus art lesson to complement your history studies! This art lesson is the sample from Nana’s Classical Collection of American history video art lessons you can find here. All of Nana’s I Drew It Then I Knew It lessons are included at the Complete level of the You ARE an ARTiST Clubhouse!

  • 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.

FEATURING YOU! YOU ARE AN ARTIST!

Paint your fall 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

Enjoy an I Drew It Then I Knew It Christopher Columbus art lesson to complement your history studies! This art lesson is the sample from Nana's Classical Collection of American history video art lessons you can find here. All of Nana's I Drew It Then I Knew It lessons are included at the Complete level of the You ARE an ARTiST Clubhouse!
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Football Video Art Lesson

In celebration of your favorite team, enjoy this football video art lesson with Nana! YOU are the artist, so feel free to add the field, the fans, and your favorite team colors. All things fun for football season. And be sure to join Nana in the You ARE an ARTiST Clubhouse for 600+ video art lessons for all ages!

Suggested supplies: white or light colored construction paper. Brown, black, green and blue chalk pastel colors.

More Football Fun For You

In celebration of your favorite team, enjoy this football video art lesson with Nana! You ARE an ARTiST!