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Homeschool Art Curriculum and Music Match Up

Music and art are such a beautiful and delightful combination. Art and music also make for some wonderful learning times. Just take a look at how you can match up Nana’s art lessons with your music appreciation and more studies! Enjoy this homeschool art curriculum and music match up.

Homeschool Art Curriculum and Music Match Up

Homeschool Art Curriculum and Music - Exclusive to the You ARE an Artist Clubhouse, Nana leads you in Composers Video Art Lessons. As you study the greatest composers, paint what you are learning with chalk pastels. Nana’s Composers video art lessons are a perfect complement to learning about a composer!

Composers Video Art Lessons

  • Symphony Conductor
  • Beethoven
  • Aaron Copland, Lincoln Portrait
  • Handel’s For Unto Us a Child is Born from Messiah (Christmas!)
  • Beatles
  • Jazz
  • Vivaldi Spring

Hymns Video Art Lessons

As you study a favorite hymn, paint with either chalk pastels or acrylics what you might imagine this hymn means. Nana’s hymns video art lessons are a perfect complement to a hymn memorization study! Find out more here.

  • My Hope is Built on Nothing Less (On Christ the Solid Rock I Stand) acrylic
  • Just As I Am
  • My Country Tis of Thee (America)
  • Rise and Shine (Arky, Arky)
  • How Great Thou Art
  • His Eye is on the Sparrow
  • Count Your Many Blessings
  • Jesus Loves Me
  • We Gather Together
  • He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands
  • Sweet By and By
  • In the Garden
  • This Little Light of Mine

Chalk Pastels at the Movies

So many fun and wonderful favorite movies and books in Chalk Pastels at the Movies. A bonus with You ARE an Artist Clubhouse membership.

Famous Artists

Of course it is a fantastic study when you combine both the famous artists and the famous composers of a particular era. With Nana’s Famous Artists continuing series, you can say, I Drew It Then I Knew It!

  • Vermeer
  • Michelangelo
  • da Vinci
  • Warhol
  • Monet
  • Rockwell
  • Rembrandt
  • Lichtenstein
  • Audubon
  • Beatrix Potter

Holidays and Seasons

 

 

 

 

 

 

We love how well our classes complement other homeschool curriculum offerings! Be sure to visit Nana’s Master Classes to see all that are included in You ARE an Artist Clubhouse membership and Creative Online Homeschool Classes for even more inspiration!

Music and art are such a beautiful and delightful combination. Art and music also make for some wonderful learning times. Just take a look at how you can match up Nana's art lessons with your music appreciation and more studies! Enjoy this homeschool art curriculum and music match up.

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Why Combine Art And Academics?

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

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

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

Why Combine Art and Academics?

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

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

Art and Academics with Multi-sensory Learning

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

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

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

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

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

Creativity Increases Ownership

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

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

Adding Art To Academics in Our Homeschool

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

Here is a recent example from my own home:

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

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

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

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

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

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Easter Video Art Lessons

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

A Week of Easter Video Art Lessons

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

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

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

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

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

You ARE an Artist!

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

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

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

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

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Chalk Pastel Green Ember Art Lessons

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

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

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

Chalk Pastel Green Ember Art Lessons

Please scroll down for the very few supplies needed.


Green Ember Video Art Lesson by Nana

Ember Falls Video Art Lesson by Nana

🎨Just a few supplies needed:

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

Green Ember Gala Artists!

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

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

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

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

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

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Be Creative Every Day

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

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

 

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

 



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

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

Show Notes:

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

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Words to Comfort

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

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

Words to Comfort Podcast

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

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

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

Show Notes:

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

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St. Patrick’s Day Video Art Lessons

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

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

St. Patrick’s Day Video Art Lessons

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

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

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

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Spring Homeschool Art Lessons

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

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

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

 

 

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

Artist Clubhouse March Spring Homeschool Art Lessons

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

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

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

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

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

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Why Art Is So Powerful In Helping Struggling Learners

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

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

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

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

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

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

Here’s why.

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

Why Art Is So Powerful In Helping Struggling Learners

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

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

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

You Are An Artist Is Perfect For My Struggling Learners

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

Multi-Sensory Approach

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

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

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

Perfect for the Perfectionist

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

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

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

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

Pressure Free Learning

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Little House on the Prairie Art Lessons

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

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

Artist Clubhouse Little House on the Prairie Art Lessons

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

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

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

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

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

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