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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.

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The Best Way To Add Music To Your Homeschool

It does not take a lot of musical expertise to teach your children to learn and to love music! These are simple and effective ways to add music to your homeschool.

The Benefits Of Music In Learning For All Ages

If you ask me what I ate for breakfast yesterday or what is on my grocery list for this week, I probably won’t remember. However, if a song I listened to in my childhood starts to play, I will probably remember the lyrics.  

It does not take musical expertise to teach your children to love music! These simple tips will help you add music to your homeschool.
Photo by Amy Law

Music is powerful both emotionally and educationally. Studies have shown that music study in children can increase academic performance, memory, language skills, social skills, self-discipline, and emotional skills. Pair that with the fact that music education can be fun, and you have a winning combination.

For our family, music education is a time that we can come together and learn and grow as a family. It is a fun time that involves listening together, singing together, and maybe even a bit of silly dancing together. Having those shared learning experiences helps create family bonds and fond memories.

The Best Way To Add Music To Your Homeschool

I love listening to music, from silly kid’s songs to contemporary praise music and those old classic hymns. However, I do not have the gift of musical talent, and when I first started homeschooling, I was worried that I wouldn’t be able to teach music to my children.

It does not take musical expertise to teach your children to love music! These simple tips will help you add music to your homeschool.

I quickly learned that it does not take a lot of musical expertise to teach your children to learn to love music! While we have added performance music classes to our current schedule, I taught them music appreciation through various easy-to-use resources for years.

First, simply listen to a variety of music together as a family. It seems so simple, but they learn so much just through exposure. At times we would listen to whatever struck our interest; other times, we would focus on different genres of music, and other times we would listen to the same hymn in different styles.

Second, learn about the different composers and artists composing and performing the music they hear. You can use the internet to search or read various biographies about them.

Finally, whenever possible, expose them to live music. Our state symphony does a great children’s series that is reasonably priced and full of different visual effects. However, in most places, you can find lots of local music. Check with your local community college or university to see about concerts; look for free outdoor concerts in the summer.

Outdoor concerts can be an excellent start for young children because they have more freedom to move around and not be as quiet as might be expected at an indoor concert.

*Outdoor concerts can be an excellent start for young children because they have more freedom to move around and not be as quiet as might be expected at an indoor concert*

Homeschool Music Lessons For You

As you introduce your students to new music, new artists, and new composers, it can be very beneficial to have some easy lessons to help you teach them about music. Not only does it take the time planning off your plate, but if you are anything like me, having a plan means I am more likely to get it done.

The new art and music appreciation courses are a stress-free way to incorporate music appreciation into your homeschool.

The courses are designed by grade level, and each course introduces students to a variety of art and music appreciation. For music, the younger grades listen to music from a particular composer or era, including suggested reading to learn more.

As students get older, the lessons include notebooking pages and timelines. There are also art lessons related to the music lesson included in some of the weeks.

Classical Music Appreciation Lessons for All Ages

*Clubhouse members get a 50% discount on all fine arts titles!

High School Music Lessons

There are writing assignments and more in-depth reading assignments for the high school level courses to make it rigorous enough for high school credit (while still simple for the parent). As with most high school courses, the grade levels are suggestions, and you can use them for any year of high school.

While the lessons are created by grade level, you could easily turn them into family-style classes, especially the elementary and middle grades selections. You can have the whole family read and listen together.

There are also family-style units that focus on one artist and one composer. These are a great way to start your studies!

It does not take musical expertise to teach your children to love music! These simple tips will help you add music to your homeschool.

Additional Resources For Music In Your Homeschool

As you learn about different composers and listen to their music, you can add even more fun to your lessons with Nana’s Composer Chalk Pastel Lessons, included in the You Are An Artist Complete Clubhouse Membership.

You can even turn that composer study into a complete unit study, like this one from Beethoven.

One of my favorite parts of studying music is teaching my children beautiful hymns! They are a great way to include music in your homeschool. You can use these free hymn studies, and Nana also has a hymns course in the You Are an Artist Membership.

You can see more fun ideas for hymn study with The Art of Hymn Study!

It does not take musical expertise to teach your children to love music! These simple tips will help you add music to your homeschool.

Dawn is a passionate follower of Jesus, wife to Chris, and homeschool mom of four. In her spare time she loves to read, hike, and write on her blog Schoolin’ Swag. She enjoys reviewing curriculum and helping moms find the right fit for their family.

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Homeschool Music Activities For Students With Special Needs

These homeschool music activities are a wonderful fit for students with special needs. Multisensory and appropriate for all reading levels, these activities make learning accessible for all students.

These homeschool music activities are a wonderful fit for students with special needs. Multisensory and appropriate for all reading levels, these activities make learning accessible for all students.

The Value Of Music For Students With Special Needs

As I tried to find the perfect words for this post, memories of my early walk into motherhood stirred my heart and mind. I thought about the struggles. I thought about all the special people brought into my life. I thought about all the evaluations, diagnoses, and therapy visits. My mind sifted through all the research and all the resources.  

I was brought to that place as a budding special needs homeschool mom, feeling overwhelmed, with a plethora of materials in my lap. I vividly remember searching for effective ways to help my little learner. During this time of reflection, I asked myself, “What really worked for my son? What did he love? What engaged him during the learning process? What helped him remember?”

The answer was simple: anything interest led combined with a multi-sensory approach. Music being highly beneficial in so many ways. Music played a key role in his academic learning and still does.  It’s an incredible tool for out of the box learners.  

These homeschool music activities are a wonderful fit for students with special needs. Multisensory and appropriate for all reading levels, these activities make learning accessible for all students.

Music and Academic Learning In Your Homeschool

As a mom who homeschools an out of the box learner, I too have to think outside of the box. I realized this when I was presented with a sound based intervention that stimulates the auditory system. This intervention uses altered music monitored by a professional. Through this experience, I discovered that research based music intervention actually exists to help students with a variety of diagnoses from autism, developmental disabilities, and down syndrome.  

At our very first private therapy visit, my son’s speech language pathologist encouraged an evaluation for sensory processing disorder. After meeting with an occupational therapist, we mapped out a plan for an in home activity called Therapeutic Listening. I do have to say that after she used all those big words I didn’t quite understand, I was very skeptical. She explained to me all the different ways that music intervention would help my son. She then modeled how to implement Therapeutic Listening, five days a week, twice a day for 20 minutes. I shared with her that I needed some time to process all of this information.

I went home (still skeptical) with paperwork in hand, a list of materials, and discussed this plan with my husband. We decided it was best to try this sound based intervention. Within one week of Therapeutic Listening, we noticed a dramatic change in my son’s sensory processing. It was a miracle. To find a detailed description on Therapeutic Listening, needed materials, and how it benefits children with learning differences, click here for more information about therapeutic listening.

These homeschool music activities are a wonderful fit for students with special needs. Multisensory and appropriate for all reading levels, these activities make learning accessible for all students.

Below are helpful links relating to music therapy. You will find academic products, ways to integrate music, and free resources for special needs children.

How Music Helps Students with Special Needs

It’s a Snap! 4 Ways to Use Music With Special Needs Students

Involving music is a fun and enjoyable way to learn. After seeing the fruitful benefits in my son, we have included music in our home for all of our children.  It is such a natural way to learn. Not only does a charming song assist in retaining facts and language development, it also creates a time of bonding.

How fun is it to watch little toddlers squeal with delight as we sing together.  What pleasure it brings to a mother’s heart when her two busy boys march around the house, singing in unison, “I’m in the Lord’s Army, Yes, sir!”.

These homeschool music activities are a wonderful fit for students with special needs. Multisensory and appropriate for all reading levels, these activities make learning accessible for all students.

Music Activities For Homeschooling Students With Special Needs

“Recent scientific studies have uncovered a startling new fact about the effect of certain types of music on a child’s brain. While children listen to music of the Baroque period in particular (Bach, Vivaldi, Handel), the brain scans reveals instant and spontaneous lengthening of fibrous brain cells. These cells quickly become amazingly active and stretch out-reaching to connect with other cells. Baroque music, unlike any other styles of music, is responsible for this remarkable development.”

A Charlotte Mason Companion Personal Reflections on The Gentle Art of Learning by Karen Andreola

You ARE an ARTiST Homeschool Fine Arts Graded Art and Music Curriculum for all ages

Homeschool Fine Arts, Fine Art and Music Appreciation

As a mother who does not have professional training or a background in music, I began researching music appreciation in Karen Andreola’s book, A Charlotte Mason Companion.  

I took great comfort in Ms. Andreola’s reassuring statements, “appreciation of classical music had nothing to do with playing the piano or learning any other instrument” (p. 200)  and “classical music appreciation need not be taught by a professional music teacher, that it can be done by a parent who has no particular background or training in music. As with so many subjects in our home education process, I have been learning along with my children, and have always found it rewarding.” (p. 201).  

One of my favorite aspects of home education is that it provides an abundant opportunity to learn alongside my children, even in music. Research determined that listening  to classical music is beneficial for the brain, specifically listening skills and concentration. What joy for a special needs mother to find that a myriad of studies also concluded that music kindles both sides of the brain!

Homeschool Music Activities For Students With Special Needs

You ARE An Artist, Art and Music Appreciation Studies

After these wonderful discoveries, we dove into You Are An Artist, Art and Music Appreciation Unit Studies.

These Charlotte Mason inspired studies are family friendly and simple to navigate. The units arrive equipped with an overview on how to implement music into our everyday life and homeschool routine. This quickly encouraged a life style immersed in music appreciation. With direct links to biographies and music, the exposure to talented composers derived in a natural way, lending itself to multi-sensory learning for all of my children, including my son with special needs. I loved that the note booking pages offered an arranged place for my son to write and draw with minimal distractions. They also provided a nice space for note-taking, sketching, and tracking music. Perfect for a busy mother of eight.

Signing Time With Rachel Coleman

I am forever thankful for Signing Time with Rachel Coleman. I remember the day I first saw Signing Time in action. My son was completely nonverbal at the time and I was 36 weeks pregnant with my daughter. My little family at that time moved across the states for my husband’s new job position. While visiting family, I paid close attention as my niece watched the program. She was only two years old, and I was amazed at how many signs she knew, just by watching the Signing Time DVD’s. Impressed, I asked my sister-in-law all about this multi-sensory resource.

Rachel Coleman’s story immediately touched my heart. I instantly purchased the videos, hoping it would help my son communicate. Complete with tactile, auditory, and visual learning, Signing Time encouraged communication! After using Signing Time for a few weeks, I witnessed his first language awaken. The repetition of signs in a multisensory fashion, helped my son and I learn sign language in an effective and engaging way. Rachel Coleman’s strategies to reinforce American Sign Language proved effective with appealing music and catchy songs. We still know “Do You Know the Colors of the Rainbow”, “Days of the Week”, “Alphabet Song”, and the “Pizza Song”!

The music truly helped (even my children now!) ingrain the signs into our memory. My son learned the alphabet, numbers 1-20, colors, days of the week, food items, and so much more all through Signing Time. This program also helped with potty training at age two! Signing Time also builds vocabulary and encourages reading skills (as the written words are displayed). I have personally found that using Rachel Coleman’s videos actually encourage verbal communication! Check out their free dictionary, evidence based resources, and subscriptions here.

4 Weeks to Read

I purchased this program as a supplemental resource to do in addition to a reading program we are using. I also purchased this reading curriculum for one of my sons who showed signs of reading readiness.

4 Weeks to Read curriculum includes Lesson Manuals, a Teacher’s Guide, and Flashcards. The books are in full color and numbered, easing a child into the beginning reading process. That’s not all! 4 Weeks to Read implements music! The music aided in memorizing the sounds, identifying letters, vowels, and the two vowel rule. The simple and repetitive songs helped fill gaps and prepare literacy skills. My four year old listens to the songs in this program.  While coloring or playing, I hear him randomly sing the songs we are learning, “When two vowels go walking…..”! Click here to listen to the music that is included in 4 Weeks to Read. You will also find digital downloads and everything this program offers!

Additional Resources For Homeschooling Learners With Special Needs

The additional resources listed below we have used or are currently using in our homeschool. They all offer either a hands-on learning experience and/or short, effective daily lessons.

Pride Reading Program

Pride Reading Program is an Orton-Gillingham curriculum that incorporates reading, writing, spelling, and comprehension. Sky writing, sound tiles, games, and finger writing on your palm are a few examples of their multi-sensory approach.

Spelling U See

Designed by Dr. Karen Holinga, a talented homeschool mother of twelve years, Spelling U See gently moves a child through the spelling process in a natural way. The daily spelling lessons are short and effective with a lot of repetition. My children have always enjoyed copying nursery rhymes and songs. See how we implemented Spelling U See and Eric Carle’s famous book, The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Adding beautiful color combined with tactile, auditory, and visual learning brought a breath of fresh air into our homeschool for all of my children.  With Nana's lessons and affordable materials, getting started with chalk pastels was so easy.

Chalk Pastel Art

Adding beautiful color combined with tactile, auditory, and visual learning brought a breath of fresh air into our homeschool for all of my children. With Nana’s lessons and affordable materials, getting started with chalk pastels was so easy. To read how my son benefits from painting with Nana, https://treasuringthetinymoments.org/blog/6/

Handwriting Without Tears

This is an exceptional program to teach handwriting. This program uses hands on manipulatives and strategies that meet a variety of learners. All of my children start with Handwriting Without Tears to learn how to write their letters. My older children use their cross curricular workbooks to practice cursive.

Math U See

Math U See offers videos that teach math concepts, manipulatives, workbooks, songs, and repetition to meet the needs of students. Many math resources are available on their website.

Sight Words

This is a program that brings learning sight words to life. Each sight word arrives with eight multi-sensory activities. My son with learning differences loved this program and now my five year old loves it just the same. Sign language, word searches, dab and dot, play dough, and so much more are all incorporated!

These homeschool music activities are a wonderful fit for students with special needs. Multisensory and appropriate for all reading levels, these activities make learning accessible for all students.

More Learning for Special Needs Homeschoolers

You will also be encouraged with these resources for your homeschool!

Jamie Gault

Jamie is the author of A Brown Bear’s Language Arts Study, a literature-inspired homeschool mom of eight, and a former educator. She enjoys a bookshelf bursting with colorful picture books  and children’s stories of all genres. Indulging in a read aloud with all of her children around her is one of Jamie’s favorite moments of her days. Be sure to find Jamie on Instagram and visit her blog, Treasuring the Tiny Moments Homeschool, to be encouraged by all her learning adventures with her wonderful family.

  

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Homeschool Art Curriculum for High School: Everything You Need For Your Teen

Art in high school is more than just another subject! This homeschool art curriculum for high school will give your students a tour of great artists with picture study and art projects – all while easily earning an art credit.

This homeschool art curriculum for high school will give your students a tour of great artists with picture study, art projects and an art credit.

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Homeschool Art Curriculum for High School

If you have never attempted art appreciation, you can start in high school and make it fun! You can have a rich and comprehensive high school art experience at home!

High school art level instruction takes very little planning and the effort can help bring balance and enjoyment to your homeschool week.

The Benefits Of Adding A High School Art Curriculum To Your Homeschool

As the parent, you can be a fellow student alongside your high schoolers. This will make the experience meaningful for the entire family! Here are just a few of the benefits for you as the homeschool teacher and for your children as homeschool students:

  • Your children will be more interesting people for knowing about art.
  • Spending time studying art and artists will allow you to talk about art and music with your young adult.
  • You will have shared experiences with depth and substance.
  • You can agree and disagree about art.
  • Your homeschool students will be able to join in with their own thoughts when an artist comes up in conversation.
  • Both art and music appreciation can become a part of who your children are.

An Overview Of Our Homeschool Fine Art Appreciation Curriculum For High School

Our high school art curriculum incorporates picture study in a Charlotte Mason manner. Artists and composers are covered chronologically.

Best of all, in just one hour of instruction per week, our high school art lessons inspire creative thinking and discussion.

Here is an overview of how our high school art program works:

Just three, easy steps!

  1. Open the plans and use the links included to find the artist online and view their artwork.
  2. Choose a piece of artwork and make it the desktop image on the computer. It is simple to find the painting online, right click and save to the desktop. Aim to change the painting once a week – unless you are simply wanting to enjoy the painting for longer.
  3. Gather facts about the artist, the art time period, the artist’s style and the medium used in the artwork. You can use the notebook pages included in the plans to gather information into an outline. This can culminate into a one or two page report on each artist. Your high schooler might also like their own critique of the artist’s work and include comparisons between artists studied.

Composer studies are included in our plans – to match the artists of the same time period!

Your Student Can Build a High School Art Appreciation Portfolio

We show your student how to build the portfolio throughout the year. Notebooking pages provided!

  1. All work completed with art appreciation can be collected into one binder and kept from year to year. This binder becomes an on-going record of the chronological study of art from prehistoric to modern.
  2. Simple is best! You can use a three-ring binder that you can slip a cover into and couple of dividers for notebook pages, coloring pages, art copywork (in sheet protectors) and end of the unit writing pieces.
What is art copywork? This homeschool art curriculum for high school will give your students a tour of great artists with picture study, art projects and an art credit.

What Is Art Copywork?

Art copywork is taking a piece of art and making your own version of it. This type of artist study nothing new and has been practiced by all the great painters of the past!

Art copywork is a lesson in observation and in learning how other artists solve problems. How do you create 3-D? How do you make the shadows? How do you draw a face? These are skills that can be practiced and mastered over time by closely observing great paintings and then making your own copy.

Art Books for Homeschooling High School

We recommend two, wonderful spine resources The Annotated Mona Lisa and The Story of Painting for all four years of our homeschool high school art curriculum.

the annotated mona lisa

The Annotated Mona Lisa for Homeschool High School Art

If you have to choose one book for your homeschool art curriculum for high school, choose The Annotated Mona Lisa. This book is a nuts and bolts book that will take you through the entire course of art history with no frills.

The Annotated Mona Lisa includes various topics other than just painting – like sculpture, photography, video, and architecture. Your high schooler can read a few pages a week and keep notes for their artist reports.

This homeschool art curriculum for high school will give your students a tour of great artists with picture study, art projects and an art credit.

Additional High School Art Appreciation Activities

In addition to the two recommended spine books as your art curriculum for high school, here are some optional resources that we have enjoyed as well:

  • Dover coloring books are a wonderful addition to your art appreciation studies. They are also wonderful to enjoy while listening to your current composer.
  • Composer studies – you can find out more about our high school music appreciation curriculum included with the high school art curriculum plans.
  • Your high schoolers can use a timeline. Print artwork from each artist and add to a timeline. This is a great way to tie art into your homeschool history studies.
  • How to Earn an Art Credit in High School? You can use our art credit tracker and this information to earn a homeschool art credit.
Art Credit For High School

More Fine Arts Resources for Your Homeschool

Our You ARE an ARTiST high school art and music plans pull together affordably priced materials along with internet links so you can have a reasonably priced art and music appreciation program. There are 32-36 weeks planned at each level, and this allows your family plenty of flexibility to complete the curriculum in one homeschool year. The plans are listed by grade, but you can also use Grades 1-8 family-style if you have multiple children at home.

You ARE an ARTiST Clubhouse members enjoy ALL Homeschool Fine Arts Plans at 50% off! —

Written by Barb 2011 and updated by Tricia 2022

This homeschool art curriculum for high school will give your students a tour of great artists with picture study, art projects and an art credit.

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 Hodgepodge 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.

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The Beauty Of Art, Music And Nature In Your Homeschool

Do you incorporate nature study into your homeschool? What about art and music appreciation? 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.

The Beauty Of Art, Music And Nature In Your Homeschool

The Value Of Art, Music and Nature In Your Homeschool


I admit I’ve been lacking when it comes to fine arts and music in our homeschool. Sure my kids knew who Picasso and Monet were, but if you asked them about Giotto or Bruegel, they would have given you a blank stare. The same goes for music appreciation. My kids knew of Beethoven and Mozart but had no clue who Vivaldi, Corelli, or Handel was.

And that was just the tip of the iceberg, folks. Please don’t take my homeschool mom card away!

How could I possibly have time to incorporate these AND nature studies into an already full homeschool schedule?

The Beauty Of Art, Music And Nature In Your Homeschool

It was pretty easy!

You ARE An Artist has created an Art and Music Appreciation study called Homeschool Fine Arts! And now they have a new site called the Homeschool Nature Study! They have interwoven these incredible resources so that they complement each other and only take 45 minutes to an hour per week.

I decided to take our love of Nana’s chalk pastels we usually do on Fridays and name it Fine Arts Friday with some nature study thrown in too!

You ARE an ARTiST’s art and music appreciation program is designed for busy homeschooling families. The art & music appreciation plans organize a variety of resources so you can open the schedule and, with little preparation, offer your children experiences with great artists and composers!

The Beauty Of Art, Music And Nature In Your Homeschool

Homeschool Fine Arts and Nature Study

We are currently using Homeschool Fine Arts Plans Grade 6: Medieval and Renaissance Art and Music.

Artists Included in Grade 6

  • Giotto di Bondone
  • Fra Angelico
  • Leonardo da Vinci
  • Raphael
  • Sandro Botticelli
  • Michelangelo
  • Pieter Bruegel, the Elder
  • Albrecht Durer
Homeschool Fine Arts are open and go music and art plans for homeschool families.

Composers Included in Grade 6

  • Antonio Vivaldi
  • Johann Sebastian Bach
  • George Frideric Handel
  • Joseph Haydn
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
  • Ludwig von Beethoven
  • Franz Schubert
  • Hector Berlioz


By creating a habit of viewing paintings each week and listening to carefully curated music, my children are getting to know various artists and composers within a particular period. We’ve already had a ton of fun observing works such as:

  • Flight into Egypt
  • Life of St. Francis Renunciation to Wealth
  • The Dream of Joachim
  • Lamentation of Christ


You ARE An Artist Fine Arts Appreciation plans are listed by grade, but you can also use them family-style! There is so much flexibility with this program. Use it, however, works best for your family.

The Beauty Of Art, Music And Nature In Your Homeschool

The new Nature Study Membership works seamlessly with the art and music appreciation. There are over 20 Nature Courses to take AND a remarkable Nature Study with Art and Music Appreciation for all Seasons!

Homeschool Nature Study - Bring the Handbook of Nature Study to Life in Your Homeschool!

Homeschool Lessons For Art, Music And Nature Studies

Homeschool Fine Arts Curriculum by Grade

Each fine arts curriculum offers additional art appreciation books, music, and podcasts that you can use as you have time available. They also encourage you to incorporate hands-on famous artists’ art lessons with Nana. These plans pull together affordably priced materials along with internet links so you can have a reasonably priced art and music appreciation program. There are 32-36 weeks planned at each level, and this allows your family plenty of flexibility to complete the curriculum in one homeschool year.

If you don’t feel that a full year of fine arts appreciation is for you, you can also choose from a collection of unique art and music appreciation unit studies which typically last 6-9 weeks.

The Beauty Of Art, Music And Nature In Your Homeschool

Homeschool Nature Study and Outdoor Hour Challenge

The Homeschool Nature Study Membership encourages you to get outdoors with the #outdoorhourchallenge. It also uses the Handbook of Nature Study to help bring life to your nature studies. With the Nature Study Membership, you’ll be enrolled in ALL of the nature study courses, including:

  • Autumn
  • Birds
  • Creepy Things
  • Forest Fun
  • Garden
  • Getting Started
  • Herbs
  • High Desert
  • Insects
  • Mammals
  • Moss, Fungi, and Lichen
  • Nature Crafts
  • Nature Journaling
  • Nature Study with Art and Music Appreciation – All Seasons of Curriculum
  • Planning Resources
  • Pond
  • Rocks
  • Seashore
  • Spring
  • Summer
  • The Outdoor Mom
  • Trees
  • Weather
  • Wildflowers
  • Winter
  • Winter Wednesdays
The Beauty Of Art, Music And Nature In Your Homeschool

There is even a handy calendar with daily prompts so you can choose what bite-size chunks of nature works best for you and your family. The nature calendar provided us with YouTube videos, photos, and notebooking pages for each day of the month!

The Beauty Of Art, Music And Nature In Your Homeschool

The Homeschool Fine Arts and the Homeschool Nature Study Membership ARE separate from the You ARE An Artist Clubhouse membership. But clubhouse members get 50% off and receive a Van Gogh and Handel 6-9 week unit study as a sample of this curriculum.

You ARE An Artist Clubhouse members also receive another Winter Nature Study with Art and Music Appreciation from the Homeschool Nature Study website. This nature study is roughly three months’ worth of materials!

That’s a load of resources, folks!

The Beauty Of Art, Music And Nature In Your Homeschool

How To Incorporate Art, Music And Nature Into Your Homeschool Routine

Art and Music Appreciation

With our Art and Music Appreciation, my kids are learning the basics of drawing with the Draw Squad. We are learning about different famous artist and their artwork each week, and that has been quite entertaining. Don’t think that art appreciation must be serious and dry, especially when you’ve got kids.

At least my kids like to find the exciting and weird subject matter in each piece. Like clouds that look like UFOs or floating heads or faces that look like they have indigestion. Oh, yes, it’s true. But by pointing out some of these funny and unique bits of each artwork, my kids remember the artist, the time period, and the artwork themselves.

Why yes, the Madonna and Child, by Berlinghiero, does have alien qualities!

The Beauty Of Art, Music And Nature In Your Homeschool

For Music Appreciation, we’ve been learning and listening to Vivaldi:

  • Spring (Four Seasons)
  • Summer (Four Seasons)
  • Concerto for Two Trumpets
  • Sovente il Sole
  • Concerto in D for Piano and Guitar

Our favorite piece so far is his Four Seasons. My son said the Summer was quite “morose.” We did Nana’s Vivaldi Spring Tree chalk pastel and have added Vivaldi to our notebook timeline.

Homeschool Fine Arts plans from You ARE an ARTiST

Nature Study

Nature study has contained more about Vivaldi and a composer notebooking page! He goes beautifully with any season really. We’ve studied snowflakes, winter birds, winter mammals, the winter night sky, and most recently, bulbs because our daffodils are in full bloom, and our tulips are emerging!

The Beauty Of Art, Music And Nature In Your Homeschool

My children have become acquainted with winter nature study, Vivaldi, Corelli, and Giotto within a few short months! Our Fine Arts Friday has become a fun and hands-on way of learning about great art and exciting time periods. Afterward, we head outside for our nature study and #outdoorhourchallenge. Fridays have become a rich, full day of beauty and learning like never before! Won’t you join us?

Outdoor Hour Challenges with Homeschool Nature Study

Erin is a writer, blogger, and homeschooler to two intense kids. Her blog is filled with information to help you explore a child led education while making meaningful connections with your children. Discover favorite read alouds, seasonal books, games, art projects, hands-on activities, and learn to just breathe through the ups and downs of life. She loves nature, farm life, good books, knitting, new pens, and hot coffee. Erin is a contributing writer for Weird Unsocialized Homeschoolers. Her work has also been featured on Simple Homeschool and Book Shark.

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Homeschool Music Curriculum for High School

This homeschool music curriculum for high school is easy and suitable for fine arts transcript credit. Everything you need to get started.

There are so many benefits of studying music and great composers in high school! Here is the homeschool music curriculum for high school that makes it easy and suitable for fine arts transcript credit.

…music appreciation is different from playing an instrument in the same way that being a natural actor is different from enjoying a Shakespeare play, or being able to paint is different from enjoying a painted picture. I think that all children, not just the musically inclined ones, should learn to appreciate music.

-Charlotte Mason

Benefits of Homeschool Music Curriculum For High School

Why would you study music and composers in high school? With these studies, your high schooler can:

  • Grow a real love for wonderful music
  • Connect with art of all kinds
  • Discover a better understanding of how to express feelings and thoughts
  • Earn a fine arts credit!

You just may find that your high schoolers will make music and art appreciation their own. Your high schoolers might not push these studies aside when they get busy – but carve out time for them! Time to slow down and to listen.

Fun Example of John Willliams Composer Study

Here is an example of our homeschool music curriculum for high school with a study of composer John Williams. Enjoy this fun medley of John Williams compositions. It is guaranteed to put the tunes in your head for the rest of the day. Besides, it is designed by a clever young man who really worked hard a putting a great medley together. This may also give you some ideas if your high schooler is studying videography.

How to Use You ARE an ARTiST Homeschool Music Curriculum for High School

  • Our fine arts homeschool plans for high school can be enjoyed independently by your high schooler.
  • Schedule a composer of style of music to be listened to for a period of time.
  • Very few supplies needed. You can use the Classical Music Start Up Kit.
  • One afternoon a week, your high schooler can focus on one composer.
  • Your student uses the Listening Log included in the plans to record answers and thoughts. Remember, there are no right or wrong answers. It is perfectly acceptable for your student to write that he thinks that a certain selection of music is ‘annoying,’ if he has taken the time to listen and to respond.
  • Your high schooler then uses the log sheets to then write a biographical summary of the composer and to respond to the music he listened to. This is a written narration.
Fine Arts Curriculum for High School - There are so many benefits of studying music and great composers in high school! Here is the homeschool music curriculum for high school that makes it easy!

With our homeschool music curriculum, think of all of the great music you can listen to in those short, few minutes each week. It adds up over the course of a year and a lifetime and is well worth the effort!

View a Sample of Grade 11 Fine Arts Appreciation HERE.

More Fine Arts Resources for Your Homeschool

You ARE an ARTiST Clubhouse members enjoy ALL Homeschool Fine Arts Plans at 50% off! —

You ARE an ARTiST’s plans pull together affordably priced materials along with internet links so you can have a reasonably priced art and music appreciation program. There are 32-36 weeks planned at each level, and this allows your family plenty of flexibility to complete the curriculum in one homeschool year. The plans are listed by grade, but you can also use Grades 1-8 family-style if you have multiple children at home.

This homeschool music curriculum for high school is easy and suitable for fine arts transcript credit. Everything you need to get started.

Written by Barb McCoy and updated by Tricia Hodges

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 Hodgepodge 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.

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Charlotte Mason Homeschool Art Appreciation

What does Charlotte Mason say about homeschool art appreciation? Learn how to get started in Charlotte Mason homeschool picture study.

What does Charlotte Mason say about homeschool art appreciation? Learn how to get started in Charlotte Mason homeschool picture study in a few simple steps. We have family-style homeschool art and music plans to make it easy!

How to Get Started in Charlotte Mason Homeschool Art Appreciation

Art appreciation is regarded with a lot of respect, but teachers tend to be intimidated about how to teach it.

– Charlotte Mason, volume six, page 213

As homeschoolers, we’re in the unique position to change our own thinking and look at our children as people with varying needs and interests. Balancing the more academic subjects with an introduction to things beautiful to the mind and spirit brings a sense of joy to our homeschool.

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
What does Charlotte Mason say about homeschool art appreciation? Learn how to get started in Charlotte Mason homeschool picture study.

Simple Charlotte Mason Picture Study for Art Appreciation

  • Pick an artist.
  • Choose six paintings to view.
  • Study one painting at a time.

The six reproductions are studied one at a time so that the students learn to not just see a picture, but to look carefully at it, absorbing every detail. After looking at the picture, it’s turned over and the children narrate, telling what they saw, perhaps, ‘a dog driving a flock of sheep along a road all by himself. No, wait, there’s a boy, too. He’s lying at the river, getting a drink. You can tell by the light that it’s morning, so the sheep must be going out to graze in the pasture,’ and so on. The children don’t miss any details – the discarded plow, the crooked birch tree, the beautifully formed clouds that look like it might rain. There’s enough to talk about to keep the children busy for half an hour, and afterwards, the picture will have formed such a memory that the children will recognize it wherever they see it, whether it’s a signed proof, an oil reproduction, or the original itself in a museum.

– Charlotte Mason, volume six page 214

If you are viewing the painting on your computer screen, you can have your child move away from the monitor and complete the narration of what he sees in the painting from memory. Over time, this simple exercise helps your child to see the unique style and techniques of each artist you study. A Monet will look like a Monet. A Raphael will look like a Raphael. All ages of children are capable of this sort of activity and all will learn to narrate paintings quite naturally if you offer the opportunity each week for art appreciation.

Art Appreciation for the Homeschool Family

We can help you get started with picture study with our family-style Art and Music Appreciation Homeschool Plans. Included is six weeks of art and music appreciation. Everything you need to get started is included in the plans. Even the paintings and links to view them online.

What does Charlotte Mason say about homeschool art appreciation? Learn how to get started in Charlotte Mason homeschool picture study.

More Fine Arts Resources for Your Homeschool

We also have fine arts plans for your for homeschool year for grades 1-12! You ARE an ARTiST’s plans pull together affordably priced materials along with internet links so you can have a reasonably priced art and music appreciation program.

There are 32-36 weeks planned at each level, and this allows your family plenty of flexibility to complete the curriculum in one homeschool year. The plans are listed by grade, but you can also use Grades 1-8 family-style if you have multiple children at home.

You ARE an ARTiST Clubhouse members enjoy ALL Homeschool Fine Arts Plans at 50% off! —

written by Barb 2019, updated by Tricia 2022

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 Hodgepodge 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.

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First Grade Art and Music Curriculum For Your Homeschool

You ARE an ARTiST first grade art and music curriculum for your homeschool is a fun overview year for art and music appreciation! You can use it with a variety of ages as an easy way to introduce child-friendly art and music in your homeschool.

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.

Benefits of Using Homeschool Fine Arts Plans

Here is an overview of how you can use our You ARE an ARTiST Homeschool Fine Arts first grade art and music plans in your homeschool.

  • These open and go plans can be used to bring beauty to any homeschool.
  • Use them as a lovely complement to a classical and Charlotte Mason atmosphere of learning.
  • Use one plan for the whole family and save money.
  • Spend more time learning together because we have gathered all the resources for you.
  • These plans are loved by hundreds of homeschool families.
This first grade art and music curriculum for your homeschool is an overview year for art and music appreciation. Use with a variety of ages!

Homeschool Art Lessons Perfect for First Grade

Week 1 Homeschool Art Appreciation: Pierre Auguste Renoir

Homeschool Art Option 1

  • Use the link in the plan to view Renoir’s painting, A Girl With a Watering Can
  • Use the suggestions in the homeschool art plans to complete a picture study of this painting. You can either view the painting or you can print out one copy for your own family’s use.

Homeschool Art Option 2

  • Read the pages in the Oxford First Book of Art
  • Ask the Look Closer Questions included in the plan
  • Complete the activity

Homeschool Art Option 3

  • Use the twelve Step 1 Level 1 cards from Child-Sized Masterpieces and match the paintings created by the same artist.
  • Memorize the name of the painting, A Girl With a Watering Can by Renoir.
  • Color the Impressionist Art Masterpieces to Color – A Girl With a Watering Can. Use the link in Option 1 to view this painting online as you color.

Using the Child-Sized Masterpieces, in just a few minutes a week, your child will enjoy being able to touch and use the cards to view a beautiful painting, learn the painting’s name and a little bit about the artist. These cards are appropriate for children of all ages.

Even if your children are very young, they will probably enjoy looking through the cards with you. I would suggest putting the featured card out for display throughout the week. Repeated exposure is the key to art appreciation at this age. So just viewing the painting once online isn’t usually enough to make a lasting impression.

First Grade Homeschool Music Lesson Plans

The music plans for listening to composers include a Grade 1 play list, listening questions and composer notebooking pages.

Week 1 Homeschool Music Appreciation: Antonio Vivaldi

  • Read the suggested pages in Lives of the Musicians. The object at this level is to expose your homeschool children to classical music. The story in the book gives a little background for the composer. After you read the biography, ask your children to tell you what they remember about Antonio Vivaldi. Don’t get too caught up in the details at this age.
  • Choose to listen to Vivaldi’s music as much as possible. Listen to any you have on streaming platforms or online.

More Homeschool Art Lessons Perfect for First Grade

Online Art Lessons Perfect for K-3 – Art is an essential part of our elementary learners’ development. You ARE an ARTiST also offers online art lessons for a hands-on component. These lessons, taught by Nana, are a great option for grades K-3 and are easily incorporated into any homeschool lesson plan.

This first grade art and music curriculum for your homeschool is an overview year for art and music appreciation. Use with a variety of ages!

More Fine Arts Resources for Your Homeschool

In summary, when you use these plans with your children, you will be offering them a chance to look at some of the most famous artists in the art world. They’ll spend a few minutes a week with you talking about and learning about great art. In addition, they will, at the very least, have been exposed to a handful of famous composers in an enjoyable, non-stressful way.

You ARE an ARTiST Clubhouse members enjoy ALL Homeschool Fine Arts Plans at 50% off! —

family style homeschool art and music plans

You ARE an ARTiST’s plans pull together affordably priced materials along with internet links so you can have a reasonably priced art and music appreciation program. There are 32-36 weeks planned at each level, and this allows your family plenty of flexibility to complete the curriculum in one homeschool year. The plans are listed by grade, but you can also use Grades 1-8 family-style if you have multiple children at home.

This first grade art and music curriculum for your homeschool is an overview year for art and music appreciation. Use with a variety of 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 Hodgepodge 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.

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Classical Music Appreciation Homeschool Lessons For All Ages

There is no right or wrong way to start classical music homeschool lessons! Learn the simple steps towards a love of classical music and great composers!

This is everything you need to get started with classical music appreciation lessons in your homeschool.

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.

Of course, music appreciation has nothing to do with playing the piano. It’s often been thought that ‘learning music’ can only mean that. So it was assumed that children who showed no special talent for playing the piano were simply not musically inclined and wouldn’t like concerts. But music appreciation is different from playing an instrument in the same way that being a natural actor is different from enjoying a Shakespeare play, or being able to paint is different from enjoying a painted picture. I think that all children, not just the musically inclined ones, should learn to appreciate music. It’s been proven that only three percent of children are actually tone-deaf. If children are started early, it’s amazing how even those who seem to have no musical ‘ear’ can develop one, and can learn to listen to music with understanding and enjoyment.

-Charlotte Mason, Volume 6, page 218

How to Get Started with Classical Music in Your Homeschool

Sometimes the challenge of composer study is making the time to listen long enough that we recognize them as we go about our everyday life.

There is no right way to listen. Some authors try to convince you that you can’t use your computer to listen or you can’t use headphones or you have to do nothing else but listen during our music appreciation time. This is not true.

There is no right or wrong way to start classical music homeschool lessons! Learn the simple steps towards a love of classical music and great composers!

The Goal for Homeschool Classical Music Appreciation

Your goal is to offer time for listening to music on a regular basis, tell a little about the composer that you think the children might be interested in and then listen together. This is a perfect opportunity to work on narration skills with your children. After you listen to a piece, ask your children what they thought of it.

Starting when your children are young is the best way to develop an ear for classical music, but don’t despair if your children are older and you still want to give them the opportunity. It is never too late. Author Barb McCoy’s husband never listened to classical music until they started homeschool composer studies in the Charlotte Mason style. He now recognizes and appreciates many different composers.

Not a day goes by that you can’t take a few minutes to listen to a great composer. It takes just a little planning ahead and then seizing the opportunity to listen and get to know one composer at a time.

Questions To Ask In Your Homeschool Music Appreciation Lessons

You might choose one official music appreciation time each week with our Homeschool Fine Arts plans. Listen to the composer intently. Set aside all other activities and listen to the musical selection. Try to listen with no other distractions. This could be the one time during the week that you aren’t playing the music as background music. The music is the focus of your listening time.

Here are some questions to ask your children after listening to a selection:

  • Was the music loud or soft?
  • Was it fast or slow?
  • Could you hear any particular musical instruments? (piano and violins are usually easy to hear)
  • Did the music remind you of something? Did any pictures come to mind?
  • What emotions did the music bring up into your heart? (happy, sad, angry, etc.)

Just like we have our children narrate a selection from their literature or history reading, you can teach your children to narrate their expressions after listening to a piece of music. I think it actually adds to enjoyment to stop everything and listen to a piece of music with our whole hearts and minds.

Resources for Homeschool Classical Music Appreciation

Composers Hands On Art Lessons in the You ARE an ARTiST Clubhouse – Nana’s Composers video art lessons are a perfect complement to learning about a composer!

Composers Hands On Video Art Lessons

  • Symphony Conductor
  • Beethoven
  • Mozart
  • Copland
  • Handel
  • Beatles
  • Jazz
  • Vivaldi
  • John Williams
  • Francis Scott Key
  • and more lessons coming!

Hymns Homeschool Art Lessons

Celebrate favorite hymns and hymn study with Nana’s continuing hymns art lessons in the You ARE an ARTiST Clubhouse. 20+ hymns celebrate these timeless favorites from Amazing Grace and How Great Thou Art to Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas hymns, like:

Preschool Art and Music Curriculum for Your Homeschool – This preschool art and music curriculum for your homeschool has everything you need to foster an early love and appreciation of art and music.

Our Homeschool Fine Arts Plans use these resources to make composer study and music appreciation easy!

Classical Music Start Up Kit – the perfect CD sets to introduce your homeschool family to the general overview of classical music. I have learned to fit in our listening as we go about our daily homeschool routine. We listen to the music in the car while we are driving to our appointments or errands. I put the music on when they are working on art projects. I listen to the music during the day while I work on the computer. You would be surprised at how many times you can find to listen to one or two of the selections each day. It is wonderful alongside our classical music appreciation homeschool lessons.

Getting to Know the World’s Greatest Artist series – Our very favourite homeschool resource for Art Appreciation for the elementary years is Mike Venezia’s Getting to know the World’s Greatest Artists book series.

Homeschool High School Fine Arts Credit

Have a high schooler? Earn a fine arts credit with our high school level fine arts plans for 9th-12th grades!

Art and Music Appreciation Homeschool Curriculum for Grades 1-12

More Music Appreciation Resources for Your Homeschool

You ARE an ARTiST Clubhouse members enjoy ALL Homeschool Fine Arts Plans at 50% off! —

You ARE an ARTiST’s plans pull together affordably priced materials along with internet links so you can have a reasonably priced art and music appreciation program. There are 32-36 weeks planned at each level, and this allows your family plenty of flexibility to complete the curriculum in one homeschool year. The plans are listed by grade, but you can also use Grades 1-8 family-style if you have multiple children at home.

There is no right or wrong way to start classical music appreciation in your homeschool lessons! Learn these simple steps to instill a love of music.

Written by Barb McCoy and updated by Tricia Hodges

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 Hodgepodge 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.

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Preschool Art and Music Curriculum For Your Homeschool

This preschool art and music curriculum for your homeschool has everything you need to foster an early love and appreciation of art and music.

  The Benefits Of Adding Art And Music To Your Homeschool

What do you think of when you hear art and music for preschoolers? Do you think that should be for older children? Maybe you already have a full plate and do not know how to add anything else. You might even be thinking that your preschooler is far too wiggly to sit still for art and music lessons.

I have great news, art and music for preschoolers has many benefits and can be super simple to implement in your homeschool.

This preschool art and music curriculum for your homeschool has everything you need for an early love and appreciation of art and music.
Photo by Dawn Peluso

First, incorporating art and music with your preschooler is a great way to create shared family experiences and bonding. You can sing songs together, talk about art, and even create art together.

Second, music and art can help increase language skills. So often, parents feel pressured to focus on reading and math. However, preschool-aged children learn best through hands-on activities and play. Art and music will help prepare them to learn those reading skills when the time is right.

Art and music also help develop preschoolers’ fine and gross motor skills. Holding a paintbrush or chalk pastel, singing with rhythm instruments, and dancing with the music are just examples of how art and music help with motor skills.

Finally, art and music lessons in your homeschool can increase emotional well-being in children by helping them learn to express themselves and become more aware and observant of the world around them. They learn to describe artwork and use those same skills to describe their own emotions. Children hear songs that express different feelings and learn to use that same vocabulary.

Remember, with preschool art and music, the goal is exposure and experience, not mastery and perfection. 

Charlotte's Web Homeschool Art Lessons  in our preschool art and music curriculum homeschool

 Our Favorite Homeschool Preschool Art Curriculum Choices

The benefits of art and music are many, but that does not change the fact that it may seem like a daunting task. However, there are many great options to include an art and music curriculum in your home. Remember that this doesn’t have to be something you do for hours a day or even every day. A few minutes or an hour a few times a week will offer your child a depth of incredible knowledge and experience.

One of the easiest ways to include your preschooler in art lessons is the Preschool homeschool art lessons from Nana! She has created a wide variety of simple chalk pastel lessons perfect for the preschool age group.

She starts with a short five-minute video that explains to parents how to teach art to preschoolers. Then there are some fun basic shape drawings. In addition, there is a course for each season and our personal favorite, the Preschool Barnyard Homeschool Art Lessons. The adorable tractor and farm animals from that course are lessons my children go back to time and time again. 

One ought, every day at least, to hear a little song, read a good poem, see a fine picture, and, if it were possible, to speak a few reasonable words.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

In addition to teaching preschoolers to create art, it is beneficial to teach them to appreciate the art of others. Art history is a subject that many parents do not feel comfortable teaching, and it might feel overwhelming or like it is too complicated for preschoolers. However, the new first-grade fine arts lessons are the perfect solution. I know it says first grade, but the great ideas and resources easily adapt for preschoolers (and can be used with older children to do them as a family to save time and create shared memories).

This simple homeschool fine arts program will help you choose good pieces of artwork to share with your children and give you different ways to engage with that artwork. There are links to digital images that you can view and discuss, hands-on artwork ideas, book suggestions, and an idea for incorporating some great artwork in a hands-on fashion with Child-Sized Masterpieces and Dover Classics coloring books.

The child-sized masterpieces were an excellent addition for my three-year-old. He started by matching them and advanced to using them as a memory game. They are so simple to use and exposed him to many great works of art.

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 Top Homeschool Music Curriculum Choices

In addition to art lessons, the first-grade fine arts lessons include ideas for music appreciation. In a low-pressure manner, it introduces a new composer every four weeks. You can read about the composer and then listen to various music from that composer. The style is easy to incorporate into your day. You might listen while you eat lunch or as you are getting ready for nap time. Other families might enjoy playing the music while children are quietly coloring or building with blocks.

If you have a You Are an Artist membership, there is a beautiful four-week homeschool unit study about George F. Handel. This study is set up much the same as the fine arts lessons and includes information about Handel and suggested listening. If you have older children joining in, there are some worksheets you can include.

This preschool art and music curriculum for your homeschool has everything you need for an early love and appreciation of art and music.
Photo by Amy Law

Additional Resources For Homeschool Art and Music For All Ages

Whenever possible, we enjoy using programs that work for the whole family. Hymn studies can be a great way to incorporate music and art for the entire family. These hymn studies include music and art, and they are perfect for the whole family to enjoy together.

You can also check out this great post with ideas for making time for preschool art in your home!

Finally, if you have a Disney fan in your house, you may want to check out the second-grade fine arts curriculum for homeschool. It includes some songs from favorite Disney movies, and this would be a great way to get even a preschooler interested in music and fun for the whole family.

Dawn is a passionate follower of Jesus, wife to Chris, and homeschool mom of four. In her spare time she loves to read, hike, and write on her blog Schoolin’ Swag. She enjoys reviewing curriculum and helping moms find the right fit for their family.