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Famous Artist Bob Ross

Happy clouds! Happy trees! Let's find out why soft-spoken Famous Artist Bob Ross still lifts our spirits and fascinates us!

Happy clouds! Happy trees! Famous artist Bob Ross made us believe that he was speaking to a single viewer. And, in doing so, he painted an illusion that he was giving us a private lesson.

Ross’ life was one of “happy coincidence” — the right art teacher taught him the perfect technique to finish an oil painting in 30 minutes. That skill was very useful years later as 30 minutes was the time that he would be given to film “Joy of Painting “ segments! Ross also flawlessly executed the saying that comic Steve Martin made famous: “Be so good that they can’t ignore you.”

We are still listening to and watching Bob Ross on television 25 years after his death. So, let’s put on a smock, get a palette with Van Dye brown paint, a big brush, and find out why this soft-spoken artist still lifts our spirits and fascinates us!

Famous Artist Bob Ross Show Notes

Read the Famous Artist Bob Ross Transcript HERE.

Highlights

  • 1:26 Ross’ Early Life & Military Career
  • 4:17 What is Wet-on-Wet Painting?
  • 5:45 The Joy of Painting
  • 8:46 Ross’ Iconic Phrases

You ARE an ARTiST Clubhouse members enjoy Nana’s Bob Ross art lesson! Join us!

Nana’s Bob Ross lesson is a part of the Famous Artists series exclusive to the You ARE an Artist Complete Clubhouse. Our members receive an accompanying Famous Artists I Drew It Then I Knew It Companion workbook with a Bob Ross biography, fast facts and more.

We don't make mistakes, just happy little accidents. - Bob Ross
Happy clouds! Happy trees! Let's find out why soft-spoken Famous Artist Bob Ross still lifts our spirits and fascinates us!

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

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

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

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Famous Artist Edgar Degas

Famous Artist Edgar Degas seemed to always be fighting for or against something! He never liked being called an “Impressionist”. He preferred to be called a “Realist” or an “Independent “ painter. But, actually, he was one of the Impressionists founders and organizers of its exhibitions. He was a core member. Degas’ choice of subject matter reflected a change to a modern way of painting. He loved painting folks at their daily work or jobs. Others looked down on this as a slice of Parisian low life – because they worked for a living.

By 1885, most of Degas’s more important works were painted in pastels. We will learn that he successfully combined painting and drawing when he was working with his brilliant colored pastels!

By 1885, most of Degas’s more important works were painted in pastels. We will learn that he successfully combined painting and drawing when he was working with his brilliant colored pastels!

Famous Artist Edgar Degas Show Notes

Highlights

  • 1:16 Degas’s Name
  • 2:28 Copying Paintings
  • 5:02 The Impressionists

Nana’s Degas lesson is in the Famous Artists series exclusive to the You ARE an Artist Complete ClubhouseAnd 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.

Famous Artist Edgar Degas successfully combined painting and drawing when he was working with his brilliant colored pastels! From Nana's Back Porch Podcast.

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

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

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A Delightful Homeschool Study Of Famous Artist Beatrix Potter

Famous Artist Beatrix Potter, born on the 28th of July, 1866, is one of the world’s best-selling and most-loved children’s authors. She wrote and illustrated close to 30 children’s books.

Those books star Peter Rabbit, Jemima Puddle-Duck and Benjamin Bunny. Her books have been translated into more than 35 languages and have sold more than 100 million copies! Beatrix Potter…SHE was REALLY an artist!

Come on, let’s go visit Hill Top Farm and meet all of her favorite animals!

“If I have done anything, even a little, to help small children enjoy honest, simple pleasures, I have done a bit of good.”

– Beatrix Potter
Famous Artist Beatrix Potter, born on the 28th of July, 1866, is one of the world’s best-selling and most-loved children’s authors. She wrote and illustrated close to 30 children’s books. Those books star Peter Rabbit, Jemima Puddle-Duck and Benjamin Bunny. Her books have been translated into more than 35 languages and have sold more than 100 million copies! Beatrix Potter...SHE was REALLY an artist!

An Overview Of Our Beatrix Potter Study

Highlights

  • 1:20 Beatrix’s Pets
  • 2:33 Summers in Scotland
  • 4:51 Beatrix’s Inspiration
  • 6:43 Peter Rabbit

Additional Resources For Studying Famous Artists In Your Homeschool

Nana’s Beatrix Potter lesson is a part of our Famous Artists Series. We offer 47 famous artists video lessons for your homeschool including:

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

… and a new one added about once a month!

The Famous Artists series is exclusive to the You ARE an Artist Complete Clubhouse.

Famous Artist Beatrix Potter, born on the 28th of July, 1866, is one of the world’s best-selling and most-loved children’s authors. She wrote and illustrated close to 30 children’s books. Those books star Peter Rabbit, Jemima Puddle-Duck and Benjamin Bunny. Her books have been translated into more than 35 languages and have sold more than 100 million copies! Beatrix Potter...SHE was REALLY an artist!

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

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

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

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Leonardo da Vinci Homeschool Art Lesson: Perfect For All Ages

This Leonardo da Vinci homeschool art lesson introduces his works of art and allows your child to create a Mona Lisa of their own!

Famous Artist Leonardo da Vinci podcast from Nana's Back Porch. Let’s go follow this man reputed to be the genius of his generation.

Would you recognize a genius if you saw him just walking down the street? Do you think that that you could be successful in life if you had no formal education? Would you spend all your waking hours dreaming up outrageous inventions and machines?

If you had lived in Italy over 400 years ago—most townspeople in Florence would have rolled their eyes and chuckled—why, yes! That’s famous artist Leonardo da Vinci, of course! One of the world’s greatest artists.

Look, there he goes, off to test his latest invention: a flying machine! Everyone wants to know why isn’t he content as a magnificent artist? Quick, catch his cape and hold on! Let’s go follow this man reputed to be the genius of his generation. And, 400 years later, you will agree.

Yes, that’s Artist Leonardo da Vinci!

Let’s go follow this man reputed to be the genius of his generation. And, 400 years later, you will agree. Yes, that’s famous artist Leonardo da Vinci!

An Overview Of Our Leonardo da Vinci Mona Lisa Homeschool Study

Read Nana’s Famous Artist Leonardo da Vinci Transcript HERE.

Highlights

  • 1:50 Artist Leonardo da Vinci’s Notebooks
  • 3:47 The Mona Lisa and The Last Supper
  • 4:31 Salvator Mundi
  • 5:45 da Vinci’s Discoveries and Inventions

Learn More About Famous Artist Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa and The Last Supper

  • The Last Supper is a lesson included in Nana’s I Drew It Then I Knew It New Testament set of lessons in the You ARE an Artist Complete Clubhouse.

Additional Resources For Studying Famous Artists In Your Homeschool

We offer 47 famous artists video lessons for your homeschool including:

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

… and a new one added about once a month!

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

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

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

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Famous Artist Michelangelo

I’m taking your hand as we walk through the Vatican in Rome, Italy. We will look up at the magnificent Sistine Chapel paintings. We will marvel at how famous artist Michelangelo worked for over four years in paint and wet plaster to give the world these stories from the Bible. Then we will gaze at his beautifully carved sculptures that seem to live and breathe! This is ART at its best! Ready? Let’s go!

“The true work of art is but a shadow of the divine perfection.”

– Michelangelo
Nana's famous artist Michelangelo podcast. He painted and used wet plaster to give the world stories from the Bible. This is ART at its best!

Famous Artist Michelangelo Show Notes

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Nana's famous artist Michelangelo podcast. He painted and used wet plaster to give the world stories from the Bible. This is ART at its best!

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

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

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Famous Artist Winston Churchill

The world treasures Sir Winston Churchill as a soldier, statesman, orator, author and Prime Minister to the King of England and his daughter who now sits on the throne as the longest serving monarch the world has ever known. But do you know about the famous artist Winston Churchill?

“Just to paint is great fun. The colors are lovely to look at and delicious to squeeze out. Matching them, however crudely, with what you see is fascinating and absolutely absorbing.”

– Winston Churchill
The world treasures Sir Winston Churchill as a soldier, statesman, orator, author and Prime Minister to the King of England and his daughter who now sits on the throne as the longest serving monarch the world has ever known. But do you know about  the famous artist Winston Churchill?

In his later years in retirement, he described his paintings as “duels” with intimidating canvases as a battle of wills, which could finally be won with a display of forceful, brilliant colors…and said, with a sigh, “I rejoice with the brilliant ones, and am genuinely sorry for the poor brown colors.”
Step into history with us as we see how a great British statesman found a source of delight and a relief from the stress of his career. He proudly painted in oils and pastel chalks, producing over 550 paintings, helping him to hone his powers of observation, memory and visual acuity.

Winston Churchill Quote. "Just to paint is great fun. The colors are lovely to look at and delicious to squeeze out. Matching them, however crudely, with what you see is fascinating and absolutely absorbing."

Famous Artist Winston Churchill Show Notes

Enjoy painting Sir Winston Churchill after listening to Nana’s podcast!

Don't miss this fabulous Great Britain Themed Art which includes Churchill, Queen Elizabeth II, Big Ben, a map of the British Isles, WWII helmet and more!

Don’t miss this fabulous Great Britain Themed Art which includes Churchill, Queen Elizabeth II, Big Ben, a map of the British Isles, WWII helmet and more!

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

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

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Famous Artist John James Audubon Homeschool Lesson

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

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

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

“Never give up listening to the sounds of birds!”

– John James Audubon

Famous Artist John James Audubon For Your Homeschool

Read Nana’s John James Audubon Podcast Transcript HERE

Highlights

  • 1:31 Audubon’s Early Life
  • 2:32 Bird Banding
  • 3:22 A Bird Drawing Quest
  • 7:09 Audubon’s Conservation Efforts

A true conservationist is a man who knows the world is not given to him by his fathers, but borrowed from his children.”

-John James Audubon
John James Audubon Quote: "During all these years there existed within me a tendency to follow Nature in her walks." - John James Audubon

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

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

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A Hands-On Homeschool Study Of Famous Artist Vincent Van Gogh

This homeschool study includes everything you need for a hands-on approach to learning about Vincent Van Gogh.

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

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

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

An Overview Of Our Vincent Van Gogh Homeschool Study

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

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

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

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Additional Resources For Studying Famous Artists In Your Homeschool

We offer 47 famous artists video lessons for your homeschool including:

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

… and a new one added about once a month!

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

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

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

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Famous Artist Rembrandt van Rijn

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

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

Rembrandt

Famous Artist Rembrandt Show Notes

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

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

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

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

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Famous Artist Norman Rockwell

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

Famous Artist Norman Rockwell Show Notes

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

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

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