Homeschool Fine Arts Curriculum for Grades 1-12

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

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

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

These fine arts lesson plans are available for Grades 1-12 and offer families three different options for art study and music appreciation.
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Fine Arts Curriculum for Your Homeschool

Here is an overview of all that is offered in our homeschool fine arts curriculum for grades 1-12. Each lesson plan includes homeschool art appreciation and homeschool music appreciation and composer study.

Use our plans:

  • to meet a high school credit for family style learning
  • with the grade(s) to match your studies.

Give our Fine Arts Curriculum a try with the whole family and start with one of our single title unit studies, like Van Gogh and Handel.

You ARE an ARTiST Clubhouse members enjoy the Van Gogh and Handel unit in membership AND 50% off year-long plans – yet another reason to join!

Homeschool Fine Arts Plans for the Whole Family

If you would like to give our Fine Arts Curriculum a try with the whole family, we suggest you start with one of our single title unit studies, like Van Gogh and Handel. Two more single units will be coming.

  • You ARE an ARTiST Homeschool Fine Arts unit studies each cover one artist and one composer.
  • Each unit study takes 6-9 weeks long to complete depending on how in-depth you go and how much time per week you devote.
  • You can view art online with links or prints included in the unit study, and finish up with notebook pages and follow-up activities.
  • There are short biographies linked from the unit study for both artist and composer.
  • The plans suggest music to listen to with links from the unit study, notebook pages to follow-up, and YouTube videos.
  • These plans are written so you can use with the whole family.
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Homeschool Fine Arts Curriculum for Elementary Grades: Grammar Stage

You ARE an Artist Homeschool Fine Arts Plans for Grades 1-4 were created to stimulate interest and enthusiasm for art and music appreciation. Art appreciation plans are divided into three options and families can complete as much of each week plan as they desire. Picture study, follow-up activities, notebook pages, coloring pages, and listening on YouTube all help create a full and enriching art and music appreciation program for you to use at home with your children. Simple to follow plans are flexible and allow you to pick and choose how in-depth to go with each week’s study.

  • 1 hour per week doing picture study, art appreciation and/or an art activity.
  • 1 period per week (approx. 45 minutes) listening to a composer and/or reading about the composer.

Most families complete at least two options in a week to fill out their hour of art appreciation. Completing Options 1 and 2 or Options 1 and 3 will give you a complete plan for art at this age level. If you have additional time in your week or you are using this plan with older children, you could complete all three Homeschool Fine Arts Options.

Homeschool Fine Arts Plans for Elementary Grades

Grade 1: Art and Music Appreciation Overview

This is an overview year that covers a sampling of artists and composers to build interest and enthusiasm in your family for art and music appreciation. These plans are appropriate for students in grades 1-4 or for families who are new to art and music appreciation. 8 artists and 8 composers. Find Grade 1 Fine Arts Homeschool curriculum here.

Studying Great Art and Listening to Great Music

Grade 2: Studying Great Art & Great Music

This grade features Gothic and Renaissance period art and music and are appropriate for students in grades 1-4. If you have older children, there are also middle school level art and music appreciation plans for Medieval and Renaissance art (Grade 6). Please note that Grade 2 and Grade 6 have different artists and composers so they will not “match” except in covering the same time period. Includes plans for six composer studies. Find Grade 2 Homeschool Fine Arts here.

Famous Artists and Composers for Homeschool

Grade 3: Famous Artists and Composers

This set of homeschool plans feature Late Renaissance to Early Modern period art and music. If you have older children, there are also middle school level art and music appreciation plans for Late Renaissance and Early Modern times (Grade 7). Please note that Grade 3 and Grade 7 have different artists and composers so they will not “match” except in covering the same time period. Includes plans for six composer studies. Find Grade 3 Homeschool Fine Arts here.

Impressionists and Post-Impressionists for homeschool

Grade 4: Impressionists and Post-Impressionists

This set of art and music appreciation plans features Modern (or 20th Century) period art and music. If you have older children, there are also middle school level art and music appreciation plans for Modern Era Art and Music (Grade 8). Please note that Grade 4 and Grade 8 have different artists and composers so they will not “match” except in covering the same time period. Includes plans for six composer studies. Find grade 4 Homeschool Fine Arts Curriculum here.

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Homeschool Fine Arts Lesson Plans for Middle School Grades: Logic Stage

Starting with Prehistoric Art and ending with 20th Century Art, logic stage plans introduce students to the instruments of the orchestra, artists and composers in chronological order, and art skills in drawing, water coloring, and working with polymer clay. Depending on which option you choose in art, these objectives will be covered in varying degrees. Use all four grades and your student will get a complete picture of art and music history.

As with all You ARE an ARTiST Homechool Fine Arts plans, there are three options for art and one flexible plan for music appreciation. Most families complete at least two options in a week to fill out their hour of art appreciation. Completing Options 2 and 2 or Options 1 and 3 will give you a complete plan for art at the logic stage level. If you have additional time in your week or you are using the plans with older students, you can complete all three Homeschool Fine Arts Options.

Please note that the Artistic Pursuits book options do not stick to the time periods as stated in the overview chart.

  • 1-2 hours per week doing picture study, art appreciation and/or an art activity depending on which options you choose
  • 1 period per week (approx 45 minutes) listening to a composer and/or reading about the composer
Ancient Art plus the Instruments of the Orchestra - homeschool fine arts plans

These homeschool fine arts plans include art studies of Ancient Art and an overview of the instruments of the orchestra! Each week will have a specific instrument or composer to listen to and learn about. Find a review of grade 5 at The Curriculum Choice. And find Grade 5 Homeschool Fine Arts Curriculum here.

Grade 5: Ancient Art and The Orchestra

Medieval and Renaissance Art and Music plans for homeschool

Grade 6: Medieval and Renaissance Art and Music

Ready for Medieval and Renaissance art? Homeschool Fine arts and music appreciation program for grade six has it covered. Leonardo, Raphael, Botticelli, Michelangelo, and more are all planned out for you to view and discuss with your whole family. Do you want to listen to a little Vivaldi, Bach, Handel, Mozart, and a few more composers during your school year? The homeschool plan is all outlined for you. Find a review of Grade 6 at The Curriculum Choice. And find Grade 6 of Homeschool Fine Arts curriculum here.

Grade 7: Late Renaissance to Early Modern

These homeschool fine arts plans are packed with exciting artists and composers that will appeal to everyone in your family. Not only do the plans cover artist study but if you complete options 2 and 3 you can include watercolor lessons, working with clay, and lots of drawing. This is a great year for middle school students to gain confidence in their art skills with simple and incremental lesson plans. Includes plans for six composer studies. Find Grade 7 plans here.

Grade 8: Modern Era

Grade 8 homeschool fine arts plans tackle 20th Century artists and composers in a way that brings out all the unique qualities and style of that time period. Impressionism to Abstract Art, these artists can be exciting and confusing but the resources used in this grade level will help your student get the most out of their artist study. This is also an interesting period for composers and the plans line up a great list of music to listen to in simple weekly plans. Includes plans for six composer studies. Find Grade 8 here.

Homeschool Fine Arts Curriculum Plans for High School: Rhetoric Stage

Are you homeschooling high school? Then as you know, it is a beautiful time to cherish memories made with your teen. You may also be at the point in your homeschool journey where necessary credits are getting completed. High school is the time to make sure that your student’s transcript is coming together nicely for whatever may be in store for them in the future. 

Art Credit For High School

So, if you are in the process of completing high school credits for homeschool, you may need an art credit. Many states require one visual art credit for the completion of high school. If that’s the case for you, we will show you how simple it is to use You Are An Artist to obtain your student’s visual art credit.  Learn more and find out how you can get your downloadable Art Credit Tracker in This is How Your Teen Can Earn an Art Credit for High School.

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

Homeschool High School Art Appreciation

The You ARE an ARTiST Homeschool Fine Arts at Home art appreciation plans for the rhetorical stage of education were created to be used by high school students. It is organized in a four year history cycle. Provided in these plans are week by week suggestions for readings in The Annotated Mona Lisa and The Story of Painting. The plan also gives optional assignments for watching The Story of Painting  series.

  • The plan makes use of online sources for viewing artwork for each time period studied. The links are provided to supplement your reading.
  • In addition to reading and viewing the artwork, the student is directed to write a one to two page summary for each time period or topic covered.
  • Spine Texts for all four high school years of the Harmony Fine Arts art appreciation plan are The Annotated Mona Lisa: A Crash Course in Art History From Prehistoric to Post-Modern and Sister Wendy’s The Story of Painting.

Homeschool High School Music Appreciation

You ARE an ARTiST Homeschool Fine Arts music appreciation plans for the high school years are included as part of each high school lesson plan. These music appreciation plans are designed for high school students looking for an organized way to listen to classical music in the four-year cycle of history as outlined in The Well-Trained Mind classical education plan. Each plan gives week by week suggestions for readings in Classical Music Experience, suggestions for listening to related music, and links to additional information about the composers and the time periods under study. In addition to reading and listening, the student is directed to write a one to two page biography for each composer studied and a one to two paragraph opinion of the composer. The student is also asked to keep a list of the musical selections he has listened to during the study period in a notebook.

Grade 9: High School Ancient Art Appreciation with Music Appreciation Plans

Prehistory-3rd Century: Prehistoric, Egyptian, Greek, Roman, Pre-Columbian, African, Byzantine, Romanesque, Gothic. View the listing of composers and more in the Grade 9 high school plans here.

renaissance and baroque homeschool fine arts curriculum for grade 10

Grade 10: High School Fine Arts Curriculum For Renaissance and Baroque – 1400-1799

Provided in these plans are week by week suggestions for readings in The Annotated Mona Lisa and The Story of Painting. The plan also gives optional assignments for watching The Story of Painting  series. Find the listing of composers studied as well in Grade 10 high school fine arts curriculum, here.

homeschool fine arts curriculum for grade 11

Grade 11: Neoclassicism to Post-Impressionism High School Fine Arts Appreciation -1780-1900

Neoclassicism, Romanticism, Realism, Impressionism, Post-Impressionism. Find the listing of composers studied as well in Grade 11 high school fine arts appreciation, here.

fine arts homeschool curriculum for grade 12

Grade 12: Twentieth Century High School Fine Arts Appreciation

Fauvism, Expressionism, Cubism, Surrealism, Abstract, Minimalism, Pop art appreciation. Find the listing of composers studied as well in Grade 12 high school fine arts appreciation, here.

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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 The Curriculum Choice.