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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?

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.

The world treasures Churchill as a soldier, statesman, orator, author and Prime Minister. But do you know about famous artist Winston Churchill?

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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Little House On The Prairie Homeschool Ideas You’ll Love

Little House On The Prairie Homeschool

Are there any homeschoolers out there that don’t hop on the Little House on the Prairie wagon? I mean, seriously, how can you not love Little House? There is something about Lara Ingalls Wilder’s Little House series that is easy to obsess over. 

The pioneer lifestyle was terribly rough, but she somehow makes it feel desirable, and even a bit idealistic in her books, doesn’t she? That simplistic way of life I think we are all secretly yearning for in our modern days. Or wait, maybe just pieces of it! I sure do love running water. 

But seriously, if your family hasn’t fallen headfirst into a Little House book, we highly recommend it. You will quickly fall in love with the storyline and the family, for that matter. 

So with that said, we have some wonderful ideas to help you tie the loveable series into your homeschool. Whether tea time is your thing, or maybe you prefer an entire unit study, and as always, you have to add art, we have a few Little House on the Prairie homeschool ideas to help you plan. 

Little House on the Prairie Homeschool Ideas

Little House On The Prairie Homeschool Art + Tea Time 

When you don’t have time for an entire unit study on a subject, tea time is a fantastic alternative. Choose your favorite Little House book and begin reading aloud with your family. It’s that easy! Once you have read to your heart’s content, you can top it off with a little art. 

Kids sure do look forward to reading aloud and learning about pretty much anything when you can incorporate art. Oh, and snacks, of course. 

Little House On The Prairie Homeschool

You can pair some heart-shaped sugar cookies and tea or milk with this sweet Little House art tutorial with Nana. We think this one is perfect for a Valentine’s Day tea too. You can find it in Nana’s Master Classes, it’s included in a complete Clubhouse Membership.

Little House On The Prairie Homeschool

Little House On The Prairie Homeschool Ideas Are Not Just For Girls

I adored going through the Little House series with my oldest years ago, and I wasn’t going to skip it just because my youngest two are male. Hopefully, you won’t miss it either, just because you have boys in the mix! 

There is so much about the Little House on the Prairie series that appeals to boys too! Think pioneers and Indians, farm life, woodworking, nature, cooking, and more. The entire family can enjoy Little House altogether, so it’s another book series that is family-friendly and all ages enjoy. 

Little House On The Prairie Homeschool Unit Study Ideas

The Little House series is excellent for a unit study because the books are so rich in everything! Faith, science, literature, writing, cooking, history, music, and you can use You ARE An Artist to pull in the art. 

Start reading the beginning of the series, if you can. Reading aloud, cuddled on the couch, is a lovely place to be. Or add some hot tea and art lessons, and it is even better! 

You can pull together a unit study on your own, or you can also search out resources like The Prairie Primer by Margie Gray. It is a literature-based unit study spine for children ages 8-12 that will save you from planning everything independently. 

But, if you like to pull your own resources together, here are some ideas to spark inspiration. Or pick and choose from our Little House on the Prairie Homeschool ideas, that is ok too! The freedom to choose what you study is one of the best parts of homeschooling. 

Cooking

One of the most fun and memorable hands-on experiences you can learn from pioneer days is to make your butter at home. This activity your kids will remember forever, and it’s easy. Grab some heavy cream and shake it in a mason jar till you have butter. Too much fun! Your kids will love making this and putting it on toast or biscuits. 

You can also find The Little House Cookbook online and My Little House Cookbook from My First Little House Books for younger kids if you want more recipes to try at home together. 

Nature/Science 

Find things as you read through the books your children are curious about and research them together. You can find complimentary videos online, look up topics in encyclopedias, or research online. 

For example, my boys are fascinated with maple trees now. We learned that maple syrup is made from the sap of sugar maple, red maple, or black maple trees. 

Other ideas might include studying how the weather affected farming, various animal studies, and medicines. You ARE An Artist has a wide variety of nature-based art lessons to choose from too.

Music

One part of our complimentary Little House art also includes the hymn “The Sweet By And By” that Pa Ingalls loved. You can learn the hymn history and then enjoy the art tutorial of Pa playing his violin. 

Little House On The Prairie Homeschool

You can even find the My Little House Songbook and sing many of the Ingalls’ favorite songs together. If your children play an instrument, you can use the sheet music in the book to play them all!

If you love old hymns, you also get access to an entire hymn study and art tutorials with our I Drew It And I Knew It series in a complete membership to the You ARE an Artist Clubhouse.

Little House On The Prairie Homeschool

Bible

Faith was a vital part of many pioneer family’s days and lives. This is a wonderful opportunity to begin daily Bible readings with your family around the breakfast or dinner table. 

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Literature

You are covering it by reading the books, but if you want to dive further in or if you have an older student, you can research the life and history of the author, Lara Ingalls Wilder. She has other works to explore and plenty to research about her career as an author. 

Writing

Ooooh, the writing ideas! There are too many to mention, but you might want to begin with some fun writing prompts for elementary children. Here are a few to start with.

What would my daily life be like living as a pioneer boy/girl?

What toys would I play with if I lived in pioneer times?

What kind of birthday celebration would I have as a pioneer boy/girl? 

You get the idea. Some of these ideas also include a little fun research! 

Older students like these types of writing prompts too. They can expand on them. Or give them comprehensive research assignments about; history, nature, time-period relevance, or anything they find curious. Often, the best papers come from a topic that your students are keen on researching.  

History

So many rabbit trails, am I right? It is not uncommon for me to count history for the day complete from all the moments we decide to look something up as we are reading. 

Besides all of the exciting research topics you can probably already think of, we like to Google things as we read. When you read aloud, and your kids stop to ask, why did they do that? Or what does that mean? Just pause and look it up together, it counts as research and many times pertains to history or the period. 

Little House On The Prairie Homeschool

An interesting rabbit trail to follow may be the history of the covered wagon? How long did people use it for transport? What were the other travel alternatives at the time? How hard would a long trip be in a covered wagon? (These also would work for writing and research ideas.) 

All work and no play? Nope! Add art to keep your kids engaged and loving these ideas by drawing the covered wagon! Adding art to these studies makes it fun and shows our children that learning CAN be exciting. 

Little House On The Prairie Homeschool

Another interesting idea that would easily pair with Little House history would be President Ulysses S. Grant’s study. We have a fantastic resource to help you learn all about the presidents and draw them! A fun fact to research, Ulysses S. Grant was a cousin of the Ingalls family. 

Geography

The most fun geography project you can incorporate into your Little House unit studies is mapping The Little House on the Prairie family travels. Your kids will love this one! 

This would also be a great time to study the geography and landscape of the American Midwest, American frontier maps, and early settlements. 

Little House on the Prairie Homeschool Ideas for Younger Students

As I mentioned above, Little House is family-friendly, and younger siblings are welcome while you read aloud. But, if you want to introduce The Little House on the Prairie to your early learners before diving into the novels, try the My First Little House Books

Little House Homeschool

They are snippets of the same loved stories but created for younger children. We adore these books; they are perfect for your preschool and up age range. You might even prefer using the audiobooks for read-aloud time. Do what works for your family! 

Some fantastic art lessons to tie in Little House for your littles might be farm animals for preschool, preschool winter art, or preschool spring art. These are age-appropriate for your earliest learners, and they can join in all of the art fun too!  

By grabbing a Complete Clubhouse Membership, your whole family can get access to all of the art tutorials I mentioned.  

Enjoy making some beautiful memories with your children as you experience the much-beloved Little House series paired with our art tutorials! 

Courtney is a Jesus-pursuing, native Texan, homeschool mom of three, and she believes homeschooling can be a peaceful and productive rhythm. At Grace, Grow & Edify she helps families create peaceful homeschooling atmospheres through faith, organizational strategies, and cultivating strong roots at home. She is also the founder of Homeschool Mastery Academy.

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Chalk Pastels Great Britain Themed Art with Nana

You can now travel to Great Britain with chalk pastels! Explore Big Ben, Queen Elizabeth, Winston Churchill, and much more in this unique and colorful way. Nana will be your guide on this historic trip filled with key icons and landmarks with chalk pastels Great Britain themed art.

Chalk Pastels Great Britain Themed Art with Nana

My son has a fascination and intense interest in Great Britain. It started last year after his deep dive into World War II. Did you know he even requested a wall mural of the British flag on his bedroom wall for his 13th birthday?

It’s true!

Chalk Pastels Great Britain Themed Art with Nana

Chalk Pastels Great Britain Themed Art with Nana

So, when I saw that the Chalk Pastel You ARE AN Artist Membership had Great Britain themed art, I just knew my son would be excited.

And he was!

Chalk Pastels Great Britain Themed Art with Nana

We started with some special British treats, tea, and the chalk pastels map of the British Isles.

Chalk Pastels Great Britain Themed Art with Nana

We became even more excited to learn some of the interesting facts about the places and things we were painting.

Chalk Pastels Great Britain Themed Art with Nana

Queen Elizabeth Chalk Pastel

When we painted Queen Elizabeth II on her throne we learned about the symbolism and history behind her clothing, her throne, and what used to be beneath it!

Chalk Pastels Great Britain Themed Art with Nana

Big Ben Art

Did you know that Big Ben IS NOT the clock tower, but the bell inside the tower? Did you know the tower itself is called Elizabeth Tower?

I just love learning right alongside my kid’s!

Chalk Pastels Great Britain Themed Art with Nana

Winston Churchill the Artist

I never knew that Winston Churchill was a famous artist! I only ever studied him as the great statesman that helped Great Britain through World War II. But there is a chalk pastels Great Britain lesson on this famous artist! Nana even has a podcast about this extraordinary man and artist!

Chalk Pastels Great Britain Themed Art with Nana

Did you know that he was nervous about painting in the beginning? This amazing man was apprehensive about adding the color to the canvas at first! How incredible is that? Yet, after he got over his fear the colors became therapeutic for him.

I think we can all learn something from that little tidbit!

Chalk Pastels Great Britain Themed Art with Nana

You ARE An Artist Clubhouse

With the You ARE An Artist Clubhouse Membership you’ll have access to a wide range of chalk pastel Great Britain themed art lessons including:

  • Big Ben (World Landmarks)
  • Queen Elizabeth II (Modern History)
  • Winston Churchill
  • British Isles (Map)
  • WWII helmet (Modern History)
  • Beatrix Potter (a British artist)

And don’t forget about all of the Chalk Pastel Narnia lessons you can add into an England themed study!

  • Through the Wardrobe
  • Lamp Post
  • Aslan
  • Narnia map
  • Carriage and horse for either Father Christmas OR the White Witch of Narnia
  • Cup of Tea with Mr. Tumnus
  • Beaver
  • Crown for kings and queens of Narnia
  • Voyage of the Dawn Treader
  • Sword
  • Winter forest scene with deer
  • Preschool winter scene
  • Snow
  • Icicle
  • Spring tree and spring tree reflection (when Aslan returns!)
Chalk Pastels Great Britain Themed Art with Nana

Exploring Chalk Pastels Great Britain Art

If your kids are studying Great Britain in their homeschool or they just have an intense interest, then be sure to check out the wonderful art lessons available with chalk pastels!

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Famous Artist John James Audubon

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

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

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

Famous Artist John James Audubon Show Notes

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

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

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The Best Presidents Day Art Projects To Celebrate With

Presidents Day Art Projects

Presidents’ Day should really be referred to as President’s month if you are a homeschooler! Am I right? We can’t cram all of that good stuff into one day. It’s impossible; there are way too many interesting facts and rabbit trails to explore. 

Here at ChalkPastel.com, we know precisely how fascinating it can be to dive into the U.S. Presidents. We think all of our presidents deserve a celebration anytime! For that reason, we created the ultimate companion resource to our I Drew It And I Knew It Presidents Series. 

Presidents Day Art Projects

When you join our I Drew It Then I Knew It Clubhouse Series, you will also get the added benefit of our new companion workbooks! (Plus access to over 700 art lessons!)

We just started adding them, and we are thrilled with the first, the Presidents Companion Workbook. It is the perfect educational companion to drawing the Presidents with chalk pastels. 

Presidents Day Art Projects Worth Celebrating

Talk about a way to celebrate President’s Day or any Presidential holiday for that matter! Add art to history, and your kids will instantly be hooked! 

As we have mentioned before, adding art to any subject makes it more exciting for our children and keeps them engaged. My kids look forward to art no matter what subject I blend it with. 

Homeschooling doesn’t have to be boring, and we are here to help you have memorable experiences while you educate at home. There is no need to skip art; let it become the best part of your homeschool week!

Hands-on creativity with art is a good fit for all learning styles. That’s a win-win for homeschools with multiple students; everyone can join in! By adding art to your homeschool lessons, your children are also more likely to retain the information.

Presidents Day Art Projects

We recently had a fantastic time using the new companion workbook as we learned about some U.S. Presidents. 

I introduced my youngest two to Lincoln, and my oldest enjoyed learning a few fun facts about him we didn’t know! If you are going to study the U.S. Presidents, this is definitely the way to do it. 

Presidents Day Art Projects

We also celebrated the presidents by covering George Washington too. Use the companion workbook to blend books, facts, bios, and art for an educational experience your kids won’t soon forget. Every time we study a president, we learn something new. I bet your family does too. 

You can also complete Presidents Day Art Projects for Presidents:


George Washington
John Adams
Thomas Jefferson
James Madison
James Monroe
Abraham Lincoln
Lincoln Portrait – Aaron Copland
Ulysses S. Grant
President Benjamin Harrison – First Christmas Tree in White House
Theodore Roosevelt
John F. Kennedy
Franklin D. Roosevelt
and we keep adding more!

Presidents Day Art Projects

Here are some tips to help you navigate the companion workbooks and plan ahead with your curriculum in mind. 

These workbooks would be perfect for planning a full unit study around the U.S. Presidents too! They are totally flexible so that you can incorporate them; however it works best for your family. 

Courtney is a Jesus-pursuing, native Texan, homeschool mom of three, and she believes homeschooling can be a peaceful and productive rhythm. At Grace, Grow & Edify she helps families create peaceful homeschooling atmospheres through faith, organizational strategies, and cultivating strong roots at home. She is also the founder of Homeschool Mastery Academy.

The Companion Workbook Includes the Following Resources To Help You Make The Most of Educating At Home

Planners: Our planners are designed for homeschool parents with flexibility in mind. If you want to map out what you plan to study for the entire year, you can use our annual curriculum planner. By mapping out what you will do for the year, you can match your art themes along with your family’s history, reading, and other subjects as you go. Track hours and art lessons with our monthly art tracker; you can easily use this for your portfolio if you are keeping one. The monthly art tracker also works well if you are tracking hours for an art credit. Lastly, we have included a weekly planner to stay on top of weekly art lessons and other assignments.

Fact Sheet: Use the fact sheet before your art lesson to cover some interesting facts about the subject to get your children engaged. These facts may also create some fun talking points while you create them together.

Detective Worksheet: If you want to include a little writing and research on the subject we drew, use our open-ended detective worksheet to keep the learning alive afterward. The detective worksheet could also be used as a questionnaire later or writing and research prompts for the following day. This will also make a great addition to your educational portfolio if you are required to keep one. The questions for each workbook are the same and can be reused for each individual art lesson.

Presidents Day Art Projects

Biography or Overview: Before each lesson, you may want to read aloud our quick biography or overview of the subject to your children. Whether we will draw a person, place, or thing – we will give you a brief summary, bio, or background, so you don’t have to search it out beforehand. This is a fantastic resource to help you combine learning with all ages or family-style learning. It can also help you save time by combining multiple children in one subject.

Book List: Books and read alouds are another way to make the most of learning together. We have a list of recommended books to add to your studies about whatever we will be drawing together. The book list includes books for various ages to choose from. Our book list will help you plan what books to buy or reserve from the library in advance.

Extension Ideas: Lastly, we add fun extension ideas to each series to help you plan more educational fun into your learning at home. 

We hope you enjoy our new resources and have a blast celebrating the U.S. Presidents with art anytime.

Courtney is a Jesus-pursuing, native Texan, homeschool mom of three, and she believes homeschooling can be a peaceful and productive rhythm. At Grace, Grow & Edify she helps families create peaceful homeschooling atmospheres through faith, organizational strategies, and cultivating strong roots at home. She is also the founder of Homeschool Mastery Academy.

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Chalk Pastels Bird Study with Nana

A chalk pastels bird study with Nana is a wonderful way to introduce bird art lessons to your kids. Chalk pastels are perfect for preschoolers to adults. They are super easy to use with no long art supply list needed. You’ll love adding these vibrant birds to your next nature study or in preparation for the Great Backyard Bird Count!

Chalk Pastels Bird Study with Nana: A chalk pastels bird study with Nana is a wonderful way to introduce bird art lessons to your kids. Chalk pastels are perfect for preschoolers to adults. They are super easy to use with no long art supply list needed. You'll love adding these vibrant birds to your next nature study or in preparation for the Great Backyard Bird Count! #chalkpastels #YouAREAnArtist #birdartlessons #birdartlessonsforkids #birdnaturestudy #backyardbirds #birdlessons #ChalkPastelsBirdStudywithNana

Each year we do a study of birds in anticipation of the Great Backyard Bird Count! We incorporate all sorts of Backyard Biology resources including books, games, bird feeders, binoculars, and even owl pellets! This year we’ve also added a chalk pastels bird study with Nana to the mix!

Chalk Pastels Bird Study with Nana

Chalk Pastel Birds

We always set the table for our chalk pastel “teatime” with Nana. It’s our tradition to serve a hot beverage and a sweet treat anytime Nana enters our home. Which is often. Actually, we have to differentiate between “chalk pastels” Nana and my mom who is also called Nana! It’s a delightful problem to have. But it goes to show just how important and how often chalk pastels “Nana” visits us…which is every week!

Chalk Pastels Bird Study with Nana

*keep paper towels and wet wipes handy in case of spills*

Trust me, they do happen, as do chalk hands and chalk dust!

Chalk Pastels Bird Study with Nana

Also, it’s OK if your kiddos don’t make their birds look exactly like Nana’s. She’s always very encouraging about making our paintings our own. And boy, do we! Especially my daughter. She loves pink and purple…AND she decided that some of our backyard birds are actually flying mounts for her fairy garden friends.

Yep. Check out that flowing purple hair!

Embrace the creativity and silliness, folks!

Chalk Pastels Bird Study with Nana

You ARE AN Artist Clubhouse Membership

Because we have the clubhouse membership, I’ve decided we’ll do several bird lessons per week leading up to the Great Backyard Bird Count! We are doing a little mini-study on each bird as we go. With the chalk pastel You ARE An Artist Clubhouse Membership you’ll have access to 600+ art lessons including these:

  • owl
  • cardinal
  • goldfinch
  • hummingbird
  • hummingbirds at the feeder
  • chickadee
  • robin
  • sandpiper
  • bluebird
  • cardinals in snow (try for FREE)
  • fall blue jay (try for FREE)
  • goose
  • eagle’s nest with eagle family
  • John James Audubon 
  • bird nest
Chalk Pastels Bird Study with Nana

Nana’s Acrylic Bird Lessons

You’ll also have access to Nana’s acrylic bird lessons if you’re interested in acrylics!

  • wren on teacup
  • bluebird
  • titmouse
  • nuthatch
  • bird’s nest
  • baby bluebird in a birdhouse
  • blue jay
  • cardinal
Chalk Pastels Bird Study with Nana

Remember to add in Nana’s lesson on Audubon to the mix! John James Audubon was the famous ornithologist, naturalist, and painter that documented all sorts of American birds in their natural habitats. He also identified 25 new species!

Famous Artist Audubon

Chalk Pastels Bird Study with Nana

Identifying and counting the birds in your backyard is a great way to get to know the wildlife that you share your neighborhood with. Drawing those birds adds a multi-sensory approach to learning which is proven to help children not only learn more effectively but retain what they’ve learned long term. Chalk pastels are perfect for adding to your next nature study or bird study. The clubhouse membership made it super easy to search for the art lessons we wanted, and Nana is always fantastic at reminding us that, “We ARE Artists!”… birds, fairies, and all!

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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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Famous Artist Vincent Van Gogh

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

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

Today, our lesson is on a very famous painting that he created towards the end of his life, the iconic “Starry Night.” The night sky has his famous broken line circles that you will learn how to paint yourself!  This style is now 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.”

Famous Artist Van Gogh Show Notes

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

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

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

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Why Adding Art To Homeschool History Makes All The Difference

My children have naturally enjoyed our homeschool history studies since they were very young.

They love the stories, the adventure, and the thought of foreign lands.

Yes, history has always been a subject with less resistance and more interest for my children. But the truth is, as they got a bit older, it became clear that in order to truly understand and retain the lesson, my boys needed something more.

adding art to homeschool history

At first, I thought we needed more structure to our learning. I added quizzes and worksheets. I bought an expensive textbook. I tried all the things that a more formal school setting does to teach history.

None of it worked. In fact, not only did my boys retain less than before, they began to dislike history and avoid it.

It was only when I decided to go with what I knew they would enjoy, that our homeschool history study came alive.

I added art.

It may seem simple, and I guess it is, but adding I Drew It And Then I Knew It to our history lessons was the solution I was looking for.

As the years have passed, I’ve had time to think about why adding art to our homeschool history was so effective. This is what I’ve learned.

adding art to homeschool history

Why Adding Art To History Works So Well

1. Adding Art Increases Attention Span

One of the most immediate benefits I discovered when adding art to our homeschool history was my boys’ increased ability to focus and sustain attention for longer periods of time.

For my youngest, who really struggles with attention issues, the multi-sensory experience of creating his own art work as we discussed (or listened to Nana discuss) a particular topic in history, made a significant difference. For the first time, he was able to work through an entire subject without needing a break or leaving the table.

For my oldest, not having the distraction of his younger brother helped him focus as well.

2. Art Supports Comprehension

Studies have repeatedly shown that adding a multi-sensory component to any learning increases overall comprehension.

It seems we have proved this to be true in my own home as well.

When we added art to history, my children seemed to pick up on the main topic of the lesson, and comprehend the more nuanced details, much faster than when we just read about it.

I have since learned that this is true for most children and even adults – adding something hands-on to any new learning increases overall engagement and comprehension.

adding art to homeschool history

3. Adding Art Increases Retention

One of the greatest benefits I’ve found to adding art to our learning is how much it increases my sons’ overall retention of the information.

This makes sense to me, even as I consider my own school experience. When I look back on my learning, the assignments and lessons I remember most are the ones that involved some sort of multisensory experience.

The same is true for my children. Not only do they retain the information more fully, they are more easily able to recall what they’ve learned when we add art to the lesson.

4. Adding Art Makes Learning More Fun!

This is an easy win and one that I think needs to be highlighted.

Adding art to our history study also added in an element of fun. It brought back that love of history that my boys had from the very beginning.

Art decreases any resistance they have towards the lesson, and allows all of us to connect in a way that is not only education, but enjoyable.

It’s a win-win.

Adding Art To Homeschool History Makes All The Difference

Because adding art to our homeschool history has been such a success, I’m grateful for all that You Are An Artist offers. It makes my prep work super easy and allows me to learn right alongside my kiddos as Nana teaches us all.

(You can also read all about how we also incorporate art into our homeschool science HERE.)

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

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This Is How Your Teen Can Earn An Art Credit For High School

Art Credit For High School

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. 

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. 

As fellow homeschoolers, we know that homeschool families like to plan their own way! That’s why You Are An Artist is an excellent fit for your visual art credit needs. Our flexible path to a visual art credit with chalk pastels allows you the freedom to plan; however it best suits your student. 

Art Credit For High School

Visual art is not only the process of creating art. The education goes far beyond that. Visual art with chalk pastels also encompasses learning about art history, culture, nature, and more. Luckily, here at ChalkPastel.com, we have over 700 chalk pastel lessons to choose from, including all of those very things!

No searching for the right projects or spending hours trying to map out your visual art curriculum! We have simplified earning an art credit for high school for you. We offer a Visual Art 1 pathway to either a full or half-credit. 

And if you are a homeschool parent, you can appreciate the combination of subjects. It’s a win-win when you can combine art and history, art and geography, and better yet – when you can include multiple students. Yes, you can do that with a Clubhouse Membership

Art Credit For High School

How Your Family Can Use You Are An Artist For a Visual Arts Credit?

First, check your local requirements to find out how many hours you need for a full or half credit. You will likely find your state requires somewhere between 120-150 hours of study for a full credit and 60-75 hours or a half credit. 

Once you have your requirements handy, you may want to map out your semester or year. An easy way to do that would be with our Visual Art 1 Credit Planner and Tracker. The planner and tracker are also perfect additions to your portfolio if record keeping is required in your state. 

You can plan art lessons to coincide with what you may be learning or books you may be reading this year – with over 600 available lessons to choose from in the Clubhouse Membership, planning out your art credit for high school with chalk pastels is super simple. 

Plus, choosing to pursue a visual art credit is affordable. Unlike many other electives, the supplies for chalk pastel art are minimal. So if your family is watching the budget like many of us are, it’s an economical option that requires few supplies. 

Art Credit For High School

What Can I Count As Visual Art Hours?

What can you count as hours towards your visual art credit? That’s a great question, and accumulating hours is easier than you think! Here are plenty of ideas and ways you can make all of your educational moments count. 

Chalk Pastel Projects: The projects themselves will take time, and the time per project will vary. Each project’s time will be different from student to student, depending on your child’s skill level. However, all of the time spent creating counts! Your teens will likely love this course; chalk pastel art is easy to enjoy.

Art Vocabulary List: Create an art vocabulary list to help your students learn all of the art terms you can find. You could use this list for learning definitions and even test or quiz your student. Another idea may be to have them research particular art terms and the history behind them. Where did the art term originate and when? The possibilities are endless.  

Chalk Techniques Definition List: We have a Chalk Techniques Definition List inside the Clubhouse to help your students get familiar with all chalk techniques. We recommend your student become familiar with this list. Like the vocabulary list above, you could quiz your teen on the list of definitions or do more extensive research on the terms if you choose. 

Field Trips: Yes, of course, field trips count too! And they happen to be a highlight for the whole family to enjoy. Plan a weekly or monthly outing to a nearby art museum, art fair, or art exhibit. Field trips are a fantastic way to experience art in real life. Take a camera to snap photos of your favorites or to try and recreate them later at home with pastels. Have your student bring a journal on the trip and make notes about what they saw. Or bring some chalk pastels along to draw while you are at the museum. You can get extremely creative in using this time for exciting learning opportunities. 

Art History: Watch documentaries about a particular artist or piece of art. Visit the library and check out books that cover art history, culture, and showcase works of art. Your students might veer off onto a rabbit trail as they begin to research the history of pastels themselves. Chalk and oil pastels can be traced back to the renaissance. Yep! The history is fascinating, and some of our most famous artists used chalk pastels. 

Critique Famous Chalk Works: Along with your art history studies, you will find that many famous works of art were created using pastels. Another exciting activity to assign your teen is to critique the pieces. You can dive as deeply into critiquing as you like, but there are some basic questions you can cover. What is the history behind the work? What sort of artwork is it? Ex. Portrait, nature, still life, landscape, abstract, etc. What kind of lines, shapes, and forms do you see? What colors do you see? Discuss space, light vs. dark, and focal points. You can also talk about interpretation; what is the artist trying to convey? Lastly, evaluate. How does the artwork make you feel? Do you like it? Why or why not? 

Submissions: Submissions are another fantastic way to challenge your budding artist and still calculate hours towards your visual art credit. Encourage your student to submit their own works of chalk pastel art into local contests. You can often find competitions to enter posted in your local library or college campuses. A simple Google search will produce all sorts of opportunities where your high school student can enter their art. You might even find fun entry opportunities at your state fair!

Final Project: Assign a final project for each semester or year-end. To determine a final art project, you may want to combine techniques or styles covered over the year. A final art project is a fantastic way to assess everything your teen has learned throughout the curriculum. It is also a fun way for your student to showcase all that he or she has absorbed. 

We hope this helps you easily plan your child’s Visual Art 1 curriculum for the year or semester. Make sure to get a Clubhouse Membership to access your Visual Art 1 Credit Planner and Tracker, along with the Chalk Techniques Definition List. 

We also invite you to join our private group. Inside of the, You ARE An Artist Community, you will find art submission opportunities for your teen along with plenty of art activities that the whole family can enjoy. See you inside!

Courtney is a Jesus-pursuing, native Texan, homeschool mom of three, and she believes homeschooling can be a peaceful and productive rhythm. At Grace, Grow & Edify she helps families create peaceful homeschooling atmospheres through faith, organizational strategies, and cultivating strong roots at home. She is also the founder of Homeschool Mastery Academy.

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Chalk Pastels Narnia with Nana Art Adventure

Are your kids ready for an epic art journey? Then, take a trip with chalk pastels Narnia with Nana art adventure!

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The Chronicles of Narnia series is one of our favorite read alouds and audiobooks. We’ve read the series each year for several years. Last year to celebrate the end of the series we had a Narnia teatime complete with sardines on toast, butter on toast, and jam on toast. Just like the tea, Lucy had with Mr. Tumnus. This year, we decided to do something a little different. This year we celebrated this wonderful series with candles, tea, iced cake, and chalk pastels!

Chalk Pastels Narnia with Nana

Chalk Pastels Narnia with Nana Fun for Kids

Chalk pastels are so easy to use. All you need is a cheap set of chalk pastels, a pack of construction paper, and Nana’s chalk pastel videos! Nana is the best at guiding your kiddos on artistic adventures. Seriously, we’ve been using her videos for years. Did you know that when we say “Nana” in our house we have to clarify if we mean my mom or chalk pastels Nana? It’s a lovely bit of confusion we all enjoy!

Nana always reminds the children, “You ARE An Artist!” and inspires them to make their paintings their own. She encourages the kids to use the colors they like; my daughter is particularly fond of pink, motivating them to use their imaginations and learn new art techniques!

Chalk Pastels Narnia with Nana

Chalk Pastels Narnia with Nana Adventure

Begin your Narnia adventure with the magical wardrobe! If you or your children have read The Magician’s Nephew then you’ll know how this wardrobe came into being and why it is magical! Can you see a glimpse of Narnia inside?

Did I mention my daughter likes pink? She would LOVE to have a huge pink wardrobe in her room, lol!

Chalk Pastels Narnia with Nana

Chalk Pastels Narnia with Nana Through the Wardrobe

Next the children created the famous lamp post while sipping their hot tea and enjoying their cake.

Keep paper towels handy as spills DO happen, but having these sweet treats have become part of our chalk pastel experience. It makes them just a little bit more magical and memorable.

Chalk Pastels Narnia with Nana

A Cup of Tea with Mr. Tumnus

How about a cup of tea with Mr. Tumnus?

Chalk Pastels Narnia with Nana

Carriage of the White Witch

Beware the White Witch in this winter wonderland! Or is that Father Christmas coming into view?

Chalk Pastels Narnia with Nana

Map Your Way Across Narnia with Nana

My son has been enjoying Nana’s chalk pastel geography maps this year and was delighted to discover she has a video lesson mapping Narnia!

Chalk Pastels Narnia with Nana

Take Up Swords and Prepare to Battle for Narnia

An adventure wouldn’t be complete without a battle! Check out these awesome swords the children and I did!

Chalk Pastels Narnia with Nana

Aslan Will Be There Too

Of course Aslan will be there too! The great lion is always there when you need him. And oh, how great he is!

Chalk Pastels Narnia with Nana

Chalk Pastels Narnia with Nana Art Adventure

The adventure can continue with a trip on the Dawn Treader if you so desire!

Chalk Pastels Narnia with Nana

All Hail the Kings and Queens of Narnia

Sorry Susan, we didn’t forget you. But there are only three of us and there are four Pevensie children.

Can you tell which crown my daughter created? Pink anyone? I’m sure Queen Lucy would love it.

Chalk Pastels Narnia with Nana

You ARE AN Artist Clubhouse Membership

With the You ARE An Artist Clubhouse Membership you’ll have access to 600+ chalk pastel lessons including a plethora of Narnia adventure lessons:

  • Through the Wardrobe
  • Lamp Post
  • Aslan
  • Narnia map
  • Carriage and horse for either Father Christmas OR the White Witch of Narnia
  • Cup of Tea with Mr. Tumnus
  • Beaver
  • Crown for kings and queens of Narnia
  • Sword
  • Winter forest scene with deer
  • Preschool winter scene
  • Snow
  • Icicle
  • Spring tree and spring tree reflection (when Aslan returns!)

Plus others to round out your Chronicles of Narnia unit study:

  • War helmets
  • British Isles map
  • Voyage of the Dawn Treader
Chalk Pastels Narnia with Nana

Chalk Pastels Narnia with Nana Art Adventure

The children loved adding art to one of their favorite book series of all time. I loved how we discussed different literary aspects of the books as they related to each pastel picture. But above all, we enjoyed our magical adventure together making memories that we’ll all look back on with great fondness.

Chalk Pastels Narnia with Nana