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Christmas Tea Time With Art Is The Perfect Way To Enjoy The Holidays

Christmas Tea Time

We have all spent a holiday season, or two, caught up in the hustle and bustle. It happens to the best of us, doesn’t it? But this year, don’t forget to slow down and savor the season! One of the absolute best ways to do that is with a Christmas tea time.

But wait, there’s more! As much of a delight as Christmas tea time sounds, you can add art, poetry, some holiday hymns and make an afternoon of it. It’s like adding a cherry on top with sprinkles to your Christmas tea time!

The holidays are a great time to slow down for so many reasons. Especially if you homeschool, you may be ready for a break. But as most of you mommas know, we still have to keep the kids entertained. I also like to join my children in these entertaining activities! The holidays are so much better when you just take time to lean into your family.

Christmas Tea Time

So if you are like me, you may want easy activities that don’t require much preparation. We love chalk pastel art for this reason. I simply set out a few affordable supplies and turn on Nana. Our entire family can sit back and create together.

Add some holiday hymns playing in the background, a nice hot spiced tea, and a lovely Christmas art project – perfection!

Christmas Tea Time

If this sounds appealing to you, all you need is to grab your family a Clubhouse Membership from You Are An Artist. You can enjoy tea time and art anytime with over 600 art tutorials to choose from. It also makes a fantastic gift for the family that keeps on giving all year long.

We love this art tutorial of I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day. As a homeschool mom, I also love that there are so many learning opportunities woven into this project. History, poetry, and music are all tied to this one piece of art.

I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day art lesson is found in the I Drew It Then I Knew It: Hymns Course within the You Are An Artist Clubhouse Membership. This art lesson about the Christmas carol is originally from a Longfellow poem, making for a great homeschool lesson.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow wrote the poem Christmas Bells in 1863. The sound of the bells signifies peace and hope during the civil war. It is a beautiful piece of American history worth learning during your holiday studies. The poem was set to music in 1872 and has been covered by many musical artists since.

You can read or even memorize the infamous Longfellow poem and listen to various renditions of the Christmas carol too. We like to listen to different performances of the song and compare. It’s fun to discuss which ones we liked better and why.

You could even look up the biography of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, the poet. There is an interesting personal back story about how he came to write the poem Christmas Bells. Depending on how in-depth you would like to go, don’t forget there are opportunities to discover new vocabulary words within the poem, poetic elements, and civil war geography.

We think this one is a lovely art lesson rich with history and education that your family will truly benefit from. With peace at the core of this lesson, you will enjoy looking upon this beautiful scene all season long.

Christmas Tea Time

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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Charlie Brown Christmas Art and Music

You are invited to a very special replay of an event with Ms. Mary of SQUILT Live! and Nana of You ARE an ARTiST Clubhouse! Music 🎶 + art 🎨 The music of Vince Guaraldi and art in the style of Peanuts. Charlie Brown Christmas Art and Music!

This special event is a preview of what will be happening in December in both of our memberships.​

Charlie Brown Christmas Art and Music

The following supplies are suggested for this event:

1. Download this lesson packet from SQUILT for the event. 2. Dark colored construction paper (black or dark blue preferred).
3. Chalk Pastels (Our favorites here) Suggested: – baby wipes or a couple dampened paper towels for easy clean up.

Did you know that Nana and Ms. Mary both live in Georgia and are practically neighbors? What fun that Nana, Mary and Tricia could plan such a special event for you!​ We can’t wait for you to join us for our special event, Christmas Time is Here! Music and art are such a great combination!

Nana’s Special Challenge for Christmas Time is Here
Hello, hello artist friends from Nana! As you can see I am wrapped up in woolen scarves and a coat. What in the world is Nana doing? There I am, SINGING my heart out, looking a bit like one of artist Charles Schulz’s kids singing Christmas carols. Yes, I am VERY much older than that mischievous Lucy, but here I am, my head thrown back and singing!
​Now, your job, as “Christmas Time is Here” is to put on your coat, gloves, hat and pretend that you are singing with the Peanuts gang! Then share a photo with us and TAG us here at You ARE An ARTiST! Tag @chalkpastelart on Instagram, use the hashtag #ChristmasTimeIsHere or email us a photo of YOU singing! Why? To celebrate our special Christmas Time is Here free event for all! Nana is joining Ms. Mary of @squiltmusic.
Because we know that YOU ARE AN ARTIST! See you soon! ❤️Nana
Please be sure to share with your friends!
Love,

Nana and Tricia


During the event, Nana mentions all that she will be sharing in the Christmas Clubhouse! Lessons for every day from now through the new year. From

  • Christmas trees to holly
  • Polar Express to The Grinch
  • a map to Bethlehem
  • hymns We Three Kings and I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day
  • Nutcracker
  • The Messiah – Angels announce Messiah’s birth and For Unto Us a Child is Born (with special lessons from Ms. Mary)

These and SO much more! Leading right into January’s Narnia with Nana!! All in the Complete Clubhouse with Nana!

PS: Enjoy these fabulous ideas for your Thanksgiving and Christmas homeschool! 

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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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How To Plan A Biblical Christmas School Lesson In 4 Simple Steps

Christmas School

If you haven’t heard of Christmas school yet, let me fill you in, dear friend! Christmas schooling can happen anywhere between now and the new year. You can get festive with your homeschool plans, get educational, lean into Advent, or create a lovely combination of things. My absolute favorite part of Christmas schooling is the time spent preparing our hearts for Christ with our families.

If that isn’t a homeschool perk, I don’t know what is!

Many of you may be planning for Advent, and what I will share with you today would be the perfect addition to your plans. If you don’t have any specific Christmas schooling plans, you will love these ideas to homeschool through the holiday season too.

Either way, we have got some excellent resources to add to your Christmas school plans today. The best part is that these Christmas school plans can be done anytime and require little planning on your part. Because keeping it simple surely helps around the holidays.

What Exactly Is Biblical Christmas School?

Christmas schooling is whatever you want it to be! Right? We are homeschoolers, and we love the freedom to customize our lessons and homeschool days.

But in short, Christmas school allows us to focus on the real reason for the season. And you can do that in so many ways. We will give many resources to choose from and help you customize your perfect Christmas school day, week, or month.

Christmas school is also unique in that you might want to plan with the whole family in mind. Learning about Christ’s birth, reading Bible stories, and spending time together is perfect for the entire family. So remember to plan family-style when Christmas schooling. You may even want to add dad or the grandparents in on some of these excellent projects. Including the whole family is a wonderful way to make memories and get lots of great photos ops too!

Christmas School

Planning Your Ideal Christmas School In Just 4 Steps

Step One for planning your perfect Christmas homeschool plans may be to decide when you would like to block out your Christmas school time.

You may want to plan one epic day of Christmas activities in your homeschool. Or you may want to add little snippets all month long. I have done it both ways, and I am here to tell you that your kids will love it either way. No pressure, plan what you can. It’s supposed to be fun!

Christmas School

Step Two may be to decide what you will do. For us, that’s an easy one. Art! Every homeschool lesson is more fun with art. But I also want to include some educational aspects too, of course. It’s still homeschooling because education can be found in everything.

One of my favorite aspects of the Clubhouse Membership with You Are An Artist is that there is hardly any planning required for homeschool moms to put together incredible homeschool lessons. All you have to do is find the Christmas course in the membership area, and you will see all of the available tutorials in one spot. It’s that easy.

Christmas School

Onto the Christmas art lessons we chose for our family. Keep in mind; we prefer to enjoy all of these activities family-school style. I have a wide range of ages in my homeschool, and You Are An Artist is perfect for activities the entire family can enjoy!

According to your children’s skill level, a quick tip for planning your art lessons is to start with the easier lessons first. I have found that my younger artists might be ready for a break sooner than myself and my oldest. That way, we save the more advanced projects for after they have moved on to another activity.

Christmas School

One of the fantastic educational resources you may want to include, as we have, is a Biblical Map to Bethlehem. Mapping is the perfect way to add geography to your Christmas plans. You may want to read the story of Jesus’s birth before mapping, so your children have a good understanding of it before you begin.

Another cool idea to add to these Christmas plans is the Wise Men’s Star Chart! Yep, your kids will love this.

I also wanted to include the We Three Kings tutorial because it pairs perfectly with the whole lesson. We did something similar for Thanksgiving by including hymns into our day, and the kids enjoy listening to music as they create. And Christmas music, need I say more?

Christmas School

You may also want to add The Messiah Lessons – Angels Announce Messiah – This one is a beautiful lesson that also covers Handel, the composer, and has a lot of musical information & appreciation. The Messiah Lessons are incredibly fun and educational on its own. My kids really enjoyed this one, add a little hot cocoa, and they were all ears.

Christmas School

Some other fantastic Biblical Christmas art tutorials to add are Unto Us A Child Is Born, Nativity/Away In A Manger, Christmas Star, or Dream of Joseph, to name a few. Remember, these are all available within the Christmas Course section of your You Are An Artist Complete Clubhouse Membership.

Step Three is optional, but besides the Bible, what books would you like to include? If you are only planning for a day, you may want a few essential picture books, and if you are planning to work through all of this over a more extended period, you may want to include some chapter books. Remember to reserve them from the library now or jot them down on a list so you can pull them out later.

Christmas School
Christmas School

Step Four is a must. What will we eat! Come on; we are homeschoolers. We never stop snacking. Ok, but seriously, my kids will linger through any lessons longer with food. There are so many great ideas; you can plan a tea complete with baked goods or a lovely kid-friendly charcuterie board. What would be fun, and we decided to add it to our plans is a few food items from Biblical times. You can make this as educational as you please; there are so many exciting choices to include!

Christmas School

Another idea to think about adding in may be some holiday crafts or seasonal handcrafts. You could make a dried orange garland, bake cookies together and decorate, or paint ornaments all while listening to beautiful Christmas carols. You could even decorate the tree!

We hope that this gives you lots of inspiration for your Christmas school plans this year! Remember, you don’t have to do it all this year. Advent is all about preparing our hearts and dwelling in his perfect peace. Christmas school is an opportunity not only for creativity and education but for making lasting memories together.

Christmas School

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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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Winter Art Fun with Artist Express Chalk Pastels

Are you looking to add some cozy winter art fun for your kiddos this holiday season? Chalk Pastels are an easy way to help kids get creative! Add a little hot cocoa or a sweet treat and watch as you warm those cold snow days right up with beautiful art and lasting memories!

Winter Art Fun with Artist Express Chalk Pastels: Are you looking to add some cozy winter art fun for your kiddos this holiday season? Chalk Pastels are an easy way to help kids get creative! #homeschool #homeschooling #chalkpastels #winterart #winterartfun #

We have been adding Festive Christmas Chalk Pastel Art Lessons during the holidays for years. It’s become a most treasured tradition. The kiddos always look forward to our holiday chalk pastels and togetherness. This year we were super excited to partake in the Artist Express lesson! Plus, the kid’s Papa joined in as a special treat!

When Papa learned that our plan was to watch the Polar Express movie and then draw our own version of a train in the snow he asked if he could join in too! The kids were thrilled!

Winter Art Fun with Artist Express Chalk Pastels

Winter Art Fun with Artist Express

If your children love the Polar Express book and/or movie, then they will adore chalk pastels Artist Express lesson!

But first, I like to set the table with Christmas lights, make some hot cocoa, and serve a special treat. We’ve had these chalk pastel traditions for years and the ambiance is part of the magic and fun. I want my children to have beautifully warm memories of the holidays.

It’s ok if they don’t like cocoa. Just pour a mug of their favorite beverage!

Winter Art Fun with Artist Express Chalk Pastels

What better way to make lasting memories than by letting the children get creative and messy! That’s why I adore chalk pastels. They are so easy to use that preschoolers through adults can have the best time making art with them.

With the Artist Express chalk pastel lesson Nana takes you step-by-step on an adventure drawing your very own locomotive in the icy north!

Winter Art Fun with Artist Express Chalk Pastels

Winter Art Fun with Artist Express Chalk Pastels

And oh! What icy locomotives were made! Not one looked like any other, but each was so special and unique just like each of us. One of the things I especially love about Nana is that she ALWAYS reminds your children that THEY ARE ARTISTS and that it’s OK if they use different colors or add extra trees or mountains or whatever their hearts desire. It’s OK to have smudges and lines. These are things that make each painting special and unique. These words are so helpful for young artists or perfectionist who may struggle when they feel their paintings don’t look exactly “right.” Nana is so encouraging!

Winter Art Fun with Artist Express Chalk Pastels

Chalk pastels and art in general have been a wonderful addition to our homeschool and our holidays.

But it was especially lovely being able to share our chalk pastel joy with Papa! It made our special winter art time even more special.

Winter Art Fun with Artist Express Chalk Pastels

Chalk Pastels Winter Art Fun

Did you know that the Chalk Pastels You ARE An Artist Clubhouse Membership has loads more Winter and Holiday themed art lessons? There are over 600+ chalk pastel lessons to choose from including these winter lessons:

  • Artist Express
  • Hot Chocolate
  • Mittens and a Mug
  • Frost
  • Icicles
  • Frozen Lake
  • Winter Forest Scene with Deer
  • Bird in Snow
Winter Art Fun with Artist Express Chalk Pastels

Chalk Pastels Christmas and Holiday Art Fun

You will also have access to all the Christmas and Holiday Lessons including:

  • Christmas Star
  • Away in a Manger
  • Christmas Tree
  • Winter Fun
  • Gingerbread Man and Holly Leaf
  • Christmas Angel
  • What’s Under Your Christmas Tree?
  • Christmas Ornaments
  • Christmas Lights
  • Nutcracker
  • Clara and the Christmas Tree
  • Sugar Plum Fairy
  • Chinese Tea Dance
  • Mouse King

Plus, so much more!

Winter Art Fun with Artist Express Chalk Pastels

Winter Art Fun with Artist Express Chalk Pastels

Making holiday traditions warm and inviting plus easy on mom is a big checkmark in my book. Chalk pastels have proven themselves time and again as a fun and engaging art medium. The Artist Express lesson was a perfect addition to watching the Polar Express movie while enjoying a warm mug of hot cocoa. Chalk pastels will forever hold a special place in our family’s winter and holiday fun.

Winter Art Fun with Artist Express Chalk Pastels
Winter Art Fun with Artist Express Chalk Pastels

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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Winter Solstice Chalk Pastel Art

Celebrate the winter solstice with your kids with chalk pastels winter themed art! They are easy and fun for the whole family.

Winter Solstice Chalk Pastel Art: Kids will love making winter solstice chalk pastel art with the You ARE An Artist clubhouse. Chalk pastels are perfect for any age and celebrating the winter solstice just got easier! #YouAREAnArtist #chalkpastels #wintersolstice #winterart #artforkids #wintersolsticeart

For years we have made a tradition of celebrating the shortest day and longest night of the year. These Winter Solstice Activities & Books have been perfect as we learned the science behind the winter solstice while making orange pomanders, orange garland, and delicious sun bread. With the winter solstice marking the first day of winter I thought, “why not add a little winter themed art this year?”

Winter Solstice Chalk Pastel Art

How about making some scones and tea to go along with our winter solstice art time? My son and daughter helped me prepare the scones and steep the tea. We set the table and logged into our clubhouse membership. I simply searched for “winter” and a whole slew of options popped up! The kiddos decided to start with the frost-covered leaf.

My daughter made her frosted leaf magical. She said it was touched by the autumn and winter fairies! Can you see the magic swirling around it?

Winter Solstice Chalk Pastel Art

Winter Solstice Chalk Pastel Art

Next, we chose a moonlit bridge and frozen lake while continuing to sip tea and slather extra butter on our scones. It was a big hit! And nothing says winter like winter landscape scenes!

We just adore how “Nana” walks us through step-by-step in creating these snowy works of art! She always reminds us that we are the artist and that we don’t have to choose the same colors she does or add the same trees where she does. She encourages us to make it our own.

Winter Solstice Chalk Pastel Art

My daughter added holiday lights to her bridge and a lovely reflection of the moon to her frozen lake. Can you tell which one is hers?

I just love her creativity!

Winter Solstice Chalk Pastel Art

Celebrating the Winter Solstice

How about a deer standing in the snowy woods for a first day of winter creative project? Although initially, my son said his looked more like a silver-back gorilla, ha! I thought they turned out lovely.

Winter Solstice Chalk Pastel Art

Winter Solstice Chalk Pastel Art wouldn’t be complete without the beautiful northern lights! After creating these magnificent works of art, we watched a video all about them. It was a great way to mix in a bit of extra science and beauty!

Winter Solstice Chalk Pastel Art

Chalk Pastels Clubhouse Winter Art

Did you know that with the Chalk Pastels Clubhouse you have access to ALL of their winter-themed art along with 600+ other art lessons? It’s true! Here are just some of the winter art course lessons you can do with the clubhouse membership:

  • Fireplace (A Simple Start)
  • Frost (Winter)
  • Icicles (Winter)
  • Frozen lake (Winter)
  • Winter forest scene with deer (Winter)
  • Stonehenge winter solstice (World Landmarks)
  • Bird in snow (Winter)
  • Northern Lights (Essential Oils)
  • Stopping By the Woods on a Snowy Evening (Master Classes)
  • Winter Tree Reflection Acrylic (Master Classes)
  • Snowman (Preschool)
  • Skate (Winter Games)
  • You might also like Winter Art Fun with Artist Express (and enjoy the Polar Express with it!)
Winter Solstice Chalk Pastel Art

Winter Solstice Art for Kids

We thoroughly enjoyed our buttered scones, tea, and winter art time. My son declared that homeschool art days are his favorite days! I think that’s saying something, folks. Though winter can be cold and dreary, art, it seems, warms our hearts and souls. Why not give the shortest day and longest night of the year the warmth of art this year?

Winter Solstice Chalk Pastel Art: Kids will love making winter solstice chalk pastel art with the You ARE An Artist clubhouse. Chalk pastels are perfect for any age and celebrating the winter solstice just got easier! #YouAREAnArtist #chalkpastels #wintersolstice #winterart #artforkids #wintersolsticeart

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 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.

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Exploring Famous Artists with Chalk Pastels

Exploring famous artists with your kids has never been easier! Now you can expose your children to the glory and wonder of master artists like da Vinci, Michelangelo, Monet, Rembrandt, Vermeer, and so many more with chalk pastels!

Exploring Famous Artists with Chalk Pastels: Exploring famous artists with your kids has never been easier! Now you can expose your children to the glory and wonder of master artists like da Vinci, Michelangelo, Monet, Rembrandt, Vermeer, and so many more with chalk pastels! #famousartistsforkids #famousartists #chalkpastels #masterartists #homeschool

It’s no secret my children love art. Be it watercolors, acrylics, or chalk pastels they love creating and exploring different techniques and artists. Last year we enjoyed Chalk Pastel Techniques and Master Artists. But You ARE An Artist Chalk Pastels has expanded their Famous Artist series! So, we decided to take this week and devote it to learning more about famous artists!

Exploring Famous Artists with Chalk Pastels
Monet

Exploring Famous Artists with Chalk Pastels

With the You ARE An Artist Clubhouse membership you’ll have access to over 600+ chalk pastel lessons including Famous Artists video lessons with the following master artists:

  • Monet
  • Vermeer
  • Michelangelo 
  • Norman Rockwell
  • Van Gogh
  • Rembrandt
  • Audubon
  • Beatrix Potter 
  • Degas
  • da Vinci
  • Lichtenstein
  • Betsy Ross
  • Warhol
  • Grandma Moses
  • Plus, a new artist is added most every month!
Exploring Famous Artists with Chalk Pastels

Exploring Famous Artists and Chalk Pastels

Before we get started, I always set the table with all our supplies. Don’t worry chalk pastels are super easy! All you need is a cheap set of chalk pastels and a pack of construction paper! No intimidating art list necessary.

*Although, we have found that a few of the harder Nupastels come in handy when drawing faces and the human form.

Exploring Famous Artists with Chalk Pastels
Norman Rockwell

I always serve a favorite beverage and treat when we are having art lessons. When we did our paintings for Rembrandt, I had cinnamon muffins and warm cider on the table. For Monet’s lesson, we had donuts and hot tea. It’s totally up to you if you want to add this little extra bit of fun to your art lessons.

Exploring Famous Artists with Chalk Pastels
Rembrandt

Exploring Famous Artists for Kids

FYI spills DO happen. It’s OK, though. Just keep a roll of paper towels handy. I like to think that the master artists knew messes happened. It’s all part of the process. Plus, not only are we learning about art, but we are also making treasured memories.

Exploring Famous Artists with Chalk Pastels

Exploring Famous Artists

Nana does an amazing job of bringing the master artists to a level that younger kids and older kids can understand and recreate. So, these lessons are perfect for beginner artists and advanced artists alike. She gives a little bit of history on each artist and even some of their techniques.

Exploring Famous Artists
Van Gogh

These lessons pair beautifully with Nana’s Famous Artist Podcast series where she goes more in-depth about each master artist! We listened to her Johannes Vermeer podcast after our Vermeer lesson. It was a wonderful addition and so educational!

Exploring Famous Artists with Chalk Pastels
Johannes Vermeer

Exploring Famous Artists with Chalk Pastels

I love that we are learning facts and history about these master artists as well as spurring on further learning and interesting rabbit trails of discovery.

Exploring Famous Artists with Chalk Pastels

The master artists are a must for anyone interested in art history or art techniques. Plus, we are having such fun! Creative messes, chalk hands, and smiles all included!

Exploring Famous Artists with Chalk Pastels

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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Grateful For Thanksgiving Homeschool Days Like These

Thanksgiving Homeschool

Years ago, I used to be so busy checking off homeschool lesson boxes that I missed the true meaning of homeschooling. Holidays would pass me by because we were so caught up with staying on track with our curriculum. 

I am beyond grateful that these days are quite the opposite! I take pleasure in slowing down and savoring the sweet moments without sacrificing education. 

It did take me a few years to figure out how to blend learning, family, and fun creatively. But once you learn how to make it all come together, you can have the most magical time learning together. 

Thanksgiving and Fall are some of the best opportunities to create these types of learning experiences too! 

Thanksgiving Homeschool

For the record, we don’t do this on the daily. I would never want you to look at some of our best times and think this is what our homeschool looks like every day. But, I do try to make something special happen at least once every two weeks or so. I find it helps to keep our homeschool fun, and my kids enjoy looking forward to our next special homeschool occasion. 

For this particular experience, we chose to get some mileage out of our You ARE an Artist Complete Clubhouse Membership at ChalkPastel.com. Our homeschool has been so blessed by our membership that I can’t stress enough how much you need one too!

The membership does more than just add art to your homeschool. A membership with You ARE An Artist enhances the learning that is already going on in your homeschool. Think of it as upsizing your homeschool! 

Thanksgiving Homeschool

By Having A Membership with You ARE An Artist, You Can Easily:

•Plan art into practically any homeschool lesson.

•Enjoy tea times with art. 

•Use a daily clickable calendar with art prompts.

•Utilize resources like the Curriculum Match-Up Checklist and add art to all of your homeschool history and science lessons. 

•Never miss celebrating a holiday or season in your homeschool with art. 

•Say goodbye to dull homeschool days. 

•Create custom unit studies – here is a wonderful example of our day filled with Johnny Appleseed activities.

 •Incorporate the entire family. (I love family-style homeschooling opportunities!) 

You really can look like the fun mom with a Clubhouse Membership, especially if you struggle with adding excitement to your homeschool days! I speak from personal experience. 

Thanksgiving Homeschool

Onto Our Thanksgiving Homeschool Lesson Plans

I plan to share with you all of the resources we used and hope you are inspired to plan a day unique to your homeschool. It’s an example of an easy way to make a simple unit study. We are incorporating an excellent array of fall nature, Thanksgiving, and history. 

Usually, I will block out the entire day to have fun around these themed type homeschool lessons. It gives us plenty of time to bake because you have to have treats, right? And the baking allows for some hands-on fun too! So it’s fitting that the featured treat for this day should be pumpkin pie. 

Thanksgiving Homeschool

We are currently exploring the season with a nature journal that’s perfect for autumn. The journal is packed full of information, including seeds, migration, autumn, and nature tracking. It also has hands-on ideas, writing prompts, and so much more. These fall art lessons pair so well with what we are learning through our informative nature journal.  

I love including all of my children on days like these. So I try to mix a balances blend of things they can all do together, along with a few more advanced things for my oldest and more age-appropriate activities for the younger ones. 

Thanksgiving Homeschool

With that said, we are using the Fall Leaves art tutorial for early learners and the Acorn and Wind in the Tree art lessons that are a bit more challenging. These all blend nicely with our nature journal activities and what we have been learning. 

Thanksgiving Homeschool

You could also add The Voyage of the First Thanksgiving art lesson because it’s a perfect match for early American History. Long gone are the days of boring mapping lessons in your homeschool. You ARE An Artist takes mapping to a whole other level! Your kids are guaranteed to love this one. It’s a must-add to your Thanksgiving homeschool lessons. 

And with saving the best for last, we are forever grateful because of HIM. Our homeschool keeps God at the center, and I love old hymns. I had to include the We Gather Together art tutorial; it helped tie everything together with thankfulness and gratitude. 

We did our art lesson as we listened to various versions of the hymn We Gather Together. The hymn is a fantastic reminder about bringing family and friends together to give thanks to God. 

Thanksgiving Homeschool

I encourage you to introduce this hymn to your children. You ARE An Artist also included a link to a hymn study on the song if your kids want to research the history behind the hymn too. If you are anything like me, I find such value in these little additions to our learning. 

Don’t forget to pull out some of your favorite read alouds to enjoy too!

Here Are The Resources You Need For Your Own Thanksgiving Homeschool Experience

Here is a quick recap of everything we used and a few others you may want to incorporate too! 

The Voyage of the First Thanksgiving Art Tutorial from the Maps Clubhouse Complete Exclusive

Preschool Fall Leaves Art Tutorial from the Preschool Fall Video Art Lessons Clubhouse Edition

Wind in the Tree and Acorn Art Tutorials from the Fall Video Chalk Art Lessons Clubhouse Edition

We Gather Together Art Tutorial from the Hymns Clubhouse Edition

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A few other art tutorials that you might want to include in your Thanksgiving unit study:

Pumpkin

Thankful for Art Resources

Norman Rockwell 

Acrylics Fall Tree Reflection

Thanksgiving Homeschool

Quick Tips: Don’t feel like you have to squeeze it all in one day. Spread these lessons out over a week or a month, but don’t rush them! Enjoy this time with your family, learning and creating together, savor these sweet moments. 

And if you don’t fit it all in, there is always next year! Homeschooling isn’t a race; it’s a journey. 

I hope that this gives you some ideas to expand on and plan around. Our plans were simple yet packed full of goodness and education. 

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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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Famous Artist Johannes Vermeer

I am inviting you to come with me on a trip back 400 years to a city named Delft and visit with famous artist Johannes Vermeer, who has been called the “Greatest Artist of the Dutch Golden Age”. You can sit with me as he paints his most famous painting, The Girl With the Pearl Earring! Not only this painting, but we will talk about his other paintings, like The Geographer plus Vermeer’s love of cartography! How did he have time to paint? This artist had 15 children! Come on, let’s go visit this Golden Era artist!

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