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Exploring Famous Artists with Chalk Pastels

Exploring famous artists with your children 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 700+ chalk pastel lessons including Famous Artists video lessons with the following master artists:

  • Monet
  • Vermeer
  • Michelangelo 
  • Norman Rockwell
  • Rembrandt
  • Audubon
  • Beatrix Potter 
  • Van Gogh

  • Degas
  • da Vinci
  • Lichtenstein
  • Betsy Ross
  • Warhol
  • O’Keefe
  • Picasso
  • Winston Churchill
  • Georges Seurat (lesson premiere April 2021)
  • Bob Ross (lesson premiere April 2021)

Plus, a new artist is added most every month! You ARE an ARTiST Complete Clubhouse members also get an I Drew It Then I Knew It Companion Workbook with famous artists biographies and more!

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

Enjoy making some beautiful memories with your children as you experience the famous artists chalk pastel art tutorials! With our I Drew It Then I Knew It Famous Artists Companion Workbook, you will get biographies of each famous artist, multiple planners, a book recommendation list, fast fact sheets, and overviews to work through Nana’s art lessons.

Our Famous Artists Companion Workbook paired with a Complete Clubhouse Membership is the perfect way to enjoy art history and a study of the master artists!

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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Star Wars Chalk Pastel Teatime with Nana

This fun Star Wars chalk pastel teatime with Nana is the perfect way to celebrate your kiddo’s love for all things Star Wars! The Star Wars-themed lessons are super easy to follow and are ideal for all ages. All you need is a simple set of chalk pastels, construction paper, and Nana’s video art lessons! Add in some tasty treats, and you have a teatime even a Wookie would love!

Star Wars Chalk Pastel Teatime with Nana: This fun Star Wars chalk pastel teatime with Nana is the perfect way to celebrate your kiddo's love for all things Star Wars! The Star Wars-themed lessons are super easy to follow and are ideal for all ages. All you need is a simple set of chalk pastels, construction paper, and Nana's video art lessons! Add in some tasty treats, and you have a teatime even a Wookie would love! #Star Wars #Maythe4th #StarWarsartforkids #StarWarschalkpastels #StarWarschalkpastelteatime #StarWarschalkpastellessons #Chalkpastelsatthemovies #YouAReAnArtistClubhouse

Have you introduced the awesomeness of Star Wars to your kiddos yet? I admit my son has loved Star Wars since he was a little fella of about three years old. Over the years, he’s dressed up as many of the characters for Halloween or just because he felt like it. I even created a paper Star Wars Inspired Cootie Catcher to determine if he was a JediSithWookie, or a Droid!

We’ve had a lot of fun over the years incorporating Star Wars into our lives. And why not? It’s an epic set of movies with a long list of books to go with them!

My daughter, on the other hand, has never been interested in Star Wars. She has always been a princess, butterflies, and ponies type of girl. She was much too sensitive to even think about watching lightsaber battles or Death Star explosions. That is, until recently, when she heard the family talking about the epic scenes and backstories revolving around Star Wars.

She was curious and wanted to know what the big deal was.

Was there a princess?

Yes, there is a princess! And she’s tough! There’s also a queen!

She was intrigued and wanted to see the first movie.

Star Wars Chalk Pastel Teatime with Nana

Introducing the Star Wars Movies

We started with A New Hope, and she was instantly hooked! She wanted to watch the next one immediately. She NEEDED to know what happened next! So, we watched The Empire Strikes Back and then Return of the Jedi. She loved them!

But where was that queen I had mentioned?

Awe, she’s in the movies that take place before Luke and Leia were even born. Those are the movies that tell you how Darth Vader came into being.

“I HAVE TO WATCH THOSE MAMA!” she exclaimed.

You should have seen the look of absolute shock when she finally realized in Attack of the Clones that Padme Amidala was Luke and Leia’s mother. Or that Anakin Skywalker was their father and destined to turn to the Dark Side!

Folks, we now have another Star Wars fan in the family, and she is only eight years old!

Star Wars Chalk Pastel Teatime with Nana

Star Wars Chalk Pastel Teatime Treats

Imagine my delight when I discovered that Nana has 12 different Star Wars chalk pastel lessons! It was perfect timing! I decided to celebrate our newest family nerd; we would have a Star Wars chalk pastel teatime complete with Star Wars-themed treats!

*It actually took us several days to accomplish all of Nana’s Star Wars chalk pastel lessons. Luckily we had plenty of leftover treats!*

Star Wars Chalk Pastel Teatime with Nana

The Sarlacc Cake

The Sarlacc was the sand monster out in the desert planet Tatooine in Return of the Jedi. We created this horror with a lemon cake baked in a Bundt pan. We poured a lemon glaze over the top, and then the fun began. We used sliced almonds for the teeth, two Pringles gave us our beaked mouth, and yellow Twizzlers pulled apart were our tentacles. We then dusted the whole thing with pulverized graham crackers to look like sand! Lego figures finished off the look. This cake was a HUGE success!

Star Wars Chalk Pastel Teatime with Nana

Star Wars Chocolates and Cookies

We knew we wanted sugar cookies and lightsaber pretzels for our chalk pastel teatime. These were pretty easy to make, though the cookies were a bit tedious to decorate. We made them the night before.

We already had silicone Star Wars jello molds from years ago. So, we used those to create white chocolate heads of Boba Fett the Bounty Hunter, Storm Troopers, and Yoda!

Poor Yoda was the first one to go! I’m told he was incredibly delicious. We just added a little food coloring to make him green.

Star Wars Chalk Pastel Teatime with Nana

We even made a Darth Vader chocolate. Unfortunately, we didn’t have black food coloring or even regular chocolate, so he remained white. Still, the kids thought these white chocolates were quite tasty!

Easy Star Wars Art for Kids

Nana did a wonderful job of showing us how to easily create our own:

  • Baby Yoda – Mandalorian
  • BB8
  • Chewbacca
  • Princess Leia 
  • C3PO and R2D2
  • Darth Vader
  • Last Jedi 
  • Stormtrooper
  • Millennium Falcon – Solo 
  • Death Star
  • Star Wars Rise of Skywalker 
  • Yoda

Granted, my daughter took some creative liberties. She likes to remind me that Nana always says that SHE is the ARTIST! And that is so true!

You ARE AN ARTiST Clubhouse Membership

Did you know that Chalk Pastels at the Movies is a bonus for You ARE An Artist Clubhouse Members? Chalk Pastels at the Movies offers all your favorite book and movie character art lessons at your fingertips. Here are just a few:

  • Angry Birds 
  • Baseball and Bat 
  • Bruce of Finding Nemo 
  • Cars Mater and Lightning McQueen 
  • Cat in the Hat acrylic 
  • Chalk Pastels and Children’s Books
  • Charlie Brown Christmas 
  • Charlie Brown Thanksgiving 
  • Coca-Cola 
  • Harry Potter Firebolt Broom 
  • Harry Potter Great Hall
  • Harry Potter Illustrated video series 
  • Harry Potter Lightning Scar
  • Harry Potter Snitch 
  • Harry Potter Sorting Hat 
  • Harry Potter Wand 
  • How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World
  • How to Train Your Dragon
  • House for Hermit Crab 
  • Incredibles 
  • Jurassic Park – Dinosaur
  • Lentil 
  • Little Engine That Could 
  • Madeline 
  • Mary Poppins
  • Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel 
  • My Blue Boat
  • Narnia 
  • Pete the Cat 
  • Peter Pan 
  • Seuss Truffula Trees
  • Tangled Toothless (How to Train Your Dragon)
  • Mr. Whiskers 
  • Penguins of Madagascar 
  • Star Trek 
  • Stopping By the Woods on a Snowy Evening 
  • Veggie Tales – Josh and the Big Wall 
  • Very Hungry Caterpillar 
Star Wars Chalk Pastel Teatime with Nana

An Epic Family Teatime

I just loved introducing the Star Wars movies to my daughter! Now she can be a part of our Star Wars jokes and references. It also gives her and her brother a common interest! But most of all, I love how we were able to celebrate the finishing of the movies with this epic family teatime that wouldn’t have been complete without our beloved chalk pastels!

Star Wars Chalk Pastel Teatime with Nana

Darth Vader Chalk Pastel Art Lesson

Enjoy Nana’s Darth Vader Chalk Pastel Art Lesson with your May the 4th Be With You celebration – or any time! May the force be with you!

Suggested supplies: black construction paper and ALL the chalk pastel colors! Be sure to share a photo of your painting and tag us on social media.

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

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Homeschool Art for Middle and High School – You ARE An Artist

Finding homeschool art programs for middle and high school learning can be difficult.

It certainly was for me and my family.

The options seemed either too formal, or too babyish, for my older learners. But both of my boys have an interest in art and learn best with hands-on, multi-sensory activities. So I continued to search for a solution.

Thankfully, I found You ARE An Artist.

Homeschool Art for Middle and High School With You ARE An Artist

I wanted options for learning beyond a basic art class. More than that, my youngest son clearly learns best when art is a part of other academic subjects. I was pleased (and a little relieved) to see how many opportunities for older learners are included in the Clubhouse Membership.

You ARE An Artist Courses For Middle and High School Homeschool

This is a small sample of the lessons we’ve done so far that have worked well for both my middle school and high school homeschoolers.

Homeschool Art for Middle and High School With You ARE An Artist

History and Geography For Older Homeschoolers

  • American History
  • American Landmarks
  • Ancient History
  • Famous Composers
  • World Maps
  • World Landmarks

Science For Middle and High School Homeschoolers

  • Inventors
  • Moon Missions
  • Solar Eclipse
  • Solar System
  • Space Exploration
adding art to literature

Literature and Language Arts For Middle and High School Homeschoolers

Art Classes For Older Learners

How We Incorporate You ARE An Artist Lessons Into Our Middle and High School Learning

There are a couple of ways we have used You ARE An Artist to fuel our upper level learning.

The first is the most obvious, as we use You ARE An Artist for visual art credits in our homeschool. The second has been even more of a support in our homeschool. With these lessons, I have been able to incorporate art into our other areas of study to create a more robust and engaging learning experience.

You ARE An Artist For Homeschool High School Transcripts and Credit Hours

Because art is an elective that both of my boys would choose to take if they attended the school down the street, You ARE An Artist meets all the requirements for this type of credit.

I found this post from Courtney to be really helpful in figuring out what to “count” and how to reflect the learning on my son’s homeschool high school transcript. It outlines exactly how to accurately reflect art credit for high school using You ARE An Artist.

Incorporating Art Into Other Subjects For Middle And High School Learners

When my children were younger, it was a lot easier to find opportunities to weave art into our overall learning. As my boys have grown into middle and high school coursework, this became much more challenging, although no less important!

You ARE An Artist has made it not only possible, but easy for me to plan engaging, age appropriate activities for my older learners.

Homeschool Art for Middle and High School With You ARE An Artist

For example, my son has an intense interest in the Harry Potter series. Although he has read them before, we decided to incorporate them in to our literature study this year, with a focus on character analysis.

At first glance, it might seem that this would have no real tie to any art, much less specific lessons with You ARE An Artist. But after searching the membership, it became clear that we had more than a few options available.

When my son and I discussed the sorting hat and its role as a lesser identified “character,” he completed a lesson with Nana, drawing the sorting hat and then practicing his handwriting (much needed!) with his favorite sorting hat quote.

Homeschool Art for Middle and High School With You ARE An Artist

When the trip from Kings Cross to Hogwarts came up, my son created his own map of Great Britain with Nana as his guide.

  • He drew the map locations himself.
  • Next, he asked me to create the labels for his map (again, handwriting is a concern and he was so proud of his work, he didn’t want to “ruin” it.)
  • Finally, he was able to identify the locations on the map from memory, and point to them for me to label.

This is just a glimpse of why this approach to learning is so effective for children of all ages, even middle and highschoolers!

Homeschool Art for Middle and High School With You ARE An Artist

Time and time again, I am amazed at the benefit of adding art into our other academic subjects. You can see in this example, he not only comprehended the material, he retained it.

It’s what learning with You ARE An Artist is all about!

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Fun Harry Potter Chalk Pastel Teatime

Check out this fun Harry Potter chalk pastel teatime that even muggles will love! You’ll find magical art lessons that everyone in the family will enjoy. You don’t have to have a magic wand or spellbook. All you need is a simple set of chalk pastels, a pack of construction paper, and the teatime treats of your choice to bring the magic of art and Harry Potter into your home!

Fun Harry Potter Chalk Pastel Teatime: Check out this fun Harry Potter chalk pastel teatime that even muggles will love! You'll find magical art lessons that everyone in the family will enjoy. You don't have to have a magic wand or spellbook. All you need is a simple set of chalk pastels, a pack of construction paper, and the teatime treats of your choice to bring the magic of art and Harry Potter into your home! #HarryPotter #HarryPotterart #HarryPotterartforkids #HarryPotterchalkpastels #HarryPotterchalkpastelteatime #chalkpastelteatime #chalkpastelatthemovies #videoartlessons #YouAREAnArtistClubhouseMembership #YouAREAnArtist

We are HUGE Harry Potter fans, folks! This is the series that made my son a prolific reader. Seriously, it will always have a special place in our hearts.

Why yes, we do own Hogwarts robes and two Sorting Hats.

I knitted a scarf for my son years ago in his favorite Gryffindor colors because he was so obsessed. I love that the kiddos pulled out ALL their themed garb for our Harry Potter chalk pastels with Nana! They had been looking forward to this teatime for weeks!

Did you know you can also print out your own Sorting Hat Fortune Teller and sort your kiddos into their Hogwarts houses before starting your Harry Potter teatime art?

Fun Harry Potter Chalk Pastel Teatime

Harry Potter Chalk Pastel Teatime Treats

My kiddos know that chalk pastel teatime means yummy treats! The biggest hit of our Hogwarts teatime was the homemade Butterbeer. You can scroll down to the very bottom of this post to see my recipe.

I ordered chocolate frogs, gummy slugs, and Bertie Botts every flavor beans off the internet.

Fun Harry Potter Chalk Pastel Teatime

My daughter said she got an ear wax flavored jellybean during our teatime, ha!

Fun Harry Potter Chalk Pastel Teatime

We made Hagrid’s “Happee Brthdae Harry” cake the night before our teatime. It was just a plain yellow cake with pink frosting and green lettering.

Fun Harry Potter Chalk Pastel Teatime

We made brownies and then decorated them with frosting and edible googly eyes to look like mini “Monster Book of Monsters.” A piece of red twizzle made a great tongue.

Green Twizzlers pulled apart and then knotted back together made excellent “Gillyweed!”

Fun Harry Potter Chalk Pastel Teatime

We also made “Acid Pops” which were really Dum Dum’s dipped in honey and then rolled in crushed Dum Dum’s. Pop rocks would have been even better, but we couldn’t find any.

Fun Harry Potter Chalk Pastel Teatime

Easy Harry Potter Chalk Pastel Art

No chalk pastel teatime is complete without amazing video art lessons! Nana did not disappoint with this Chalk Pastels at The Movies Harry Potter art marathon.

Fun Harry Potter Chalk Pastel Teatime

Nana did a fabulous job of showing us how to easily create our own:

  • Harry Potter’s Lightning Scar
  • Wizard’s Wand
  • Sorting Hat
  • Golden Snitch
  • Hogwarts Great Hall
  • Harry Potter Firebolt Broom

My daughter’s favorite lesson was the Sorting Hat, which she made into a Lady Hat. She also enjoyed turning the Firebolt Broom lesson into Hermione and Crookshanks flying on a broom. Why did she take creative liberties with Nana’s lesson?

Because Nana always reminds her that SHE IS THE ARTIST!

I just love how sweet and encouraging Nana is throughout all the art lessons.

My son’s favorite lesson was Harry Potter’s Lightning Scar and the Golden Snitch.

Fun Harry Potter Chalk Pastel Teatime

You ARE AN Artist Literature Clubhouse

Did you know that with the You ARE An Artist Clubhouse Membership you’ll have exclusive access to the You ARE An Artist Clubhouse Literature Video Art Lessons? These literature chalk pastel lessons include:

You ARE an ARTiST Clubhouse members also enjoy a new I Drew It Then I Knew It Literature Companion workbook to match these lessons including Harry Potter. The Literature Workbook includes writing prompts, fun facts, and more!

Fun Harry Potter Chalk Pastel Teatime

Fun Family Art Teatime

This was an EPIC Harry Potter themed chalk pastel teatime! A seriously fun collection of art lessons that the children had been looking forward to for weeks.

We are talking about an amazing chalk pastel teatime fit for wizards young and old alike! It will not be soon forgotten. I think this may be a teatime they will remember Always.

Fun Harry Potter Chalk Pastel Teatime

Tasty Butterbeer Recipe

Want to try our Butterbeer recipe? There are loads of Butterbeer recipes all across the internet. However, I’ve found that most of them are far too sweet and rich to be enjoyable. So, I came up with our own version that my kiddos love! This recipe made 2 HUGE frosty mugs full of “Butterbeer!”

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups vanilla ice cream
  • 2 cups cream soda ice cubes
  • 3 teaspoons imitation butter extract
  • 1 teaspoon rum extract
  • 6 tablespoons butterscotch topping
  • 2 cups cream soda
  • 2 pinches of salt
  • whipped cream

Instructions:

  1. Pour cream soda into ice cube trays and freeze.
  2. Once the cream soda is frozen, place the ice cubes in the blender.
  3. Add ice cream, imitation butter extract, rum extract, 2 cups of cream soda, butterscotch topping, salt, and blend until smooth.
  4. Pour into your favorite frosted mug.
  5. Add whipped cream and drizzle with butterscotch topping.

ENJOY!

Fun Harry Potter Chalk Pastel Teatime

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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Easy Acrylic Painting with Nana

Let Nana help you as you embark on this easy acrylic painting journey. Learn some simple tips about color, and brush strokes. You’ll be amazed at how much fun you and your kids will have! It’s easier than you might expect!

Easy Acrylic Painting with Nana - Let Nana help you as you embark on this easy acrylic painting journey. Learn some simple tips about color, and brush strokes. It's easier than you might expect! #easybeginneracrylics #easypaintinglessonsforkids #paintingideas #acrylicpainting #easybeginneracrylics #easyacrylicpainting #acrylicpaintingideas #simpleacrylicpaintings #acrylicartlessons #acrylicswithNana #easyacrylicpaintingwithNana #acrylicpaintlessons

Did you know that Nana has acrylic paint lessons? That’s right, there is more than just chalk pastels when it comes to our beloved Nana and I was thrilled to learn about her vast resources.

Acrylics are such a fun art medium that both kids and adults can enjoy. You don’t need to worry about going out and buying a bunch of expensive canvases, brushes, and paints. Nana gives you the recommended paint colors and canvas sizes, BUT she’s very adamant about using what you’ve already got on hand, even if it’s just your primary paint colors, paper, and a cheap set of brushes.

These are easy acrylic art lessons for kids, teens, and adults alike AND with the You ARE An Artist Clubhouse Membership you’ll have access to ALL of Nana’s acrylic art lessons!

*Just remember, Nana calls acrylics “forever paint” because they do not wash out of clothing once dry. So, be sure to have your kids wear a smock, apron, or even an old shirt to protect their clothing.

Easy Acrylic Painting with Nana

A Simple Start in Acrylics with Nana

If you hear a voice within you say ‘you cannot paint,’ then by all means paint and that voice will be silenced.

Vincent Van Gogh

The Simple Start in Acrylics lessons is the easiest of Nana’s acrylic paintings. These super-simple paintings live up to their name and were a big hit with my kiddos. They each took less than ten minutes and my daughter fell in love with the itty-bitty canvases.

Easy Acrylic Painting with Nana

She declared quite loudly at the kitchen table that she MUST have more teeny tiny canvases!

Easy Acrylic Painting with Nana

The children and I had such fun with a lesson on clouds, a sunflower, and a landscape! Their small size makes them less intimidating to young artists.

Easy Acrylic Painting with Nana

This also makes them ideal for beginner acrylic students!

Easy Acrylic Painting with Nana

Freedom Abstract Acrylic Lesson for Kids

Life is a great big canvas. Throw all the paint on it you can.

Danny Kaye

The Freedom Abstract lesson is perfect for helping timid artists not be afraid to get paint all over their canvas. Nana always says that the only paint you should regret is the paint still on your palette!

Easy Acrylic Painting with Nana

Nana also says that a toddler makes the best abstract paintings, ha! I can image why!

Did you know that Sir Winston Churchill, the great British Prime Minister, started his artist career with a blue dot of paint on a canvas and was afraid to add more? He eventually overcame his fear and created over 550 paintings. My kids love that story and have told everyone in the family! So, overcome your own fear and make a messy abstract!

But remember, to be a true abstract you’ve gotta throw a bit of black in there!

Easy Acrylic Painting with Nana

Acrylic Backyard Birds

I paint as a bird sings.

Claude Monet

You may remember our Chalk Pastels Bird Study with Nana back in February. Did you know that Nana also has Bird acrylic painting lessons? We loved learning extra tidbits from Nana about some of our favorite feathered friends.

Easy Acrylic Painting with Nana

Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.

Pablo Picasso

My kiddos really got into the bird acrylics. They made them unique with their own artistic styles and personalities! Nana’s bird acrylic art lessons include:

  • Goldfinch
  • Blue Bird
  • Nuthatch
  • Titmouse
  • Wren
  • Crow

My daughter painted over her initial Nuthatch painting and instead created a Vulture in a tree above a Crow and her nest. That’s one thing, among many things, that I love about acrylics. Once it’s dry, you can just paint over the entire canvas in whatever color paint you want and create something new!

She also only painted the bottom half of a crow!

Why?

Because she’s the ARTIST!

*The bottom end of her crow had some wonderful feather detail!

Lighthouse House Easy Acrylic Painting

Creativity takes courage.

Henri Matisse

The Lighthouse is part of the Hymns art lessons. It’s inspired by the song “My Hope is Built on Nothing Less” and was such a joy to paint. Creating the night sky with splatter paint stars and then swirling the blues and whites to create the crashing waves was a lovely experience.

Easy Acrylic Painting with Nana
Easy Acrylic Painting with Nana

Master Classes Acrylics Painting Lessons

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

Rembrandt

The Master Classes Acrylics is where you’ll find Seasonal Tree Art with Nana!

*The Spring Tree is a chalk pastel video, but it is also in the Master Classes Lessons.

These lessons are where we REALLY got into color mixing! We had to because we ran out of brown paint! But, so long as you have your three primary colors plus white and black, you can create any other color you need!

Did you know that equal parts of red, blue, and yellow make a medium brown? If you need a darker brown, then just add more blue. If you need a warmer brown, then add more red or yellow!

My daughter painted over her fall tree and created a scene with a Magical Narwhal and Koi Fish! Her winter tree scene also contained the wedding of the fairy queen. It’s OK to let your kiddo be creative and add their own twist to their paintings.

Nana always reminds us that we ARE the artists!

Acrylics with Nana

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

Michelangelo

The Master Classes also contain the Bird Nest Acrylic lesson. This was such an enjoyable tutorial. We all got lost in our own worlds of color as we listened to Nana take us slowly but surely through creating a bird’s nest filled with eggs!

Easy Acrylic Painting with Nana

It’s always exciting to see how everyone’s individuality comes out in their paintings!

Easy Acrylic Painting with Nana

Easy Acrylic Painting with Nana

Every artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures.

Henry Ward Beecher

Our experience through Nana’s acrylic paint lessons was richly filled with color and creativity. Nana is so wonderful at taking your children step-by-step through the entire painting process. She encouraged us with every dip of our brushes.

Oh yes, mom, you can enjoy these lessons too! I did! And I can honestly say that I came away from these creative moments of stress-relief with joy and a renewed spirit each time.

So, get out your paints and join Nana on this colorful journey! What are you waiting for? After all, art is good for the heart and the soul.

Easy Acrylic Painting with Nana

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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Mini Moments for Mom with Chalk Pastels

Whether you have 5 minutes, 10 minutes, 20 minutes, or more, take the time to recharge your spirit with these mini moments for mom. Even busy moms can appreciate the simplicity and ease of chalk pastels. No super long supply list is needed! Just a starter set of chalk pastels, a pack of construction paper, and a few moments is all that is required for a mom to reconnect with herself and her love of art.

Mini Moments for Mom with Chalk Pastels: Whether you 5 minutes, 10 minutes, 20 minutes, or more, take the time to recharge your spirit with these mini moments for moms. Even busy moms can appreciate the simplicity and ease of chalk pastels. No super long supply list is needed! Just a starter set of chalk pastels, a pack of construction paper, and a few moments is all that required for a mom to reconnect with herself and a love of art. #momlife #momtime #motherhood #mom #relaxation #selfcare #minimomentsformoms #momselfcare #momart

When I feel overwhelmed, art has a way of helping me feel more grounded and centered. When I’m morose, art has a way of helping me see the joy and tranquility of life. It has a beautiful way of helping myself and my children process emotions we may not have even realized were there.

I can move forward in life more easily when art is made a weekly priority.

Art has always been precious to me. I remember creating stick figures as a little girl. But in my mind, they were so much more than simple lines. Those figures were knights and ladies, dragons and whales, jungles, and far-off places.

As an adult I turn to art when I’m anxious, happy, or sad.

There’s just something about mixing colors to create new colors. Taking a blank canvas and creating something from nothing is always thrilling. There’s magic in the way the chalk feels against my fingers as I blend to create different shades or the way the paints glide from my brush.

I find I get lost in worlds of color, texture, and form.

Mini Moments for Mom with Chalk Pastels

Mini Moments for Mom

As a mom, it’s not always easy to find hours upon hours to get lost in my fancies of color. But, I have found that it’s far easier to take small chunks of time or mini moments while the children are otherwise occupied.

I’m talking about 5-10 minutes, folks. 20 minutes at the most unless my husband is home. Yet those 5-10 minutes are so precious for this mom’s self-care.

Mini Moments for Mom with Chalk Pastels

Filling Your Cup as a Mom

I find that when I carve out time for my own self-care and needs I am a better mom to my kiddos. Nana helps me do that with her chalk pastel and acrylic paint video lessons! Her lessons are short and simple which is a plus in my de-stressing department.

My favorite lessons include lots of color, the tranquility of nature, or my favorite literature! They range from super short lessons to a few that I can get lost in… if my husband is home to watch the kids.

Mini Moments for Mom with Chalk Pastels

You ARE An Artist Chalk Pastel Membership and Mom Art

With the You ARE AN Artist Chalk Pastel Membership you and your children have access to over 600+ video art lessons including this moms’ favorites:

  • Jonquil in a Jar
  • Easter Lily
  • Dandelion
  • Vivaldi’s Spring Tree
  • Bear
  • Deer in Forest
  • Garden Bunny
  • Aslan (The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe)
  • Hobbit Hole (The Hobbit)
  • Rabbit in the Woods (Green Ember Gala)
  • Wren on Teacup (Bird Acrylics)
  • Titmouse (Bird Acrylics)
  • Bluebird (Bird Acrylics)
  • Fall Tree (Master Class Acrylics)
  • Winter Tree (Master Class Acrylics)
  • Bird Nest (Master Class Acrylics)
  • Lighthouse (Hymn Acrylic)
Mini Moments for Mom with Chalk Pastels

Mini Moments for Mom and Me

Sometimes even getting 5 minutes of alone mom time can still seem impossible. That’s why I also make regular mommy and me time during the week. This is just a lovely way to share one-on-one time with your child while also incorporating art. Or we will pick a day of the week and make that our homeschool art day, like our recent Harry Potter themed chalk pastel teatime! In this way, the children get in art as well as this mom. It’s a perfect pairing!

But, if you find that you can carve out the time, I challenge you to grab your favorite beverage, construction paper, chalk pastels, and Nana’s video art lessons for a quiet moment of color and reflection. After all, art isn’t just for kids. It’s nourishing for moms too!

Mini Moments for Mom 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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Easter Art Lessons That Will Make For A Memorable Time

Easter Art Lessons

Easter is right around the corner, and it’s a wonderful time to begin planning. Here at You ARE An Artist, we have some excellent resources to help you easily plan your art lessons so you can spend more time learning and creating with your family through Easter.

Whether you want to experience Easter with your family through Lent, Holy Week, or Easter Sunday, we have something for you. Because studying Easter is not only Biblically rich but history-rich. There is so much to learn! 

The Easter story is in the Bible for us to read anytime, but it’s essential to revisit it leading up to Easter. We do this in remembrance of what Jesus went through and all the amazing things God has done. Reading through the Easter story with your family is a wonderful way to bond and experience intimacy with God.

Easter Art Lessons That Will Make For A Memorable Time

Our new Easter Companion Workbook paired with a Complete Clubhouse Membership is the perfect way to incorporate Easter into your homeschool or church-at-home. You can draw your way right through the Resurrection Story with our Easter art lessons. 

With our Easter Companion Workbook, you will get multiple planners, a book recommendation list, fast fact sheets, and overviews to work through our Easter art lessons.

Easter Art Lessons

You can plan how and when you will use each Easter art lesson with the planners included in the workbook. And, there are plenty of art tutorials to choose from.

IDITIKI Easter Workbook Cover

All The Easter Art Lessons You Can Enjoy With Your Family

  • Three crosses
  • Crown of thorns
  • Easter cross
  • Rainbow cross (try this sample!)
  • The stone rolled away
  • Easter lily
  • Palm branch (try this sample!)
  • Easter eggs
  • The Lord’s Supper bread and cup
  • Church stained glass window
  • Garden of Gethsemane
  • Jesus Washes the Disciples Feet
  • The Last Supper

You can easily count the Easter art lessons as homeschool because you will also learn facts and history behind each topic. We give you just enough for an all-in-one lesson that is the perfect fit for homeschool or church-at-home. If your kids are anything like mine, you will find yourselves researching more exciting facts on your own. Or access all of our extension ideas inside the companion workbook to continue the learning. 

Easter Art Lessons

What we love most about our Easter art lessons is that your whole family can join in! We think reading from Palm Sunday to Resurrection Day is a beautiful way to revisit or introduce the Easter story to your family. If you want to dive all in, a Holy Week timeline would also be fun! 

Imagine Bible readings, Easter art, Biblical history, and nature all around the kitchen table together as you revisit the beautiful story of the Resurrection. Inside the Easter Companion Workbook, we share the Bible passages where you will find the greatest story ever told! 

You don’t have to be familiar with the Easter story to experience it with your family; we encourage you to learn right alongside your children. Not only will you make great memories together, but you are also sure to have fun!

Easter Art Lessons

 We encourage you to read the full story found in the four gospels, Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. Although it is sometimes difficult to imagine the betrayal, suffering death, and burial of Jesus, there is no Resurrection without all of these things.  

The Easter story is a powerful one, and it changes lives when we learn of God’s love and sacrifices for us through his only Son. 

You don’t need anything fancy to start either, an affordable set of chalk pastels and computer or construction paper, and you are on your way. 

We sure do hope you join us this Easter!

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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Seasonal Tree Art with Nana

Easy seasonal tree art with Nana is a perfect way to celebrate the four seasons or add to your next tree nature study! Spring, summer, fall, and winter are all represented in a mix of chalk pastel and acrylic paintings. These lessons are perfect for kids and adults alike. So, sit back, and let Nana guide you through the four seasons with trees.

Seasonal Tree Art with Nana: Easy seasonal tree art with Nana is a perfect way to celebrate the four seasons or add to your next tree nature study! Spring, summer, fall and winter are all represented in a mix of chalk pastel and acrylic paintings. These lessons are perfect for kids and adults alike. So sit back, and let Nana guide you through the four seasons with trees. #fourseasonstreeart #fourseasonsnaturetreeart #treechalkpastel #springtreeartforkids #summertreeartforkids #falltreeartforkids #wintertreeartforkids #seasonaltreeartforkids #simplepaintedtreeart #easytreeartforkids

Do you and your children ever take a moment to just listen to the wind in the trees?

It’s such a soothing sound to me.

We have some sixty acres of woods behind our home and when the wind comes down from the mountains and through those trees it sounds almost like the crashing waves that you hear along the shore. The sound has come to mean home to my children and me. Those woods are filled with deciduous maples, tulip poplars, flowering dogwoods, redbuds, and sycamores. You will also find evergreens such as white pine, and loblolly pines, among others.

We love exploring in the woods whether it’s quietly observing a red-tailed hawk hunting among the canopy, a bunny nibbling on the fresh spring clover, or the discovery of brilliant colors in the fall. Even the quiet of falling snow brings joy and a cozy feeling in the crisp winter air.

We always feel closer to creation surrounded by nature and experiencing the glory of each season.

Seasonal Tree Art with Nana

Spring Tree Art for Kids

We discovered this month that we could explore the seasons from the comfort of our kitchen table with Nana’s tree art lessons! There is a lesson for each of the four seasons.

For the gorgeous spring lesson, all you need is a starter set of chalk pastels, your You ARE An Artist Clubhouse Membership and a pack of construction paper!

Seasonal Tree Art with Nana

If you’ve already got your membership, then you’ll notice that this flowering tree is also part of Nana’s Spring Art Celebration with Chalk Pastels! It is such a perfect welcome to the new life that spring brings. Bursting with flowers and color along with a beautiful reflection in the water.

My daughter even added a Mother and Father bird tending to their nest. Just another sign of creativity and new life.

Seasonal Tree Art with Nana

Summer Tree Art for Kids

For the next three seasonal tree art lessons you’ll want to pull out your acrylic paints!

Oh, yes! Have you heard? Nana has acrylic art lessons!

Seasonal Tree Art with Nana

All you really need for the summer tree lesson is a small cheap set of student acrylic paint (just primary colors plus white will do too), a few student brushes, and a 9×12 canvas. But you can use any size canvas you have OR even paper! Don’t feel like you need to go out and buy a whole lot of expensive supplies. Remember, so long as you have your primary colors you can create all the other colors you need! Yellow plus blue makes green! Did you know that equal amounts of red, blue, and yellow make a lovely medium brown? Want a darker brown? Add more blue! Want a more opaque brown? Add white.

This can be a really fun and educational adventure in color mixing!

Seasonal Tree Art with Nana

My daughter thought her summer season needed a pony with flowers in it’s mane. Let your kiddos be creative! Their artistic talents will shine through when you let go of the reigns and let them explore their creativity.

Seasonal Tree Art with Nana

Fall Tree Art for Kids

With the fall tree lesson, we got to mix colors to make more brown AND different shades of orange!

Seasonal Tree Art with Nana

My son was so proud of his seasonal tree art leaves and background!

Seasonal Tree Art with Nana

My daughter started out following Nana’s lesson but just couldn’t get over the brown reflective water. I told her most ponds and rivers are browner in reality. But that didn’t stop her from painting over the whole fall scene and re-creating her own scene of icy blue water that contained a narwhal and magical koi fish!

Remember, let your children explore their creativity! Even if it involves a narwhal!

Seasonal Tree Art with Nana

Winter Tree Art for Kids

Our last seasonal tree art was the winter tree. This is supposed to be the same tree as the spring tree. It sits on the edge of a reflective pond or pool of water and is covered with fallen snow.

Seasonal Tree Art with Nana

Why yes, my daughter did add the wedding of the moon fairy and the winter fairy to her painting! She is obsessed with fairies and fairy gardens.

Did you notice the two smaller fairies in the snow-covered tree and the reflection of the full moon? I can just feel the quiet of the freshly fallen snow!

Seasonal Tree Art with Nana

Make Art Part of Your Next Nature Observation

A bonus for members to accompany all of Nana’s nature art lessons. 

Here is an educational resource and companion to the I Drew It Then I Knew It Series and nature art lessons. This is a handy resource to accompany Nana’s nature art lessons and is a complement to your nature curriculum.

The Nature Observation Printable includes:

  • Observation and Investigation
  • Research Ideas
  • Observation Recording Area
  • Notes Section

Only available with You ARE an ARTiST Clubhouse membership, it is downloadable and printable.

Seasonal Tree Art with Nana

Easy Tree Art for Kids

These seasonal tree art lessons are a perfect complement to a seasonal nature study. I also found them to be quite soothing and lovely for this mom. Remember, moms enjoy art too. Plus, when kids see mom enjoying art, they want to emulate her activities. Although, your children’s creativity will lead them down their own artistic paths that may include fairies, koi fish, narwhals, and all. Embrace the imagination and originality of it all!

Seasonal Tree Art with Nana: Easy seasonal tree art with Nana is a perfect way to celebrate the four seasons or add to your next tree nature study! Spring, summer, fall and winter are all represented in a mix of chalk pastel and acrylic paintings. These lessons are perfect for kids and adults alike. So sit back, and let Nana guide you through the four seasons with trees. #fourseasonstreeart #fourseasonsnaturetreeart #treechalkpastel #springtreeartforkids #summertreeartforkids #falltreeartforkids #wintertreeartforkids #seasonaltreeartforkids #simplepaintedtreeart #easytreeartforkids

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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Chalk Pastels The Hobbit Art Lesson

Do your kiddos love the fantasy and adventure of J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit? Maybe you and your children are reading The Hobbit and you’re looking for a fun hands-on activity to help celebrate the book. Then, The Hobbit art lesson with Nana and chalk pastels are for you!

Chalk Pastels The Hobbit Art Lesson: Do your kiddos love the fantasy and adventure of  J. R. R. Tolkien's The Hobbit? Then, The Hobbit art lesson with Nana and chalk pastels are for you! #chalkpastel #YouAREAnArtist #TheHobbit #TheHobbitartlesson #TheHobbitchalkpastellesson #chalkpastellessons

“In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit.”

J. R. R. Tolkien – The Hobbit

My son fell in love with The Hobbit when he was 5 years old. I have read it aloud numerous times, he listens to the audiobook regularly, and he never tires of watching the movies. Now my daughter is loving The Hobbit too!

Imagine my excitement when I discovered that Nana had a video art lesson straight from the Shire!

Chalk Pastels The Hobbit Art Lesson

Chalk Pastels The Hobbit Art Lesson

“It was a hobbit hole, and that means comfort”

J. R. R. Tolkien – The Hobbit

The kids were just as excited about The Hobbit chalk pastel lesson. My daughter even pulled out her new special chalk pastel pencils for the occasion! But seriously, you only need a cheap set of chalk pastels and a pack of construction paper to enjoy this lovely tutorial!

Chalk Pastels The Hobbit Art Lesson

An Art Lesson Perfect for Second Breakfast

“I’m going on an adventure”

J. R. R. Tolkien – The Hobbit

The Hobbit art lesson is perfect for second breakfast, luncheon, or afternoon tea! But it’s also great for pairing with the famous literature that we’ve read aloud time and again. The Hobbit is a fantasy classic and by reading it aloud you’ll get plenty of practice at perfecting your mountain troll and goblin voices.

Part of the adventure of a great read aloud is doing the voices!

Chalk Pastels The Hobbit Art Lesson

You ARE AN Artist Literature Clubhouse

Did you know that with the You ARE An Artist Clubhouse Membership you’ll have exclusive access to the You ARE An Artist Clubhouse Literature Video Art Lessons? These literature chalk pastel lessons include:

You ARE an ARTiST Clubhouse members enjoy a new I Drew It Then I Knew It Literature Companion workbook to match these lessons. The Literature Workbook includes writing prompts, fun facts and more!

Chalk Pastels The Hobbit Art Lesson

Chalk Pastels The Hobbit Art Lesson

We had such fun with The Hobbit art lesson. As always, my kiddos took creative liberties such as adding apple trees to the hobbit hill and the famous sign, “No Admittance Except on Party Business!” That’s because Nana always reminds us that WE are all artists and we adore the colorful adventure that only chalk pastels provide!

Chalk Pastels The Hobbit Art Lesson

Nana’s Hobbit art lesson will premiere live for You ARE an ARTiST Clubhouse members on March 12th!

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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The Power of Adding Art To Literature Lessons

adding art to literature

When your child struggles to read, language arts can be a difficult, and often stressful subject. Adding art to literature lessons has completely changed my son’s ability to engage in and enjoy the stories without the pressure of struggling to read them.

What I’ve learned is that this is a powerful approach to learning, no matter what your child’s reading ability!

There is something powerful that happens when we add art to literature lessons. This is an in-depth look at why it works so well.

Art Brings Story To Life

I don’t know why it didn’t occur to me before.

Of course art makes a difference in how we can connect with literature! Bringing a story or poem to life in this most accessible way, allows a learner to not only understand the learning, but retain it as well.

For example, drawing The Globe Theatre as a part of our Shakespeare study gave my son an immediate visual reference whenever it came again in the 39 Clues Book series. He knew it because he drew it!

art and literature

The Connection Between Art And Language Arts

One of the first times I experienced this connection between art and language arts was when my youngest was only seven. We had just read a Ramona Quimby book, together as a family, and we were discussing her antics.

Without promoting, my son went over to our art supplies and began drawing a picture or Ramona squeezing toothpaste into the sink. It was a highlight of the series for my son, mostly because he had always wanted to do it himself!

When he was done with the picture, he brought it over to me, curled up on my lap, and recounted the story itself. It was a small glimmer of what I would come to know about the relationship between language arts and art for my child.

He retained the highlights of the story itself and was able to communicate his comprehension and character analysis after he committed his thoughts to the page in the form of artistic expression.

The Power of Adding Art To Literature Lessons

The Power Of Adding Art To Literature Lessons

Because this has been such an important part of his learning, I want to share with you an example of how this practically works in a real life homeschool lesson.

Earlier this year, Robert Frost came up in conversation as we discussed poetry. As I mentioned, my son struggles with reading. Poetry is actually easier for him to read because he can anticipate the words based on the cadence and flow of the language.

I knew Robert Frost was next in our homeschool learning plan.

The Power of Adding Art To Literature Lessons

You Are An Artist Literature Lessons

Because You Are An Artist features a Robert Frost Lesson, we were able to get started right away.

Even the poem itself was included as a download, so I didn’t have to go searching on the internet. We simply printed the poem, pulled Nana up on the screen, got our art supplies and relaxed into an afternoon of poetry and art.

The Power of Adding Art To Literature Lessons

Here is how we tackled the learning:

  • We read the poem together out loud.
  • We listened to Nana and each drew our own Snowy Woods.
  • My son read the poem to me on his own, and we laughed at my crazy horse drawing.
art and literatue

It was so simple, so easy, and it was one of the most productive lessons we’ve had together in a while. He practiced reading. We enjoyed poetry together. He engaged his senses in a hands-on learning activity. It was a total win.

I found myself wishing every homeschool afternoon could be like this one.

The good news is, maybe they can!

You Are An Artist has a wealth of literature lessons to chose from.

Did you know that with the You ARE An Artist Clubhouse Membership you’ll have exclusive access to the You ARE An Artist Clubhouse Literature Video Art Lessons? And with these lessons, members receive an I Drew It Then I Knew It Literature Companion workbook filled with writing prompts, fun facts and more!

These literature chalk pastel lessons include:

Shawna Wingert

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.