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Charlotte’s Web Homeschool Art Lessons & Tea Time Ideas

Charlotte's Web Homeschool Art Lessons

My two youngest children have been looking forward to the end of Charlotte’s Web for a while now. Not because they haven’t enjoyed it, but because they know that we will celebrate the end of the book with an art & tea time with Nana. It’s has been our tradition to complete the book and join Nana for a corresponding art lesson. And honestly, I couldn’t wait for this one either. Nana has the perfect Charlotte’s Web homeschool art lessons to enjoy. 

Charlotte’s Web is a fantastic elementary read-aloud, and I am so excited to share some art & tea time ideas to help you plan something memorable for your homeschool too. 

End of book celebrations are not only an incentive to complete the book, but they are a great way to continue to grow a love for reading. If you have a child who is a reluctant reader or hasn’t adapted to family read-alouds yet, you may want to think about adding in these hands-on homeschool art lessons from YOU ARE AN ARTiST. 

We have some Terrific Charlotte's Web homeschool art lessons to help you make lasting memories with your children while creating together! #homeschoolart #onlineartlessons #charlottesweb #booksforkids #charlotteswebart

Charlotte’s Web Homeschool Art Lessons 

If you are going to host a Charlotte’s Web homeschool art lesson & tea time, you have to draw Charlotte; am I right? The Spider art lesson is suitable for all ages and looks like Charlotte. Even your littlest of learners can join in on this one. Nana also has a colorful spider web art lesson. You can enjoy this one and even ‘weave’ in ‘SOME PIG’ and more of Charlotte’s words.

And of course, there is Wilbur! We have had so many discussions about him over the past couple of weeks; it is so much fun to create him finally. I love how drawing Wilbur really brought him to life for the kids. 

In addition to Charlotte and Wilbur, you may want to create some of the other animals in the barn. The Preschool Barnyard Course includes a Barnyard Farm, Tractor, Chick, and Mixed Animals Tutorials. These art lessons are easy enough for preschoolers but can also be used for elementary. 

Charlotte's Web Homeschool Art Lessons

Other Charlotte’s Web homeschool art lessons to include are from the Baby Animals, and Animals Courses – the lamb, piglet, and cow are perfect for rounding out your farm animals. 

Charlotte's Web Homeschool Art Lessons

Educational Resources To Include While Reading Charlotte’s Web

Literature: One of my absolute favorite resources that pairs with YOU ARE AN ARTiST online art lessons for homeschoolers are the I Drew It Then I Knew It Companion Workbooks! You can get a sneak peek into one here in a video where I show you all the details. But inside the Literature Companion Workbook, there is an accompanying lesson for Charlotte’s Web. Eeeek, yes! It comes complete with 5 Fast Facts about E.B. White, Writing Prompts, Art Planners, and more. It is an excellent resource for all ages, and you can use it with multiple children.

Spider: Spiders and web-spinning sure are fascinating! I can’t tell you how many questions I fielded from the boys over the past few weeks as we read through Charlotte’s Web. One resource that I found helpful is the Christian Liberty Nature Reader Book 1. It covered a few different spiders, and some of their incredible handiwork ties right into what Charlotte shares about herself and her cousins. You could also include the life cycle of a spider. 

Research: Like me, you will probably answer plenty of questions such as why the pig eats slops? Or what are slops? These are great questions, and one thing that helped me was to make a list. Keep a notepad nearby and as questions pop up, jot them down to look up later so you won’t have to interrupt your reading aloud. 

Farm Life and Animals: Your children may also be interested in some of the other animals on Zuckerman’s farm. If so, animal reports are another easy and effective way to learn more. Creating an animal report can be as easy as making a page in a spiral for each animal. As your kids research, you can record facts and other interesting tidbits about each animal. Another excellent resource to accompany your farm life and animal research are Julia Rotham’s Farm Anatomy and Nature books. They are packed with illustrations and information to help you dive into all things farm-related and nature.  

Vocabulary: Charlotte’s Web is filled with words that may be new to your students. Add these words to your list of things to look up later. You can look up the definitions and also practice spelling with them. This may also be a good opportunity for you to help teach your kids how to look up words in the dictionary. 

Field Trip & Activity Ideas To Complement Charlotte’s Web Homeschool Art Lessons

  • Visit a local farm. 
  • Take a trip to the apple orchard. 
  • Watch one of Charlotte’s Web movie adaptations. 
  • Find a local or state fair to attend. 
  • Bake Nana’s Apple Pie.
  • Make sure to add art with Nana! You can enjoy so many art lessons to complement all that you are studying. 
Charlotte's Web Homeschool Art Lessons

Tea Time Ideas for Charlotte’s Web Homeschool Art Lesson

We love our tea time while we enjoy our online art lessons with Nana. It is a favorite in our homeschool and almost always includes food. We all like the feeling of creating, relaxing, and enjoying some tea & treats together. But, I have to admit, since this was an end-of-book celebration that my youngest two were really looking forward to, I decided to do something special and have cookies made. Charlotte’s Web was one of their first bigger chapter books to complete, and I wanted to encourage their eagerness to read and learn. So don’t go thinking I made those adorable cookies! Lol  But seriously, if you haven’t done a fun tea time like this, you should definitely try it. Even with the simplest of snacks, my children still think our time with Nana is the best. 

Charlotte's Web Homeschool Art Lessons

You can choose any kind of treats for Charlotte’s Web Homeschool Art Lessons – farm-shaped cookies, animal cupcakes, easy muffins, all make fun tea time treats. But my children will spend more time creating and listening when there are tasty treats in front of them. And tea, of course.

You don’t have to wait till the end of the book to experience online art lessons with Nana; you can incorporate art into any homeschool lesson anytime with YOU ARE AN ARTiST’S self-paced video art lessons. Your kids will thank you! Grab a membership today and enrich your homeschool with art.

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 Eric Carle Homeschool Study

Here you will find everything you need for a famous artist Eric Carle homeschool study. “Eric Carle is acclaimed and beloved as the creator of brilliantly illustrated and designed picture books children. His best known book, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, has eaten it’s way into the hearts of millions of children all over the world and has been translated into 66 languages and sold over 50 million copies. Since The Very Hungry Caterpillar was was published in 1969, Eric Carle has illustrated more than 70 books. This includes many best sellers which he wrote. More than 152 million copies of his books have sold around the world!” – Nana

An Eric Carle homeschool study! Eric Carle is acclaimed and beloved as the creator of brilliantly illustrated picture books for very young children.

“And the child in me was joyfully coming to life.”

Eric Carle

Listen to Nana’s Artist Eric Carle Homeschool Study

Read Nana’s Famous Artist Eric Carle Podcast TRANSCRIPT HERE.

An Overview of Our Eric Carle Homeschool Study

  • 1:29 The Very Hungry Caterpillar
  • 2:20 Eric Carle’s early life and WWII
  • 4:30 The influence of Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse and modern painters
  • 5:25 Advertising career
  • 5:40 Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?
  • 6:34 The hidden story of The Very Hungry Caterpillar
  • 7:20 The thousands of letters Eric Carle received from children

“The child I am helping might just be me.”

Eric Carle, about responding to children’s letters
Homeschool study of Artist Eric Carle. Eric Carle is acclaimed and beloved as the creator of brilliantly illustrated picture books for very young children.
Photo courtesy of The High Museum of Art, Atlanta – I See a Story.
Tricia’s family had the privilege of viewing this exhibit. Read her post on The Art of Eric Carle.

Homeschool Study of Artist Eric Carle

Who Was Eric Carle?

When you think of Eric Carle, you may first think of him as an author, but he was an incredible artist. He wrote and illustrated over 70 children’s books. Carle was born in New York (June 25, 1929) but moved to Germany as a young child. While in Germany, he attended a prestigious art school and thus began his career in art and design. He moved back to New York as an adult and began working in graphic design and advertising.

I knew even as a child that, when I grew up, I would be an artist of some kind.

-Eric Carle

It was not until 1967 that he published his first book, Brown Bear, Brown Bear, which he did in collaboration with Bill Martin Jr.  In 1968, he wrote and illustrated 1, 2, 3 to the Zoo.  He quickly followed that with his most famous book, The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

In addition to his many books, he created The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art to showcase national and international picture book art. Other museums also have exhibits dedicated to Eric Carle’s illustrations.

In May of 2021, Eric Carle died and left behind two grown children and a legacy in books and art that children worldwide will love for many years to come.

An Eric Carle homeschool study! Eric Carle is acclaimed and beloved as the creator of brilliantly illustrated picture books for very young children.
Enjoy a free lesson – How to Draw a Caterpillar with Chalk Pastels – in the style of Eric Carle!

Eric Carle’s Books and Art Work

The Very Hungry Caterpillar is his most famous book, but my son loved “Slowly, Slowly, Slowly,” said the Sloth so much that we both had all the words memorized.  We own over a dozen Eric Carle books and have borrowed others from the library.

Eric Carle’s books are well known and loved by children and adults alike. They tell fun and silly stories with stunning illustrations.

Many of them are also educational and teach numbers, shapes, letters, or other early concepts.

“When I was a small boy, my father would take me on walks across meadows and through woods… in my books, I honor my father by writing about small living things.”

-Eric Carle

Eric Carle mainly wrote for younger children, but he wrote a book of short stories about his own life: Flora and Tiger, for older children.

I try to express the essence of my stories and ideals very clearly, using simple shapes.

-Eric Carle

Carle had an engaging style for his illustrations. He loved rich colors and created all of his images using collages.  He would paint the colors onto large sheets of paper and then hand cut the pieces to put together to create the illustrations.

This unique style makes his illustrations easy to identify and gives the pictures a fun, playful style.

Color wheel homeschool art lesson in the style of Eric Carle

Eric Carle Homeschool Art Lessons

There are so many delightful ways to include art lessons in your homeschool study of artist Eric Carle. Children tend to love his passion for color and his fun animals.

Color Wheel Homeschool Art Lesson in the Style of Eric Carle

First, Eric Carle has a book titled, Hello, Red Fox. This book helps students learn about and understand the color wheel and complementary colors. It would be an excellent book to pair with Nana’s Color Wheel lesson that honor’s Eric Carle. (This lesson would be easy enough for younger students and still teach older students a lot about colors.)

Second, what better way to combine artist study, literature, and art than to do projects based on the main concepts in some of Carle’s most beloved picture books.

For example, you could read A House for Hermit Crab and then try this fun Hermit Crab lesson.

There are many other great pairings from the You Are an Artist Membership courses. You could pick your favorite or do a whole series, including:

Eric Carle BookChalk Pastel Art Lesson
 
The Very Hungry CaterpillarCaterpillar and Butterfly
The Very Lonely FireflyJar of Fireflies or Firefly Lesson
Papa, Please Get the Moon for MeMoon
The Tiny SeedAny of Nana’s Flower Lessons
The Grouchy LadybugLadybug
Brown Bear, Brown Bear

The Very Busy Spider
Bear

Spider, Spider Web, Charlotte’s Web


For more great ideas (including the ever-popular Very Hungry Caterpillar), check out Celebrating The Art of Eric Carle.

For older students, you could even have them try their hand at writing their own short picture books complete with illustrations.  They could use the chalk pastel lessons and Eric Carle illustrations as inspiration to help them get started.

Additional Eric Carle Resources

You can visit the Eric Carle website to find out more about his life, see a list of all of his books, and read fascinating answers to some of his more frequently asked questions. There are also some free downloadable games and activities to go along with many of his books.

Another great resource is the thirty-minute video, Eric Carle, Picture Writer. Our family was able to watch the video for free using Hoopla. (Hoopla is a free service offered through many public libraries that allows you to borrow digital materials.)

Additional Resources for Studying Famous Artists in Your Homeschool

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

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

… and a new one added about once a month!

Famous Artist and Children's book author Eric Carle Quote: "I knew even as a child that, when I grew up, I would be an artist of some kind."

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

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

Dawn is a passionate follower of Jesus, wife to Chris, and homeschool mom of four. In her spare time she loves to read, hike, and write on her blog Schoolin’ Swag. She enjoys reviewing curriculum and helping moms find the right fit for their family.

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Pumpkin Art Lessons Perfect For Fall Homeschooling

Just in time for fall,  these fun and engaging art projects are perfect for your homeschool! Take a look at all the different options available as you create your own homeschool pumpkin themed study.

It's the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown video art lesson! Nana's Fall pumpkin chalk pastel art lessons for all ages are always a favorite.

Nana’s Fall pumpkin chalk pastel art lessons for all ages are always a favorite – including It’s The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown art lesson.

Pumpkin Art Lessons To Use In Your Fall Unit Studies

In addition to the fun of Charlie Brown,  you may also incorporate these You ARE an Artist lessons into your homeschool study.

Pumpkin Fall Homeschool Art Lessons

Welcome fall with Nana’s pumpkin chalk pastel art or acrylic pumpkin art lessons!

Join Nana in the You ARE an ARTiST Clubhouse for a fall acrylic pumpkin art lesson for your homeschool.
Enjoy Nana’s Acrylic Pumpkin Lesson in the You ARE an ARTiST Clubhouse!

Fall Themed Art Lessons

It's the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown video art lesson! Nana's Fall pumpkin chalk pastel art lessons for all ages are always a favorite. Including Pumpkin Patch Parable.

The Pumpkin Patch Parable Read Aloud

Might we suggest adding The Pumpkin Patch Parable to your Fall studies? This sweet book is a perfect addition to your pumpkin study and goes perfectly with Nana’s pumpkin patch art lesson and all of her pumpkin chalk pastel art lessons.

Why Chalk Pastels Work So Well In Homeschool Art

  • A note on chalk pastels: Pastels are an easy, forgiving medium. Fun for children and adults alike! Details on the pastels and paper we use, how and where to purchase are in Our Favorite Chalk Pastels. A simple set is very affordable. Nana also teaches acrylic lessons.
  • The practical aspects of a mess: Pastels are blessedly messy. We always have baby wipes close by to wipe hands. We wear something we don’t mind getting stained or don a smock.

So, paint your Pumpkin Chalk Pastel Art and be sure to share with us! Simply tag @chalkpastelart on social media, use the #YouAREanArtist hashtag, or upload a photo to the ChalkPastel.com Facebook page!

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Art Lessons For Homeschooling A Child With Special Needs

It can be a challenge to find resources when you are homeschooling a child a with special needs. These online art lessons have been a great way to integrate art as we homeschool my child who is a unique learner with different special needs diagnoses.

My son has always been fascinated by art.

He is naturally a creative child. When we visited an art museum with a group of homeschool friends a few years ago, I understood a bit better why art is so meaningful to him.

After spending the day running all over the museum with other ten year olds, we got back into the car to begin our drive home. My son gazed out the window, tired but satisfied, and said, “That was the best field trip we’ve done in a long time.”

Thrilled at this homeschool mom win, I asked him why he loved it so much.

He replied something to the effect of, “I was just like all the other kids today. I didn’t have to read anything. I could just look at all the art and talk about why it was beautiful or cool. I like pictures so much more than writing.

At the time, I didn’t realize how profound his statement really was. Now, four years later, I see how powerful art has been for him, both as a learner and as a human being.

art and special needs homeschooling

The Challenge In Homeschooling A Child With Special Needs

When your child struggles academically and has special needs that affect learning, homeschooling has its own unique set of challenges.

For example, I have never once been able to purchase curriculum in the same way many families do. I have to consider the amount of reading required, if it is age appropriate for my now teenage son who reads at a level much lower than high school.

Add in the anxiety and pressure my son often feels related to learning, and our homeschool has become a beautiful mix (mess?) of anything and everything that works for his individual learning needs.

Art, in general, and online art lessons with You ARE An Artist, are an integral part of our homeschooling.

art and special needs homeschooling

How Art Can Help Struggling Learners

My son is not alone in his affinity for art. Here are four benefits of art for children with special needs.

1. Art Is More Accessible

Many children with learning differences find comfort in art, knowing that the academic requirements are less traditional and more fluid.

2. Art Has Therapeutic Value

In addition to the academic difference, art can be therapeutic for our kids. My son was enrolled in art therapy for a year, to help him learn coping skills and manage his own anxiety.

It was effective and it was also quite fun for him!

Knowing the impact that art has on children, and on my child in particular, makes it an obvious choice for our homeschool.

art and special needs homeschooling

3. Art Helps Decrease Resistance

Given the choice between art and another worksheet, my son will choose art every single time. When I am able to integrate art into our learning, I find my son more willing to engage and much less likely to resist.

4. Art Often Highlights Other Historic Figures With Differences

Leonardo da Vinci is presumed to have been dyslexic. Vincent Van Gogh likely struggled with a mood disorder throughout his life.

It is no surprise that these two artists are two of my son’s absolute favorites. Not only does he enjoy their work, he feels a connection to the struggle they endured and the way they used art to express themselves. It has been a wonderful way to help normalize and encourage neurodiversity in his own learning, as well as in the world around him.

art and special needs homeschooling

Art Lessons For Homeschooling A Child With Special Needs

Because You ARE An Artist lessons often include the use of chalk pastels, I find them to be a really good fit for a child who struggles with perfectionism and anxiety.  This medium is much more forgiving and allows for a little bit of fine motor weakness, while still ending up with a beautiful creation.

You ARE An Artist also makes art and academics seamless, as many of the lessons are specifically for science, history and literature.

Take a look at the various options available:

You ARE An Artist also offers 47 famous artists video lessons for your homeschool including:

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

These are perfect for the child (like mine) who loves to learn about and feels a kinship with artists.

art and special needs homeschooling
Learn more about Homeschool Art for a Child Who Hates the Mess and the simple suggestions – pictured in these photos.

You ARE An Artist Homeschooling A Child With Special Needs Resource Bundle

I am so excited to share that You ARE An Artist is giving away some of my absolute favorite resources for homeschool art (plus a signed copy of my book – Homeschooling Your Child With Special Needs).

Take a look at this amazing Giveaway Prize Bundle:

  • A set Chalk Pastels for your kids to enjoy!
  • Artists: Their Lives and Works
  • Van Gogh. The Complete Paintings
  • Monet. The Triumph Of Impressionism
  • Vermeer (Basic Art Series)
  • Homeschooling Your Child With Special Needs (signed copy)

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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.

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The Story of I Drew It Then I Knew It Homeschool Lessons

Let me tell you a true story of the I Drew It Then I Knew It Homeschool Lessons. This is how art can be a way to engage and mesmerize your students. Get a couple of new packs of soft pastels for your students and watch them take off on a joyous carpet ride to education and fun!

Nana’s Story of I Drew It Then I Knew It Homeschool Lessons

Enjoy Nana’s podcast story of how her I Drew It Then I Knew It lessons came to be.

Read The I Drew It Then I Knew It Transcript HERE.

Additional Resources For Using I Drew It Then I Knew It Art Lessons In Your Homeschool

If you have longed to include the joy of art in your days, we make it easy for you! All it takes is a starter set of chalk pastels, construction paper and Nana’s video art lessons! No expensive, intimidating list of art supplies. As a Complete Clubhouse member you will have access to what you need and you don’t even have to be the art teacher! Clubhouse members get a bank of art lessons for all ages, a wonderful community, plus new art lessons from Nana and themed art events throughout the year!

I Drew It Then I Knew It Maps Art Lessons


If you can visualize a 4th-grade Nana from years ago, come sit next to her and see how much fun maps and geography are! I can show you how to outline the contours of continents and islands and you will say, “I Drew It, Then I Knew It!” It really is fun and you will be surprised at how much you learn! Make Geography Fun with Chalk Pastels!

Presidents Day Art Projects - The story of I Drew It Then I Knew It Homeschool Lessons. How art can be a way to engage and mesmerize your students on a journey of education and fun!

I Drew It Then I Knew It Presidents Art Lessons

There have been 45 men to hold the office of United States President. There are those that are not familiar to us at all. We will be detectives and find out interesting and maybe even surprising facts about these men! We are going to draw each President, chat about him and you will be able to sit down at dinner and tell you family presidential facts. Did you know that President James Madison was only 5’3” tall? Join Nana for the best presidents art lessons.

Mornings with Monet and Nana's Claude Monet art lessons. The story of I Drew It Then I Knew It Homeschool Lessons. How art can be a way to engage and mesmerize your students on a journey of education and fun!

Famous Artists Art Lessons for Art Appreciation

Vermeer, Warhol, Grandma Moses, Degas…Wow! These folks are artists that we might have heard of and they were REAL people. These artists became famous because of their skills as an artist! Come along through history and let’s use our pastels to see how they might have seen a girl with a pearl earring or even a famous tomato soup can! Join us for fabulous studies of famous artists with I Drew It Then I Knew It homeschool lessons!

Explore More I Drew It Then I Knew It Art Lessons

Find out more about the Best Homeschool Art Lessons for Your History Curriculum – ancient, middle ages, American and modern history cycles.

Growing a love of art at You ARE an ARTiST is a multi-generational passion! Tricia is Nana’s daughter and a mama of five children. Nana shared her first chalk pastel art lessons with her grandchildren around Tricia’s kitchen table. Homeschooling since 2000, Tricia has seen the fruits of home education with three homeschool grads so far! She shares the art and heart of homeschooling at Hodgepodge and is author of the book, Help! I’m Homeschooling! She and her husband, Steve, are also owners of The Curriculum Choice.

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Favorite Movies Homeschool Art Lessons

Don’t let family movie night become boring! Bring some excitement back with these chalk pastel art lessons. All you’ll need is a pack of construction paper and a set of chalk pastels. So grab your favorite movie snacks or make some of your own and join Nana for some of your family’s favorite movies.

Favorite Movies Homeschool Art Lessons: Don't let family movie night become boring! Bring some excitement back with these chalk pastel art lessons. All you'll need is a pack of construction paper and a set of chalk pastels. So grab your favorite movie snacks or make some of your own and join Nana for some of your family's favorite movies. #familymovienight #chalkpastelartlessons #familymovienightartlessons #familymovieartlessons #favoritemovieshomeschoolartlessons #chalkpastelmovieartlesson #chalkpastelsatthemovies #artatthemovies

My daughter loves to bake. Our whole family loves movies and art. So, when I saw that Nana had a movie night popcorn chalk pastel lesson, I had an idea. You know, I’m trying to find ways to incorporate more delight into our homeschool.

There can never be too much delight.

I asked my daughter if she’d be interested in a popcorn-themed recipe to go with Nana’s movie night popcorn lesson. I think she may have squealed with delight. She said there were some cupcake recipes on Pinterest that she’d love to try. Once she settled on the recipe, she informed me that we couldn’t just do a movie popcorn lesson without an actual movie!

Of course, where’s the fun in that?

It’s a good thing Nana has a list of family movie night art lessons and tutorials.

Favorite Movies Homeschool Art Lessons

Family Movie Art Lessons for Your Homeschool

I let my daughter browse Nana’s list of favorite movies homeschool art lessons. I honestly thought she would choose the Tangled or Frozen chalk pastel lessons, but she surprised me. When she saw Nana’s version of Toothless from How to Train Your Dragon, she laughed and said that was the one!

Favorite Movies Homeschool Art Lessons

We plugged in the first movie and got to work on our cupcakes! They are simple vanilla cupcakes with vanilla buttercream frosting. What made them extra fun were the mini marshmallows with 3-4 slight cuts in each one to make them look like popcorn! Then my daughter painted them with a bit of yellow food coloring and water.

Ta-da! Buttered popcorn!

The finishing touch was the outside liners that we cut out of white construction paper, and then my daughter colored with red stripes to look like a bag of movie popcorn!

Favorite Movies Homeschool Art Lessons

Favorite Movies Homeschool Art Lessons

By the time we started the second movie, we had the table set for our chalk pastel movie art lesson. There are three How to Train Your Dragon movies and each one is wonderful.

We created our chalk pastel bag of movie night popcorn and then the night fury of our choice. Although, my daughter chose to create the light fury. Why, because she IS the ARTIST!

Favorite Movies Homeschool Art Lessons

By the end of the third movie, I had a lump in my throat and the kids were all smiles. All of these movies know how to get us, parents, right in the feels, if you know what I mean. This is truly a wonderful movie trilogy, although COMPLETELY different from the books. We still highly recommend both.

Favorite Movies Homeschool Art Lessons
Favorite Movies Homeschool Art Lessons

Chalk Pastels at the Movies in You ARE an ARTiST Clubhouse Membership

The You ARE an ARTiST Clubhouse membership has an incredible assortment of art tutorials and lessons for art at the movies that go far beyond How to Train Your Dragon! We’ve enjoyed several movie-themed chalk pastel lessons, including:

Here is a sampling of the Chalk Pastels at The Movies lessons currently available, with more added all the time! With your You ARE An Artist Complete Clubhouse Membership you’ll have access to over 800 video art lessons including Nana’s popcorn lesson and the continuing series of favorite movies. You will also have access to a full index of all of Nana’s Chalk Pastels at the Movies.

  • Angry Birds
  • Bruce of Finding Nemo
  • Cars Mater and Lightning McQueen
  • Cat in the Hat acrylic
  • Charlie Brown Christmas
  • Charlie Brown Thanksgiving
  • Despicable Me Minion
  • Dinosaur – Jurassic Park
  • Dr. Seuss Cat in the Hat
  • Finding Dory
  • Frozen
Favorite Movies Homeschool Art Lessons
  • Incredibles
  • Mary Poppins
  • Peter Pan
  • Seuss Truffula Trees
  • Tangled
  • Penguins of Madagascar
  • Star Trek
  • Super Hero Shield
Favorite Movies Homeschool Art Lessons
Favorite Movies Homeschool Art Lessons

Family Movie Night Art Lessons

My goal is for the children to have fun, be creative, and learn through their interests. We’re building connections and memories with our art days. Incorporating family movie night and art is just one more way to combine all the things we love into an exciting movie and art-filled day!

Favorite Movies Homeschool Art Lessons
Favorite Movies Homeschool Art Lessons

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 Best Art Lessons for Your Homeschool History Curriculum

Yes, you can use art to teach history! No matter what time period you are studying in your homeschool history curriculum, Nana’s I Drew It then I Knew It video lessons are the easy – and fun – way to learn important parts of history. Enjoy a library of history video art lessons to match all four history cycles no matter what homeschool history curriculum you are using. Nana does the teaching and all you need are very minimal supplies. It is super easy to get started in chalk pastel art.

Art Lessons for your homeschool history curriculum! Nana's I Drew It then I Knew It video lessons are the easy - and fun - way to learn history. Ancient, medieval, early American and modern history.
Boston Tea Party Cup photo by Julie Kieras

The Practical Benefits of Adding Art Lessons to Your Homeschool History Curriculum

Just why would you want to have art lessons to go with your homeschool history curriculum? Nana shares an example: “…let’s take our pastels and paint the Roman Coliseum. We can use all the reds, golds and orange to make a wonderful pastel painting. While we paint, we chat about where the Coliseum was built, when, and what it was used for. Then a while later, a question comes up about the Coliseum. The artist student remembers the painting, and, most importantly, the chat about facts on this classic Roman treasure!”

Here are four practical benefits of adding art lessons to your homeschool history curriculum:

  1. Learn history in an engaging way! In the You ARE an ARTiST Complete Clubhouse, Nana has a series of ancient, medieval, early American and modern art lessons to match your homeschool history curriculum.
  2. You can also enjoy art history, famous artists and art appreciation with her continuing Famous Artists series.
  3. It is simply beautiful to blend subjects and age levels together while learning! That makes things easier on you, the homeschool mom.
  4. Art increases comprehension, retention, attention span by adding a hands on element that brings a lesson to life!

“This is the quietest my kids have been all day! They concentrated on their American history chalk pastel pieces. I love this program! It allows me to intentionally include art with our studies yet frees me up from being the teacher!”

– Maureen Spell
Art Lessons for your homeschool history curriculum! Nana's I Drew It then I Knew It video lessons are the easy way to learn history.

Shawna, in her article, Why Adding Art to Homeschool History Makes All The Difference, shares:

“At first, I thought we needed more structure to our learning. I added quizzes and worksheets. I bought an expensive textbook. I tried all the things that a more formal school setting does to teach history. None of it worked. In fact, not only did my boys retain less than before, they began to dislike history and avoid it.

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

-Shawna Wingert

It may seem simple, and I guess it is, but adding I Drew It And Then I Knew It to our homeschool history curriculum was the solution I was looking for.” Be sure to read Shawna’s post for three reasons why adding art to history works so well.

Our You ARE an ARTiST Complete Clubhouse members also have access to a valuable teaching tool designed specifically for Nana’s art lessons.

I Drew It Then I Knew It History Companion Workbooks For Your Homeschool

The I Drew It Then I Knew It Companion Workbooks are designed for you to use however they work best in your homeschool. They are flexible and easily complement your homeschool history curriculum.

The I Drew It Then I Knew It Companion Workbooks are designed for you to use however they work best in your homeschool. They are flexible and easily complement your homeschool history curriculum. Best Art Lessons for Your Homeschool History Curriculum

In each I Drew It Then I Knew It workbook, you will find:

  • a Book List with varying reading levels
  • 5 Fast Facts
  • an Overview of the lesson topic
  • Biography or Writing Prompts
  • Planners
  • Ideas for How To Use our Curriculum

Everything you need for a quick lesson can be found inside. Or use all of the planners included to map out a more extensive study. The Companion Workbooks will help you combine your oldest to youngest learners all in one place over a central topic. There is something special about family-style learning and all ages creating together. Read more from Courtney and take a video tour of the I Drew It Then I Knew It companion workbooks in her Art Lessons for the Eclectic Homeschool Family.

Art Lessons for Your Homeschool History Curriculum

Following is a sampling of Nana’s video art lessons for all four history cycles. Take a look and see how these can match up with your homeschool history curriculum.

From creation to Ancient Egypt and the fall of Rome – enjoy these art lessons with your ancient history homeschool curriculum: The Best Art Lessons for Your Homeschool History Curriculum

Art Lessons for Ancient History Studies

From creation to Ancient Egypt and the fall of Rome – enjoy these art lessons with your ancient homeschool history curriculum:

From Robin Hood, castles and knights to the crusades, dragons, vikings, court dress, inventors and more – Nana's medieval history art lessons are a fun match to your middle ages studies:

Medieval History Art Lessons for Your Homeschool

From Robin Hood, castles and knights to the crusades, dragons, vikings, court dress, inventors and more – Nana’s medieval history art lessons are a fun match to your middle ages homeschool history curriculum:

Early American History Homeschool Art Lessons

Whether it is the early colonists and Native Americans, maps of journeys or the American Revolution, or modern American presidents, Nana’s American History lessons will help reinforce all you are learning in American history with your homeschool history curriculum:

American History Art Lessons – Are you looking for fun ways to incorporate American homeschool history lessons? Maybe you already have a homeschool history curriculum, but you’re looking for ways to make it more hands-on and engaging. Chalk pastels may be just what you need to get your kids to fall in love with history!

  • Revolutionary War
  • Lewis and Clarke Art Lessons
  • Civil War and Underground Railroad Art Lessons
  • Johnny Appleseed
Little House On The Prairie Homeschool - Are there any homeschoolers out there that don’t hop on the Little House on the Prairie wagon? I mean, seriously, how can you not love Little House? There is something about Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House series that is easy to obsess over. 
  • Little House on the Prairie Homeschool Lessons – Are there any homeschoolers out there that don’t hop on the Little House on the Prairie wagon? I mean, seriously, how can you not love Little House? There is something about Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House series that is easy to obsess over. 
  • John James Audubon the explorer and artist – Come on! Grab a saddlebag and join us as we explore the forests of early America and see this great country through the eyes of famous artist John James Audubon!
  • The Best Presidents Art Lessons for Your Homeschool – Here at You ARE an ARTiST, we know precisely how fascinating it can be to dive into the U.S. Presidents. We think all of our presidents deserve a celebration anytime! For that reason, we created the ultimate homeschool history curriculum companion to our I Drew It And I Knew It Presidents Series.
Enjoy Nana's Amelia Earhart lesson as part of your Modern History homeschool studies. The Best Art Lessons for Your Homeschool History Curriculum
Enjoy Nana’s Amelia Earhart lesson as part of your Modern History homeschool studies.

Modern History Art Lessons

Studying inventors? Famous historians of the 20th century? Space exploration, Mars rovers, world wars, aviation and world landmarks? You can find these homeschool lessons and more to go with your modern homeschool history curriculum:

  • Winston Churchill – The world treasures Sir Winston Churchill as a soldier, statesman, orator, author and Prime Minister to the King of England and his daughter who now sits on the throne as the longest serving monarch the world has ever known.
  • Great Britain Unit Study – You can now travel to Great Britain with chalk pastels! Explore Big Ben, Queen Elizabeth, Winston Churchill, and much more in this unique and colorful way. Nana will be your guide on this historic trip filled with key icons and landmarks with chalk pastels Great Britain themed art.
  • Adventures in Narnia – Are your kids ready for an epic art journey? Then, take a trip with chalk pastels Narnia with Nana art adventure! Nana has a whole Literature and Tea Time section in the You ARE an ARTiST Clubhouse! Explore more in The Power of Adding Art to Literature Lessons.
  • Famous Artist Norman Rockwell and many more in Nana’s Exploring Famous Artists series.
  • Artist Clubhouse Modern History – Such rich lessons to complement the learning already happening in your home.
Don't forget! Geography goes hand in hand with history! Nana has a full series of I Drew It Then I Knew It Maps to help Make Geography Fun with Chalk Pastels.

Don’t forget! Geography goes hand in hand with homeschool history curriculum! Nana has a full series of I Drew It Then I Knew It Maps to help Make Geography Fun with Chalk Pastels.

Growing a love of art at You ARE an ARTiST is a multi-generational passion! Tricia is Nana’s daughter and a mama of five children. Nana shared her first chalk pastel art lessons with her grandchildren around Tricia’s kitchen table. Homeschooling since 2000, Tricia has seen the fruits of home education with three homeschool grads so far! She shares the art and heart of homeschooling at Hodgepodge and is author of the book, Help! I’m Homeschooling! She and her husband, Steve, are also owners of The Curriculum Choice.

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Talk Like A Pirate Day Homeschool Art Lessons To Help You Celebrate

Ahoy Matey! Talk Like A Pirate Day is the perfect opportunity to add a bit of fun to your homeschool. Do you know what a pirate’s favorite subject is? Arrrrrt! Get it? Arrrr. See what I did there? But seriously, there are plenty of creative ideas to add to your homeschool day, and some of them count as educational. So, let’s plan a day or afternoon in your homeschool that the kids will never forget!

Talk Like A Pirate Day has become an extremely popular holiday to celebrate with children. Most kids, mine included, will jump at the chance to wear an eyepatch and practice their best pirate imitations. But, if that doesn’t seem academic enough for you…we have a few ideas to help you make it count in your homeschool day. 

So whether you are ready to add a memorable day of learning to your homeschool, or maybe you just need to take a break from your regularly scheduled homeschool day, either way, we have something for you! What better way to celebrate than with Talk Like A Pirate Day homeschool art?

Talk Like A Pirate Day Homeschool Art Lessons To Help You Celebrate! Art lessons, books, movies, and educational ideas to make a memorable homeschool day! #homeschoolart #talklikeapirateday #pirateart

5 Things To Incorporate Into Your Talk Like A Pirate Day Homeschool Plans

Talk Like A Pirate Day Homeschool Art
  1. Art. Art is the perfect companion to an exciting day of learning. Exercise your hands-on creativity with Nana and join in on pirate-themed art lessons! Pirates, ships, and adventure maps are ready for you to enjoy anytime right inside the You ARE An Artist Membership.
  2. Books. Talk Like A Pirate Day is perfect for picture books, classic pirate novels, and reading aloud. Choose a classic pirate tale like Treasure Island for a family read-aloud or Peter Pan. For younger students, you might prefer Pirate Boy or Magic Treehouse’s Pirates Past Noon. 
  3. Education. Don’t think that you are slacking by enjoying a day such as Talk Like A Pirate Day. There are so many ways to keep the day educational. Our Literature Companion Workbook has a Treasure Island Lesson with fun writing prompts and fast facts to enjoy with the whole family. You can also find plenty of affordable educational pirate resources to use, such as a Talk Like A Pirate Vocabulary Cheat Sheet or pirate-themed printables to complete your homeschool day. Other educational ideas might include researching famous pirates like Blackbeard or look up how much a silver fourpenny is worth in today’s money.
  4. Movies. If you want to end the day on a high note or keep the day on a lighter note, movies are also a great way to go. Treasure Island, Pirates of the Caribbean, Peter Pan, or Hook are all excellent choices. 
  5. Food. Blending in some fun foods and snacks is just another way to add to the already exciting day. Check your local restaurants; some of them give discounts and freebies to adventurous eyepatch-wearing little pirates. Or snack on some Pirate’s Booty Popcorn or reward your pirates with gold-covered chocolate coins. 
Talk Like A Pirate Day Homeschool Art

Talk Like a Pirate Day Homeschool Art Lessons

Adventure Map: The Adventure Map is perfect for all ages, and this is one that even your youngest learners can join in. 

Talk Like A Pirate Day Homeschool Art
Talk Like A Pirate Day Homeschool Art

Pirate: My youngest kids had too much fun drawing this pirate, and I know yours will too! 

Talk Like A Pirate Day Homeschool Art
Talk Like A Pirate Day Homeschool Art
Talk Like A Pirate Day Homeschool Art

 Peter Pan: If you add Peter Pan to your day, you have to paint these adorable Peter Pan hats!

Pirate Ship: Last but not least is Nana’s Pirate Ship Art Lesson. This one is sure to please your arrrtists!

Talk Like A Pirate Day Homeschool Art

Benefits To Adding Homeschool Art To Your Days

If you are anything like I was when we began homeschooling, you may need some convincing to get you to put down your curriculum teacher’s manual and enjoy a day like this. Like so many of you, I thought we would fall behind if we didn’t complete every single day that was laid out for us. But, the truth is we need days like these in our homeschools. Days where we let go of expectations, schedules, and instead, we just have fun. 

These types of days aren’t a waste; they are the building blocks to cultivating a love of learning. Days like this keep our children excited to come back to the kitchen table without dread. We can shake things up and laugh while learning. But, our children need to see more of these. Days like these are memorable, and they are just what we all need sometimes. And luckily, YOU ARE AN ARTiST has so many ways to help us plan well!

Talk Like A Pirate Day Homeschool Art

If you want to add more creative ways to learn in your homeschool, grab a You ARE An Artist membership. With over 800 art tutorials, you can add art to any homeschool lesson. With a membership, you will never run out of exciting ways to add a bit of fun to your homeschool. 

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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Art Lessons For The Charlotte Mason Homeschool Family

There are books and entire series of books written on the Charlotte Mason homeschool and Charlotte Mason’s educational philosophy. In this overview, I will help you learn about the lovely components that make up a Charlotte Mason education – with a special focus on the beauty of art.

We love using the You ARE an ARTiST Lessons because they tie in so well with the Charlotte Mason phliosophy. With so many options, we could do art every day! Art Lessons for the Charlotte Mason Homeschool Family.
Photo by Amy Law

If you are not sure who or what Charlotte Mason is, you are in good company. Although I have a master’s degree in school administration and had spent almost ten years in public education, I did not know who Charlotte Mason was until after I started homeschooling.

Charlotte Mason was a British educator in the late 1800s. Her style was quite visionary and she dedicated herself to improving education. The phrase that is most often associated with Ms. Mason is:

“Education is an Atmosphere, a Discipline, a Life.”

– Charlotte Mason

What Is Charlotte Mason Homeschooling?

The main components of Charlotte Mason’s homeschool philosophy include:

  • Living books (Narrative style books that engage the reader in learning.)
  • Nature study (Learning science though the study of the nature around us.)
  • Narration (Simply put, having students tell you what they learned.)
  • Short Lessons (Under 20 minutes for younger students, up to about 30-45 for high school students)
  • Art and Music (Both appreciation and expression)
  • Lots of good resources (quality books, music, artwork, and experiences)
  • Handicrafts (Projects that develop life skills and habits. Sewing, art, woodworking, etc.)
  • Time Outside (Children need lots of time ‘out of doors’ for learning and play.)

Why A Charlotte Mason Approach To Homeschooling Works For Our Family

I like to say that our family is Charlotte Mason eclectic. For us, that means that I follow a lot of the Charlotte Mason philosophy but only what works for our family. We adapt to meet the needs of each child in each season.

I was first drawn to the Charlotte Mason philosophy because of the idea of using ‘living books’ not ‘twaddle’. We love reading wonderful and rich books, including all of the wonderful animal tales from Beatrix Potter.

Next, I realized early on that having time outside was good for my children (and myself). It took longer to realize how much my children were learning through nature study and exploring our own backyard.

When I first started looking at handicrafts I had a very narrow idea in my mind. As we have progressed in our schooling, I realize that our handicrafts are all of the hobbies my children are free to explore.

By keeping our school day shorter they have more time for their hobbies: photography, weaving, gardening, animals (sheep, chickens, ducks, and goats), and even Legos. Children learn and grow so much through the freedom to explore.

Finally, giving children access to a wealth of good materials to help them learn and grow. By following the principles of Charlotte Mason, my children are exposed to so many wonderful resources.

They study beautiful hymns, lovely works of art, and brilliant classical music. They learn from exceptional authors such as Shakespeare, Tolkien, Dickinson, and Lewis. We love that we can give them such a wonderful buffet of experiences to grow and shape their minds.

Art for the Charlotte Mason Homeschool with You ARE an ARTiST

Homeschool Art Lessons

In a Charlotte Mason homeschool, there are two major components to art education: art appreciation and art expression.

Art Appreciation is helping children know and love great art and artists. Students get exposure to a variety of different types of art and the works of many great artists. Picture study is a frequent component of a Charlotte Mason-style education.

Art Expression is the opportunity for the student to be creative and express themselves through art. Afternoon handicrafts time can be a great place to fit this in your schedule.

Art Lessons For Our Charlotte Mason Homeschool Family

Though Nana would disagree (because You Are An Artist), I do not consider myself an artist. I really need the assistance of art lessons to help me include art in our homeschool.

We love using the You Are An Artist Lessons because they tie in so well with the Charlotte Mason philosophy. Instead of being an entirely separate subject, I can use the lessons to supplement history, hymn study, or nature study.

You ARE an ARTiST Homeschool History Lessons

Homeschool History Lessons with You ARE an Artist Clubhouse

This year we are really excited to be studying the medieval era in our history curriculum and incorporating lots of the Medieval History and Knights and Crusaders art lessons.   We are so excited to be painting castles, shields, knights, and even illuminated letters (which I think is going to be a big hit with my teenage daughter).

Then we even get to incorporate literature into art and history with a Robin Hood art lesson in the Knights and Crusaders course!

You Are An Artist Nature Lessons for Homeschool in Charlotte Mason style.

Homeschool Nature Lessons with You ARE an Artist Clubhouse

Our family loves nature study and getting outside to learn more about the world around us. We have nature journals in the style of a Charlotte Mason homeschool but drawing the plants and animals that they saw was really intimidating to my children.

I want to help my son draw the hummingbirds that come to his feeder each day. So, the next homeschool art lesson we are using is the hummingbird lesson. Nana’s section of Backyard Nature art lessons in the Artist Clubhouse has wonderful insect and plant lessons, like a dandelion and an ant.

Nana’s bird lessons and the many insect lessons are a great way to help them draw what they have seen. Lessons also give them confidence and practice to draw what they see on future nature walks. By drawing a couple of beautiful chalk pastel birds, they get a feel for how to draw the body of a bird and make them more realistic. (The chalk pastel pencils making taking chalk pastels on your nature walk much easier.)

My children can translate those skills to drawing other types of birds as they see them on their walks. Our absolute favorite bird art lesson is the bird in snow lesson in the Winter Clubhouse Course. It is simply beautiful and even makes a great gift.

We love using the You ARE an ARTiST Lessons because they tie in so well with the Charlotte Mason phliosophy. With so many options, we could do art every day!

Art Appreciation for the Homeschool Family

With our You ARE an Artist Clubhouse membership, I can also use the famous artists homeschool lesssons to help me cover both art appreciation and art expression. Nana has paired a short biography with a painting that represents each artist’s style. This allows my children to learn about the artist and then try their own hand at that style. It makes it so much easier for them to remember. 

One of my favorites is the beautiful flower by Georgia O’Keefe, but I think my son would love the painting by Roy Litchenstein. The comic books feel is so exciting. You can tie artist lessons into your history studies with lessons about Michelangelo and other artists from various points in history.

If you love the Beatrix Potter books, you don’t want to miss the biography and lesson all about her. The painting of Peter Rabbit and Jemima Puddleduck is so adorable; I might just have to try it myself.

With so many options we could do art every day and you may be wondering how we fit it all in. In reality, we have found that it works best for us to schedule an art lesson about once a week. Rotating through different art topics depending on what we are studying that week.

We feel it is important to incorporate art into our Charlotte Mason homeschool. Nana makes it easy and not overwhelming.

A Charlotte Mason Homeschool Bundle to go with Art Lessons for the Charlotte Mason Homeschool Family! You Are An Artist Lessons tie in so well with the Charlotte Mason philosophy.

An Awesome Homeschool Resource Bundle!

Stocking up for homeschooling is a labor of love! ChalkPastel.com wants to help you grow your homeschool resources. So we’ve put picked out this beautiful bundle of Charlotte Mason education-inspired books and materials. All of these resources would be wonderful in a Charlotte Mason homeschool or any homeschool!

  • A set Chalk Pastel pencils for your kids to enjoy!
  • A mixed media nature journal
  • Birds, Nests and Eggs Take Along Guide book
  • Four Beatrix Potter books
  • Pocketful of Pinecones by Karen Andreola
  • The House at Pooh Corner by A.A. Milne
  • A Time to Keep by Tasha Tudor

Dawn is a passionate follower of Jesus, wife to Chris, and homeschool mom of four. In her spare time she loves to read, hike, and write on her blog Schoolin’ Swag. She enjoys reviewing curriculum and helping moms find the right fit for their family.

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Homeschool Art Lessons Perfect For Grades 4-6

As our children get older, finding homeschool art lessons that are challenging and age appropriate can be difficult. Thankfully, we have found an assortment of unit studies and art lessons that are perfect for the late elementary grades 4-6.

As our children get older, finding homeschool art lessons that are challenging and age appropriate can be difficult. Thankfully, we have found an assortment of unit studies and art lessons that are perfect for the late elementary grades 4-6.

When my son first entered his late elementary years, there was a noticeable shift in our homeschool. Although he was interested in art and hands-on learning, we struggled to find art resources that were age appropriate and engaging. I think because it can be more difficult to find options for this age group, we often let art drift out of our homeschool plans as we focus more and more on academic subjects.

But the truth is, art can be an essential part of learning, no matter what the subject.

Studies have shown, time and time again, that adding art to learning adds value across academic subjects. This educational approach is appropriate and helpful across all grade levels, including the late elementary grades 4-6.

chalk pastel drawings of hobbit holes held by kids

STEAM Learning In Your Homeschool

STEAM is an approach to learning that uses Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics across disciplines to foster creativity, critical thinking, and visual thinking.

The goal of STEAM-based learning is to help students develop the skills they need to be successful in the future. Regardless of the specific role or industry, it is now critical that students go off to college and/or enter the workforce with a set of well-rounded skills that allow them to adapt to an evolving and fast-paced environment.

STEAM brings together five critical disciplines to create an inclusive learning environment that encourages all students to participate, collaborate and problem solve. This holistic approach encourages students to exercise both the left and right sides of their brains simultaneously, as they would need to do in a 21st century working environment.

The History and Importance Of STEAM

Finding ways to add art across disciplines is wonderful opportunity to boost your child’s creativity and critical thinking skills.

Finding good options for homeschool art for middle and high school can be challenging. The good news is, You ARE An Artist has you covered!

Homeschool Art Lessons Perfect For Grades 4-6

You ARE An Artist has art lessons that encourage a STEAM approach, using art to teach literature, science, history, and more. Take a look at some of the lessons available:

Science and Nature Lessons including:

Integrated Literature and Language Arts Lessons:

History and Geography For Homeschooling Grade 4-6:

The A Simple Start Collection includes:

These homeschool art lessons for grades 4-6 allow you to add STEAM learning to your curriculum easily and effectively.

The best way to access all of these lessons is with a You ARE an ARTiST Complete Clubhouse membership. Because Nana’s art lessons are for all ages and grade levels, including:

An Example Of Integrated Art For Your Homeschool

One of the easiest and most effective ways to add art to your learning is in the context of a unit study.

This beautiful unit study, all about a snails, is a wonderful example of how learning with art can really come together for this age group.

Created by Jamie Gault, from Treasuring The Tiny Moments, this study for 4-6 graders includes:

  • 38 pages of beautiful instructions
  • Nature Study
  • Paragraph Writing Practice
  • Poetry
  • Author Study
  • Book Recommendations
  • and lots of chalk pastel art throughout

You can find out more about this valuable resource and download the FREE unit study HERE.

Snail Unit Study by Jamie Gault is a perfect example of integrated art for your homeschool.


Homeschool Art Lessons For Grades 4-6 With You ARE An Artist

My son was able to move into his late elementary years with art still being an important part of his learning, because of You ARE An Artist.

I found that for these grades in particular, adding art to his academic learning helped instill a greater sense of confidence in himself as a learner. It also helped him not only comprehend the study, but also retain the learning over time.

Our experience has been that You ARE An Artist is an excellent way to create a STEAM learning environment in your homeschool.

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.