Listen to this! In November, how would you like to have dinner with beloved American artist Norman Rockwell, listen to a famous composer’s music while painting a pastel of the man who inspired him…these are a few clues and a tiny preview of Thankful for Art in the You ARE an Artist Clubhouse! Such rich lessons to complement the learning already happening in your home.
November in the You ARE an Artist Complete Clubhouse, Nana is sharing these Thankful for Art lessons:
Map – The Voyage of the First Thanksgiving
Hymn – We Gather Together
Famous Artist – Norman Rockwell
President – Abraham Lincoln and the creation of the Thanksgiving holiday
Join Nana for a Turkey Walk with Chalk! “Hello there my artist friends…and you ARE my friends. And friends can take walks in the woods to see the glorious colors the Divine Artist has used for the leaves, crystal skies and the air so clean. Let’s lace up some sturdy shoes, get a jacket…how about a walking stick…Come on, let’s wander down that interesting path over there. How to Draw a Thanksgiving Nature Walk on our You ARE an Artist YouTube Channel.
And, just maybe, if we are very quiet…did you hear a gobble, gobble? Shhhhhh! Let’s go see what it was….”
If your artists have a love of books and movies, they will love all that we have to offer in the You ARE an Artist Clubhouse! There are simply so many favorite art lessons to enjoy. To give you a little taste, we have included one of Nana’s Harry Potter Illustrated video art lessons, below. With our Chalk Pastels at The Movies membership bonus, your artist can enjoy a Harry Potter Art Marathon!
Chalk Pastels at The Movies, Art Lesson Index, Tea Time Art Lesson AND Holidays & Celebrations!
Many families celebrate special occasions with art. We have lessons for that! Mom and me time, tea time, holidays, favorite books, movies and so many favorites for you to choose from.
Art Lesson Index – Looking for something special? Plan your art times using the Master Index of ALL art lessons. This index includes all lessons in our video art courses plus links to the free ones we have shared all over the web.
Chalk Pastels at the Movies – all your favorite book and movie character art lessons at your finger tips.
Tea Time and Holidays & Celebrations Art Lessons – Nana has shared SO many favorites to reinforce learning and to celebrate special occasions!
Harry Potter Art Marathon
In this video art tutorial, Nana shares how to draw a wizard’s Firebolt broom with chalk pastels. Feel free to pause, rewind and enjoy the video art tutorial at your own pace.
red construction paper (or other color of your choosing)
Are you looking for meaningful connections with your child? Did you know that art is a wonderful way to help strengthen your relationship? Share some one on one time with your kiddo with mommy and me art time with chalk pastels!
How Our Mommy and Me Art Time with Chalk Pastels Started
Our mommy and me art time evolved from our practice of the Brave Writer’s lifestyle of poetry teatime. The idea behind this homeschool teatime is that you set aside one day a week to enjoy poetry.
Set the table with candles and attractive dishes or decorations
Serve a lovely beverage like tea, cider or in our case hot chocolate
Serve something yummy to eat like cookies or pie
Pile the table with poetry books from the library and from your bookshelves
Make it fun
The children developed such joy from our poetry teatime and one day it spilled over into our homeschool art time.
Because all you need are a cheap set of chalk pastels and construction paper to create beautiful works of art! Plus, anyone can do them from Pre-schoolers through adult.
But, when I saw the bit of magic that happened when I added myself along with the cocoa and pie, I realized that art time could be so much more.
Now, I make it a point to add in our mommy and me art time with chalk pastels weekly!
So, here is how I create an easy mommy and me time with chalk pastels:
Let the children pick which chalk pastel video art lesson they want to do. You ARE An Artist Clubhouse Membership makes this super simple because you get a bank of art lessons for all ages, plus new art lessons from “Nana” and themed art events throughout the year. Or you can choose from any number of video art lessons. One day my kids may be interested in backyard birds and another day they may choose a green-eyed tree frog or exploring spring.
Provide tasty treats and beverages! It doesn’t have to be fancy. Refill as needed.
Sometimes we incorporate books based on seasons or animals the children have expressed interest in or sometimes it’s a bit of poetry.
Leave your expectations at the door and just enjoy this time with your kids. Work alongside them as you both create your works of art.
Do your best and cheer your kiddos on as they do their best too! As “Nana” always says, “You ARE An Artist!” Expect pastel covered fingers and beverage spillage. I keep a roll of paper towels nearby for just such occasions.
Take Time for Art and Connection
Taking the time to create art with your kids shows them that it is worth doing. As you connect with your child, they will see that art is interesting and fun. It shows them that you are engaged while also building your relationship through an easy and fun shared activity.
Art is just one way to provide quality one-on-one time with your kiddo. But for us, it has become an easy yet vital component to building strong bonds and the filling of their buckets while encouraging creativity and connection.
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.
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.
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Just what ARE are the benefits of Artist Clubhouse membership? The list is endless and access is unlimited, for sure. But here are the top 10 benefits for all artists:
10 Benefits of Artist Clubhouse Membership
Art Planner – A beautiful, downloadable, pdf Art Planner is included with Artist Clubhouse membership. This planner has monthly views with clickable links to Nana’s video art lessons. Includes links to holiday art lessons for that month, artist birthdays and more! Perfect for tea time.
Chalk Pastels at the Movies (bonus!) – Because it is such fun to paint a character or scene from a favorite movie or book, we have a whole collection of favorites. Narnia, Green Ember, Star Wars, Harry Potter, How to Train Your Dragon, The Incredibles and so many more!
Exclusive Art Lessons – Artist Clubhouse members enjoy exclusive art lessons. These are only available to our members and not sold as separate lessons in our shop. Special seasonal lessons, celebratory ones and hymn video art lessons are among the ones only for members. In addition, at the Complete Clubhouse level, Artist Clubhouse members have access to Nana’s growing series of Famous Artists, Composers, Presidents and Maps!
Summer Art Camp – Each June Nana offers a Summer Art Camp to complement her set of video art lessons. Exclusive and FUN new lessons each summer. One year we enjoyed an abstract acrylic!
Art Lesson Index (bonus!) – This extensive list is a go to! Because we have SO many lessons on SO many topics from preschool to adult – in courses and all over, this resources makes finding the lesson you want a cinch!
Members Only Group – Our Facebook group just for You ARE An Artist Clubhouse members is a fun spot to find out the latest, hear an encouraging word from Nana and find out tips from other members.
Bank of Art Lessons – The vault of video art lessons is currently worth over $3,330 and growing each month! The membership access extensive with over 50 courses and supporting products! (At $30 a month for Complete Clubhouse access, that is less than 1% of the total cost. Talk about a bargain).
Art for All Ages – We have always said that Nana’s art lessons truly are art for all ages. She taught our five children around the kitchen table. They grew from preschool to college age over those ten years. I even realized that I (Tricia, Nana’s daughter) AM an artist! For those that desire age-specific lessons, Nana has preschool lessons, A Simple Start in Chalk Pastels and A Simple Start in Acrylics. Then there is her I Drew It Then I Knew It Series aimed at middle to high school age. We also have to share that there are many parents that love to enjoy Nana’s lessons for just a little creative time. And these lessons are also such fun for Mom and Me time.
History Lessons – You will say, “I Drew It Then I Knew It!” with Nana’s offering of art lessons for all four eras of history! Ancients, Medieval, Knights & Crusaders, American History, Modern History, American Landmarks, Art in Space, Inventors plus the exclusive and growing sets of Presidents, Maps, Famous Artists and Composers. There is so much to complement the learning already happening in your homeschool. Painting with Nana helps reinforce the understanding and comprehension of a subject you are studying.
Nana – She is the best! Of course, she is my mama. We are a mother/daughter team. Our Hodgepodge (our homeschool family) all works together to bring you these fabulous lessons. But don’t take it from me!
Your resident ornithologist will love Nana’s chalk pastel bird video art lessons! In fact, there are so many ways to combine a homeschool bird study with art. Maybe a seasonal study, the Great Backyard Bird Count, Apologia’s Flying Creatures, nature study and more. You can have an I Drew It Then I Knew It homeschool bird study.
I Drew It Then I Knew It homeschool bird study
Here is a fun fall blue jay to paint with Nana’s video art lesson.
For over a decade now, we have built a love of art with Nana and our favorite art medium – chalk pastels. In that time, we have decided on our favorite chalk pastel art sets. Because we are a multi-generational homeschool family, we like to keep things frugal – so all ages can enjoy rich art at a low cost. We found that Alphacolor has really wonderful, student-grade chalk pastel art sets. These sets are full of beautiful sticks of color!
Speaking of favorites, our true favorites are you artists! We love to see your photos of your beautiful chalk pastel paintings. We love having you in our You ARE an Artist Clubhouse. And so we are giving away some of our favorite chalk pastel art sets.
You ARE an Artist! We would LOVE for you to share photos of your artwork! Share photos on social media! On Instagram, tag @chalkpastelart and use the #YouAREanArtist hashtag so we won’t miss them. We would love to see your artwork and to comment.