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Celebrate the Summer Games with Chalk Pastel Art Ideas

The Games are back! The Games are a great opportunity to celebrate culture, history, sports, and healthy competition with your kids. Every family has their favorite sport to watch during these events, whether summer or winter. Gather the kids and celebrate the Summer Games with Chalk Pastel Art. Enjoy Ancient Greece lessons for the history of the Games. Then illustrate important aspects and moments of the modern Games! It’s a fun I Drew It Then I Knew It experience.

Ideas to Celebrate Summer Games with Chalk Pastel Art:

The boys and I went through a “mock Games” celebration to create activity and art ideas to go along with this summer’s games. We had so much fun learning, painting, and acting out various Games’ moments! Here’s how we enjoyed our home-grown sporting event.

How to Paint The Games Torch with chalk pastels.

Pass the Torch Relay!

Historically, the torch relay connects the initial Games of Ancient Greece with today’s version of the Games. The torch is lit and the flame passed from Olympia, Greece, to the current host location.

Symbolically, the passing of the Flame represents handing down knowledge and life through generations.

Pass the torch relay idea! The boys ran around the house, passing the torch, symbolizing the Torch Relay that begins the Games.

With Nana’s Ancient Greece lessons, my son drew the Torch on larger 12×18″ construction paper on a diagonal. He positioned the bottom of the handle about two-thirds across the bottom of the paper, then drew the torch across the paper so the flame would end up in the upper left corner. Then, we rolled the paper into a conical shape, so the bottom narrowed, and the torch was visible on one side of the cone. A little tape will keep this torch nicely rolled!

The boys ran around the house, passing the torch, symbolizing the Torch Relay that begins the Games. (During the actual Torch Relay, you can watch LIVE and recorded clips on the official Games site!).

The Games Torch Video Art Lesson

You can enjoy this sample lesson, The Torch. This is one of the many lessons for both summer and winter games included in The Games Clubhouse Edition in the You ARE an ARTiST Complete Clubhouse.

Opening Ceremonies

This might be my favorite part of the Games. I love the parades and choreography, the anthems, and colorful flags and uniforms! The purpose of the Ceremonies is to learn about the culture of the host country.

We drew a map of Japan and looked at various geography books about Japan. You might even want to trace the path of the torch using Nana’s map of Japan!

Ancient Greece Lessons

After painting the Opening Ceremonies lesson (use Nana’s Coliseum lesson to hark back to Ancient Greece as another option!), we hung the boys artwork up and marched around to classic fanfare music from past games.  Leo Arnaud’s Bugler’s Dream and John Williams’s “Olympic Fanfare and Theme” combined is a classic and well-recognized opening song. Nana also has a John Williams composer art lesson!

Let the Games Begin!

Now the real fun starts! There are so many sports represented at the Games, it’s hard to pick a favorite.

Archery, swimming, volleyball, diving, sailing, gymnastics, running, surfing. Nana has any number of sports-themed lessons for kids to enjoy. Pick a favorite, or draw them all!

I had the boys pick a few to draw, then set up mini Games competitions.

Archery – We made a bow and arrow out of a plastic hangar and chopstick, then tried to hit a paper plate target.

Sailing – The boys launched paper boats (which they made beforehand) in a kiddie pool and raced to blow them to the other side.

Tennis – The boys competed to see who could bounce a tennis ball off their rackets the most times.

Get together with the kids and invent more “Games” ideas based on their favorite sports, Nana’s art lessons, or just whatever you have around the house. Make silly versions of popular games to keep it short and light.

Medals Ceremony

The top three winners at the Games receive gold, silver, or bronze medals. In ancient times, winners received a Laurel Wreath to symbolize victory. Kids will enjoy hearing about the history of these awards during Nana’s lessons. If you have any old medals or trophies, let your kids receive them like the athletes do; we dug around and found old running medals to wear!

The Games Medals Ceremony - Kids will enjoy hearing about the history of these awards during Nana's lessons. If you have any old medals or trophies, let your kids receive them like the athletes do; we dug around and found old running medals to wear!

When my boys do chalk pastel lessons, I feel we’re all winners! Nana includes so many little details and facts as she demonstrates, that kids walk away with knowledge as well as a beautiful piece of artwork.

Every piece of art is a victory for our little artists, isn’t it? Nana champions every artist as they paint along with her. And the best prize is kids are learning while they’re painting with chalk pastels!

After the boys completed their victory pictures, we hung all our Games drawings up to enjoy. They are excited for the real Games to start this summer!

Drawing with Nana embodies the same ideals as the Games themselves: excellence, friendship and respect. With Nana as your art teacher, your children will be encouraged in all three of these areas to create with excellence, enjoy the friendship of a delightful art teacher, and to respect their work, because they ARE artists!

Drawing with Nana embodies the same ideals as the Games themselves: excellence, friendship, and respect. With Nana as your art teacher, your children will be encouraged in all three of these areas to create with excellence, enjoy the friendship of a delightful art teacher, and to respect their work, because they ARE artists!

Enjoy the upcoming Games by using these art lessons to connect kids to the historic and symbolic nature of the world’s greatest competition!

Nana is adding many new lessons to The Games Clubhouse Edition for your celebration!

Gather the kids and celebrate the Summer Games with Chalk Pastel Art to illustrate important aspects and moments of the Games!

Julie is a teacher, writer and homeschool mom. Her blog Happy Strong Home shares encouragement for cherishing children, enjoying motherhood, and growing strong families. Discover homeschool resources, natural living tips, and family activity ideas. Julie has been featured on Million Praying Moms, The Old Schoolhouse Magazine, and the Melissa and Doug blog. She offers writing workshops and a “homeschool neighborhood” community to support parents in their homeschool adventures. Find Julie on Instagram to be the first to know when new workshops and community events are available. 

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Travel the World with Chalk Pastels

Did you know that you can travel the world with chalk pastels? That’s right! Let Nana take you on a trip around the world with her World Landmarks series! This is the perfect addition to your homeschool geography lessons, world history lessons, or just because!

Travel the World with Chalk Pastels: Did you know that you can travel the world with chalk pastels? That's right! Let Nana take you on a trip around the world with her World Landmarks series! This is the prefect addition to your homeschool geography lessons, world history lessons, or just because! #YouAREAnArtist #chalkpastels #homeschool #homeschooling #homeschoolgeography #handsongeography #worldlandmarks #traveltheworldwithchalkpastels

This year there has been a big focus on geography for my older homeschool student. We’ve explored different countries using books, maps, cooking, documentaries, chalk pastel maps, and now chalk pastel world landmarks! There’s something wonderful about adding hands-on creative resources to an otherwise boring subject. Art can help brings those other subjects to life!

Travel the World with Chalk Pastels

Travel the World with Chalk Pastels

We have created a delicious culture around our chalk pastels.

Teatime.

That means that we incorporate lovely snacks, beverages, flowers, and sometimes candles around our chalk pastels. We’ve been doing it this way for years and it’s been an exquisite addition to our homeschool.

Sometimes we make our own treats, and other times we open a pack of snack cakes. No pressure here.

I picked the peonies fresh from our flower garden and added them to the table. Their beauty almost rivaled that of our art and they smelled heavenly!

Travel the World with Chalk Pastels

Travel the World and See the Sights

Once the table was set we were ready to dive into our trip around the world!

You may know that Nana already has Maps video art lessons that are available with the You ARE An Artist Clubhouse Complete Membership. The maps paired really well with our geography lessons throughout the year. The World Landmarks also paired well with our map lessons.

How so you may wonder.

Try pairing the Great Wall of China with the Map of China.

You could pair the Big Ben, the Cliffs of Moher, the Scottish Highlands, or Stonehenge with the Great Britain Map! Or you could make them a part of your Great Britain unit study. Aren’t those Scottish Highlands dreamy?

What about adding the Sydney Opera House to your next Australian study?

There are so many possibilities and the hands-on activity of chalk pastels helps solidify the geography knowledge we have acquired throughout the year. It was really awesome to hear my son tell me facts related to these different landmarks and the countries where they are found.

Thank you Nana!

Travel the World with Chalk Pastels You ARE An Artist Clubhouse Complete Membership

With the You ARE An Artist Clubhouse Complete Membership you’ll have access to 700+ chalk pastel lessons including all of Nana’s Maps lessons AND these World Landmarks:

  • Eiffel Tower
  • Taj Mahal
  • Scottish Highlands
  • Roman Coliseum
  • Sydney Opera House
  • Great Wall of China
  • Cliffs of Moher
  • Stonehenge
  • Big Ben
  • Volcano
  • Plus, more to come!

You’ll also have access to all of the American Landmark lessons including:

  • Golden Gate Bridge
  • Statue of Liberty
  • Mt. Rushmore
  • Liberty Bell
  • Washington Monument
  • Yellowstone Falls
  • Old Faithful
  • Civil War Cannon
  • Niagara Falls
  • Lincoln Memorial
  • Grand Tetons

Plus More to come as well – including I Drew It Then I Knew It companion workbooks for Maps, World Landmarks and American Landmarks.

Travel the World with Chalk Pastels
Stonehenge depicted by an 7 year old, 40 year old, and 13 year old!

Hands-On Geography with World Landmarks

 The World Landmarks Video Art Lessons are designed with upper elementary to high school students in mind, but as you can see from the Stonehenge image above, they can be accomplished by anyone regardless of age. No prior skill level is necessary.

There are oodles of reasons to love chalk pastels. Making geography and landmarks more fun is just the icing on an already delicious cake!

Now tell me, what World Landmarks would your children enjoy creating?

Travel the World 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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How To Create An Affordable Space Camp At Home With Art for Kids

Space Camp At Home With Art

Are your kids fascinated by the idea of space? Mine too! The solar system can be such an exciting area of study. Most of us still remember learning about all of the planets and space exploration when we were kids. 

Isn’t it funny how you remember certain things you learned as a child? Usually, we recall the things that stuck out the most because the lessons were exciting or had an element of hands-on education included. 

That is precisely what we are going to help you create at home! We have some exciting and affordable ideas to help you create a space camp with art in your homeschool or maybe for fun this summer at home. 

Here at You ARE An Artist, we will be hosting a week of space camp, and we sure do hope you join us. But, luckily you can also use our clubhouse membership to do an art camp based on space anytime!

Are your kids ready to blast into learning all about space? Check out how easy it is to create a Space Camp At Home With Art! #artcamp #onlineartclasses #kidsart #homeschoolart #homeschoolscience #sciencecurriculum

5 Steps To Create Space Camp At Home With Art 

  1. Grab your clubhouse membership here if you don’t have one yet to get started. Tip: One week of traditional art camp or space camp for just one child can easily cost $200-250. But get this – your entire family can enjoy a full year of over 700+ art lessons along with our companion workbooks with planners, book recommendations, fast facts, biographies, and overviews for the same investment. With our clubhouse membership, you get more value for your money! Plus, you never have to leave home, and you can access all of our art lessons at your convenience. 
  2. Make sure you have your supplies ready. You will need a starter set of chalk pastels and copy or construction paper. Yes! That’s all you need to get started. Super affordable!
  3. Choose when you will host your art camp. Honestly, art camp is perfect any time of year, but a few ideas to help you choose may be: summer, spring break, or kick off the first week of school with art camp (that is an easy way to ease into the homeschool year and get the kids excited to learn). Or you can join us for summer camp together! During summer camp, we will create traditional summer camp art projects in addition to travel camp with landmarks, space camp, and so much more.
  4. Pick your art lessons. This is the fun part! We have so many space art lessons to choose from; you could be busy for a while! You could even block out an entire 4-6 weeks in your homeschool to study space with our Solar System, Space Exploration, Solar Eclipse, and Moon Missions art courses. 
  5. Add the fun stuff. Here is where you can get creative! It may be fun to decorate solar system sugar cookies, make a galaxy cake, or planet cake pops. There are so many creative ways to incorporate snacks while you are learning together. 

Here are some of the exciting lessons you can enjoy during a space art camp at home:

I Drew It Then I Knew It Moon Missions Art Course 

  • Pad Crawler
  • Saturn 5 Lift Off
  • Headed to the Moon
  • Flag on the Moon
  • Mission Control
  • Footprint on the Moon

I Drew It Then I Knew It Solar Eclipse Art Course 

  • Diamond Ring
  • Total Solar Eclipse
  • Baily’s Beads

I Drew It Then I Knew It Solar System Art Course 

  • Solar System
  • Earth
  • Mars
  • Venus
  • Uranus
  • Saturn
  • Jupiter
  • The Plutoids
  • Neptune
  • Solar Eclipse
  • Mercury

I Drew It Then I Knew It Space Exploration Clubhouse Edition Art Course 

  • Space Shuttle Lift Off
  • Man on the Moon
  • Night Sky
  • Comet
  • Spiral Galaxy
  • Nebula
  • Mars Rover
  • Astronaut Helmet

I know! So much art to do and exciting ways to learn about space!

We followed along with the I Drew It Then I Knew It Solar System Course and Companion Workbook. If you introduce your students to the solar system for the first time, the companion workbook is perfect for guiding you from planet to planet. But even kids who have covered the solar system before will learn something new!

We had a blast drawing our way through the Solar System. Earth was another must-do art lesson for us, and then we dove into the beautiful rings of Saturn. We are still working our way through all of these exciting lessons and learning a lot along the way.

Remember, there is no right way to enjoy art camp, but there are endless ways to have fun with it! You don’t have to start with any particular lesson; begin with whatever interests your kids the most. 

Please join us for Space Camp! You can try out a sample lesson here

Once you join the clubhouse, tag us on social media @chalkpastelart and use #YouAREAnArtistClubhouse so that Nana can see your artwork! She loves to encourage your artists. 

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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Plan Art For Every Day with the Art Lesson Calendar

I am a planner by nature. I enjoy arranging all the moving parts of our homeschool and family life. But there are times when I want a “done for me” solution. Enter: the Art Lesson Calendar from Chalk Pastel! The art calendar works whether you are a planner or a serendipitous type. 

A friend recently asked me whether I write all my lessons plans for homeschool. She was surprised to learn I don’t. I told her I don’t need to, because I have so many fabulous resources at my fingertips. I see no need to reinvent the wheel.

Whether for homeschool plans or weekend / summer activities, I don’t have time to create everything from scratch! Instead, I consider myself a curator and facilitator of my children’s education, from the range of rich curriculum available. Then I arrange them into our life in a way that fits our schedule.

Chalk Pastel Art has been a key part of our homeschool the last few years because the many lessons go along with our topical studies. Plus, it is fun and easy to implement.

There are times when I want a “done for me” solution. Enter: the Art Lesson Calendar from Chalk Pastel! Great for planners or a serendipitous types.

Plan Art for Every Day with the Art Lesson Calendar

Tricia and Nana at Chalk Pastel just made my life SO much easier by creating the Art Lesson Calendar! The calendar is a beautiful visual suggesting a delightful art lesson for every day of the month. 

Now, in addition to the search feature (another favorite of mine!), this calendar helps me pick just the right art lessons for our week or month. My boys were delighted to see the Hobbit themed lesson this month, since they just got done reading The Hobbit!

Here’s a few ways parents can take advantage of the Art Lesson Calendar: 

Celebrate holidays with Chalk Pastel Art! 

If there’s a holiday, there’s an art lesson! Many holidays like Easter, St. Patrick’s Day, or the 4th of July have several art lessons, so you can create a themed week, or let kids pick their favorite picture to paint in celebration.

Beef up that lesson plan! 

If you find yourself short on content for a particular day or unit study, look at the art calendar and see what might fit your studies. The monthly lineup covers seasonal and holiday themes, and sprinkles in a variety of other lessons too! History (like presidents!), Geography (maps!), and Literature (the Hobbit!) art lessons can be combined with children’s daily reading and lesson activities. Here are 10 Ways to Effortlessly Add Art to Your Homeschool Any Time of Year.

Last-minute wins with the Art Lesson Calendar! 

Earth Day, Pi Day, Dr. Seuss’s birthday are all special events that can sneak up on me, so I’m thrilled when I can “pull a rabbit out of a hat” and let my kids do a fun art lesson to commemorate the special day. 

Did you forget it was Groundhog Day? Jump onto the Chalk Pastel Art art calendar! You’ll see there’s a video for kids to learn about this popular furry sign of spring and draw a groundhog. The kids don’t have to know you didn’t plan it in advance! 

My boys wrote essays about Presidents for President’s Day, and I quickly pulled up the calendar and there were several art lessons on US Presidents. So they both drew Teddy Roosevelt! It was an unexpected addition to our writing lesson, but their Zoom classmates were thrilled to see them share their drawings along with their papers.

Honor famous people and cultures. 

Throughout the year, we honor people who have contributed well to our society and recognize cultures from around the world. Sometimes these aren’t topics I have a large collection of resources for due to space and budget. So I am glad to let the kids explore and learn through Nana’s art lessons. Nana always gives nuggets of background information while she’s walking students through the art lesson, which I love, because I can follow up on these with discussion or extra reading later on. 

Stay in season. 

When you study nature as much as we do, the topics are always changing. Whether it’s the arrival of the robin, the blooming of dandelions, or the changing colors of fall leaves, your kids can follow along each month with nature drawings. Some months, the art calendar has a special focus, like birds in early spring, and sea life closer to June. The art calendar topics help me know I’m always sharing something timely and relevant with my kids. 

Never miss a LIVE event

The Art Lesson Calendar shares when Nana will be hosting LIVE events for members and with other artists and teachers. It’s helpful to see this in calendar format so parents can plan ahead and take advantage of these special learning times. 

No more downtime. 

Did the doctor’s office call back at an inopportune time? Or the baby spilled a cup, so you’re busy mopping the floor? Keep the kids’ hands busy creating art while you tend to unexpected interruptions. I often have my kids pick an art lesson for these moments; in the past, the boys might spend fifteen minutes browsing (and arguing!) which lesson to select. Now I can just click on the lesson for that day and away they go!

TIP: Create an Art Challenge for your Kids!

Use the calendar to hold a “30 Days of Art” challenge for your kids. See if they can complete every lesson for a whole month! You’ll have an amazing collection of artwork to share afterwards.

Planning activities for your kids can be your heart’s delight – or your worst nightmare! Yet, even though I am planner, there are days when I just want to take a few decisions and tasks off my plate. The Art Lesson Calendar makes it so much easier to prep and plan school or free time. 

The best part is, this calendar helps parents get the most out of their ChalkPastel.com subscription. Sometimes as parents we buy a great resource and just forget to put it into use. With the easy to follow plan each month, parents can be sure these lessons stay a fun part of daily life! 

Get access to the Art Lesson Calendar and all the delightful chalk pastel art lessons from Nana and Tricia with your annual Clubhouse subscription.

Julie is a teacher, writer and homeschool mom. Her blog Happy Strong Home shares encouragement for cherishing children, enjoying motherhood, and growing strong families. Discover homeschool resources, natural living tips, and family activity ideas. Julie has been featured on Million Praying Moms, The Old Schoolhouse Magazine, and the Melissa and Doug blog. She offers writing workshops and a “homeschool neighborhood” community to support parents in their homeschool adventures. Find Julie on Instagram to be the first to know when new workshops and community events are available. 

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Why Homeschooling Middle School Is Better With Hands-On Learning

When my son was in his elementary years, hands-on learning seemed effortless.

Everywhere I looked, there were cute and fun options for crafts and art projects, all designed to help with learning. I incorporated something multi-sensory learning into almost every aspect of our school day.

It helped him comprehend and retain what we were learning, and it was a lot more fun!

Why Homeschooling Middle School Is Better With Hands-On Learning

As he got older however, and especially as we moved into middle school level learning, our options seemed to dwindle. It was no longer easy to find ways to supplemental hands-on activities for our homeschool.

It was harder to find options for multi-sensory learning, but it was no less important. In fact, my middle schooler needed hands-on activities to thrive.

Why Homeschooling Middle School Is Better With Hands-On Learning

Why Homeschooling Middle School Is Better With Hands-On Learning

Study after study has shown that learners of all ages do best when the material is presented in a multisensory format. Text combined with video, hands-on creative activities, and even art as a way to demonstrate understanding have all been proven to contribute to more successful learner outcomes.

The strategies behind multisensory learning are supported by decades of research, particularly Gardner’s theory of multiple intelligences. This theory, which was developed by Harvard professor Dr. Howard Gardner, states that the traditional notions of learning and intelligence are too limited. Gardner proposes that people can have proficiencies in different kinds of intelligences, and that teaching students in a way that matches their intellectual strengths can help them grasp tough subjects.

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So, if the research proves it and we know to it be true in our own homes, why is it so hard to find options for middle school?

I think as we transition kids into more independent learning, the hands-on component tends to get lost. We assume that independent means a textbook, pen and, paper.

But it doesn’t have to be!

Why Homeschooling Middle School Is Better With Hands-On Learning

Middle School Hands-On Learning With You ARE An Artist

Finding You ARE An Artist changed our middle school completely, as it gave me easy resources for hands-on learning across our academic subjects.

For example, when my son was learning about Pompeii in his ancient history study, we created a volcano with Nana. When his seventh grade science book introduced astronomy, we completed You ARE An Artist’s Space Exploration Unit.

We have found lessons for language arts, art history, poetry time, American history, scientific inventions, and so many more, all with our Clubhouse Membership. It completely solved my problem: hands-on learning was back in our middle school!

Adding More Independent Learning To Your Homeschool

As I mentioned, I think one of the reasons options for multisensory learning dissipate in the middle school years is that we expect our children to learn more and more independently.

You ARE An Artist provides an opportunity to practice independent learning as well!

My son completes his lessons without any help or involvement from me. We pick the unit and gather the materials, then I go about my day while Nana takes over as his teacher. (The only thing I sometimes do is create my own version of the activity along side him – not because he needs it, but because I find it to be a wonderful way to connect and create together. )

Homeschooling Middle School With You ARE An Artist

When we were first getting started, I was pleasantly surprised to see that there are so many opportunities for hands-on learning with You ARE An Artist.

Here is just a brief summary of the multisensory lessons available for homeschooling your middle schooler –

Middle School History/Geography

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

Science For Middle School

  • Inventors
  • Moon Missions
  • Solar Eclipse
  • Solar System
  • Space Exploration

Literature And Language Arts

  • Harry Potter (one of my son’s absolute favorites!)
  • Stopping By The Woods – Robert Frost
  • The Hobbit
  • Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre
  • Lamp Post – Narnia C.S. Lewis
  • Hundred Acre Wood – A.A. Milne

Art Lessons For Middle School

  • A Simple Start In Acrylics
  • A Simple Start In Chalk Pastels
  • Art Techniques
  • Famous Artists
  • Art Master Classes

I am so grateful to have found You ARE An Artist. It’s been an integral part of our homeschool throughout my son’s middle school years. He has learned in ways that work best for his interests and needs. He has become a more independent learner. And, he had fun along the way.

What more could I ask for?

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 Art of Kindness

As homeschool parents, of course, a primary focus of our homeschool is teaching our children to do ‘reading, ‘riting, and ‘rithmatic. However, a more encompassing goal, both academically and personally, is developing who they become. Not that they need to be famous or rich, but that that they become men and women of character and integrity. I want them to love Jesus and love people and leave this world a better place. I want to teach them the art of kindness.

While they may one day do big things,  I think that most of our impact comes in the little day-to-day actions. Things like showing kindness to other people, being honest, and making good decisions. We teach them this through many big and small actions over the years.

The Art of Kindness

One of the ways that we like to share those small acts of kindness is through our artwork. There are many ways to use artwork to make someone else’s day just a little bit brighter.

There are many ways to use artwork to make someone else's day just a little bit brighter. It's the art of kindness

Sending Homemade Cards

My children love to draw, paint, and create cards for any occasion. They love being able to express their creativity in the cards and knowing that it might just make someone else smile.

There are many ways to share small acts of kindness through artwork to make someone else's day just a little bit brighter. It's the art of kindness.

A Treat for Service Workers

We love to sit out cookies, candy, or some other treat for our mail carrier, UPS driver, recycling pick-up team. We have even taken some to the library or on other errands.

Recently, we realized that we could add small pictures that were colored by the children to make them extra special. Just a small way of letting those people know that we appreciate their hard work. To show them that they are special to our family.

Artwork as Gifts

This one might be the most obvious, but making artwork as a gift can be a great way to spread kindness. As a bonus, it helps reduce the clutter of too many masterpieces. That could just mean giving or mailing one of your paintings to a grandparent.

However, you can take it a step further and choose art subjects based on the interest of those whom you want to gift. For example, my daughter knew that my mother-in-law loves owls. Therefore, she did a beautiful chalk pastel owl for her. Other times they have chosen a beach scene for someone that loves the beach. 

That is one of the many things we love about our You Are An Artist Membership. There are so many lessons to choose from they can always find one that will work for the people in our lives. You could even do artwork on an unusual object like painting a rock, decorating a canister set, or creating a wall hanging.

Giving the gift of art and time.

Creating Art Together

Finally, sometimes the kindness is not in the art itself but in finding a way to make someone feel cherished. Taking the time to create art together can be a great way to include grandparents, friends, or maybe residents of a local nursing home into your lives. It can be the gift of time and memories, with art as a fun by-product of time well spent.

Have you ever used art as a way of spreading kindness? How can you incorporate kindness into your routine? If you are looking for ideas for gifts make sure to check out Nana’s Gifts to Make and Give Class in the You Are An Artist Membership.

You might also like: The Art of Hymn Study. Dawn shares a wonderful match up of her hymn studies with Nana’s hymn art lessons!

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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10 Ways To Effortlessly Add Art To Your Homeschool Anytime of Year

Add Art to Your Homeschool

Have you been skipping art in your homeschool, but you are ready to start implementing it now? Or maybe you aren’t sure how you can work art into your homeschool. No worries! You may not know this, but ChalkPastel.com has multiple ways to help you add art to your home and homeschool. 

And we can’t wait to show you just how easy it is! No matter what kind of homeschooler you are, we have a way for you to bring the joy of art into your home.

Whether you are a serious planner mom or a spontaneous fun family, we have some ideas to share with you. Because art can be the cherry on top of all your learning at home and kids thrive when they can use their hands and exercise their creativity! 

Here is How You Can Effortlessly Add Art to Your Homeschool Anytime of Year! #homeschoolplanning #homeschoolart #artcurriculum #homeschoolcurriculum

10 Ways You Can Plan Art with You ARE An Artist

Spontaneous  

If your homeschool family likes to wake up each morning and see where the day takes them, you can access over 600 art lessons anytime with your Clubhouse Membership. Just sign in to your membership and browse through all the available lessons and choose. Easy!

Add Art to Your Homeschool

Coordinate with Your Curriculum 

This option is perfect for families that like to plan their weeks and months ahead. Since You ARE An Artist has a wide range of art lessons spanning from history, science, nature, famous artists, composers, presidents, Bible, hymns, inventors, space, and more – you can find an art lesson to coordinate with just about anything you may be studying! You can find this by using the search bar inside your membership or browsing through the various courses. Make sure you take advantage of our companion workbooks to access multiple art lesson planner pages too!

Companion Workbooks 

Since we just mentioned these in #2, let’s talk about the companion workbooks a bit more in-depth. We have been creating companion workbooks to go along with our I Drew It Then I Knew It Series. Each of these workbooks comes with a recommended book list for the topic, biographies or overviews, planner pages, fast facts, writing prompts, research ideas, and more to complement whatever you are learning. Our companion workbooks make adding art to your homeschool easier than ever! Everything you need to complete a fantastic homeschool lesson with art is right at your fingertips. 

Don’t forget to utilize the search bar within your membership dashboard. The search bar is an easy way to find a last-minute art lesson or plan as far ahead as you need. Either way, pop whatever you are looking for in the search bar to search over 600 art tutorials. 

Art Lesson Calendar 

Nana and the You ARE An Artist team are always planning new and exciting lessons for Clubhouse members. You will find live events, holiday art, and seasonal relevant lessons pre-planned for you. Accessing the art lesson calendar is easy; it’s right inside your membership dashboard. Utilize the art lesson calendar, and you will never forget another fun opportunity to enjoy art in your homeschool!

Courses 

Not sure what to study? We have a solution for that too! Please browse through all of our courses to see what your children might find interesting. We have an entire series dedicated to I Drew It Then I Knew It and many other topical art courses to keep learning at home exciting. Pick a course and dive right in. Learning never has to be boring with You ARE An Artist. 

Art Credit For High School

Art for a Credit 

Do you have a teen that needs an art credit for high school? We have just the thing! Let us walk you through how simple it is to receive an art credit using chalk pastels. 

Curriculum Match-Up Lists 

You ARE An Artist also has another effortless way to add art into your homeschool lessons with a match-up list. Download a curriculum match-up list from your dashboard for Ancient, American, Medieval, or Modern History and add art to any history lesson. 

Live Events 

Here at You ARE An Artist, we are always planning exciting ways to bring art into your homeschool. One of the ways we do that is by hosting live events online with our community. You can log into your membership dashboard to keep up with all of the upcoming events and add them to your planner or calendar, so you never miss it! Then your family can tag us on social media using @chalkpastelart and hashtag #youareanartist. Your kids will have an amazing time as you search the hashtag to see all of your fellow homeschoolers out there doing the same art lesson. 

Add Art to Your Homeschool

Family Time 

Art adds joy and erases the mundane from our homes and homeschools, so remember, You ARE An Artist on rainy days, for family time, and anytime you hear “I’m Bored”! Stretch your membership as far as possible by using it recreationally; it doesn’t have to be just for homeschool. Saturdays, summer, tea times, anytime with friends and family are also perfect times for chalk pastels. 

Don’t forget we have plenty of lessons for preschool so that you can add your youngest to the fun too. You can always add a little learner to any of our chalk pastel lessons, just give them a piece of paper and a couple of chalk pastels, and they will feel like the big kids! 

We hope to help you make the most of your learning at home together and your membership! Don’t have a membership yet? No worries! Grab yours now.

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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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! Find more Star Wars videos here. 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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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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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!

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.