Listen to this! December in the You ARE an Artist Complete Clubhouse is all about welcoming The Messiah. With Nana, you will paint Georg Friedrich Handel‘s Messiah (to complement SQUILT Live lessons). Then you will go on a Biblical journey to Bethlehem and draw the map too, experience famous artist Rembrandt’s Dream of Joseph and more! These are a few clues and a tiny preview of The Art of Advent in the You ARE an Artist Complete Clubhouse! Such rich lessons to complement the learning already happening in your home. – Nana
Artist Clubhouse Art of Advent Special Events:
A special invitation from Ms. Mary and Nana!
Friday, November 22 at 11 a.m. ET – Welcome Messiah! This is a FREE event for all ages open to all with Ms. Mary of SQUILT Live! and Nana of You ARE an Artist Clubhouse. Sign up HERE. If you are unable to attend the event live, the video will be available afterwards in both of our membership areas.
Thursday, December 5th at noon ET – Make Christmas cards with Nana! Member Only event for both You ARE an Artist Clubhouse members and Pam Barnhill Morning Time membership. Join for access to this event and over 530 video art lessons worth $3,330!
Did you know that Nana and Ms. Mary both live in Georgia and are practically neighbors? What fun that Nana, Mary and Tricia could all get together and plan such a special event for you!
Are you looking forward to the newest Frozen movie? If you have been following art lessons with us, you will know that we love to share video lessons for favorite books and movies. In fact, one of the bonuses with You ARE an Artist Clubhouse membership is an index of lessons for movies with Chalk Pastels at the Movies. Another bonus is the Tea Time Art Lessons for favorite books like Green Ember, Winnie-the-Pooh and more! Enjoy at sample of Chalk Pastels at the Movies with Nana’s Frozen Video Art Lesson! And please be sure to share this lesson with a friend.
Frozen Video Art Lesson
Paint favorite Frozen characters Elsa, Anna, Kristoff, Olaf and Sven with Nana’s Frozen video art lesson.
Suggested Supplies: pink construction paper. Black blue, brown, white, yellow, orange, red, aqua blue, purple and light blue.
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, and links to all of Nana’s other pastel lessons are here: Our Favorite Chalk Pastels
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.
It happens to all of us. We carefully plan our homeschool days and weeks, but we are so busy trying to cover all of the things that we often skip the most fun thing – art! Yep, we have all done it.
By the end of the day, most of us have homeschooled multiple children in multiple grade levels, and we are tired, spent, and some days just plain over it. But what we are skipping could actually be the subject that refreshes and renews our souls. Especially those little bitty souls.
Early learners need lots of play-based learning and time creating. We have to make time for preschool art in our homes and homeschools. Art is essential to the mental, social, and emotional growth of our early learners. Art is also a fantastic way to satisfy children’s natural curiosity for exploration and experimentation.
How To Make Time for Preschool Art
So the question remains, how can we make time to include art? Here are 7 tips to help you plan and cover art in your preschool or homeschool each week.
1. No Pressure. Choose a realistic goal for how often you can include art. If daily seems like too much for you, no problem. Choose one project per week to include.
2. Incorporate Art In Your Lessons. It’s common for preschool lessons to be thematic. Luckily, a program like You Are An Artist is designed to help you easily choose a project to include with each theme. For example, if you are learning about farm animals, you can pick preschool farm art lessons from You Are An Artist with hardly any prep at all.The easiest and most affordable way to do this is with a membership.
3. Easy Mediums. There are plenty of art mediums to choose from, but pick one that feels most natural to your family. One of the reasons that chalk pastel art is so simple to blend into your homeschool is that there is little to prep or plan on your part. You hardly need any supplies, and that makes art incredibly effortless when you don’t need to gather up a lot of supplies beforehand. With chalk pastels, you only need construction paper, an affordable starter set of chalk pastels, and optional baby wipes for quick clean up.
4. Make It Fun. An excellent way to add art into your home consistently is to choose a day that is always art day. In our house, we have “Fun Fridays” and almost always end up adding in a chalk pastel art lesson. We may include our art project into weekly poetry tea time or enjoy a seasonal or holiday art lesson for the day. Whatever you decide, designating an art day or a fun learning day each week is a great way to make sure it doesn’t get skipped each week.
5. Explore with Nature.Preschoolers naturally love nature study, everything from exploring in the backyard to learning all about the seasons are sure to excite your early learner. Incorporate chalk pastel lessons as you learn about all of these things.
6. Include The Family. If you have children of all ages in your homeschool, there may be few subjects that you can combine. Another one of the perks of using You Are An Artist is that the whole family can join in on the fun. Chalk pastel art has no age requirements, and mom can even join in on the fun! We highly recommend it.
7. Plan Outside Of The Box. There are no rules for teaching preschool or homeschool, for that matter. You can plan to add art at the beginning of the day, along with morning time, or on a Saturday. If you feel like you don’t have time to include art into your daily routine, think about planning art during another part of your day and week. Maybe dad would like to join in the fun after dinner on Friday night. Be flexible and plan outside of your typical box.
I hope these ideas are helpful to you as you begin to plan in more art for your precious preschoolers. Art time with Nana is a big deal around our house, and I know it will be in yours too!
Courtney is a Jesus-pursuing, native Texan, homeschool mom of three, who 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.
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….”
Thankful for Art books to match Nana’s lessons:
Cranberry Thanksgiving Art Lessons
If you are a Five in Row Cranberry Thanksgiving fan, you will love these step-by-step lessons with Tricia and a video lesson of Mr. Whiskers with Nana! Find these on our sister site, Hodgepodge.
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.
Suggested supplies: dark blue construction paper. Black and white chalk pastels. Baby wipes or damp paper towel for easy clean up.
Little Owl Video Art Lesson
Featuring You! You ARE an ARTiST!
Paint your fall art and be sure to share with us! Simply tag @chalkpastelart on Instagram, use the #YouAREanArtist hashtag, or upload a photo to the ChalkPastel.com Facebook page or email them to us right here via the chat box.
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 $4,000 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.