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5 Ways To Sneak Art Into Your Homeschool

Ever wonder how you can ‘sneak’ art into your homeschool? This is not as hard as you think. I have found some ways to feature great paintings, exposing my children to great pieces of art I love. I will share these ideas with you!

These are fun and easy ways to sneak art into your homeschool. Includes links to homeschool art resources and much more!

5 Ways To Sneak Art Into Your Homeschool

  1. Display a great painting by a famous artists on your mantle or a prominent shelf.
  2. Hang a framed postcard in your bathroom.
  3. Include a postcard-sized print by a famous artist on your kitchen table or your kitchen counter.
  4. Create a computer desktop or lock screen that features a great piece of art.
  5. Post an art print on your refrigerator.
Use a computer lock screen to feature a great piece of art in your homeschool!

Art And A Lifestyle Of Learning

The wonderful thing about art is the way it becomes part of your life. You can switch the paintings as often as you’d like to feature one artist or one art period. Maybe weekly. Allow your child to choose some of the art to look at each week. As a family, you can, perhaps, look forward to seeing a favorite painting up close and in person.

Slow down enough this year to stop and enjoy some art together as a family.

Photos by Amy Law

Resources For Adding Art To Your Homeschool This Year

Here are some additional resources for adding art to your homeschool this year. Each is simple and effective!

Homeschool Art and Music Plans – Graded plans you can use family style or in the way that best meets your learning needs.

The idea behind sneaking art into your homeschool came from my own home schooling experience. I was always searching for a plan for picture study and composer study. It seemed simple enough to do myself but I just never did it. I also wanted to use the classical style and Charlotte Mason’s ideas for our art and music. I wanted all the great resources organized in the four-year cycle of history. I wanted it to be flexible and easy to use. I never found what I was searching for so I decided to do it myself! – fine arts author Barbara McCoy

This is the art and music appreciation program for busy people. We have done all the research and organizing. You are able to open our plan and offer a great program for your children.

Homeschool music and art plans for grades 1-12.

With these simple ways for adding art to your homeschool this year, it can be so very easy. This type of homeschool enrichment is pure delight. It might just be what your homeschool needs too.

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 Hodgepodgemom and is author of the book, Help! I’m Homeschooling! She and her husband, Steve, are also owners of sister sites Homeschool Nature Study and The Curriculum Choice.

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Homeschool Fine Arts: Comprehensive Lesson Plans For Families

Homeschool Fine Arts Curriculum for YOU! We are so excited to announce that You ARE an ARTiST is offering a line of graded art and music appreciation curriculum for families. And don’t miss the announcement about homeschool nature study with the Outdoor Hour Challenges, below!

Grades 1 and 6 plus a Van Gogh and Handel family-style unit study are already available for you. These will be a beautiful part of your homeschool plans. And there will be some really, really great things to look forward to.

These comprehensive homeschool fine arts lessons plans include activities, materials lists, planners, book suggestions and more!

You ARE an ARTiST Homeschool Fine Arts Graded Curriculum

How did this all come about? I have a dear, wonderful and talented friend in Barbara McCoy. Barb mentored me early in our homeschool days with practical advice. Barb was also the friend that encouraged me to share Nana’s art lessons with families in ebook form! She has been instrumental in encouraging our family in so very many ways. More than she knows!

When I learned that my friend, Barb, would be retiring and stepping away from both her Harmony Fine Arts curriculum and The Handbook of Nature Study, I knew that these wonderful resources needed to continue to be accessible to other families. Both her fine arts curriculum and her nature studies have been so important in our own homeschool. It is my passion to continue what Barb began in encouraging fellow homeschool families and sharing a love fine arts and the joy of getting outside and enjoying nature.

Homeschool Art Appreciation, Music Appreciation AND Nature Study!

Barb developed a series of fine arts curriculum to meet the needs of her own four children. She then offered those plans to other families. That is also how You ARE an ARTiST began! Nana first shared her art lessons with my children around our kitchen table. Then, we started sharing those art lessons with you.

These comprehensive homeschool fine arts lessons plans include activities, materials lists, planners, book suggestions and more!
I got to meet Barb in person at a homeschool retreat! Don’t tell anyone that we skipped one of the sessions so we could go do some Florida nature study. We saw SO many amazing shore birds!

Homeschool Nature Study Membership – Outdoor Hour Challenges

On the nature study side, my family fell and in love with the Handbook of Nature Study and the accompanying Outdoor Hour Challenges early in our homeschooling. The simplicity and ease of the weekly outdoor hour challenges brought joy to our homeschool (my review) and opened our eyes to the world right out our own back door! You can take a look at a Winter Bird Study we enjoyed as a family several years ago.

So, in addition to fine arts, we will continue to serve families with the nature study that Barb started. We have a new sister website offering you homeschool nature study with the Outdoor Hour Challenges.

That means in addition to Nana’s art lessons, we will also offer you art appreciation, music appreciation AND nature study!

FAQs Homeschool Fine Arts Questions

  • You can take a peek at the fine arts curriculum HERE.
  • An overview of the entire fine arts series for grades 1-12 can be found HERE.
Art and Music Appreciation lesson plans for homeschoolers.
  • There is a family style Van Gogh and Handel Unit Study available for purchase HERE.
  • Homeschool Fine Arts Grade 1 and Grade 6 are also available and are perfect family style – especially for families brand new to art and music appreciation.
  • Our members receive the Van Gogh and Handel Unit Study AND a deep discount on the new line of curriculum. It is a great time to join Nana in the You ARE an ARTiST Complete Clubhouse and enjoy all the benefits of membership!
  • We are NOW ACCEPTING our first members for Homeschool Nature Study membership, HERE.

I am so very thankful for my friend, Barb. She offers so very much to homeschool families like mine and yours! It is truly an honor to be able to continue to share her passions for art and music appreciation and nature study.

Please be patient with us during this transition time. We are working diligently behind the scenes to offer you these amazing resources! We can’t wait to share it all with you!

Want to be the first to find out when each Homeschool Fine Arts title will be released? Be sure to join our mailing list at the bottom of our website – just under the Art For All Ages Since 2010! banner.

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.