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Famous Artist Eric Carle Homeschool Study

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

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

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

Eric Carle

Listen to Nana’s Artist Eric Carle Homeschool Study

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

An Overview of Our Eric Carle Homeschool Study

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

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

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

Homeschool Study of Artist Eric Carle

Who Was Eric Carle?

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

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

-Eric Carle

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

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

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

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

Eric Carle’s Books and Art Work

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

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

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

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

-Eric Carle

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

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

-Eric Carle

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

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

Color wheel homeschool art lesson in the style of Eric Carle

Eric Carle Homeschool Art Lessons

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

Color Wheel Homeschool Art Lesson in the Style of Eric Carle

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

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

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

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

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

The Very Busy Spider
Bear

Spider, Spider Web, Charlotte’s Web


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

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

Additional Eric Carle Resources

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

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

Additional Resources for Studying Famous Artists in Your Homeschool

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

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

… and a new one added about once a month!

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

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

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

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

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Hudson River School Homeschool Art Lesson

Perseids Meteor Shower Homeschool Lesson

Join Nana and explore famous artists with her Hudson River School homeschool art lesson. In the early 19th century, a group of American artists dedicated themselves to a style of painting that would have its roots in the United States of America, rather than looking back to Europe for inspiration. They were mesmerized by the great open and untamed landscape of the unexplored territory to the west. That part of the country that lay outside of the cities in the eastern United States.

Hudson River School Show Notes

Highlights

  • 1:55 How Hudson River School Got It’s Name
  • 2:20 Plein Art Style of Painting – What Does Plein Air Mean?
  • 2:37 Three Themes of America in the 19th Century
  • 3:46 Thomas Cole, Founder of the Hudson River School
  • 5:46 The Second Generation of the Hudson River School
  • 5:60 Famous Artist Frederic Church
  • 6:09 Founders of the Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • 6:40 Famous Artist Albert Bierstadt
  • 7:55 Manifest Destiny and Industrialization
  • 9:19 Hudson River School Paintings at the Smithsonian

Read the Hudson River School Transcript HERE.

The Hudson River School artists’ thoughts lay in three themes : new lands to be discovered, the exploration and illustrations of the untouched beauty, and finally, settlement. These landscape painters helped to create what is known now as the Hudson River School. The Hudson River School was a group of artists whose artistic vision was influenced by Romanticism, and they inspired an American landscape art movement.

Nature, in the form of the American landscape, is a reflection of God.

Hudson River School artists

Famous Artist Frederic Church and the 1860 Great Meteor

American landscape artist Frederic Church was an influential artist from the Hudson River School who painted the 1860 Great Meteor painting from the Catskill evening sky. The 1860 Great Meteor event occurred on July 20, 1860. It was an interesting phenomenon that was reported from various locations all over the United States. There are some fascinating learning trails to explore for the upcoming Perseids Meteor Shower that occurs every year.

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

Nana is passionate about helping you realize you ARE an artist! Not only an artist with chalk pastels but with homeschooling, creative spaces, favorite family recipes and more. Nana also enjoys chatting – especially about art. If you have followed along with any of her You ARE an Artist video art lessons, you know that. She also enjoys sharing photos and thoughts on topics while she is being creative in her studio space on her back porch. That is where she will be chatting with you – from her back porch. It’s Nana’s You ARE an Artist Podcast!

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Famous Artist Andy Warhol

Famous Artist Andy Warhol was an American artist, film director and producer and a leading figure in the visual art movement known as Pop Art.

Famous Artist Andy Warhol was an American artist, film director and producer who was a leading figure in the visual art movement known as Pop Art.

In 1961 Warhol came up with the concept of using mass-produced commercial goods in his art. He would use commercial images and produce them over and over. One of the earliest and most famous was the Campbell Soup can. In one painting he had 200 cans repeated over and over!

Andy Warhol was a different kind of artist. While many artists focus entirely on their art and with no interest in personal fame, Warhol wanted to be rich and famous. His paintings have become iconic in American culture.

Famous Artist Andy Warhol Show Notes

Read the Warhol Transcript HERE.

Highlights

  • 3:42 Warhol’s Magazines
  • 4:29 The Blotted Line Technique
  • 5:21 Warhol’s Everyday Object Paintings
Famous Artist Andy Warhol was an American artist, film director and producer and a leading figure in the visual art movement known as Pop Art.

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Nana is passionate about helping you realize you ARE an artist! Not only an artist with chalk pastels but with homeschooling, creative spaces, favorite family recipes and more. Nana also enjoys chatting – especially about art. If you have followed along with any of her You ARE an Artist video art lessons, you know that. She also enjoys sharing photos and thoughts on topics while she is being creative in her studio space on her back porch. That is where she will be chatting with you – from her back porch. It’s Nana’s You ARE an Artist Podcast!

-Special thanks to Erin Vincent and her artists for the beautiful photos. Visit her at Nourishing My Scholar.

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Famous Artist Roy Lichtenstein

Learn about Famous Artist Roy Lichtenstein and the Pop Art medium with Nana's From My Back Porch podcast and her famous artists series.

In 1961, Famous Artist Roy Lichtenstein was challenged by one of his young sons. His son pointed to a Mickey Mouse comic book and said, “I bet you can’t paint as good as that, eh, Dad?” Lichtenstein took the challenge and his career in Pop Art was bolstered. Thus came the first large-scale depiction of comic book characters and the famous “Ben Day” dots. The dots were used by newspaper ink for coloring the iconic Disney mouse in the painting “Look Mickey!”

Roy Lichtenstein was trying to find his niche in the exploding Pop Art medium. We will see how he was inspired by comics; though hounded by critics for years of copying stroke by stroke comic book artists. He was inspired by comics featuring war, crashing airplanes and bombs plus romantic stories of the war heroes. He will show us how he was searching for anything that was emotionally strong – from these newspaper comics heroes to even cartoon animals!

Famous Artist Roy Artist Lichtenstein Show Notes

Highlights

  • 1:42 What is Pop Art?
  • 2:51 Ben Day Dots
  • 4:11 Lichtenstein’s Comic Strips

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Learn about Famous Artist Roy Lichtenstein and the Pop Art medium with Nana's From My Back Porch podcast and her famous artists series. Accompanying art lesson!

Nana is passionate about helping you realize you ARE an artist! Not only an artist with chalk pastels but with homeschooling, creative spaces, favorite family recipes and more. Nana also enjoys chatting – especially about art. If you have followed along with any of her You ARE an Artist video art lessons, you know that. She also enjoys sharing photos and thoughts on topics while she is being creative in her studio space on her back porch. That is where she will be chatting with you – from her back porch. It’s Nana’s You ARE an Artist Podcast!

-Special thanks to Erin Vincent and her artists for the beautiful photos. Visit her at Nourishing My Scholar.

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Famous Artist Georges Seurat

Famous artist Georges Seurat changed painted in pointillism. Listen to Nana's podcast on Seurat then enjoy Nana's art lesson!

In his short life, famous artist Georges Seurat held a long-reaching paintbrush in his hand. His influence with that brush brought about a renewal of public interest in the Impressionist artists of the day. His paintings changed how our very eyes can be coaxed into seeing colors optically. Important painting masters such as Vincent Van Gogh and Pissarro used dots of colors that Seurat believed could revolutionize the art world. These artists were laughed at by art critics who called the technique pointillism as an insult!

The technique is still used and pointillism is no longer thought of as an insult. Modern 20th century Pop Art painters such as Roy Lichtenstein used this “fool the eye” technique. Lichtenstein turned pointillism into a highly successful career, his artwork selling in the millions to galleries and patrons worldwide.

“Some say they see poetry in my paintings; I see only science.”

– Georges Seurat
In his short life, famous artist Georges Seurat held a long-reaching paintbrush in his hand—his influence with that brush brought about a renewal of public interest in the Impressionist artists of the day—and changed how our very eyes can be coaxed into seeing colors optically. Listen to Nana's podcast on Seurat then enjoy Nana's art lesson!

All due to a very young Frenchman, laboring away with his idea of dots or points of color.

Famous Artist Georges Seurat Show Notes

Read Famous Artist Georges Seurat Transcript HERE.

Highlights

  • 1:56 What is Pointillism?
  • 3:10 Bathers at Asnières
  • 4:20 About Chromoluminarism
  • 5:31 A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte

Nana’s Seurat lesson will premiere in the You ARE an ARTiST Clubhouse in April. The Seurat replay will be in the Famous Artists series exclusive to the You ARE an Artist Complete Clubhouse. Be sure to join Nana in our FREE You ARE an Artist Facebook group and our community on Instagram and all the social media as well.

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Famous Artist Bob Ross

Happy clouds! Happy trees! Let's find out why soft-spoken Famous Artist Bob Ross still lifts our spirits and fascinates us!

Happy clouds! Happy trees! Famous artist Bob Ross made us believe that he was speaking to a single viewer. And, in doing so, he painted an illusion that he was giving us a private lesson.

Ross’ life was one of “happy coincidence” — the right art teacher taught him the perfect technique to finish an oil painting in 30 minutes. That skill was very useful years later as 30 minutes was the time that he would be given to film “Joy of Painting “ segments! Ross also flawlessly executed the saying that comic Steve Martin made famous: “Be so good that they can’t ignore you.”

We are still listening to and watching Bob Ross on television 25 years after his death. So, let’s put on a smock, get a palette with Van Dye brown paint, a big brush, and find out why this soft-spoken artist still lifts our spirits and fascinates us!

Famous Artist Bob Ross Show Notes

Read the Famous Artist Bob Ross Transcript HERE.

Highlights

  • 1:26 Ross’ Early Life & Military Career
  • 4:17 What is Wet-on-Wet Painting?
  • 5:45 The Joy of Painting
  • 8:46 Ross’ Iconic Phrases

You ARE an ARTiST Clubhouse members enjoy Nana’s Bob Ross art lesson! Join us!

Nana’s Bob Ross lesson is a part of the Famous Artists series exclusive to the You ARE an Artist Complete Clubhouse. Our members receive an accompanying Famous Artists I Drew It Then I Knew It Companion workbook with a Bob Ross biography, fast facts and more.

We don't make mistakes, just happy little accidents. - Bob Ross
Happy clouds! Happy trees! Let's find out why soft-spoken Famous Artist Bob Ross still lifts our spirits and fascinates us!

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

Nana is passionate about helping you realize you ARE an artist! Not only an artist with chalk pastels but with homeschooling, creative spaces, favorite family recipes and more. Nana also enjoys chatting – especially about art. If you have followed along with any of her You ARE an Artist video art lessons, you know that. She also enjoys sharing photos and thoughts on topics while she is being creative in her studio space on her back porch. That is where she will be chatting with you – from her back porch. It’s Nana’s You ARE an Artist Podcast!

-Special thanks to Erin Vincent and her artists for the beautiful photos. Visit her at Nourishing My Scholar.

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A Hands-On Homeschool Study Of Famous Artist Vincent Van Gogh

This homeschool study includes everything you need for a hands-on approach to learning about Vincent Van Gogh.

Famous Artist Vincent Van Gogh is one of the most gifted artists that ever lived. Nana chats about Van Gogh's iconic “Starry Night.”

Famous Artist Vincent Van Gogh is one of the most gifted artists that ever lived. Van Gogh only painted for a little longer than ten years, but he produced over 2,000 pieces of art! 

Some of Van Gogh’s most famous and celebrated paintings are his Sunflowers. Each sunflower is different in color and placement…either in a vase or left in a field of flowers! It is said that he painted sunflowers in a yellow house that he rented in Arles, France. He rented the house for the visit of his friend, Paul Gauguin.

An Overview Of Our Vincent Van Gogh Homeschool Study

Today, our lesson is on a very famous painting that he created towards the end of his life, the iconic “Starry Night.” The night sky has his famous broken line circles that you will learn how to paint yourself!  This style is now known world wide but not during the time Van Gogh was alive. At the time of his death the world was not ready to embrace his style and flamboyant use of color. 

Years after he passed away, Vincent Van Gogh has become one of the most successful artists in history – his paintings commanding millions today.

Famous Artist Vincent Van Gogh is one of the most gifted artists that ever lived. Nana chats about Van Gogh's iconic “Starry Night.”

Learn More About Vincent Van Gogh

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Additional Resources For Studying Famous Artists In Your Homeschool

We offer 47 famous artists video lessons for your homeschool including:

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

… and a new one added about once a month!

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

Nana is passionate about helping you realize you ARE an artist! Not only an artist with chalk pastels but with homeschooling, creative spaces, favorite family recipes and more. Nana also enjoys chatting – especially about art. If you have followed along with any of her You ARE an Artist video art lessons, you know that. She also enjoys sharing photos and thoughts on topics while she is being creative in her studio space on her back porch. That is where she will be chatting with you – from her back porch. It’s Nana’s You ARE an Artist Podcast!

-Special thanks to Erin Vincent and her artists for the beautiful photos. Visit her at Nourishing My Scholar.

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Famous Artist Rembrandt van Rijn

Rembrandt van Rijn was and still is considered one of the world’s most famous artists. He was known for his inventive and different ways to capture the interest of the viewer gazing at his paintings. He could paint VERY large paintings. The most famous one of his large masterpieces was “Night Watch” – a massive 14 feet long and 12 feet wide painting! It depicts the preparation for a battle, no the soldiers are not in straight lines at attention, they are loading their guns, moving around, checking to see if everyone is ready to fight. This was such a different way to see a work of art! The soldiers are looking at YOU, the viewer. And the man at the back of the room is pointing at you! 

“ Painting is the grandchild of nature. It is related to God.”

Rembrandt

Famous Artist Rembrandt Show Notes

Enjoy painting the dark night the sleeping Joseph and the blindingly bright Angel! This is truly a painting that a master of art has given us.

Our lesson is a favorite of my family, it tells a story and is named “Joseph’s Dream”. You will instantly see Rembrandt’s use of light and dark.  It is in the middle of the night, and Joseph is asleep in a chair. Suddenly, the Angel of the Lord appears to Joseph with a message. A very important message warning Joseph to take Mary and the child and flee to Egypt.

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Nana is passionate about helping you realize you ARE an artist! Not only an artist with chalk pastels but with homeschooling, creative spaces, favorite family recipes and more. Nana also enjoys chatting – especially about art. If you have followed along with any of her You ARE an Artist video art lessons, you know that. She also enjoys sharing photos and thoughts on topics while she is being creative in her studio space on her back porch. That is where she will be chatting with you – from her back porch. It’s Nana’s You ARE an Artist Podcast!

-Special thanks to Erin Vincent and her artists for the beautiful photos. Be sure to visit her at Nourishing My Scholar.

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A Hands-On Homeschool Study Of Famous Artist Claude Monet

This homeschool study includes everything you need for a hands-on approach to learning about Claude Monet.

Happy Birthday, Claude Monet! Before you go for ice cream and cake in honor of Monsieur Monet on November 14th, let’s delve deeper into his life and how his insistence of making art HIS way has influenced artists for almost a century! He has changed the art world, and almost like the Beatles changed music forever...Monet has graciously, softly, and beautifully colored our lives with his impression of what we couldn’t see before! Enjoy Famous Artist Claude Monet.

Before you go for ice cream and cake in honor of Monsieur Monet on November 14th, let’s delve deeper into his life and how his insistence of making art HIS way has influenced artists for almost a century!

Claude Monet has changed the art world, and almost like the Beatles changed music forever…Monet has graciously, softly, and beautifully colored our lives with his impression of what we couldn’t see before!

Enjoy Famous Artist Claude Monet.

An Overview Of Our Claude Monet Study

Read the Claude Monet Podcast Transcript HERE

Highlights

  • 3:47 The Louvre
  • 5:35 Monet and Renoir’s Techniques
  • 6:59 Monet’s Study of Light
  • 9:29 Water Lilies

I would like to paint the way a bird sings.”

Claude Monet
Happy Birthday, Claude Monet! Before you go for ice cream and cake in honor of Monsieur Monet on November 14th, let’s delve deeper into his life and how his insistence of making art HIS way has influenced artists for almost a century! He has changed the art world, and almost like the Beatles changed music forever...Monet has graciously, softly, and beautifully colored our lives with his impression of what we couldn’t see before! Enjoy Famous Artist Claude Monet.

Learn More About Claude Monet

These extension lessons will add even more to your study.

Additional Resources For Studying Famous Artists In Your Homeschool

Nana’s Monet lessons are in the Famous Artists series exclusive to the You ARE an Artist Complete Clubhouse.

We offer 47 famous artists video lessons for your homeschool including:

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

… and a new one added about once a month!

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

Nana is passionate about helping you realize you ARE an artist! Not only an artist with chalk pastels but with homeschooling, creative spaces, favorite family recipes and more. Nana also enjoys chatting – especially about art. If you have followed along with any of her You ARE an Artist video art lessons, you know that. She also enjoys sharing photos and thoughts on topics while she is being creative in her studio space on her back porch. That is where she will be chatting with you – from her back porch. It’s Nana’s You ARE an Artist Podcast!

-Special thanks to Erin Vincent and her artists for the beautiful photos. Visit her at Nourishing My Scholar.