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The Best Art Lessons for Your Homeschool History Curriculum

Yes, you can use art to teach history! No matter what time period you are studying in your homeschool history curriculum, Nana’s I Drew It then I Knew It video lessons are the easy – and fun – way to learn important parts of history. Enjoy a library of history video art lessons to match all four history cycles no matter what homeschool history curriculum you are using. Nana does the teaching and all you need are very minimal supplies. It is super easy to get started in chalk pastel art.

Art Lessons for your homeschool history curriculum! Nana's I Drew It then I Knew It video lessons are the easy - and fun - way to learn history. Ancient, medieval, early American and modern history.
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The Practical Benefits of Adding Art Lessons to Your Homeschool History Curriculum

Just why would you want to have art lessons to go with your homeschool history curriculum? Nana shares an example: “…let’s take our pastels and paint the Roman Coliseum. We can use all the reds, golds and orange to make a wonderful pastel painting. While we paint, we chat about where the Coliseum was built, when, and what it was used for. Then a while later, a question comes up about the Coliseum. The artist student remembers the painting, and, most importantly, the chat about facts on this classic Roman treasure!”

Here are four practical benefits of adding art lessons to your homeschool history curriculum:

  1. Learn history in an engaging way! In the You ARE an ARTiST Complete Clubhouse, Nana has a series of ancient, medieval, early American and modern art lessons to match your homeschool history curriculum.
  2. You can also enjoy art history, famous artists and art appreciation with her continuing Famous Artists series.
  3. It is simply beautiful to blend subjects and age levels together while learning! That makes things easier on you, the homeschool mom.
  4. Art increases comprehension, retention, attention span by adding a hands on element that brings a lesson to life!

“This is the quietest my kids have been all day! They concentrated on their American history chalk pastel pieces. I love this program! It allows me to intentionally include art with our studies yet frees me up from being the teacher!”

– Maureen Spell
Art Lessons for your homeschool history curriculum! Nana's I Drew It then I Knew It video lessons are the easy way to learn history.

Shawna, in her article, Why Adding Art to Homeschool History Makes All The Difference, shares:

“At first, I thought we needed more structure to our learning. I added quizzes and worksheets. I bought an expensive textbook. I tried all the things that a more formal school setting does to teach history. None of it worked. In fact, not only did my boys retain less than before, they began to dislike history and avoid it.

It was only when I decided to go with what I knew they would enjoy, that our homeschool history study came alive. I added art.”

-Shawna Wingert

It may seem simple, and I guess it is, but adding I Drew It And Then I Knew It to our homeschool history curriculum was the solution I was looking for.” Be sure to read Shawna’s post for three reasons why adding art to history works so well.

Our You ARE an ARTiST Complete Clubhouse members also have access to a valuable teaching tool designed specifically for Nana’s art lessons.

I Drew It Then I Knew It History Companion Workbooks For Your Homeschool

The I Drew It Then I Knew It Companion Workbooks are designed for you to use however they work best in your homeschool. They are flexible and easily complement your homeschool history curriculum.

The I Drew It Then I Knew It Companion Workbooks are designed for you to use however they work best in your homeschool. They are flexible and easily complement your homeschool history curriculum. Best Art Lessons for Your Homeschool History Curriculum

In each I Drew It Then I Knew It workbook, you will find:

  • a Book List with varying reading levels
  • 5 Fast Facts
  • an Overview of the lesson topic
  • Biography or Writing Prompts
  • Planners
  • Ideas for How To Use our Curriculum

Everything you need for a quick lesson can be found inside. Or use all of the planners included to map out a more extensive study. The Companion Workbooks will help you combine your oldest to youngest learners all in one place over a central topic. There is something special about family-style learning and all ages creating together. Read more from Courtney and take a video tour of the I Drew It Then I Knew It companion workbooks in her Art Lessons for the Eclectic Homeschool Family.

Art Lessons for Your Homeschool History Curriculum

Following is a sampling of Nana’s video art lessons for all four history cycles. Take a look and see how these can match up with your homeschool history curriculum.

From creation to Ancient Egypt and the fall of Rome – enjoy these art lessons with your ancient history homeschool curriculum: The Best Art Lessons for Your Homeschool History Curriculum

Art Lessons for Ancient History Studies

From creation to Ancient Egypt and the fall of Rome – enjoy these art lessons with your ancient homeschool history curriculum:

From Robin Hood, castles and knights to the crusades, dragons, vikings, court dress, inventors and more – Nana's medieval history art lessons are a fun match to your middle ages studies:

Medieval History Art Lessons for Your Homeschool

From Robin Hood, castles and knights to the crusades, dragons, vikings, court dress, inventors and more – Nana’s medieval history art lessons are a fun match to your middle ages homeschool history curriculum:

Early American History Homeschool Art Lessons

Whether it is the early colonists and Native Americans, maps of journeys or the American Revolution, or modern American presidents, Nana’s American History lessons will help reinforce all you are learning in American history with your homeschool history curriculum:

American History Art Lessons – Are you looking for fun ways to incorporate American homeschool history lessons? Maybe you already have a homeschool history curriculum, but you’re looking for ways to make it more hands-on and engaging. Chalk pastels may be just what you need to get your kids to fall in love with history!

  • Revolutionary War
  • Lewis and Clarke Art Lessons
  • Civil War and Underground Railroad Art Lessons
  • Johnny Appleseed
Little House On The Prairie Homeschool - Are there any homeschoolers out there that don’t hop on the Little House on the Prairie wagon? I mean, seriously, how can you not love Little House? There is something about Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House series that is easy to obsess over. 
  • Little House on the Prairie Homeschool Lessons – Are there any homeschoolers out there that don’t hop on the Little House on the Prairie wagon? I mean, seriously, how can you not love Little House? There is something about Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House series that is easy to obsess over. 
  • John James Audubon the explorer and artist – Come on! Grab a saddlebag and join us as we explore the forests of early America and see this great country through the eyes of famous artist John James Audubon!
  • The Best Presidents Art Lessons for Your Homeschool – Here at You ARE an ARTiST, we know precisely how fascinating it can be to dive into the U.S. Presidents. We think all of our presidents deserve a celebration anytime! For that reason, we created the ultimate homeschool history curriculum companion to our I Drew It And I Knew It Presidents Series.
Enjoy Nana's Amelia Earhart lesson as part of your Modern History homeschool studies. The Best Art Lessons for Your Homeschool History Curriculum
Enjoy Nana’s Amelia Earhart lesson as part of your Modern History homeschool studies.

Modern History Art Lessons

Studying inventors? Famous historians of the 20th century? Space exploration, Mars rovers, world wars, aviation and world landmarks? You can find these homeschool lessons and more to go with your modern homeschool history curriculum:

  • Winston Churchill – The world treasures Sir Winston Churchill as a soldier, statesman, orator, author and Prime Minister to the King of England and his daughter who now sits on the throne as the longest serving monarch the world has ever known.
  • Great Britain Unit Study – You can now travel to Great Britain with chalk pastels! Explore Big Ben, Queen Elizabeth, Winston Churchill, and much more in this unique and colorful way. Nana will be your guide on this historic trip filled with key icons and landmarks with chalk pastels Great Britain themed art.
  • Adventures in Narnia – Are your kids ready for an epic art journey? Then, take a trip with chalk pastels Narnia with Nana art adventure! Nana has a whole Literature and Tea Time section in the You ARE an ARTiST Clubhouse! Explore more in The Power of Adding Art to Literature Lessons.
  • Famous Artist Norman Rockwell and many more in Nana’s Exploring Famous Artists series.
  • Artist Clubhouse Modern History – Such rich lessons to complement the learning already happening in your home.
Don't forget! Geography goes hand in hand with history! Nana has a full series of I Drew It Then I Knew It Maps to help Make Geography Fun with Chalk Pastels.

Don’t forget! Geography goes hand in hand with homeschool history curriculum! Nana has a full series of I Drew It Then I Knew It Maps to help Make Geography Fun with Chalk Pastels.

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.

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Medieval Times Homeschool Art with Chalk Pastels

Learn about Medieval times with Nana’s I Drew It Then I Knew It chalk pastel video art lessons! Medieval Times homeschool art is the perfect hands-on way to bring a bit of color and excitement to history.

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Medieval Themed Art Lessons with Chalk Pastels

Do your kiddos love dragons, and knights, and princesses? Or maybe you are studying the Medieval world this year with your history curriculum. The Middle ages were an interesting time. The Roman Empire had fallen, and smaller kingdoms were vying for control. There were Barbarian raiders, wars on faith, and the Black Death to contend with, but there were some pretty exciting inventions too! The printing press, flying buttresses in gothic architecture, eyeglasses, and knights in shining armor, to name a few!

Nana at Chalk Pastels has got you covered with oodles of Medieval times homeschool art lessons! We’ve done a few Medieval chalk pastels in the past, but she keeps adding more! All you need is a pack of construction paper, a starter set of chalk pastels, and the You Are An Artist Complete Clubhouse Membership to enjoy all that Nana has to offer!

Medieval Times Homeschool Art with Chalk Pastels

Medieval Castle Art Lesson

We started our Medieval unit study by gathering all of our visual encyclopedias to the table. My kiddos wanted to learn about castles. Did you know the Normans built the first castles in England? We learned quite a bit about castles, mainly how they evolved from earth and wood to thick stone walls, tall towers, and even moats!

Did you know that the largest castle in the world today by surface area is built of brick? It’s the Malbork castle in Poland and was created by the Teutonic Knights. I love learning interesting tidbits like this along with my kids!

Medieval Times Homeschool Art with Chalk Pastels

Medieval Dragon Homeschool Art Lesson

“There be DRAGONS in our chalk pastels!”

That’s what I declared loudly for the children. They LOVE dragons. We have ever so many books about dragons. So, it was a delightful surprise to see a dragon in our homeschool art lessons. Of course, in the Middle Ages, dragons were something to be feared, not celebrated.

Medieval Times Homeschool Art with Chalk Pastels

FYI: Nana has another art course for Mythical Creatures where she has a baby dragon hatching from its egg! Just in case you have dragon enthusiasts too.

We enjoyed the Court Dress, Catapult, Stained Glass, and Robin Hood art lessons. I may have given a sword to the fair lady of the court after my daughter complained that she had no weapon. Afterward, the kids said maybe she was Maid Marian of Robin Hood’s story, and she was robbing one of the wealthy nobles of the court, ha! Maybe it was Robin Hood himself in one of his many disguises!

My daughter created her stained glass window to look like a rose which I thought was pretty creative. Then we talked about the rose window in the Chartres Cathedral in France and their techniques to create the stained glass windows of the Middle ages. If you haven’t heard of the rose window before, be sure to look it up. It is beautiful!

Catapult Art Lesson for Homeschool

We would randomly yell, “CAT-A-PULT!” as if we were commanding an army of soldiers about to attack a castle keep while drawing our catapults. Then, we’d laugh at our silliness. Seriously folks, who yells, “CAT-A-PULT!” at the kitchen table while doing art? My kiddos and I do!

FYI, there are four types of catapults:

  • trebuchet
  • mangonel
  • onager
  • ballista

You ARE AN Artist Complete Clubhouse Membership for Your Homeschool

There are so many fun history art lessons to explore. With the You ARE AN Artist Complete Clubhouse Membership, you’ll have access to 700+ video art lessons, including these Medieval Times Homeschool lessons plus Knights and Crusaders lessons:

  • Dragon
  • Stained glass
  • Cathedral
  • Viking ship
  • Viking helmet
  • Castle
  • Catapult
  • Lute
  • Jester
  • Crown
  • Court dress
  • Illuminated letter
  • Medieval garden
  • Crusade banner
  • Robin Hood
  • Knight
  • Banquet table
  • Shield
  • Falconer-Hawk
  • Excalibur in the stone
  • Festival tent
  • War of roses
  • Joan of Arc

With the Complete Clubhouse Membership, you’ll also get the Companion I Drew It Then I Knew It Workbooks. These workbooks are perfect for adding layers of extra learning to your homeschool art studies.

Medieval Times Homeschool Art with Chalk Pastels

Medieval Times Homeschool Art with Chalk Pastels

Expand your history studies and make them come alive with Nana’s chalk pastel homeschool art lessons! Art is the perfect way to encourage hands-on learning and exploration through time. Engage your children with color, lines, and form as they recreate these periods of the past. Medieval history is just one of the four eras you can study with chalk pastels! Nana also has courses for:

We had lots of fun with these Middle Ages history art lessons. Letting the kids be silly or adding their unique twist to a drawing is where the magic happens. Remember, they are learning even when yelling “CAT-A-PULT” at the kitchen table.

Medieval Times Homeschool Art 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.