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Integrated Art For Homeschooling High School

Are you looking for ways to create a more dynamic learning environment for your high schooler? Homeschooling with an integrated art approach may be exactly what you need!

What Is Integrated Art?

An integrated art curriculum is one in which the art becomes the approach to teaching and the vehicle for learning.

“Students meet dual learning objectives when they engage in the creative process to explore art and another subject to gain greater understanding in both.”

Institute for Art Education and STEAM

Put simply, integrated art allows the learner to engage in the subject matter in a way that is much more robust and cross-functional. The student accesses the learning with a non-traditional, yet highly effective approach, using art as the method of delivery.

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Why Is It So Helpful In Homeschool High School?

As more and more complex learning is expected for high schoolers, for many students, there is a need to access learning in a different way.

Not all learners respond well to the traditional textbook, worksheet, lecture style of traditional learning.  In fact, most do better with a more multisensory approach to learning.

Integrated art essentially takes subjects we traditionally teach in a more formal way, and immediately adds a layer of accessibility and hands-on learning.

The Foundations Of An Integrated Art Curriculum

The truth is, most of us are already quite familiar with this approach to learning. It is likely that you have a memory of this type of learning from your childhood, as integrated art is more readily accepted and woven into elementary education.

For me, it was a salt map I made of Italy for my country report in sixth grade. I worked hard on that map, and through it’s creation, I learned more about Italy than any textbook ever would’ve taught me. I also retained the information I learned about Italy. (In fact, to this day, I still remember most of what I learned – that’s the power of hands-on, multisensory learning!)

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You Are An Artist For High School Homeschool

You Are An Artist lessons are exactly what an integrated art curriculum is all about.

What makes it particularly effective, is that You Are An Artist includes this type of approach all the way through the high school years.

For example, when my son was learning about US History, we completed a lesson on creating our own map of North America.

The opportunities to learn with an integrated art perspective are plentiful with You Are An Artist.

Take a look at all of these high school level courses.

Integrated Literature and Language Arts For High School

  • Harry Potter
  • Stopping by the Woods – Robert Frost
  • The Hobbit
  • Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre
  • Lamp Post – Narnia C. S. Lewis
  • Hundred Acre Wood – A.A. Milne
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History and Geography For High School Homeschooling

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

Science For High School With You ARE An Artist

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

(You can also read all about how to use You Are An Artist specifically for High School Art credit HERE)

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Integrated Art In Your Homeschool Curriculum

Using integrated art in any homeschool curriculum is valuable. Adding it to the high school years keeps learning fun, engaging, and ultimately, more successful.

Thankfully, You ARE An Artist has everything you need to easily include integrated art in your homeschool.

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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Why Art Is An Essential Part Of Science In Our Homeschool

I learned a long time ago that my son learns best with a multi-sensory approach. His comprehension and retention is so much greater when we focus on the more experiential aspects of a particular topic.

The problem is, sometimes, it’s really challenging to find ways to engage his need for hands-on learning. In fact, for many years, I spent hours scouring the internet, looking for creative ways to enhance our textbook learning.

When I found the academic videos included in You ARE an ARTIST I was excited, but more so, relieved. I could take the subjects we were already studying in more formal ways and instantly make them more engaging for my kiddo, just by clicking play and letting Nana do the teaching!

While we have used You ARE An ARTIST across many different subjects, including nature study, language arts and history, this year, we are incorporating it into our science study. I continue to be grateful for the support it provides for my sons’ learning needs and today, I want to share a bit of how it works for us.

How We Make Art A Part Of Science

You ARE an ARTIST offers several different video courses that align well with many traditional scientific studies.

For example, we completed the Shark Art lessons as a part of our Marine Life and Oceanography Study. We also did the I Drew It Then I Knew It Inventor course as we completed a unit on electricity.

This year, we are starting off with an astronomy study and including the many chalk pastel courses as part of our learning. Again, this helps to solidify any reading or more formal learning we complete, by allowing my son the opportunity to engage with the topic in much more creative and hands-on way. (We have also use art as a way to “test” what my son has really learned and will again with this unit.)

Here is a snapshot of what I have planned for the first two weeks of this particular science unit:

Week One

Day One: Look at and discuss a poster of the solar system

Day Two: Read about the planets

Day Three: Complete You ARE An Artist Video Tutorial – Saturn (While we both follow the lesson, my son and I will discuss what we have learned so far about Saturn in particular and the planets in general.)

Week Two

Day One: Watch YouTube Video about Haley’s Comet

Day Two: Read about comets and meteorological events

Day Three: Complete You ARE An Artist Video Tutorial – Haley’s Comet (While we both follow the lesson, my son and I will discuss what we have learned so far about Saturn in particular and the planets in general.)

The Art In Space Video Course Super Bundle has 17 video tutorials all about the solar system, space exploration, comets, super novum and more. I will add more astronomy topics as we progress through our textbook and incorporate more of the bundle’s art videos accordingly. By the time we are finished up with the astronomy book, we will have covered six full weeks of study – and we will have had fun doing it!

Here is Why Art Is An Essential Part Of Science in Our Homeschool. I can't imagine a better way to learn science in our homeschool. This approach has made all the difference in helping my child engage in what we are learning and retain it as well. By Shawna Wingert

Why Art Is An Essential Part Of Science In Our Homeschool

This approach has made all the difference in helping my child engage in what we are learning and retain it as well. He can tell you a lot more about electricity, not only because we read about it in a book, but because we discussed it as we created our own chalk pastel art all about it. I imagine the same will be true for astronomy once all is said and done.

It works well for my child, but the truth is, it also works well for me. The planning is easier and the lessons are already defined. All I have to do is get out the art supplies and relax.

I can’t imagine a better way to learn science in our homeschool.

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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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Homeschool Science and Art ? A STEAM Curriculum Match Up

Have you ever considered a homeschool science and art curriculum match up to create a wonderful learning environment? Art adds a hands on layer of engagement that can help solidify and enhance science homeschool learning in both a fun and beautiful way. There are so many benefits to incorporating an I Drew It Then I Knew It approach when you combine science and art!

This summer, we are enjoying Apologia’s Exploring Creation with High School Astronomy course. The warm months are a perfect time for stargazing and learning more about God’s amazing universe.

Adding STEAM Learning To Your Homeschool With Science And Art

We are following up our Apologia Astronomy studies with art.

This is because of all we have been learning about the value of taking a STEAM approach to education.

STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math and is an interdisciplinary learning model that helps inspire critical thinking, creativity and increasing confidence. Matching up science and math is an obvious choice!

It is so much fun to paint what you learn with brilliant colors on black construction paper! We discovered this several years ago when we enjoyed Exploring Creation with Astronomy at the elementary level. We are thrilled Apologia now has this high school level elective Astronomy course.

How Science and Art Curriculum Match Up in Your Homeschool

Charlotte Mason believed art should be a staple in every child’s education, and she explains a simple way to make it easy and effective. She felt it was the educator’s job to awaken, hone and even increase a child’s creativity: Art the Charlotte Mason Way

Jeannie Fulbright

Here are more examples of how science and art create a lovely learning environment together:

  • Why Art is an Essential Part of Science in Our Homeschool – For example, we completed the Shark Art lessons as a part of our Marine Life and Oceanography Study. We also did the I Drew It Then I Knew It Inventor course as we completed a unit on electricity. This year, we are starting off with an astronomy study and including the many chalk pastel courses as part of our learning. Again, this helps to solidify any reading or more formal learning we complete, by allowing my son the opportunity to engage with the topic in much more creative and hands-on way. (We have also used art as a way to “test” what my son has really learned and will again with this unit.)
  • Why Adding Art to Academics Helps Children Learn – The audio of Nana’s instruction, the visual input from the computer screen and from the colors as my child paints, as well as the obvious tactile experience of holding the chalk and blurring the lines on the page – all work together to create a seamless, multi-sensory experience for my son. This type of multisensory learning leads to greater comprehension and retention for all children, and especially those who have learning differences.
  • Matching Nana’s You ARE an Artist video art lessons to your homeschool science curriculum just got even easier! We have a handy, dandy Homeschool Science Curriculum Match Up Checklist. All of Nana’s I Drew It Then I Knew It science and her nature video art lessons are listed – including inventors, space and more! This homeschool science and art curriculum match up checklist has plenty of planning space for you to add your corresponding science lesson or to jot down a date, note or page number.

Astronomy Art Lesson – Through the Telescope

Enjoy Nana’s Through the Telescope art lesson, in celebration of Apologia’s High School Astronomy course! This astronomy art lesson is pictured above and is a sample from Nana’s I Drew It Then I Knew It Solar System course in the You ARE an ARTiST Complete Clubhouse.

Suggested supplies: Black construction paper and all the chalk pastel colors! Baby wipes or slightly damp paper towels for easy clean up.

After you enjoy this lesson, be sure to tag us on Instagram @chalkpastelart or send us a photo. We can’t wait to see!

Additional Homeschool Resources For Science And Art

You ARE An Artist has a wide variety of options for continuing with a STEAM approach in your homeschool. Take a look at all of these possibility for combining science and art!

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

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.