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The Art of Patriotism in Your Homeschool

I am so grateful for our freedom and the blessings that come from living in the United States of America. While I am grateful every day, upcoming holidays make me spend more time reflecting on those blessings and the art of patriotism.

My husband and I are raising our children to understand how blessed we are to be free. Children need to know the sacrifices that were made by so many to protect those freedoms.

My husband even manages a Facebook page dedicated to commemorating events of national significance and celebrating them with the corresponding American flag.

The Art of Patriotism - Incorporating Patriotic Events. What better way to learn about the flag and remember its importance than to paint it.
Enjoy Nana’s ‘America’ (My Country ‘Tis of Thee) hymn lesson and Dawn’s accompanying hymn study in the You ARE an ARTiST Clubhouse! Photo by Erin Vincent

The Art of Patriotism – Incorporating Patriotic Events in Your Homeschool

We often have family discussions about those anniversaries and the meanings and importance of patriotic holidays like Memorial Day, Independence Day, Constitution Day,  Veteran’s Day, and Patriot Day.

When possible we try to attend memorial services, wreath layings, parades, celebrations (such as a fun reading of the Declaration of Independence), and other events. Our attendance at those events can honor and remember the sacrifices that have been made

These commemorations instill a sense of awe and pride in our country and its peoples. Even if there are parts of our shared history that we shouldn’t be proud of, our people have overcome, adapted, and developed. This is a great opportunity to reinforce the core values enshrined in the Declaration of Independence, “that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.”

Incorporating Patriotic Homeschool Art Lessons

In addition to those discussions and events, I think students can learn a lot by incorporating art lessons into their homeschool as well as their celebrations and recognition of holidays.

What better way to learn about the flag and remember its importance than to paint it? There’s a proud tradition of painted flags. Artisans would apply hand-mixed paints to fine silk, allowing for beautifully complex classical banners.

Neither Francis Hopkinson nor Betsy Ross is connected to silk flags, but you can still channel their creativity (along with John Adam’s desire for ‘illuminations’) with Nana’s beautiful American flag homeschool lesson. It even includes fireworks! This would be great anytime, but especially Flag Day, Independence Day, and other patriotic holidays for the art of patriotism.

The Washington Monument - Trekking American Landmarks with Chalk Pastels
An American Art Celebration (with a free American Flag lesson) – Photo and art work by Erin Vincent.

The Art of Patriotism with American History and Landmarks Lessons

There is an entire set of homeschool art lessons on American History, but the  Constitution lesson is perfect for Constitution Day. This painting is done in a simple manner that makes it easily achievable even for elementary-aged students. Chalk pastel projects are easily woven into your Independence Day celebration (or lessons) and reinforce themes of the Revolution. 

Homeschool Patriot Day and September 11th Studies

Anytime you are studying modern history or even the events of September 11th in your homeschool, you could enjoy Nana’s Statue of Liberty in New York harbor art lesson. The American Landmarks homeschool lessons also include stunning paintings of the Liberty Bell and the Washington Monument. Additional lessons on Old Faithful, Niagara Falls, and the Golden Gate Bridge would be a great way to facilitate a discussion on all of the wonderful sites and monuments throughout the United States. You might even incorporate Nana’s Presidents Art Lessons.

Blessing Others with Patriotic Art Gifts

In addition to creating all of these lovely pictures to help students remember, use them as a blessing to others. How wonderful would it be to gift a veteran with a picture of the American Flag or this beautiful new lesson on the Statue of Liberty with a thank you for their service!

The Art of Patriotism - In addition to creating all of these lovely pictures to help students remember, use them as a blessing to others. How wonderful would it be to gift a veteran with a picture of the American Flag or this beautiful new lesson on the Statue of Liberty with a thank you for their service!

Your child might even be able to display their work at a local library or business. Displaying art is a great way to remind people to be thankful for the sacrifices that have been made. In our busy world, sometimes we need to be reminded to slow down and count our blessings. A child’s artwork can be a great reminder.

How will you incorporate patriotic art into your celebrations? What other paintings could you do to celebrate?

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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An American Art Celebration

Who is ready for an American Art Celebration? History, art, holidays, maps and more! There is simply so much to celebrate. Scroll down to enjoy an American Flag art lesson. And take a look at all the lessons you can enjoy in the You ARE an Artist Clubhouse with Nana.

Who is ready for an American Art Celebration? History, art, holidays, maps and more! There is simply so much to celebrate. Take a look at the NEW lessons our You ARE an Artist Clubhouse members will enjoy with Nana.
  • Hymn – America the Beautiful written by Katharine Lee Bates. A teacher, she wrote this hymn while on Pike’s Peak with friends. They had been to the World’s Fair and were discussing man-made wonders and God’s glorious handiwork.

Complete Clubhouse members will also enjoy more American Art Celebration lessons:

  • Composer Francis Scott Key – Star Spangled Banner
  • President James Madison
  • Famous Artist Betsy Ross and the American Flag
  • Summer Acrylic Master Artist Class

Online, clickable, daily member calendar for the whole month – right in your member dashboard. (Not to mention a brand new, downloadable and printable Art Planner for You ARE an Artist Clubhouse members).

More American Art Celebration ideas with lessons for:

  • Independence Day (fireworks with chalk pastels? YES!)
  • National Peach Month
  • National Picnic Month
  • Birthday celebration lessons for E.B. White, Henry David Thoreau, Julius Caesar, Beatrix Potter and J.K. Rowling

Did you know that there is so much to celebrate in July? Art lessons to go with books, nature and all things outdoors!

Free American Art Celebration Video Lesson with Nana

One of our very favorite things is those brilliant chalk pastel colors on dark construction paper. What a fireworks show you can create! To give you a taste of the American art celebration that member artists will enjoy, here is How to Draw Independence Day Fireworks with Chalk Pastels.

Independence Day Fireworks with Chalk Pastels

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