Tuesday 13 August 2019

Art in Your Homeschool {Not Back to School Blog Hop 2019}

Welcome to day one of the annual Homeschool Review Crew Not Back to School Blog Hop.  Today's topic is A = Art in Your Homeschool.  I have a confession to make.  I have a love hate relationship with art in our homeschool.  Today I would like to share a list of books, web resources and Art Curriculum that we have used over the last two decades to teach art in our homeschool.

During my time with the Homeschool Review Crew we have been introduced to some amazing products which have made adding Art to our Homeschool so much easier. Here are a few we have enjoyed over the years and are well worth investing in:
  •  ArtAchieve - There are five year levels available.  You are able to purchase single lessons of any project you would like to use in your homeschool.  The lessons are presented in different formats (PowerPoint or video) by John Hofland.  Every lesson has a comprehensive lesson plan available covering many aspects on the topic at hand. Be sure to try a FREE lesson with ArtAchieve: FREE Level I-Art Lesson I-2: The Czech Cat "There is no right or wrong way to draw. One drawing is not better than another.  It's just different - because the people who are drawing are different "- John (ArtAchieve)
  • See The Light -  We have loved using the video based lessons.  Each video contains three step by step lessons.  Lessons are in a step by step format and available as downloads or DVD.  You can request your free lesson from here. We have really enjoyed the Art Projects series and learnt so many great things from pop art (Repeated Sweets - Wayne Thiebaud Artist Study) to pointillism fruit.
  • Last year we did a series of art pieces via the on line art lessons using Creating a Masterpiece. I really liked the way each lesson is broken up into shorter step by step lessons making it easy to accomplish really complex pieces over a number of days or weeks. You can try a free lesson over here.
  • We have also done numerous different art projects and show cased them here on the blog along with links to the source tutorials via the Virtual Fridge
  • SchoolhouseTeachers.com has some  fabulous Art Classes for your homeschool. These lessons are specifically designed to be used in your home.

The Master and His Apprentices: Art History from a Christian Perspective is an amazing text to use to teach art history.

If you have students that are interested in learning Natural History Illustration be sure to check out the FREE edX course: Drawing Nature, Science and Cultrue: Natural History Illustration 101.

Mondrian Inspired Art
Over the years we have completed a few Artist Unit Studies:

Art Resources on line

 Beautiful Books on Studying Artists
(Libraries are an excellent resource to teach for FREE)
On Pinterest
Picture Study Resources
I asked some homeschool friends what they would recommend and they said:
I would love to hear what YOU have used to teach art in your homeschool.


There are over thirty home educating mom's participating in this years Not back to School Blog Hop.  Grab a cup of tea and take a look through the linky below for some homeschool Encouragement today.


  1. Fantastic collection for art resources!

    1. Thank you :D I enjoyed looking back over our journey.

  2. Great ideas for art! I am not artistic so I love that there are so many resources.

    1. I am not either and that is what I liked about these resources.

  3. what an excellent list of resources. :)

    1. Thank you Annette. I have loved your book lists for resources too :D

  4. Great collection! We really liked both ArtAchieve and Creating a Masterpiece. And our favorite book series is ARTistic Pursuits

    1. Thank you Kym. I would love to take a better look at ARTistic Pursuits one day.

  5. I have a love hate relationship with art in our homeschool also.

    1. Destiny I'm so glad I'm not alone. I actually did a co-op class with one other family that was helpful. It ment we actually did art for a few years.


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