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Homeschool Art Curriculum Forum

Hi fellow homeschoolers! Since I know a lot of you are out there contemplating your curriculum for next year, I thought it would be fun to do a curriculum series where we can all talk about our favorites.

My “plan” is to discuss one subject per day with you all. I’ll of course share my picks for the subject, and then you will all be free to leave a comment on this post regarding your favorites as well!

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So today I wanted to talk about your favorite art program, curriculum, unit study, website, or resource. Feel free to leave a comment below with your top art picks and why so we can all share our wisdom with one another!

One of my favorite art curriculum is the See The Light Art DVDs. Not only do I NOT have to teach the actual lesson, but I can participate! And the kids love the lessons and we have been really impressed with their finished products as well.

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Pros:

  • The art project DVDs include wonderful art techniques and instruction via video lessons.
  • You can stop, pause, or replay the lessons as needed.
  • Supplies are fairly normal, they don’t usually require anything that is hard to find.

Cons:

  • Some of the lessons can be quite long, and my students will sometimes “fast-foward” through some of the slower parts.
  • The DVD price might be a little high depending on your budget.

And of course we are having a wonderful time doing our Greatest Artists Units as well! I have two volumes out now for you all.

 

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What Artists are included in Vol 1?

What artists are included in Vol. 2?

Some of my favorite art resources are found for free online! Here are my top art websites:

 

So, now comes the fun part!

What are your favorite art curriculum, resources, websites, etc? Leave a comment below discussing your choices for art this year and why.

Feel free to ask questions or reply to each other too!

It’s my way of doing a forum without actually doing a forum haha!

And hopefully this will help us all as we start the process of researching curriculum, and trying to decide what will be the best fit for our homeschool.

Note: Please keep today’s conversations geared towards ART, I will be posting one for each subject separately so we can keep our comments organized.

 

Disclosure: This was not a sponsored post, I may however be affiliated with one or more products mentioned. The opinions expressed in this post were not influenced by the company. They are products I have used and felt like sharing, cuz’ it’s my blog and I can if I want to.

65 Comments

  • amber April 8, 2013 at 11:53 pm

    deep space sparkle!

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    • Joyice April 9, 2013 at 12:00 am

      I like this blog too!

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    • Jamie September 9, 2015 at 11:35 am

      Sparketh.com for teenagers

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  • Maryna April 8, 2013 at 11:57 pm

    This is more for high school kids, but The Paint Basket is a great site to learn to paint in oils/acrylics and watercolors. There is a number of free classes available, it is all online bases, with a few DVD’s that can be purchased. Most of their classes are 2 hours long.
    They also have a Let Draw course, which is fantastic.
    This is for all those serious about art 🙂

    Maryna

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    • Maryna April 8, 2013 at 11:58 pm

      Forgot to add the web page http://www.paintbasket.com

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      • KatieMeagan January 13, 2015 at 12:20 pm

        So, the paint basket is legit. I want to do they Lets Draw course, but it is really freakishly expensive.

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  • Joyice April 9, 2013 at 12:00 am

    We love “See the Light” as well. I was hoping for something a bit more child-like. I feel like I could sit through the lessons myself. My son loves art and he will do just about anything to have it, so we keep it. I am a fan of your unit studies! I think this the Artists ones are a bit much for him now. We may try them in a year or two! 🙂 Thanks for posting this, i cannot wait to see the others.

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    • Madonna April 9, 2013 at 7:10 am

      What ages do you think the “See the Light” is ideal for?

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      • Joyice April 9, 2013 at 9:45 pm

        She has several levels. I think it could fit through middle, depending on the level you begin with.

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  • Nisa April 9, 2013 at 1:15 am

    I am so glad you’re doing this. I am going to start homeschooling come August and this is so very helpful for me personally. Thank you!!

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  • Susan April 9, 2013 at 1:22 am

    We’ve used Pineapple Paintbrush’s Intro to Art Class pdf. It was a wonderful and expensive ($15) way to have great projects (35 of them!) and guided instruction on the essential components of art. Plus we did it at our own pace. Our art co-op used many of these lessons for a semester too.

    http://www.pineapplepaintbrush.com/p/shop-class-pdfs.html

    We also used Mona Brooks Drawing with Children for guided drawing.
    Of course, lots of open ended art for exploring.

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  • Queenie April 9, 2013 at 1:25 am

    We enjoy How Great Thou Art curriculum. There are various curriculum for various skill levels, starting from about pre-school age. I also use the curriculum and we find it fun. We had the opportunity to learn from Mr Barry Stebbings over a few days last year, and thoroughly enjoyed his commitment to inspire everyone for art – which comes through in the curriculum.

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    • Tom May 25, 2014 at 5:03 am

      We’ve been using the How Great Thou Art book, and it must say that it just drags on, and on, and on. When teaching a new concept (ie, shading) not enough information is given. Its just grab a pencil and draw like this, now make your own pretty little picture! My son is bored with it.

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  • Anna-Marie April 9, 2013 at 1:56 am

    We are using Meet the Master art series. It has 3 levels for kids ages. I just posted our Degas art lesson yesterday if you want to see it. We are using the middle level. My kids and I enjoy it.
    http://lifesadventures-amb.blogspot.co.uk/2013/04/degas-art-lesson.html

    We also use the Mike Venezia books– love them

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    • Kristin April 12, 2013 at 7:22 am

      Anna-Marie- How much does it track cost in this program?

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      • Anna-Marie May 14, 2013 at 1:54 am

        I purchased it though Homeschool buyers deal for a group of 4 levels for about 60 dollars

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  • Becky April 9, 2013 at 6:03 am

    “cuz’ it’s my blog and I can if I want to.” made me lol! 🙂

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    • Julie April 9, 2013 at 6:13 am

      Me too! ! Ha Ha!

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  • Amy S. April 9, 2013 at 6:06 am

    My 7 y.o. has been going to Young Rembrandts for 2 years. She loves it! My 5 y.o. will start in the fall. When they are bit older, we will also learn about artists via studying Laurence Anholt books.

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  • Rachel April 9, 2013 at 6:42 am

    I love the Pink and Green Mama blog!

    http://pinkandgreenmama.blogspot.com/

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