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!



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.



  • 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.


  • 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.



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.


  1. deep space sparkle!

  2. 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 🙂


  3. 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.

  4. 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!!

  5. 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.

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

  6. Queenie says:

    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.

    • 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.

  7. 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.

    We also use the Mike Venezia books– love them

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

  9. 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.

  10. I love the Pink and Green Mama blog!

  11. Erica,

    I love that you are hosting this curricula review! I adore your blog and your eagerness to share with blogland!

  12. My kindergartner has a great interest I just gave her a sketchbook and book that had some basic drawing things and she loved it. I would love to expand the learning for her. But I have not been able to find a lot of art lesson type stuff for kindergartens. Would “see the light work” for children that young or does anyone have suggestions for other things that work

  13. We have used Artistic Pursuits this year. The kids have really enjoyed it, although I have to say, a curriculum that I don’t have to “teach” and can learn as the kids do sounds really great, Erica! I’m also interested in your “Great Artists” unit studies, but I am curious as to how you incorporate them (or find the time to incorporate them, actually) into your curriculum? Do you do the study once a week? Alternate art days with unit study days? I struggle with putting way too much on our plate and really have to start thinking through the scheduling of all these wonderful studies! 🙂

    • Heather says:

      Great question! I also don’t want to give my up coming 1st grader to much. I would also love to know how you work it in as well.

    • We tried Artistic Pursuits, and after a couple of weeks into we never picked up the books again. A lot of wordiness, little substance. It felt more like a craft-making book than an ‘art’ instruction book. The only thing nice about it was the occasional famous painting shown in it (about one every chapter). I would pass on this one.

  14. Love deep space sparkle, it has sections clearly marked grade wise. Very easy to navigate blog and overall I love it . she also books that go with the projects.

    overall, Love it.

  15. Christine says:

    I highly recommend the art lessons from Christan Light Publications. They are very inexpensive, and are provided for all grades. The things my 1st grader has been creating through their instruction are very impressive!

  16. Amber Shonk says:

    When I taught in elementary school we used Meet the Masters. I was impressed with the quality of art projects that such young kids produced. I have never used it in my home school setting, well not yet anyway I have a 3 and 4 year old. I look forward to using it along with some free lessons from Deep Space Sparkle.

  17. Thanks for hosting this! I’ve been looking for something for our oldest daughter (9 yo) who LOVES art! I just finished browsing Deep Space Sparkle and I know that is going to be a hit with all our children. But we also use our local library! Our daughter loves the “How to Draw …” series books for kids.

  18. I used Home Art Studio with Sydney for K, I love it! And I purchased it for 1st grade too! 🙂

  19. I’m looking forward to using your Greatest Artists #1 next year! In the past the kids and I have also enjoyed Discovering Great Artists (and other books by the same author) and Teaching Art to Children.

  20. Katie Rose says:

    I’m thrilled that you’ve brought this up as I was beginning to wonder if there will be a way to teach one art class to all four of my kids simultaneously and just expect different results based on age level? At the very least I’d like to combine the lessons for the older two and then the younger two so I’d only do art twice, but I’d STILL need to be using the same mediums or I know there will be a riot! lol, Suggestions? (this is theoretical as the ages are 6, 4, 1.5, ~.5 and only the older two are in school.) What do the rest of you with multiple aged children do?

    • I use Home Art Studio for my kids 8, 5, 3. We are using the K level, 8yo does it by himself while I help the younger two. My 3yo can follow along surprisingly well. It’s DVD based and affordable with short lessons.


    I’ve used several of these lessons with our small co-op group (2 five year olds and a three year old). There are plenty of activities for older kids, too. In the left margin is an extensive list of artists and activities. I’ve found them to be really quite easy to understand and explain to the kids.

  22. We use Drawing with Children, the Draw Write Now! series, I Can Do All Things, and Deep Space Sparkle.

  23. Thanks for all the great ideas. I have the See the Light curriculum but decided to wait until next year. I loaned them to my sister (kids are 11 and 13). The first few were a little slow for them but now they enjoy art time. We have just used the Usborne art sticker book.

  24. My kids and I love There are tons of art lessons, with step by step instructions and in most cases, a picture to go along with each step. There are lessons by topic or by season and I can make most work for all of my kids – from kindergarten to 8th grade.

  25. We have been using Artistic Pursuits this year and we are really enjoying it (my MIL and myself as much as the kids!)! We have gone through the first book and are into the second one. I’m going to check out all the other wonderful ideas as well. Thanks for hosting!
    ps. I got the Artistic Pursuits idea from your blog and look forward to seeing your curriculum plans for this year.

  26. These aren’t “how to draw” books, but the Come Look With Me series is a great way to introduce quality art to kids. My daughter enjoyed looking, discussing, and then trying to replicate something that the artist had done.

  27. Holly H says:

    We use Artistic Pursuits, and LOVE it!!! I like how it incorporates art history into the daily lessons, and we can also do each lesson more than once if we choose. I love that it covers all ages, we are using the K-3 grade level books even though my son is in 5th grade because he had no solid art studies when he was in school, and he still loves and enjoys it, we are looking forward to starting the middle school level courses next year. Also I just got the preschool book for my 3 year old, it looks spectacular! I do not see us using anything else, though I will say that I have your World’s Famous Artists Curriculum, and while they were too below level for my oldest, I am looking forward to doing them with my youngest in a couple more years!

  28. Miranda says:

    Home art studio. My kids have really enjoyed this year. We will purchase the next level for next year!

  29. This will be the perfect blog for everyone who wants to discover about this subject. You understand so much its just about challenging to argue with you (not that I really would want?-HaHa). You certainly put a new spin on a topic thats been written about for years. Superb stuff, just wonderful!

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  30. Janelle F. says:

    I really like the Artful Parent–especially for my little ones! My girls are 1 & 3 (I’m reading this blog in preparation for homeschooling!), and I love that there’s toddler projects! I never would have even thought to try art with kids so little, but it works!

  31. This year we used I can do all things from, How Great thou Art and we also used Home art studio. I liked them both and will use both again next year. My two boys especially enjoy all of the projects from Home Art Studio. The videos make it seem just like you have a art teacher in your house.

  32. We have used the Greatest Artist Study, Vol. 1 and How Great Thou Art in the past. This year we used the Draw Write Now books simply for the drawings on a daily basis. We also use Pinterest, so many art projects! For next year, I got the Usborne book of 365 Things to Draw. Even though it says draw, it includes everything from inks to paints to pastels!

  33. Stephanie says:

    Does anyone have experience with Atelier art curriculum? I’m looking into this one for next year. I like that it will work for all three of my children at one time, but it is pricey even through Homeschool Buyers Co-op. I would love to know more about it from someone who has used it.

    • I used Atelier art for my kids ages 13,8,6 and they seemed to like it….I liked how you watch the dvd and they taught how to do the project but I got it through a charter school and had to give it back at the end of the year and am now looking to buy an art program for them and do not think it is worth the money!! If price doesn’t matter it is a good art program…. but their is probably others out there that are better:)

  34. Since ART is my lest favorite subject, only because I can NOT draw a straight line, and am a little OCD 😉 I have been putting it off. Last year I got Erica’s World’s Greatest Artists Vol. 1 with every intention to use it, we started off with Van Gogh, and when we got to the part to PAINT, I was scared off!
    Anyway with 4 VERY loud voices begging for ART, I have promised that we would pick it up this coming year, using Erica’s curriculum and whatever we can find on Pinterest to recreate.

  35. Home Art Studio….it is a DVD curriculum like the one mentioned in your post!

  36. Nosotros utilizamos esta pagina de inspiracion: me parece genial!!

  37. We use Erica’s artist studies and love them!!!!! We also use Charlotte Mason Picture Study. So far we have done Giotto and Michelangelo. My girls ( ages 5 and 6) love them! Takes such a small amount if time and I am impressed at how well they retain.

    • Me, too! This blog is full of inspiration for easy art projects (searchable by grade level)! And my kids are so proud of the results that are truly impressive.

  38. We are just about to start homeschooling with my daughter. She turns three in January. What is the best art curriculum for pre-k? Thank you!

  39. We just started a small co-op for elementary age kids. We are looking for an art curriculum that would work great for all ages (K-3rd.) Any suggestions? Thank you!

  40. It felt more like a craft-making book than an ‘art’ instruction book. The only thing nice about it was the occasional famous painting shown in it. I would pass on this one. Art and design remains a compulsory national curriculum subject at key stages 1 to 3 Math Fractions Learn Math Online. New statutory programmes of study will be introduced from September 2014.The disapplied programmes of study for art and design at key stages 1 and 2, and the attainment target level descriptions, are accessible from the links on these pages.

  41. Megan Smith says:

    We’ve used the K12 art program (which uses lot of the Come Look with Me series) and while it taught some good skills as well as art history, I wanted more flexibility. Also tried using Meet the Masters. The only thing I didn’t like about it was that I felt it was hard to adapt for a variety of age levels (4-12 are the ages of my four school age kids) but I did like the art history portion to spark discussion. Now, I’ve settled on using Deep Space Sparkle. I really like the flexibility of it (we can do artist, literature, or seasonally themed projects) and it’s just fun for my kids. They have enjoyed the art they’ve produced using Deep Space Sparkle the most of any of the programs we have used. I like only having to purchase the lessons I’d like to use, although I’m sure it can add up over time unless you take advantage of the free lessons too. If we are doing artist specific studies, I supplement with some fun books with biographical info on artists, and websites with pictures of their artwork. The literature studies are great for my littler kids and my older kids don’t mind doing these as well because they think they are just fun. My favorites are the video lessons but there are only a few available at the moment. However, I emailed Patty yesterday to tell her how much I love her site and she mentioned that she is coming out with a new literature and artist based curriculum that would be perfect for home schoolers. Sounds like it will be out late fall of 2014. She mentioned that it will have lots of videos to accompany it. Super excited about this and I’m praying that it is reasonably priced!

  42. You did an review or giveaway a while back for some art lessons that were online? If my memory serves me, the website was cutesy and all the lessons were online? I did a search on your blog but I am having a hard time finding the post. Can you please help me out? Thanks!

  43. I am a homeschool mom of 3 children. One in 4th grade, one in 7th and the other in 10th. We used Atelier and Deep Space Sparkle. The videos had a lot of content but lessons weren’t as engaging as my kids hoped it would me they would be. Overall Atelier worked better for my 4th grader. Also, it was a lot of money spent on a course that my 7th and 10th grader finished in like 3 months (they love art). This year we tested out another option called Sparketh and so far I’m really impressed. The courses were a bit too advanced for my 4th grader but my other two kids love it! I pay $25 a month to access a bigger library of courses than Atelier and Deep Space Sparkle and, on top of that, new courses are added weekly so my kids never get bored. The courses are streamed online instead of DVDs so I see them watching videos on their phone and in the car. The videos have these cool little graphics in them that explain the courses better too. So, as of right now I’m happy with Atelier for my 4th grader and Sparketh for 7th and 10th grader. I’ll keep you guys updated on how everything pans out after we test it longer.

  44. I know that this is an old thread, but since the comments are still open I’ll drop my two cents on it. I’m developing an art curriculum for teens at a high school fine arts level.

    It’s going to be online. Not a kids craft book, not a follow along with me class, and no long boring videos that drag on.

    It will include short weekly videos that explain essential concepts, assign an art challenge, break down the assignment into bite size pieces and wrap up with focus demonstration of essential techniques.

    Each student’s project will be unique to them allowing them to experience creative freedom within each assignment.

    I’m going to include a private community forum for students to give and receive feedback and marking.

    Art history research projects will be included.

    And multiple mediums will be covered including pencil, pencil crayons, ink, pastels, watercolor, acrylic paint and sculpture.

    If it sounds interesting you can check out my site inspire my artist.

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