10 Teen Art Projects for When You Are Pressed for Time

When I say the words, homeschool art, what comes to mind?

A time-consuming elective that rarely makes the cut in your busy school week? Something you wish your kids had more time for?

As homeschooling moms, I know it can be difficult to fit everything in. Something has to give. For most of us, that something is often lessons that take extra planning and time, like art.

Quick Teen Art Ideas It’s true that art projects take additional planning, but they don’t all have to take days or even hours to complete. If you’re looking for art projects that your older kids will enjoy, but won’t take much time to complete, give one of these a try. Great DIY idea for middle school homeschoolers.

Fitting Art Into Your Homeschool Day

It’s true that art projects take additional planning, but they don’t all have to take days or even hours to complete. If you’re looking for art projects that your older kids will enjoy, but won’t take much time to complete, give one of these a try.

Animals Decorated with Mosaics – Inspired by Gaudi

Art created by mosaic tiles is beautiful, but time consuming. That’s why I was excited when I found this project. Now my kids can make their own mosaic masterpiece using colored pencils.

Chalk Art 

We fell in love with chalk art over a year ago. If you want art projects that are simple, cost effective, and take little time, you must give chalk art a try!

Quick Teen Art Ideas It’s true that art projects take additional planning, but they don’t all have to take days or even hours to complete. If you’re looking for art projects that your older kids will enjoy, but won’t take much time to complete, give one of these a try. Great DIY idea for middle school homeschoolers.

Foil Line Relief

Using aluminum foil, yarn, and various color sharpies, kids can design their own “stained glass” panels.

Graffiti Art

Art or vandalism? This site teaches teens the history of this uncommon art form, inspires them to research its famous artists, highlights the art elements involved and talks about how to design a quality graffiti name tag. Definitely a fun art project for older kids.

Mark Kistler’s Virtual Classroom

Mark Kistler is a famous drawing instructor. He has live and recorded classes that kids can watch to learn how to draw all sorts of creatures and objects in 3D. Abigail has been taking his classes for a couple of years now and it’s been wonderful to see her skills continue to improve.

Oil Pastel “Batiks”

This is a great project to tie into a Georgia O’Keeffe lesson. The combination of a glue outline and oil pastels naturally lends itself to recreating her over sized floral masterpieces.

Optical Design

Optical design pieces have always fascinated me. I love how you can create something so complex with color and simple lines. Also, since you only need paper, a pencil and pens/colored pencils, you can easily take this project on the road if necessary.

Sponge Painting Wall Art

Have your teen start this video at 14:50 for an easy tutorial on using painter’s tape, sponges, and acrylic paint to turn a blank canvas into wall decor for their room.

Springtime Splendor

Alisha’s mixed media art courses are a staple in our home. These recorded online classes are easy to follow and include all sorts of art mediums. Because they include so many projects, we never complete them all within a season, so I’m thankful that they come with lifetime access, so we can revisit them. Plus, you can sign up for a season at any time without having to wait for classes to start – bonus!

Quick Teen Art Ideas It’s true that art projects take additional planning, but they don’t all have to take days or even hours to complete. If you’re looking for art projects that your older kids will enjoy, but won’t take much time to complete, give one of these a try. Great DIY idea for middle school homeschoolers.

Still Life – Paint a Lemon

Painting still life is something most artists have done at some point in their career. However, it’s not easy. It’s definitely something that takes practice. This tutorial does a wonderful job teaching the elements of shading and color blending that is essential for a realistic still life painting.

Follow Education Possible’s board Art – Activities and Artists on Pinterest.

Hopefully these beautiful, yet simple projects have encouraged you to add some art back into your homeschool days.

Quick Teen Art Ideas It’s true that art projects take additional planning, but they don’t all have to take days or even hours to complete. If you’re looking for art projects that your older kids will enjoy, but won’t take much time to complete, give one of these a try. Great DIY idea for middle school homeschoolers.

Which one is your middle schooler going to try first?

Here are some other things you can do in your home school when you have a short amount of time.

 

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Megan Zechman
I love homeschooling! Learning is a way of life for our family. Most days you will find us exploring our Central Florida community, having fun while learning. I am constantly looking for new and interactive ways to engage my children. Pinterest is one of my favorite tools for finding fun, hands-on learning activities. Connect with me @Pinterest.
Megan Zechman
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Comments

  1. Awesome ideas! We love to add art into our day but it can be hard to find the time; pinning this wonderful list for future reference.

    • Thank you Joanne. I totally agree, that’s why I’m always looking for ways to fit it in. Ultimately, I found that I was thinking too big, so I started to search for smaller sized projects that I could use to introduce various mediums to my girls. If one sticks, then we spend more time on it.

  2. Love your art posts, Tried to comment and let you know on your others :)
    My daughter is the artist in the house so she will love these, thanks for sharing!

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