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.
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.
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.
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!
Using aluminum foil, yarn, and various color sharpies, kids can design their own “stained glass” panels.
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 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.
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 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.
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.
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!
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.
Hopefully these beautiful, yet simple projects have encouraged you to add some art back into your homeschool days.
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.