I teach art classes at our local co-op and occasionally from my home, so I’m always on the lookout for great lessons or new project ideas. If you are looking to incorporate art into your school day but lessons aren’t in your budget, there are several art curriculums available for home use. Here are a few of them:
Draw Write Now by Marie Hablitzel and Kim Stitzer – This eight-book series for elementary students combines step-by-step drawing with writing practice. Each book is a complete unit that includes social studies, geography, history, and the natural sciences. Cost is about $10.00 per book or $65.00 for the set.
Atelier Homeschool Art – This visual art program was developed especially for the homeschool environment. This is a video-based curriculum which teaches the art elements and principles, such as line, shape, color, texture, form, pattern, balance, and emphasis, along with art history, self-expression, drawing techniques, and more. Each lesson module costs around $55.
Artistic Pursuits by Brenda Ellis – This series features books designed for students from preschool through senior high. They are written directly to the student and intended for the student to use independently. Cost is about $40 per book.
How Great Thou Art by Barry Stebbing – This curriculum comes in both a written and DVD format, and features topics such as the fundamentals of drawing and painting, art history, journaling, manners and etiquette, and more. Curriculum varies in price, but starts around just $13.00 a book.
And don’t forget your local library! You can find some great art resources there as well. Here are a few to check out:
Discovering Great Artists and Great American Artists for Kids by Maryann Kohl and Kim Solga
Storybook Art: Hands-On Art for Children in the Styles of 100 Great Picture Book Illustrators by Maryann Kohl and Jean Potter
Drawing with Children and Drawing for Older Children and Teens by Mona Brooks
Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain by Betty Edwards
Making Amazing Art: 40 Activities Using the 7 Elements of Art Design by Sandi Henry
Article by Samantha Bell
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