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The Old Schoolhouse Magazine


June 13, 2012

Nurturing Your Child's Inner Artist


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Deborah Wuehler and family


Art . . . really? I can imagine your thoughts--that it can be messy and time consuming or that you have too many other academics to cover. What's the big deal about art?


Believe it or not, art is amazing in how it benefits other academic areas. We asked many authors to tell us about how art benefits the child and the homeschool. Here are their answers:


As a side note, I never set out at the beginning of homeschooling my oldest son with the goal of making him an artist. I set out to give him a good Biblical, academic foundation. Part of that included art, and that was the part that God used to bring forth the gifts and abilities He has placed in my son.


If you haven't found time for art during the regular school year, summertime is the perfect time to start this important and beneficial subject for your homeschool.


Remember, our great God is an artist, and we want our children to be like Him. He shaped each child, and He has good works for each one to do. Let's get them creating art and copying the Master Artist Himself and bring Him glory in all we do.


"But now, O LORD, thou art our father; we are the clay, and thou our potter; and we all are the work of thy hand." Isaiah 64:8




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Aren't all the different types of art fascinating?  Traditionally we think of art as great paintings by the masters, but art is much more than a painting.  It can be a sculpture.  Art can be seen in construction or woodworking.  You can find it on the walls downtown or arranged in a vase.  It can be a well constructed photograph or perhaps a china plate.  Almost anything can be considered art.


A few ways to encourage a child to explore their artistic side is to give them some Play-Doh and ask them questions about what they are making.  Sometimes the answers are very interesting!  Legos are a great way for boys to create entire cityscapes, military bombers, even sailing ships, all of which require a great deal of creativity and imagination. I have given my kids the point and shoot camera and asked them to take pictures from interesting angles and have them practice framing a shot.  Even sewing is an artistic skill; you need an eye for color and angles and lines.


As homeschoolers, it is safe to admit that not all of us are art majors and it is possible that you struggle (like I do) with knowing just what to teach about art or even where to begin. SchoolhouseTeachers.com has a great daily resource that will help you teach your family about art.  We call it Everyday Easels.

 Everyday Easels

Why call it Everyday Easels? Everyday because we bring you bite-sized bits to study each day; Easels because it is all about art.  Everyday Easels is created by people who have a passion for art and bringing it to life in your homeschool.  In April we made a color wheel, we painted on windows, we studied DaVinci and Homer; in May we explored photographs taken on the moon, we made apple butter as we learned about folk art, and we created a mobile like Alexander Calder.  In June you can expect to make art with leaves, make your own pottery, paint it, and more!


Each month you will cover four different works of art and spend an entire week becoming familiar with each one.  Lessons provide background on the artist and the art.  Daily discussion questions and links are included to additional works of art, all pre-screened and ready for viewing.  SchoolhouseTeachers.com is ready to partner with you and help you explore the world of art with your children.  With Everyday Easels, it is as easy as Point, Click, Teach, to bring art into your homeschool. Not a member? Join us for just $1 for the first month. Visit SchoolhouseTeachers.com for more details.


Julie Coney






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SEE THE LIGHT DVDs integrate art and Bible with step-by-step lessons. Three distinct product lines: ART CLASS, ART PROJECTS, and BIBLE STORIES.

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Join our next Schoolhouse Expo on June 26 at 6 p.m. EDT




Special Guests: Jessica Hulcy and Pat Knepley


Jessica Hulcy, co-author of KONOS curriculum, the first curriculum written for homeschool, is an educator and author. Mom to four grown sons and "Grandear" to grandchildren, Jessica lives with her husband Wade in Texas.


Master artist Pat Knepley from See the Light produces integrated Art Instruction DVDs that integrate art and art history with Biblical principles.


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Nurturing Your Child's Inner Artist


Oh yeah! Now this is a topic I can get into . . . especially during the summer. Summer vacation is the perfect time to nurture your child's inner artist. 


Here's what you do: you wake up every morning during the summer and say to your child, "Have a great day." Then you stand back and let that inner artist be nurtured. 


It's amazing how making a lemonade stand, playing in the sandbox, building a tree fort, or splashing in the water can nurture the inner artist. The only thing you need to remember is to resist the urge to say anything or schoolify it. That squashes the inner artist thing.


So have a great day doing what you'd like to do, knowing that you're nurturing you child's inner artist at the same time. 


Be real,


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World Atlas is an educational resource for homeschool students and teachers as it provides in-depth geography information, as well as free up-to-date maps of capital cities, continents, countries, landforms, provinces, states, and much, much more . . . 

Schoolhouse FreebieGrandma Moses painted pictures of many childhood memories. In this activity for 7-12 graders, your students will recall an outdoor memory and then create a sketch and painting. Just as Grandma Moses' memories came alive in her paintings, this activity will make a memory come alive for your student artists.





Make this THE year for art!

Home Art Studio is a DVD-based program teaching students art fundamentals. Children learn art history while creating beautiful projects. Upload pictures of your child's artwork to our interactive online gallery and Ms.Volin will add encouraging comments. Your personal art teacher!  Visit us at www.officialhomeartstudio.com!

Relational Homeschooling


Diana Waring
Diana Waring


When it comes to the arts--and how to nurture your child's inner artist--I have some opinions.   You see, of my three children, one studied classical ballet at college in the South, another studied classical piano at a conservatory in the Midwest, while the third graduated with a theater degree from a conservatory in the Northwest. 

How does this sort of arts-loving, beauty-making thing happen in kids?  Obviously, there are natural gifts and talents that come into play.  You already know that.  But beyond what is hard-wired into them, there are two suggestions I would make that can inspire and nurture your child in the arts.

The first is to recognize the wonderland of opportunities moms and dads have for exposing their children to greatness in art. My husband taught me this when our kids were 9, 7, and 5.  He knew we would be driving through Helena, Montana, and was aware that this city boasted a number of Charlie Russell paintings.  To prepare our kids to really "get" this great American painter of the West, he went to the library and found a children's book of Russell paintings.  As we traveled, my kids--especially seven-year-old Michael--pored over the pages.  When we actually arrived at the museum, I was stunned to see my elementary-aged son stand mesmerized before one of Russell's paintings, "When the Land Belonged to God," which depicts vast herds of American bison on the plains.  After many minutes of his absorbing the painting, I tentatively suggested that we leave.  Michael turned to me with shining eyes and said, "Mom, that's MY painting!"  He was noticeably moved by the greatness of what we had seen.

So, think about it.  What can you see, hear, or watch in your local area--or on your upcoming summer vacation--that displays the beauty of a master painter, composer, dancer, or playwright?  If at all possible, prepare your children beforehand for what they will see, using books, CDs, or DVDs.  It will help your kids "own" the actual art as something uniquely special for them.

Secondly, consider your own approach to the arts.  If you want to nurture your child's "inner artist," how do you personally respond to art?  Whether or not you find that music, painting, dance, and theater touches your heart, you can still be supportive as you intentionally begin to appreciate the beauty, power, and expressiveness of the creative arts.  Your children learn a lot from your responses.  If you are interested, chances are they will make a note of it.  If you are bored, they will pick up your cue.

Art is a very relational subject.  The way you expose your children to its greatness, and the way you respond yourself, will be the most significant ways you can help your children develop a love for the arts.

Stay relational!


P.S. We'd love to have you share on our wild adventure of moving from Seattle to Anderson, Indiana, by following us on Facebook--www.facebook.com/dianawaring



Creation Revolution    


Have you ever seen Monarch butterflies migrate? Every fall hundreds of millions of these butterflies journey to California or Mexico.  Learn more about this epic migration and how butterflies find their way in the article "The Mystery of Monarch Migration Continues."


Contest Corner 

For the month of June, 2012  


Dive Into Your Imagination DVDs


Dive Into Your Imagination is a company dedicated to expanding your knowledge of the ocean and its amazing inhabitants! Annie Crawley, author, underwater cinematographer, educator, producer, photographer, and motivational speaker, is the talent behind this beautifully filmed DVD series.


Dive Into Diversity includes eight videos that cover the great diversity of the ocean. Designed for Pre K through 3rd grade, these have wide application even beyond these levels.


The eight chapter titles are:


1. Night Diving on the Reef

2. Dive Into Diversity!

3. Be a Submarine Pilot

4. Swim in a Kelp Forest

5. Invertebrates of the Sea!

6. Coral Reef Living

7. Vertebrates: Animals with a Backbone

8. Wacky, Weird, Crusty Crustaceans 


This is a beautifully filmed movie with appropriate music, and Annie energetically explaining what we are watching. She is clearly educated about her subject matter and is just excited to share it. That is infectious! (. . .)


Read the rest of this review about the two titles we have to give away from TOS Homeschool Crew Director of Product Reviews, Kate Kessler, at her blog: Under the Sky.


Win two of the Dive Into your Imagination DVDs for your family!



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