Hi, I'm Lotus! I’m so happy you're here, and I can't wait to show you all of the fun that's waiting for you inside The Studio. This week-long introduction to the members’ area is designed to help set you up for success! Feel free to apply the ideas day by day, or go faster/slower to fit your schedule. As always, I am here for you every step of the way. Please email me any time with questions or suggestions!
Welcome to The Studio!
I'm so excited to show you around a little bit more. Let’s transform your home into a place that inspires creativity! If you feel ready to dive right in, you can skip Welcome Week, and join us in our current monthly lesson, or search the timeline and work on a lesson from the archives.
Each month you'll get a coupon code to access one of the archived bundles from our past lessons in The Studio – for free! (The current month’s code is posted in the email you get each Monday – and for your convenience – you can also find it on the lessons page, the extras page, and the timeline page.) You can learn more about all of your member discounts on the extras page.
Today you can...
Check out the welcome page. (It will give you a great overview of the members area.)
Come say hello and chat with us in the community forum area!
Check out the planning pages and print your calendar and supply list.
Set your schedule. Decide how you'll fit art into your regular routine. Short sessions each day? One focused day per week? Or a block of a few days each month to really dive deep and approach art as a unit study? There's no right or wrong!
Set up an art area for your kids. Even if it's just rearranging what you already have to make it more inviting.
explore The Lessons
Today let's look around the site, and explore all of the ways you can access current and past lessons!
Today you can...
Browse The Lessons Page – it's where we keep:
the lesson plans for our current monthly topic (a new pdf guide is released each Monday… so the “1” button will take you to week 1, “2” will take you to week 2, etc.) By the end of the month all of the weekly guides will be available.
the past few months of lessons. Before the older lessons head over to the archive page, they remain in the lessons area for about 3 months so you have plenty of time to save them to your computer, or revisit things you may have skipped over that month.
New plans are added each Monday. Scroll down to see the past three lessons (and feel free to explore something different if your kids are in the mood for something else). Click the 'timeline' graphic to see all of our past topics, and use your monthly code to unlock one archived lesson from the timeline each month!
Today you can...
Look for Art Express in (most weekly lesson plans! We used to have only one version of the project each week, but some members found that they didn't have time to complete the activity. Now there's a "quick" version of the activity in each week's lesson plan.
Check out the extras section in the members’ area to see a timeline of what we've studied in the past, topics that are coming up in the future, and to get your members only discount code.
Also in the extras section... you can find video tutorials. These videos introduce you and your kids to fun books, exciting art supplies, and interesting techniques.
Explore the gallery where we display student work (just email me a snapshot anytime and I'll add it).
Details that Make Learning Extra fun
Your feedback helps shape The Studio! Let's look at a few recently added features that were requested by members like you. Once you begin using the site, let me know if you have an idea to make things better! I love adding new elements that help make it easier for you to explore art with your kids.
This membership is YOUR "guided tour" through art history. One of the best things about a guided tour at a museum is that you can ask questions as they come up, and curate a tour that is tailor made just for you.
Today you can...
Check out this blog post about storing art. It recommends a few great apps in case you're interested in taking photos and storing them digitally, as well as fun ideas for displaying art in your home, and repurposing art into new things!
Ways to organize all of this art
Now that your kids are making art more regularly, you may find that you soon have LOTS of art to store. I suggest you start a portfolio or designate a bin of some kind to keep everything organized. (I especially love the bins that slide under the bed because they are large and flat).
Today you can...
If you are joining in the middle of this month's lesson, you have a few different options for how you can use your time.
Decide if you'll...
use the rest of this month to get set up, and join us on Week 1 of our next unit,
jump right in with us and join the lesson where we are now, or
do a mini-version of a previous lesson. Go through each week of a four week lesson in the archives, but speed things up a little so you'll finish by the end of the month. If you choose this option, I recommend you follow this outline:
choose a lesson from the archives and have a conversation
invite your kids to create some open ended art
explore one or two connections to other subjects
introduce your kids to the "one thing theory"
wrap up the week with a quick review and a discussion of the artist's quote. (A printable quote is included each month in Week 4.)
Enjoy spending creative time connecting with your kids and be on the lookout for all of the ways these explorations begin to enrich your homeschool and your day-to-day life together!
Getting set up
I wanted to mention a few quick tips for making the most of your art studies. Art History Kids may be different from other art classes you’ve tried.
We approach things slowly in the beginning (giving your kids an opportunity to observe carefully, and formulate their own ideas before we give them lots of information about the art). There will be more about this in your week 1 email when we begin our new unit.
When having conversations about art with your kids, make sure you let them lead the discussion. You can guide it a little by asking open-ended questions, but always begin by letting them explain what they see in the art, and what it makes them think about or how it makes them feel.
When you invite your kids to create art, make sure to keep it open ended. I'll suggest a prompt each week to get things started, but kids should feel free to do whatever they are inspired to do. Maybe it's (seemingly) totally unrelated to the topic, but that's ok. Open ended art is a million times more valuable than art activities that have guidelines and rules.
We take a whole week each month to connect the art to other subjects. This is one of the BEST benefits of studying art history with your kids. Art literally connects to every other subject! Use this to your advantage as you study things in science, literature, music, geography, etc. that relate to our art explorations!
You’ll see The One Thing Theory in the final week of each unit. It’s not important for your kids to remember all of the dates and fun facts we’ve learned throughout the month. As long as they come away from the lesson remembering the one thing they found most interesting, most surprising, or most amazing about the art or the artist, the unit was a complete success. They will remember this one thing long after the lesson has been put away, and it gives them something to build on as they learn more about that artist or artwork later in their education or their life!