You probably know how important it is to incorporate the arts in your homeschool. The benefits an art education are absolutely remarkable.
It helps kids with fine motor skills
It promotes neural development that facilitates reading and writing
It offers children an outlet to explore difficult feelings in a safe environment
Even if we just stopped right here, it would be enough to see why art is an important element to include in your kids' education.
But, as you dive into the task of preparing an art curriculum for your kids, you may have fallen into the most common problem with planning…
There are just so many resources available! There are thousands of project ideas on pinterest, hundreds of library books, classes at local art studios, free workshops at libraries and community centers. With such a vast abundance of choices, it’s hard to know where to begin!
You may have started out by choosing an artist to study, started to research a little, wondered what kind of projects to do, what art elements to highlight, how to connect it with your other studies, wandered down a rabbit hole of possibilities, and then set it aside because it was all so complicated and overwhelming.
Or worse yet… decision fatigue prevented you from ever getting started!
Unless you have a background in art, this subject can be a tricky one to navigate, and I don't want these obstacles to keep you from exploring art with your kids. It’s too important to skip!
When some form of art exploration is consistently included in a child's education, amazing things happen!
It encourages a love of beauty, an appreciation for culture, and a respect for creative expression of all kinds (dance, theater, music, etc.)
It teaches them observe carefully, analyze what they see, and concisely verbalize their thoughts
It helps them to become decisive when taking action
It invites them to explore the world beyond their hometown... looking at different countries, communities, and points of view
It teaches them to be flexible and try new things when first attempts don't turn out the way they expected
It gives them confidence, and a sense of mastery when they create art that expresses their ideas the way they intended
Art empowers kids!
Ready to take your art studies to the next level?
I’ve made a printable guide that will walk you through making a simple art study plan. The key word here is: simple.
I love to keep things simple. Not just in school, but in life! Things don't need to be complicated to be valuable. Often times, the saying is true… less is more.
This isn’t the final time you’ll ever study Picasso. This isn’t your one chance to get your Matisse study right. This is a place to start.
Once you start, you’ll have momentum, some fun discoveries, and you’ll be more likely to continue. But if you’re always in planning mode – waiting until you’ve got that extra supply, or the book that your library doesn’t carry, or whatever the “thing” may be that’s keeping you from getting art into your schedule – you’re missing out on the amazing explorations that await!
It doesn’t have to be perfect to be amazing. I want to encourage you to embrace the ‘done is better than perfect’ philosophy when it comes to art studies, because the pressure to make everything just right is the main reason so many homeschoolers skip art… and it doesn’t need to be that way!
Simple studies are just as valuable.
They give your kids just a few key ideas to absorb and remember.
It will be less stressful for you, giving the whole atmosphere a more lighthearted energy, and making it more fun for your kids.
You can go deeper with your learning rather than trying to cover everything all at once. This makes learning so much more meaningful!
It will open you up to the spontaneous rabbit holes that lead you to amazing discoveries that you never could have planned.
So erase from your mind what you think your perfect art study should look like and imagine this.
A successful art exploration is not about memorizing dates, and cold hard facts. It’s not about going through everything there is to learn. It’s about making the artist somehow relatable to your kids– creating a personal connection. It’s about slowing down and listening. Going where the study takes you without feeling like a failure if you don't check off all the boxes you though you would. It’s about seeing engagement in your kids… inspiring curiosity. It’s about sparking amazing discussions that make your kids think. If they leave remembering one thing about the artist and they are excited to study art again next time, it was a true success!
There will be plenty of second (and third, and fourth) chances to learn more. This is only the beginning because true learning is a lifelong process that never really ends.
It doesn’t have to be perfect. It doesn’t have to be (and it shouldn’t be) complicated. Give yourself grace to jump in and just see what happens.
And remember, there’s nothing wrong with outsourcing! Sometimes the best way to keep things simple is to outsource. This way you get to enjoy the learning right alongside your kids without having to do the prep work yourself!
Whether you decide to DIY, look into local classes in your area, join us in The Studio membership, or pick up a guide… you’ll soon see some of the amazing benefits of bringing beauty and inspiration to your homeschool through art explorations! I’m so excited to hear about the transformation!
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