You want to incorporate art history studies into your homeschool curriculum, but you're not sure where to start.
It's a common problem that trips up even experienced homeschool moms. With so many other things to get to each day, it's easy to watch art history quietly slide to the bottom of that loooooong list of daily activities.
But not anymore!
I've got 3 strategies that will help you to effortlessly incorporate art history into your homeschool day... no matter what kind of curriculum you use, or how busy you are. I've got you covered.
Interest Led Art Study
This one is perfect for the casual homeschool family, or unschoolers. Is your child suddenly fascinated with flowers? Study Monet's Waterlilies, van Gogh's Sunflowers, or Andy Warhol's flower silkscreens.
Are your kids interested in building things? Study Leonardo da Vinci's machines.
Does your son or daughter love to dance? Explore the paintings and sculptures of Degas!
You get the idea. Art history literally connects to everything! Whatever they are into, there's an artist for that. (Need help figuring out which artists to study for different subjects? Our supportive private Facebook group will have tons of helpful recommendations! You can join us here.)
Studying Art Chronologically
This is a great way to begin if your kids are lower elementary ages. You can start with prehistoric art, move on to ancient art, through the Renaissance, and into to modern art. If you are using a history curriculum like The Story of the World, this would connect nicely with what you are studying there.
Unit Based Art Study
This is kind of like interest led, but instead of your kids interests, you'll just find ways to link art history up with whatever else you're studying. Look at your science, geography, politics, literature, etc., and plan a little art history tangent based on something else you're studying. For example:
- If you're studying Japan, check out The Great Wave woodblock print.
- If you're reading Dr. Seuss, look at some surrealist art.
- If you're doing a music study, talk about Kandinsky.
- If you're doing a nature study, learn about Georgia O'Keeffe.
- If you're studying constellations, look at van Gogh's The Starry Night.
Make Your Action Plan
All of these ideas are great in theory, but it's action that gets results! I've got a little gift to make taking the first step just a bit easier. Click the button to sign up for your free Monet lesson guide. You'll also be subscribed to my weekly email where you'll find more fun ideas that make continuing to incorporate art history study in your homeschool easy and rewarding!
Take a minute to look over your plans for this month, and see where you can add a little artist study, or art history related painting or drawing project. The opportunities are everywhere, the benefits of doing art history studies with your kids are tremendous, and when you start to look for ways to add it in, you'll be excited to see how easy it is to incorporate into your curriculum... whatever curriculum you use (or don't use).
Leave a comment below, or find me on social media and let's chat! Do you currently incorporate some kind of art history into your homeschool, or are you just starting to think about it? Remember to get in the Facebook group to connect with other homeschool moms on the same journey, and we can all help each other out, and learn together!