Are you looking for a homeschool art curriculum? Here are some tips for finding the program that's right for you, along with some ideas for homeschooling art.
Before choosing a home school art curriculum, decide what type of art instruction you would like your child to receive. Some programs focus exclusively on teaching children to draw or paint. Others focus on helping your child make crafts. Some programs even include picture study and instruction in art history.
Decide whether you want a program that gives your child a model of a finished product to replicate, or if you want a program that uses an open-ended approach - encouraging expression and creativity over a specific outcome.
A good homeschool art curriculum should teach techniques like space, color, line, shape, texture, shading, and composition. It should also expose your child to a variety of materials and styles.
Before purchasing an homeschool art program, consider the following:
Keep art activities simple and fun. During your children's younger years, consider setting up an art area with different types of paper and materials that your children are free to explore. You may also want to store age-appropriate arts and crafts books in this area.
Look at art prints and posters, take a sketch book to the park, visit art museums and learn about the lives and works of different artists.
Remember, some children do not have the interest or attention span for formal art lessons. Consider saving formal art instruction for older children who are more independent and will get more out of the program.
Follow these links to find reviews of art programs that are popular with homeschoolers:
Draw Write Now
Drawing Basics with Thomas Kinkade
I Can Do All Things
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