3 years ago I threw my hands up in defeat and basically decided that Art was not an area we could handle in our homeschool. I just couldn’t find the time to consistently do it. The previous year we had been taking art lessons and the children absolutely flourished at the lessons and they became very crafty and artistically minded. But after the money for those lessons dried up we just didn’t seem to be able to do it on our own at home on a regular basis.
Then 2 years ago I began a co-op and we started doing the Art program that I had purchased the year before. Since that point we have been doing art on a regular basis and we have really enjoyed it. I have even found that my middle child has a bent toward art and have been encouraging her to explore it.
Now I am the art teacher at our co-op which is absolutely the craziest thing. However, because of the course we use it is so easy to implement and after we watch the video I feel well prepared to explain to the children how to draw, whatever it is we are drawing that day.
I want to encourage those of you who are like me and you are not artistic and those of us who just have not been able to work it in. That it is possible to have a flourishing art program in your homeschool and not to kill yourself.
Three steps to help you successfully teach art in the homeschool
- Know your limitations – I knew that I could not teach art on my own so the firs step we did was we hired a teacher to teach art. Then we moved to a DVD Curriculum where we all watch the teacher teach us how to draw.I felt confident to teach art after watching this dvd with my children.
- Know your budget - We were spending $120 month on art lessons so taking $200 and spending it on a DVD was actually a savings for us. But most of the time that will not be a savings. The Curriculum we use is suppose to be used over 3-4 years so it works out to $50 a year. But that first $200 spent is a dozey!!
- Schedule time – Put it in the schedule and then do it like it’s math!
- Draw with the kids- Take time to draw with the kids during the lesson. I actually found my drawing improved a great deal and I enjoyed it a lot more! This step also improves the relationship you will have with your children as you spend time doing what they are doing and hopefully enjoying.
Some programs to help you teach Art in the Homeschool
- Do you need lots of instruction like me? Feed My Sheep by How Great Thou Art
- Do you just need some written instructions? Harrington Harmonies
- Do you want to incorporate Art Appreciation in along with your Art? Harmony Fine Arts