All this week, the members of The Old Schoolhouse Review Crew are continuing our Homeschool Essentials Blog Hop. Today, I would like to talk about fine arts.
Today’s essential is a simple one, but one that sometimes gets overlooked. Fine arts are often viewed as those “if I get to it” subjects. I have definitely been guilty of focusing so much on the 3 Rs, that sometimes I forget about children’s need for artistic expression. But, in our homeshool, we have vowed to make more time for the arts in our schedule.
When I say “Fine Arts” that doesn’t mean that I think all students should have full-blown art lessons. Rather, each child simply needs to be allowed some form of creative expression throughout the day. This could be illustrating a story he has written, doing simple arts and crafts projects, or even something like re-creating historical buildings out of legos.
If you do decide to have a separate art class, rather than just incorporating art into the other subjects, here are some fantastic options:
- See The Light – Christian homeschool art classes on DVD
- How Great Thou Art – various Christian art courses
- Artistic Pursuits – I have personally not used this one yet, but it will be a Schoolhouse Review Crew product this year. It looks pretty fantastic!
- Masterpiece Art Instruction – art lessons on ebook and CD-Rom. This site also has some free lessons!
- Atelier – another DVD series of art lessons for all ages
All children, even if not artistically inclined, can certainly benefit from an art appreciation course. This can be anything from a formal course to simply going through some art books together, and discussing elements of each piece. Pictures of each piece can even be printed and kept in a notebook or small photo album, which children can then turn into their own art book. One formal art appreciation course I would recommend is How Great Thou Art’s series, God & the History of Art.
Fine Arts also includes music. In our homeschool, we have one artist and one musician. The musician, of course, takes his piano lessons, and also wants to learn to play every other instrument possible. My other child, however, is less musically inclined, so lessons are certainly not on his agenda. However, they both take a music appreciation course, because I believe that all children can benefit from studying musical styles, learning about composers throughout history, and certainly from hearing great classical pieces of music. We have used A Young Scholar’s Guide to Composers for music appreciation and have really enjoyed it.
Even if you have a child who is neither especially artistic or musical, every child can benefit from being exposed to various forms of art. I hope you will include fine arts as much as possible in your homeschool journey as well.
I hope you have enjoyed reading about our fine art essentials. Please come back for other “essential” posts coming throughout the week. Please also take a few moments to visit a few of my team members’ blogs this week to learn about some of their Homeschool Essentials as well!
Tabitha @ The Homeschool Four
LaRee @ Broad Horizons
Gwen @ Tolivers to Texas
Jacquelin @ A Stable Beginning
Gena @ I Choose Joy!
Adena @ AdenaF
Stacie @ Super Mommy to the Rescue
Jen @ Happy Little Homemaker