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Art in Homeschool – Big Kids – Paintbrush Stage

Art with Big Kids – Paintbrush Stage


Teaching Art in Homeschool with Big Kids - Easy MethodsAround the ages of 7-10 is when a child can really start to show what they can do with Art and can really master a great many concepts that will be of great value to them for the rest of their education.  And you don’t have to be an art teacher to tackle any of this – this is a time to let the kids be creative – all you need to do is supply the tools, …and supervision.

Ideas of Art and Craft supplies to introduce at this age and older:

  • Finer paintbrushes – a nice set
  • Acrylic paints – tubes are the best
  • Canvas, slate, flower pots – anything new/different for painting
  • More complex projects
  • Oil pastels
  • Markers
  • Various kinds of paper – tracing, metallic, tissue, watercolor, railroad, etc.
  • Glitter
  • Embossers
  • Stamps
  • Hand punches – creative shapes and regular hole punch
  • Different glues
  • Calligraphy set
  • Fabric paints
  • Beading
  • Sewing, Knitting, Crochet, Weaving, Embroidery, Cross-Stitch

There are so many options for a child at this stage where they can do a variety of crafts and projects that pique their interest. One main thing they should practice to really master their fine motor skill is painting with a fine paintbrush and using a variety of styles and sizes.  This can be done on heavy paper first; then canvas, wood, slate, a mailbox, flower pots – just about anything you can think of that could use a little dressing up, or let them make their own things to paint, such as a birdhouse, planter, or bird feeder.  This is also a great time for them to learn woodworking projects and how to master using tools.  It doesn’t matter if the birdhouse is lopsided – honestly the birds don’t care, so you shouldn’t either – just giving them the tools and opportunities to use them, with supervision and sufficient praise, is enough to give any child confidence to try doing better next time.

You don’t need to get into a lot of instruction yourself here either, so don’t worry, but a basic book or pamphlet of brush-strokes, color mixing chart and light instruction is good, most of which will come with a good basic Acrylic paint set, like the one shown below.  Acrylic paint that you get in the tubes is completely different than what comes in the bottles – what comes in the tubes is usually better quality and easier to work with on things like paper and canvas, and better for learning to mix your own colors.  The bottled paints are better for crafty-type projects.

This is a great time to let your child explore what they can do on their own with a variety of different art mediums and time to sharpen their fine motor skills and creativity.  This is also when they’ll really be able to build their confidence when they see success in what they can accomplish. As a parent, the best thing you can do for them is provide them with the tools and basic instruction materials, you don’t have to be crafty, a painter or even have any interest in any form of art yourself to give your child the opportunities to learn new skills they’ll carry with them their whole lives.

For example, I can’t knit, crochet, or cross-stitch – nor do I have any desire whatsoever in that direction.  None, I hate it to be honest – I like sewing and I like embroidery.  All five of my daughters can knit and crochet – only three of them really seem to have an interest in it at this point, but they all know how to do it because I have an older cousin who taught them to crochet, and another lady who taught them knitting.  And from that the youngest has learned from her sister who absolutely loves it.  I have nothing in this area – the kids say they need yarn, needles or hooks – we get them.  I find patterns occasionally and I print them out for them, if I see a book I get it for them – but that’s it.  They’ve all made lovely purses and crafty little things, my one daughter made a dress and now she’s working on a second one, that has a matching purse – awesome.  I just supply the tools and let them do it, while of course making sure my son doesn’t snag any of it and use yarn for lowering lego guys over the steps or shooting crochet hooks like arrows to kill orcs.  One thing I’ve noticed is that the ones who have done the most with the knitting/crocheting have learned a great deal of patience which has been wonderful and it carries over into all of their schooling.

Even if a child doesn’t use the art itself or ever use it in any kind of career, they have learned immeasurable skills that will help them in every subject and aspect of life such as problem solving, patience, logic, comprehension, self-discipline and appropriate ways of expression.  Enhance this learning even further by playing classical music and audio stories in the background and you’ll have a learning environment in your own home that no school could ever offer.




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