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Using Art in Homeschool – How?

In our post Using Art in Homeschool – Why? we discussed why we should teach art in homeschool – but in order to use art in homeschooling your kids need to have a basis in skill and this isn’t always easy for non-artist parents, mainly because they think they need to be artists to teach art.  As stated in the previous article, this is completely untrue.

Mainly what you want to focus on is giving children the opportunity to learn art, especially when they are very young to foster their natural creative interest.  Oftentimes this can lead to the child developing a great deal of skill all on their own without ever having any formal lessons. Formal lessons aren’t really necessary until they are older and have decided they need further instruction and/or a degree to pursue a career in art. For younger children the best lessons are short, fun, easy but challenging, and show how to use different mediums.

In order to help you find out what your child is ready for they need to be challenged just enough throughout their development.  Following simple cues from your child, you won’t even have to think about what they’re ready for and when, you’ll just know.

Children go through stages with art and I’ve divided them into three categories, based somewhat on age, but mainly development level.  No child fits perfectly into a grade level by age, which is where homeschooling is an absolute blessing for them to develop at their own pace.  As homeschool parents we should never be concerned if our children are behind in some areas because if you notice these children are always ahead in other areas — even if it’s not academic.  Every child is uniquely designed by their creator for His purpose in their life.

First there’s what we’ll call the Crayon Stage – this is anywhere from the time a baby or toddler can hold a crayon and scribble – without eating them – to learning to at least almost color in the lines and maybe even write a few simple letters or shapes.  This stage is mainly for them to be introduced to supplies and gain an understanding of their purpose. This is a time where we mainly want to teach them the rules for art supplies while giving them the opportunity to explore.

From there we’ll move onto the Pencil Stage – where the young child can grasp a pencil correctly and scribble to forming more intentional lines, to shapes, letters, numbers and so on. This is the age where handwriting is introduced, not to be “perfected”, but learned and understood.  This is also the fun age of paper crafts, cutting and gluing and learning more about what can be done with art supplies.

Then we’ll go into the Paintbrush Stage – where a child can properly hold a small paintbrush – without completely ruining it  – able to form intentional, guided strokes – use paint, pastels, markers and any other medium, safely on their own. During this time a child should be perfecting their handwriting and learning how to master every art supply available to them without supervision. This is a major growth level where they can do a variety of projects, crafts, drawings paintings and where they can find and develop their creative interests.  From there, it’s onward and upward – depending on the child’s level of interest whether pursuing art in a career or just enjoying using it as tool.

To help you teach your children valuable art skills, along with wonderful Bible lessons, we highly recommend See the Light Shine Art DVD curriculum programs.  This is such a wonderful resource that lifts some of the burden and frees up a little time for us busy homeschool moms – and it’s a program you can trust.  What I really love about the program is the introduction to how to use a variety of mediums and really sparks their creativity. The children also get so excited to do the DVD lessons and they learn so much that can be applied to other subjects – and that’s a true blessing.

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