I’m from Nashville so yeah music education has to be an important part of what I consider a well-rounded education. What some of you may not know is that as a college freshman I started out as a music major. Actually, it’s not an uncommon switch between music and either science or math.
Kids Don’t Always Follow Your Footprints.
Now I have four kids and only my fourth seems to be very interested in music and we’ll see if she keep the interest as she gets older. My two boys especially have dug in their heels when it comes to arts education. Unless you count going to superhero movies as an appreciation of the arts.
As a mom and as an educator I know that it’s important that the kids have an appreciation for finer things. It wasn’t happening on my own because I don’t have the background to make it happen easily so I needed some help. I talked about the importance of outsourcing things to make your homeschool run more smoothly before and this was one of those examples. I was compensated for my time for this review, but my opinions (as always) are my own.
Art Appreciation (for Kids).
The Studio at Art History Kids has been a great addition to our homeschool curriculum.
The Studio is a monthly membership that introduces you and your kids to a new art history topic each month – and invites kids to explore their own creativity through open-ended hands-on activities!
This program is a way to empower children through art. This is great for the busy homeschool mom, like you and me, because you don’t have to have an art degree to teach it. You can introduce your children (of different ages and skill levels) to amazing art each month… even if you don’t have a lot of time, a degree in art history, or an art cabinet that is ready to explode with supplies.
The Studio allows busy (and non-artsy) families to have SO MUCH FUN exploring art together!
Making Time and Space for Homeschool Art
This is an affordable solution that provides a weekly structure for your program. But having a good art appreciation program is not enough you have to plan and schedule time in order to do it. So in our homeschool, we set aside Monday afternoons as our fine arts time.
This scheduling wasn’t something that came naturally to me, but it was an important step to make sure we were getting everything in that I felt the kids need it. I literally block it off like the kids have a lesson or a tutorial class.
In the studies, I’ve been able to revisit some of my favorite artists and works of art. As you learn about artists, their works and the style of art you might even see a budding artist grow in one (or more) of your own children.
In our first weeks in the program, I found my kids a little resistant especially when they were told to find their favorite tree, but as we progressed the resistance has been reduced as my own tendency to put pressure on the product has dwindled. With the instruction of Lotus, I’ve been able to embrace process over product AND exposure over perfection.
Want to know more about The Studio?
Lotus, the owner, is currently working to make it even better. In the meantime, she has free ideas and individual studies available. Don’t forget to check out the answer to your homeschool art curriculum woes.
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