If you are anything like me, art is not exactly your forte. After looking around for several years, I have finally decided that the best way to teach art is by doing a combination of the following:
- art projects from the internet
- art workshops for children organized in our town throughout the year, by different entities, usually for free
- arts and crafts for our history curriculum
- art appreciation books
- Home Art Studio DVDs
I recently ordered First Grade and Second Grade, and received a third DVD for free: the Holiday Arts and Crafts. They have a special offer going on right now and I think it is a great deal.
I can only encourage you to give this a try. For $29.99 per DVD set, you receive almost 20 lessons, PDF lesson plans, virtual art field trips and more. If you do any price comparison at all, you will know that this is a great deal. I like the convenience of staying home and not having to drive to an art studio rain or shine, where my children have to share the space with five to ten other homeschoolers.
By the way, you don’t need to add the Holiday DVD set to the cart. If you order before September 15, they will automatically put that in your order of two other DVD sets.
One of the many things I like about homeschooling is the efficiency of the process. In less than a minute, we are ready for art. The kids pop the DVD in, I bring the supplies, DONE. Then they follow at their pace. We pause the DVD when they need time to finish the step they are working on. Then we press play again when they are finished with that particular step. They go about three lessons at a time, which takes 30-45 minutes, including cleanup.
Home Art Studio offers many helpful free videos about teaching art, storing their art work and even free sample videos from each level so you can get an idea of what to expect. They also have great videos on their Facebook page.