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Confession time: I am terrible at working fun (and important) extras like art into our homeschool routine. We either never get around to the extra stuff, or we spend too much time on it and then our core subjects pile up.
I’ve figured out three ways to fit art lessons into our busy homeschool schedule. I hope one of them works for you!
Theme of the Day Art Lessons
Our Theme of the Day schedule was particularly effective when my kiddos were younger. I took all of the extras that I wanted to fit in and assigned one topic to each day of the week. We did art on Mondays with the Masters.
We worked on our daily theme for 30 min-1 hr each morning before we started our core subjects. Some of our art projects took a bit longer than that, so my kids would finish them up later in the day after their other work was finished.
Art Lessons on Fridays
As my kids have gotten older and need more time to focus on core subjects, we have switched over to a 4-day school week. Friday still counts as “school”, but it looks different from the other days.
We use Friday to do an art lesson or make a craft, spend some time in nature study, and deep clean the house. It is also a catch-up day for any remaining schoolwork. The nice thing about this method is that it gives us a big chunk of time for our projects.
Summer Art Lessons
We are trying something new this year – Summer Art Lessons. We typically have a pretty lazy summer, but I wanted my kids to do something that didn’t involve a game controller or Netflix. I came across Sparketh Online Art Lessons and decided it was a perfect fit.
Sparketh has a library of 500+ videos that teach drawing skills and painting techniques. The art teachers are very kid-friendly and likeable. and the lessons range from basic beginner to advanced artist. New lessons are added each week.
Some of the lessons include worksheets to practice new skills like shading or color blending.
One feature that I really like is that each lesson has several short videos instead of one long one. This made it easy for my girls to complete a step and go on without having to find their place in a long video.
I helped my girls set up the videos and gather supplies, and then I went into another room. I wanted to see if they could truly follow the videos without any adult help. They were able to work independently start to finish. Big WIN!
If you are interested in trying out Sparketh Online Art Lessons, you can sign up for a FREE 1-month trial. The Sparketh lessons would be a good fit for any of the methods I’ve listed above, and it is much cheaper than private art lessons for your family.
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