Kids Can Learn about Art and Have Fun Doing It, Part 1
The Elementary Years
Some kids are just born to draw and paint. Then there are other kids that loath finger painting and anything else art related. Take heart there are ways to ease the reluctant child into at least finding something to like about art. In this 3-part series, you will learn reasons for teaching your kids art; find links to fun activities; receive additional ideas for learning art; discover art curriculum that does the teaching for you; and have the opportunity to participate in a giveaway. So, let’s get started with Kids Can Learn about Art and Have Fun Doing It, Part 1 – The Elementary Years.
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Reasons for Teaching Art
Here are a few reasons for teaching art in your homeschool.
Children release more of their creativity as they improve their observation skills.
Children learn there is more than one way to create or interpret art.
For some children, art is a way to express themselves when they cannot in any other way.
Art improves fine motor skills.
(Art image created by Angie McFarren for SEE THE LIGHT.)
Let’s move on to some resources to begin the process of making learning art more enjoyable.
Educational games allow learning to take place while having fun playing them. Therefore, I searched for games on the Internet that you might find helpful in introducing your children to art in a fun way.
Note: I have viewed most portions of the content on the following websites. As you know websites change daily. Please contact me, if you find any objectionable material in these websites.
LEONARDO DA VINCI by BrainPop
There are many interesting art books of different types available for children. Below are just a few I have selected. Even though the age range is given, you should browse the content of the books before showing them to your children.
Getting to Know the World’s Greatest Artist series has several revised editions with new content, which includes a timeline of the artist’s life, maps, and a quiz (with answers). The recommended age range is 7-11.
Christian Books has a long list of art books.
The Usborne Book of Famous Artists for ages 8-12
Artists Children Should Know – series for ages 8 and up
Famous Paintings, Activity Cards for children grades 1 and up
Of course, you will want to visit your local library when you are able.
Field trips are usually a hit with many children. Going to an art museum might be a stretch for some. My post, A Trip to an Art Museum Can be Fun, has ideas you will want to try.
There are a large number of apps available for download onto iPads and Kindles. Kids love them and will spend hours playing the games. Turn that fascination into something creative. Look for educational art games that are engaging.
The Supercoloring website has numerous coloring pages of famous artists and paintings for you to download for free. The pages allow children to not only color but to learn about the masters and their works.
Work on Art with Friends
Having an art class (whether it is at co-op or at home) with other kids makes it more fun. I know of one child who really disliked art. He found the art class to be more tolerable when he was doing it with a friend. His artwork actually turned out quite well.
Display Their Artwork
As you may well know, children love having their artwork displayed. The refrigerator tends to be the common place for it. You may find the number of displayed artwork overwhelming in number. An option to consider is taking pictures of the artwork and placing them into an album once you are ready to remove them from the refrigerator door. Creating a scrapbook, which includes a sampling of the artwork is another idea. Your children can then help with the scrapbooking.
Decorating cookies is a fun activity for kids. Especially when they are able to eat their creations afterwards. Using pointillism techniques is one way to add art to cookies. It is simply adding small dots in different colors to the cookies creating shapes. You might want to look at a few of Seurat paintings before decorating the cookies so your children have an idea of what pointillism is.
YouTube has many art videos. Some are not kid friendly. But, there is a kids series called Art with Mati and Dada – Kids Animated Short Stories your children will enjoy watching.
Assemble an Art Tool Kit
I shared with you about assembling an art tool kit in a previous post. If you missed it, you will find it here.
Essentially, an art tool kit is having all your art supplies in one container. It is important to have the supplies accessible not only for art class, but also when a creative mood arises.
Use Art Curriculum That Does the Teaching for You
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SEE THE LIGHT has numerous DVDs, an unit study, a few supplies, and free resources available to homeschoolers and church groups. The lessons are taught by Pat Knepley, a Master Artist, who is quite engaging, and does the teaching for you. All you need to do is provide the supplies, play the DVD onto either a TV or computer, and set up an area for your children to do their artwork.
There is no need to worry about objectionable content in SEE THE LIGHT DVDs. Pat Knepley gives biblical applications in her lessons.
What I consider to be the best products for elementary students to use are SEE THE LIGHT’s Bible Stories and Art Class. Both products are good for all ages, but youngsters will definitely benefit from the Art Class series since it is for beginning students. Your children will learn art techniques that will benefit them in their future projects. You will learn more about the Art Class DVDs in part 2 of this series.
The Bible Stories DVDs are magnificent and will surely be keepsakes for future generations. Your children will enjoy learning familiar Bible stories told through art and then completing the projects. Many of the lessons include the use of a black light, extreme pencils, and fluorescent chalk. The products are definitely worth purchasing.
One of the DVDs is the Crossmaker – The Easter Story
Here are two of my reviews from the Crossmaker DVD and a short video:
It’s Giveaway Time
SEE THE LIGHT is graciously offering one of their boxed sets for this giveaway. The winner receives her choice of either the Art Project Set or Bible Stories Set!
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