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Kids Can Learn about Art and Have Fun Doing It, Part 1

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Kids Can Learn about Art and Have Fun Doing It

Kids Can Learn about Art and Have Fun Doing It, Part 1

The Elementary Years

and Giveaway


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.

It is a fact that art enriches students' education and boosts their academic success. Click To Tweet 


Art increases problem solving skills, boosting academic success.


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.


Interactive Games


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.


A. Pintura: Art Detective

Free Arts Games for Kids (of all ages) by Artsology

Color Matters

Destination Modern Art

Exploring  Leonardo

Inside Art


Matisse for Kids

Meet Me at Midnight


NGAkids Art Zone

Tate Kids

George Washington | A Portrait for Kids

Getty Games

Portrait Detective

The Artist’s Toolkit


Art Books


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



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.


Art Aps




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.





Coloring pages


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


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

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


Sponsored post and affiliate links.  You know how much I love See the Light.  I would encourage you to use their art curriculum whether I received compensation or not.  All opinions are my own unless otherwise indicated.


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 cobox2nsider 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.



Bible Stories


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


The Crossmaker TV


Here are two of my reviews from the Crossmaker DVD and a short video:

The Easter Story – Glory Project

The Cross Hill




STL Product Giveaway - Art Project Set or Bible Stories Set from SEE THE LIGHT


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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You are welcome to submit your entries daily until the giveaway ends on February 4, 2016.  The winner will be announced on February 5, 2016.

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Don’t forget to come back and read part 2 and part 3 of this series.  


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Angie McFarren is a homeschool mom of 1 high school student and graduated another who is now attending college. She has homeschooled them since they were in K and Pre-K. Angie is passionate about homeschooling and enjoys Helping Other Parents Educate. She is a Homeschool Consultant and the author of Educate the Home Educator Crash Course. Angie is also on the See the Light Art Curriculum team.


  1. Thanks for the ideas. This is a great giveaway.

  2. Thank you for the giveaway! We purchased and just started using the Art Projects set. We love it!!! My daughter is very visual and responds well to DVD instruction. We would be very grateful to win the Bible Stories set. Thanks!

  3. This would be such a useful tool in helping me build a better
    art world .

  4. Thank you for an opportunity to win the Art Projects! Our family loves art! The DVD’s are wonderful to help make masterpieces!

  5. You are quite welcome. I agree. SEE THE LIGHT is such a blessing to us.

  6. Thank you for the great internet resources. I have never seen most of them!

  7. You are welcome. I hope they are a blessing to your family.

  8. It looks like a good product.

  9. Thank you for the giveaway. Our kids love art.

  10. Anything to do with art my daughter would love! Thanks for this kind giveaway!

  11. SO excited about this giveaway! My daughter absolutely loves See the Light.

  12. I’m happy you are excited and your daughter loves See the Light. 🙂 Pat Holt will be happy to hear it.

  13. Thank you for the great giveaway. I love your art courses.

  14. Great giveaway!! My son is such a reluctant artist because of his perfectionist tendencies, and this may help him with the confidence he needs to actually like art!

  15. We’d love to try these lessons!

  16. Awesome giveaway
    I really need to up my game in the art department.
    Because its not a strength of mine it often gets skipped….

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  18. Love all the art resources you have compiled! Thanks so much!

  19. Annette,

    You are welcome. I hope they are helpful to you and your family.


  20. Hi Jody,

    Thanks. Hopefully, these resources will help.


  21. Jessica,

    Let me know if this works for him. 🙂


  22. Hi Tammy,

    You are welcome, and thank you. 🙂


  23. I and my children need a creative outlet, but so frequently don’t make the time or I just don’t know where to start. I do hope I win this prize. It looks amazing, and it would greatly help me know what to do rather than getting too overwhelmed to even start and then doing nothing.

  24. I really love the idea of a video I can put in and step back while someone teaches my children art.

  25. I love the devotion that is included in the video we have!!

  26. Hi Tiffany,

    So do we. 🙂 Pat has a wonderful way of applying art to God’s Word.


  27. Hi Judith,

    I am not an artsy person at all. The SEE THE LIGHT videos are excellent in helping me provide art instruction for my daughter without me teaching a thing.


  28. Hi Rachel,

    Try taking Friday afternoons for art. It is a nice way to end the week.

    Yes, the prize is amazing. 🙂 It is a wonderful way to bring art into your home without being overwhelmed. All you need are the art supplies. You will find a free shopping list here: http://hopehomeschoolconsulting.com/blog/art-tool-kit/


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  30. Great giveaway! Thank you!

  31. Thanks and you are welcome. 🙂

  32. My two middle-school sons are both becoming wonderful artists. They would love to have these resources.

  33. Would love to – use it for our co-op thanks! 🙂

  34. I looked at this curriculum a few years ago at a homeschool conference. I was impressed. My older kids weren’t really interested at that time in art, but my youngest two would very much benefit from this curriculum.

  35. Hi Martha,

    So glad you are impressed with the SEE THE LIGHT curriculum. It will be a blessing for your kiddos. 🙂


  36. Hi Wendy,

    The SEE THE LIGHT products are perfect for co-ops. Here is an article I previously wrote that you might like: http://hopehomeschoolconsulting.com/blog/art-curriculum-suitable-homeschool-co-ops/


  37. Hi Susan,

    So glad to hear it. What type of art do they like doing the most?


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