Saturday, April 5, 2014

So what if you are not to teach art in your homeschool!

So, I love ART.
I went to college and was torn between Art History and Early Childhood Education. I ended up choosing Early Childhood Education but still wonder what life would have been like if I had gone the way of Art History.
When it comes to teaching art in our homeschool, for me it is easy.
I found a great art curriculum which was ok. My boys were ok with it. We explored hands-on art and tried different mediums. It was ok. Then we went to the art museum and saw different art in person, hands-on and THAT helped!
Do you hate art? Do you wonder how you can teach your kids art? You can do it. There are tons of great curriculum out there. And you do not have to make your child an art expert. IF they really get into it, then go forward. Otherwise, you can touch on it. You can take a field trip to the art museum. You can talk about what you saw. You can use that along with your art curriculum to better understand it.
You can play art games, there are some great card games out there. Check your local museum gift shop after you visit. Not trying to make you buy things but, best place to find stuff to use in your homeschool!
My favorite is heading to the thrift store and finding things we can use to recreate art! Old canvases to paint on, plates to break and use for mosaics, etc.
Now, neither of my boys are ART crazy. They like to draw pictures of pokemon or anime or create sculptures with legos but that is about it.
So....maybe when my boys are grown and I have tons of time on my hands.....I will head back to school and get my Art History on!
Happy Homeschooling!