If you’re like me you love art, but teaching art at home can be intimidating. Finding a quick starting point, resources for all ages, and working it into your full homeschool schedule is frustrating.
So I rounded up some homeschool art resources and organized them here so you have a place to start while keeping it easy.
Some resources are free, others are worth their weight in gold when I’ve paid for them. All of them will making teaching art at home a delight like it should be.
Worth mentioning at this point too is that your definition of what is art influences your teaching.
Whether it’s art history or pencil drawing, I’ve rounded up a bit of everything to give you a palette (corny pun intended) to choose from.
Homeschool Art Curriculum and Lessons
Atelier is one I’ve used and loved because it’s thorough, has curriculum in pdf format, is video based teaching, and my kids could do it independently.
Also, I loved the fact that in the older grades art history is included.
If you’re overwhelmed with teaching and want to cover art with attention to basics and to be able to count it as art for the high school years, you’ll love this easy to use curriculum. It has been worth every penny I spent.
Look at Homeschool Art (Why Video Based Teaching Rocks) when we used Atelier.
The Incredible Art Department. Yes it is incredible and I’ve used this site for years.
Heads Up: This site has ads which may be inappropriate. I don’t mind ads on sites, we all need to make a few pennies, but I’m not sure the ads are screened properly.
From free lesson plans for each age group to ideas organized by art period, you’ll find something fun. You’ll have no shortage of ideas to go with your unit studies or ideas to stand alone.
Because there is so much to navigate on this site, one important tip is to click on the age AND then look at the art period.
- Khan Academy. Click on the Humanities Tab on courses and there is Art history for a free online course.
- Art Projects for Kids. Another longtime favorite of ideas and projects from K to 5th grade..
- Deep Space Sparkle. Art curriculum and ideas for younger kids until about 6th grade.
- J. Paul Getty Museum. Free Educator Resources.
- How to draw animals.
- Free 488 page book pdf download. ArtTalk by Glencoe. Wow. It’s a high school book and it’s all you need to teach art for a few years. (You’re welcome.)
- Mark Kistler’s Draw3D is a suite of over 300 pre-recorded video lessons for kids of all ages. NEW lessons added every week!
- Easy Peasy All-in-One Homeschool
- Charlotte Mason style Picture Study Portfolios
Chalk pastel art rocks and You Are an Artist by a homeschool mom makes it easy to get started. I love the fact that you don’t need but a handful of supplies to get started.
We loved the chalk pastel sticks and through the years expanded our art supplies. But chalk pastel art allows you to quickly jump into art with minimal supplies. This is good if you’re looking for a fun and fuss free fix.
Another huge favorite of mine is Masterpiece Society.
I’m always biased toward homeschool moms who are artists because they know what we need to teach our kids at home.
More Art at Home Curriculum and Lessons
In addition, whether you need to teach art appreciation or just want to learn for fun. Masterpiece Society is a great fit with easy to follow lessons.
You’ll love this free art lesson. Give it a try!
Also, some kids have a perfectionist streak which can be crippling when you want them to focus on the process instead of the product.
What I’ve learned through the years in teaching art (from a believe me I’m not an art mom) is that our kids need to know that art is self-expression.
Art is not copy and paste, but we can use models to express our creativity.
Looking at art galleries helped my kids to understand that self-expression comes in many different forms.
I used real life objects for my kids to draw so they didn’t always compare to another drawing or painting.
Reminding my kids constantly that we use other art as a way to learn how many different ways people self-express gives a child room to accept his artwork.
Next, another homeschool fave of mine is ARTistic Pursuits. It’s been around for a while and there is a reason for that. Some kids especially older kids just love to pick up a book and learn without watching a video.
ARTistic Pursuits helped my boys as they got older to learn about technique, art appreciation, and art history. They wanted background information to round out their study.
ARTistic Pursuits has books from PreK to 12. You’ll love my review here of ARTistic Pursuits, Middle School 6-8: Book One -The Elements of Art and Composition
YouTube Homeschool Art
Art is subjective and I’ve tried my best to screen through channels that are appropriate for all ages, but ultimately you need to decide which channels work for your family.
I simply want to give you lots to choose from for every age because we love the school of YouTube.
Also one more tip – pause the videos as you go along. There is no sense in frustrating kids if they want to take art at a slower pace.
Look at the variety of art YouTube channels below:
- Fine Art Academy. Tutorials on charcoal drawings. This would be good for older kids or any kid that preferred pencil drawing.
- Draw So Cute. A site with drawing lessons for younger kids.
- Easy Fun Coloring. Drawing and coloring pages for kids.
- Circle Line Art School. Perspective drawings, Drawing Buildings, Drawing Landscapes, Drawing Optical Illusions, Drawing People and Drawing Objects.
- Createful Kids. Kids learn to draw, paint, sculpt, and more.
- Draw with Jazza. Character illustration and digital animation.
- Art for Kids Hub
- MrPstudios. Art Lessons for Kids
- Mr. Otter Studio. From the site: “We provide free tutorials for people of all ages and all interests. From watercolor painting to cardboard sculpting, our tutorials are broken down into simple steps.”
- LUNCH DOODLES with Mo Willems! Children’s author who gives drawing lessons.
- Alphonso Dunn. Helping you develop and refine your drawing, pen and ink, and watercolor painting skills and techniques.
- Emmy Kalia. Pencil drawings and watercolor paintings.
- The Art Sherpa. Easy acrylic step by step painting tutorials for. beginning artists.
- Bob Ross. Learn how to paint for older kids.
Homeschool Art History
If you love unit studies, history, and rabbit trails like I do, you’ll want to take a look at Art History For Kids.
It’s great for the non-artsy parents who wants art projects which tie into other subjects like math and science.
You’ll want to look at The Studio Art History which is a monthly membership that introduces you and your kids to a new (super fun and engaging) art history topic each month.
Want your unit studies planned? You’ll love this. The art projects are designed with 5-12 year old kids in mind, but they’re flexible to adjust up and down.
We love the whole Professor Noggin series and the History of Art is no exception.
You’ll love the fun and printable art games at Artsology. From a Paris Street Art game, The Salvador Dali Surrealist Exile Game, and Andy Warhol Word Find to a Tjapanangka Desert Game, you’ll find something fun.
Homeschool Art Field Trips
Check out the 10 virtual tour of art museums around the world.
- Take your teens on an architecture walk.
- An aquarium is a great place for ideas to spark art.
- Another time when we lived in South America, we took our sketch pads to watch the street performers and musicians downtown. Look for opportunities to watch for street performers.
The Museum of Modern Art YouTube. From the site: Our goal is to introduce you to as many artists and artworks of our time as possible.
- We lived near a very old courthouse and tons of historic buildings which are great to ignite an idea or two.
- Of course nature has been one of our best art teachers.
Art Coloring Pages, Images, & Tools
Art Books, Reference, & Journals
Then of course there are lot of great art books, but a few make teaching art a bit easier.
- I love free books and the The Metropolitan Museum of Art has approximately 578 books for download along with the Educators Resources. Great to add to our unit studies.
- Art cyclopedia A index of online museums and image archives.
This next book is a keeper too. It’s Vincent’s Starry Night and Other Stories: A Children’s History of Art. A great way to introduce art through stories. It starts with the earliest of times and goes through current times.
A Child’s Introduction to Art: The World’s Greatest Paintings and Sculptures is for kids ages 9 to 12 and another great book to introduce the most famous painters, styles, and periods.
Complete Book of Art Ideas. Lots of art ideas and how to keep art supplies too.
Journal Sparks: Fire Up Your Creativity with Spontaneous Art, Wild Writing, and Inventive Thinking.
Drawing With Children: A Creative Method for Adult Beginners, Too is an easy-to-follow, lesson-by-lesson approach for drawing for children of all ages and beginning adults.
Here is a really fun spin on learning art. ” This one-of-a-kind book, Art Fraud Detective, combines a mystery story, fun spot-the-difference puzzles, and a fantastic introduction to some of the world’s greatest art.”
Homeschool Much-Loved Art Supplies
Because art is about creativity, expression, and experimenting you want to have a good variety of materials to feed your children’s creativity.
As a matter of fact you don’t really have to spend a lot of money. I just purchased inexpensive ones to see what my kids liked best, but don’t do that for a long time.
Kids know good quality and if you buy something high quality it makes a difference in how artwork turns out. So if you have a budding artist be sure he or she has some great quality tools. Start with inexpensive materials, but add higher quality tools as the budget allows.
Look at the list below to get you started!
- sidewalk chalk
- popsicle sticks
- glue dots
- inexpensive construction paper
- paper plates for mixing palettes
- oil pastels
- paint brushes
- tempera paint
- toilet paper tubes (empty of course)
- coffee filters
- soft pastels
- colored art tissue
- colored pencils
My only regret in teaching art through my 20 years of homeschooling is not doing more of it! I know this list will give you an easy starting point. If you see a link you want added, give me a shout.
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Hugs and love ya,