art class

From K through 12, art was always, always my favorite subject. English? Eh. Science? Ho-hum. Math? Blaaa. But, art? Bring it on!

In our homeschooling, we're usually pretty casual as far as art goes. We'll study a bird's egg and paint it. We'll work on crafts. I've taught them a bit about color. We read books here and there about great artists. But, recently, I was reminded about how awesome it feels to actually do a real lesson.....to teach them technique and see them beam, knowing that they're thinking, "Wow, I didn't know I could do that!"

artkidsLooking for a lesson to do with the kids, I found Deep Space Sparkle, an amazing art teacher's blog, in the deep recesses of my bookmarks folder.  All that color just makes me so happy!  So many ideas!  I want to do them all!  But I ended up purchasing a 27-page PDF lesson called the Modern Masters.  Go check it out.  {And, in case you were wondering, no...I am in no way affiliated with her, I just strongly believe she's an excellent teacher!}

We decided to study Van Gogh's Irises first and watched (listened to) a video about him while we worked.
Littlest One mastering the technique of double-loading her paintbrush. They all were wide-eyed over the cool effect it gave.


Everyone was pleased with how their paintings turned out.



I'm really looking forward to our next lesson.  I hope the kids enjoyed it as much as I did!
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  1. Anonymous09 May, 2012

    I recently just pinned that after seeing it on your instagram I think. I'm looking forward to purchasing it and getting started. I love teaching art and history. Everything else is....blah! I've always loved art but history has a new love for me. Those Irises are gorgeous!

  2. So very, very pretty. I have always loved color and black together. And what happy little workers...busy as can be.

    I just found your blog yesterday through Elizabeth Foss, and am really enjoying it.

  3. oh i love this megan. super inspiring!

  4. Those paintings are so pretty!!! I will have to try this with my girls.
    ps..I spy a Starbucks :)

  5. Those all came out so beautifully. I've been thinking about getting that book...you might have convinced me!

  6. Hi! I'm visiting your blog via Ashley Ann's blog. I adore Deep Space Sparkle and have considered purchasing this very pdf from her. So glad to hear a review from another homeschool mama who really likes her product!

    Have a blessed day!!!

  7. i love deep space sparkle!!
    i sat by her at SNAP! she is a fun lady.
    this post make me want to paint. RIGHT NOW!

  8. those are beautiful masterpieces! i'm going to forward to my mom. she's still home schooling :)

  9. I bought this thanks to your instagram post. We have LOVED the lessons we have done so far (Marc Chagall, and Van Gogh.) Thanks for the recommendation!


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