How to Homeschool Art

Studying art is something homeschoolers may find difficult. After all, an art study requires supplies, resources, and creativity. If you are a budget homeschooler or you don’t feel very artistic, it can be challenging to incorporate a fine arts study into your homeschool schedule. However, that doesn’t mean it’s impossible. Even the most “artistically challenged” homeschooling parent can help their student through an excellent fine arts study!

Homeschool resources have come a long way in the last decade, making it easier than ever to find various options for every subject. While some parents may argue that art is not essential when compared to core subjects, some students are passionate about art and creativity is their calling. Art could even become their career, so it’s important to offer our children opportunities to discover their creative skills or interests. 

Studying art has led to some of the biggest industries in our society, and these mediums are the resources we are all turning to now that we are quarantined. Consequently, they play a vital role in our world. Homeschoolers are naturally creative, so let’s discuss how to include an art study for your students!

Types of Art to Consider

To start, it’s helpful to define the styles of art in our modern society. Art is usually divided into three categories: visual, performing, and applied. While not every type of art fits perfectly within just one category, these subsections of art can be helpful for homeschooling art lessons. Each of these areas of creativity is unique and varied, but all of them employ elements of artistic endeavors.

As you peruse this list of art distinctions, you’ll likely realize that there are almost innumerable ways to include studying art in your homeschool. When homeschooling art lessons are first mentioned, it’s common for parents first to think of painting or sketching. However, as evidenced by the incredible variety of art museums throughout the U.S. and worldwide, art can be so much more. 

Here are a few examples of the styles of art found within the three most common artistic categories:

Visual Arts

  • Photography
  • Visual Effects
  • Filmmaking
  • Painting
  • Sketching
  • Calligraphy

Performing Arts

  • Audio Engineering
  • Theater (Live acting, opera)
  • Dance (ballet, ballroom, tap, jazz, contemporary, etc.)
  • Music (i.e. instruments, singing, mixing, producing)
  • Films (Acting, editing, directing, producing, writing, etc.)
  • Magic Shows
  • Stand-Up Comedy

Applied Arts

  • Creative Writing
  • Pottery/Ceramics
  • Sculptures
  • Origami
  • Interior Design
  • Jewelry Design
  • Architecture
  • Fashion Design
  • Woodwork/Carpentry

How to Incorporate Art for Homeschoolers

Even if you don’t have a fine arts museum nearby to explore with your students, there are plenty of ways to bring an art study into your homeschool. On the other hand, perhaps your city does offer a wonderful fine arts museum, but the quarantine has prevented admission. Either way, there are several fantastic at-home resources and ideas for staying safe while studying art. 

The visual arts are easily one of the simplest art forms to enjoy while homeschooling. For young students, visual arts are also lots of fun as they can be hands-on and messy! Parents can sit their children down with watercolors and paintbrushes, crayons, color-by-numbers, sketch templates, or markers, construction paper, glitter glue, and colored pencils for hours of fun. There are plenty of arts and crafts ideas on websites like Pinterest for easy DIYs. Here are some of our favorites for quarantined homeschoolers!

The performing arts are often taught by certified teachers in a class setting. For example, students can begin learning dance from a young age with local classes. However, in our age of technology, there are increasingly more opportunities to learn artistic skills online. There are several websites available for teaching instrument lessons, and in this current pandemic, many in-person instructors have turned to Zoom or Skype for continuing lessons. Further, though professional instructors are traditionally the most thorough choice for a learning experience, there are also tools available for self-teaching.

Here are five great options to get started!

The applied arts are a fun option for homeschooling art lessons. Many people consider creative writing part of Language Arts or English, and while it’s true, creative writing is also considered an art form. Studying art does not have to feel limited to art museums or a fine arts study. Art is more than learning the history and significance of famous artists, pieces, or signatures. Those elements are part of studying art, for certain, but art can extend to so much more. Applied arts can be an exciting alternative to classic homeschooling art lessons!

To get started on adding applied arts to your homeschool schedule, take a look at these five ideas.

Where to Find Art Resources

Even if you are a creative person and you have all these grand ideas for your homeschool art class, you have to have solid resources for an art study! Ideas will only go so far without supplies and art history resources. To begin studying art, we have found a few different websites to help guide and complement a homeschool art study. Whether you choose to pursue a fine arts study or something more applied, like photography or music, these resources may be quite helpful! Enjoy!

  • Community Workshops.
    • Find these at libraries, recreation centers, churches, community centers, art supply shops, hobby shops, and so on.
  • Community Colleges.
    • Dual enrollment, workshops, online classes, or in-person classes.
  • Art Studios.
    • Artists are passionate about sharing their interests. Local artists may offer classes or day camps.
  • Museums.
    • Children’s museums are especially a good place to find pamphlets or information about artistic opportunities for your children in your area.
  • Homeschool Co-ops.
    • Word-of-mouth recommendations from other homeschooling parents are almost always the best resources. Find a local homeschool support group here to learn more about what is being offered in your community.
  • Drawing and Painting Lessons for Kids.
    • This website has several resources to peruse for various levels of art instruction, both for serious students and beginners!