Homeschool Art Class

Printmaking for Kids An Introduction to a Sophisticated Process with Minimal Materials

If you’ve been the to The Kitchen Table Classroom before you may have caught on that printmaking is just about my favorite art process.  There are just so many different techniques and materials that an artist can use; each of which produce drastically different results.

What I love about this particular printing process is the super small materials list and the fact that the results are so sophisticated.  And if your kiddo finds they especially love this there are so many amazing extensions to this project!

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Contentment for You, Your Kids, and Home with Free Printable Quotes

Contentment is defined as a state of happiness or satisfaction.  That ought to be easy, right?  Life is mostly good in these parts.  In all honesty I am blessed beyond belief.  kids, husband, family, friends, home, vacation.  Life truly is good.

Contentment is defined as a state of happiness or satisfaction.  That ought to be easy, right?  Life truly is good. Being content is easier said than done.

I blab constantly to my amazing, yet sometimes spoiled kids, about how great their lives are and how they should be more grateful, more content.  Easier said than done.

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Bubble Recipe for DIY Homemade Giant Bubbles

Don’t we all have memories of blowing bubbles as a kid?  It’s a classic kid activity.  I also have some pretty sweet mom memories of blowing bubbles when my kids were just square, chubby toddlers.  This bubble recipe takes blowing bubbles to the next level.

These bubbles, though, they’re big.  Making them isn’t passive.  This bubble recipe results in a whole body activity that calls for standing, moving, and playing!  It’s just as tempting to adults as it is for kiddos.  It’s just the kind of fun summertime ordered.

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Art Books to Help you Teach Art Even if You’re Not an Artist

Teaching art should be fun.  It should be easy because there is no right answer.  Sometimes I think that’s the part that trips us grown ups up.  No right answer.  How do we know when we’re done, if we did it right, if it’s good?  Check out this list of art books to help you teach art to you kiddo and maybe make some art yourself; even if you don’t consider yourself an artist!

This list of art books is for those mamas that maybe don't consider themselves artists. These art books can inspire a single lesson or an entire curriculum.

As a homeschool mom I’m responsible for teaching my kids every subject.  (I know it sounds crazy, but we love it!) For me teaching the visual arts is the icing on the cake.  In another lifetime I was an elementary art teacher and the need to “make” still runs strong in me.

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Father’s Day Free Printables-Books for Dad’s and Other Special People

We aren’t big on elaborate gifts for holidays like Mother’s Day and Father’s day here at our house.  We try to make it a special day which mostly involves scheming on the kids part and handmade gifts.  These fathers day free printables are a simple way for your child to make a special keepsake gift.

These fathers day free printables are a simple way for your child to make a special keepsake gift. A version for dad's plus one for other special people!

When my husband and I met we were young; the first day of our first year of college.  There was never anyone else after that day.  It’s been “us” ever since.

We joke about what percentage of relationships that began the first day of college and are still going almost twenty years later.

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Homeschool Art Class

Paint Scrape Art-Process Art for Everyone

Paint scrape art doesn’t take much in the way of materials.  This process can be as basic or sophisticated as you want it to.  That means that anyone from toddlers to adults can take part in this fun process art activity.

Paint scrape art doesn't take much in the way of materials.  This process can be as basic or sophisticated as you want it to.  This activity is for everyone!

My kids love to collect old hotel room key cards, used up gift cards, expired AAA cards, and the like.  Honestly, I’m not sure they ever use them beyond a few minutes of pretend “store” play.  When it came time for this project I knew we had a stack of credit cards that could be used!

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Printable Artist Quotes about Creativity

I didn’t always consider myself to be an “artist.”  Although I get great joy from making things I’ve never felt like I had reached “real artist” status.  I’m not a suffering artist or a starving artist.  My artwork doesn’t have much of an underlying societal or intellectual meaning.  But I do like making my world and the world of those around me a little more pleasant, a little more beautiful.  Let these artist quotes encourage each of you to embrace creativity in whatever form suits you!

It's about the making not what is being made! Be an artist! Let these artist quotes encourage each of you to embrace creativity in whatever form suits you!

I liked art class in grade school and high school.  I was neat and good at following directions, which was basically what it takes to succeed at “art” in the school setting.  What I love about these artist quotes is they inspire us to go beyond the following of directions; beyond the making of a “craft.”  These artist quotes are there to encourage that little spark of an artist inside of you to take a risk and make something today!

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Home School Art & How to Teach It

Homeschool mamas have a lot of things on their “to teach” list.  It’s easy to let the extras, like home school art, slide because they seem, well, less than necessary.

Homeschool mamas have a lot of things on their "to teach" list.It's easy to let the extras like home school art slide because they seem less than necessary.

I could wax on and provide research that says that the arts are both necessary and beneficial.  But, I’m guessing you pretty much already guessed that.  And mostly, the arts are a great way to have fun with your kids!

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