Do you love the lessons you see here at the Kitchen Table Classroom but maybe you’re not quite sure how they add up to a year long art curriculum?
How do you know you’re covering what your kiddo needs to give them a well rounded exposure to the visual arts?
Is it overwhelming to prep for art class because there are just too many/too expensive art supplies involved?
Do you have good intentions about including a certain art project in your day but reality tends to get in the way?
If only a few supplies, easily found at your local discount store, were all you needed to teach a years worth of art lessons would that make it easier? The whole supply list can be bought for a fraction of the cost of one short session of weekly art classes. Nothing fancy here- I’m talking watercolors, markers, and oil pastels. Gather ’em up and get ready for the fun to follow! No more struggling every week to find that one special thing!
What if I told you that I have a way to make art approachable and teach your child more than just how to follow step by step directions?
As a former public school art teacher turned homeschool mama I know the challenges and joys of teaching to a group, the freedom of being able to follow your child’s interests at home, and the overwhelm that can inhibit both of those things.
Creating art isn’t about following step by step instructions and creating a cookie cutter product. Art is about learning to think in a creative way, about everything in your day. Art is seeing the beauty around you everywhere. Learning to think like an artist means learning to be a problem solver. Not everyone will grow up to be an artist but being a creative thinker, a problem solver, and a lover of beauty is a goal for all of us, right?
Why this book?
Artists and the Elements builds on the seven elements of art. Each chapter covers one element in depth and connects that element to a well known artist. Each chapter will span 3-6 weeks depending on the time you spend each week and the depth that interests your child.
The following is a way you “might” use one chapter of this curriculum. I say might because you need let the curriculum serve a guide for your children’s interests. Some ideasmay pique their passion more than others. Spend more time on those concepts and artists. Sink into the book lists and explore the topic in more depth using the free lessons at Kitchen Table Classroom.
You may find a chapter in which your student just doesn’t connect to the given artist or concept. While I think it’s still important to introduce and learn the basics don’t feel the need to linger and do every. single. thing.
Pick and choose. You might spend six weeks on one chapter and three on the next. Relax, it’s art. Follow your child’s interests and passions.
Each chapter connects a famous artist to an element of art through information included just for you as a teacher, a printable for your student, and suggested book list and web resources. It’s all right there!
The artists we will learn about include Sonya Delaunay, Vincent Van Gogh, Frederic Remington, Hokusai, Paul Klee, Grant Wood, and Gustav Klimt.
Are you familiar with these artists? Great. Never heard of them? No worries. Everything you need to know is included!
Who is this book for?
I wrote this book with an average elementary school child in mind. However, lessons are easily scalable up or down and could easily span younger elementary through middle school.
I’m a homeschool mom. I wrote this book with other homeschool mamas in mind. You do not need any background in art or art history to be able to teach from this curriculum. Your planning time is so valuable!. It’s all there for you- open and go!
I’ve also taught art in the public school system before becoming a homeschool mama. If you are a teacher that sees hundreds of kids each week I also wrote this with you in mind. Your planning time is so valuable. All resources are there. The elements printables and the art history printables may be copied and used in a school setting. This is for you!
Combine the price of curriculum and all the supplies needed for the class and you’ve got yourself a year long art program for under fifty dollars. Have more than one child? Those same supplies can easily serve 2 or more kids.
Our local art center charges $130 for a six week class that meets weekly for an hour and a half. If you have more than one kid that price gets pretty steep pretty fast.
I’m here to tell you that you CAN give your kids those experiences at home without breaking the bank.!
As a bonus I’ll also send you a printable PDF file with 28 artist trading cards…
Use these for discussion about artist style and trademarks without digging for extra resources!
Let kids use them as sketchbook inspiration, wall decoration, a memory game, any way that can make fine art a part of their daily routine!