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The Ultimate Guide To Art Appreciation In Your Homeschool

Building a love for beautiful art is something that happens over a period of time for our children. This guide has everything you need for engaging art appreciation in your homeschool.

When we first started homeschooling, art appreciation appealed to me, but I didn’t know where to start. Sometimes you just need to dive in and give it a try and that is exactly what I did with my children.

Even though I had no real background in this subject, I did have a passionate interest in paintings and art history. I had a desire to learn more and along with my children we learned together as the years went along.

What did we do to get started? What method helped us get our feet wet with art appreciation? How did we progress slowly through the years? What things have stuck with us?

Homeschool Art Appreciation: Getting Started

  • Use a series of artwork from one artist and that will help define for your children the artist’s style. Pick four paintings you like and share those one at a time.
  • Picture Study or Narration: Closely observe and enjoy one painting at a time, increasing your child’s awareness of what it means to have a “style”. View the artwork together and have your children tell you what they see in the painting. Many people call this narration or picture study. Most paintings have some sort of story to tell. Encourage your children to try to guess the painting’s story.
  • Keep the artwork you are studying in plain sight for a period of time. Make the painting your computer’s desktop background or have a print of the painting in a prominent place where you spend time each day.
  • After you have studied two or more painters, begin to compare and contrast the artists. How are they different and how are they similar? Over time this will help your child learn more about the periods of art history. But in the beginning, just make casual observations.
  • Come up with a way to review the artists from time to time. Keep your prints in a notebook, binder or folder. Pull them out at the end of each term and spend a few minutes going over the various paintings and artists. This is a fun time for children once they start to accumulate a number of artists. Keep the mood light and do not make it like a test.

When my children were younger, I chose an artist where their style was particularly apparent and easy to see. We studied Mary Cassatt, Vincent Van Gogh, Pablo Picasso, Pierre Renoir and a few others. These artists appealed not only in subject matter but in showing a distinct style.

These early years were focused on gaining an interest in art and not so much in learning about art movements or art history. The viewing of artwork and then perhaps learning the title of the painting and the artist’s name were about all we did for art appreciation.

If your child has an interest or you are starting your program of art appreciation with older children, of course you can add in a little more depth by reading a biography for the artist or perhaps making a drawing of the painting you are studying.

I would create a folder that was not fancy. I would print out four prints on a sheet of photo paper and then slip it into a clear sheet protector. Those would go into a three ringed binder.

I also used Dover coloring books to go along with the artist’s paintings as a quick follow up for an artist if the children were interested and had a desire. We kept everything very casual and positive.

As they got older, we would attach the art prints in a spiral sketchbook. They would print the title under the print along with the author’s name. Again, keeping it simple and enjoyable.

Art Appreciation For Young Children

Art is a thing of the spirit, and we need to teach it in ways that affect the spirit. We realize that the ability to appreciate art and interpret it is as universal to all people as intelligence, or imagination, or the ability to form words to communicate. But that ability needs to be educated. Teaching the technical skill of producing pictures isn’t the same as appreciating art. To appreciate, children need to have a reverent recognition of what’s been created. Children need to learn about pictures: they need to learn about them a line at a time, and as groups, by studying pictures for themselves rather than by reading about them.

– Charlotte Mason, volume six, page 214 (More in Charlotte Mason Homeschool Art Appreciation)
  • Study one artist at a time.
  • Study at least four prints one at a time, using careful and casual observation.
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Adding Depth To Your Study for Older Children

  • Follow up with learning the name of the painting and the artist’s name, if desired.
  • Store the prints in a three-ringed binder or in a spiral sketchbook and review at the end of each term.

Hands-On Activities For Art Appreciation In Your Homeschool

Follow up with a coloring page from a Dover coloring book or an art lesson with Nana! Or you can simply sketch a part of the painting or the whole thing.

Remember that your goal is to spark a love for great artwork. This goal is one that can be achieved using any artist that suits your family. Here are some websites that I find helpful for viewing artwork

The Ultimate Guide to Virtual Art Museum Field Trips is your extensive guide to why, how, and where to find virtual art museum resources.

Art Appreciation Online

The Ultimate Guide to Virtual Art Museum Field Trips – There are so many resources you can use to enrich your homeschooling, right online! Virtual Art Museum Field Trips are one of those things!

ABCGallery.com – A large, online art collection

A Fine Arts Homeschool Curriculum For All Ages

Art and music appreciation are subjects that if not given priority, fail to be done in our home. (It’s probably safe to assume that is true for many homes.) It seems like every year I plan on adding art appreciation to our long list of subjects and at the end of the year I realize that once again I haven’t done it. It’s been so helpful to find a Fine Arts Curriculum that does all the work and organizing for me!

You ARE An ARTiST Fine Arts Curriculum offers art and music appreciation plans for grades K-12. Minimal prep plans for your fine arts needs! A review from The Curriculum Choice

One of the reasons I have need a fine arts curriculum to help me is because I know next to nothing about art. It should be simple enough to add in picture study to accompany history. But that would require me to actually know which artists and paintings are most significant. Sure, I could probably research, learn and figure some things out. But thankfully I’ve discovered the You ARE An ARTiST Fine Art Curriculum that was written by someone much more knowledgeable than I, and has already done the work for me.

YOU ARE AN ARTIST FINE ARTS CURRICULUM

You ARE An ARTiST Fine Arts is an art and music appreciation program that works seamlessly into your homeschool studies.

The You ARE An ARTiST art and music appreciation program has 12 yearly plans based on a chronological 4-year history cycle. These are divided into the stages of learning of the classical trivium (grammar, logic, and rhetoric). 

There are options for every grade level and each plans includes notebooking pages, coloring pages and YouTube links for art tutorials and listening to classical music.

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Find out more about our Fine Arts Curriculum HERE.

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Fine Arts Credit For Your High School Transcript: A Homeschooler’s Quick Guide

Fine arts credits are required in most states for high school graduation. Are you looking for compelling ways to satisfy this requirement in your homeschool? This quick guide has everything you need to add fine arts credit for your high school transcript.

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High School Fine Arts Credit

When I first began planning for high school in our homeschool, I was surprised to see that fine arts credits were required for a diploma in our state. I knew I would need to figure out science labs and literature. Adding fine arts at home was something I wasn’t sure how to teach with an older child.

To be honest, I wasn’t even totally sure what counted as a fine arts course.

Fine arts is typically defined as “a visual art created primarily for aesthetic purposes and valued for its beauty or expressiveness”.

The Free Dictionary
Fine Arts Credit For Your Homeschool High School Transcript: A Quick Guide

Fine Arts Classes For Teens

In addition to needing to define what fine arts really means at the high school level, I also struggled with finding courses or learning opportunities that made sense for an older learner.

It seemed like everything I stumbled across would’ve worked perfectly when my teens were in elementary school. But now that it really mattered and needed to be recorded on a transcript? It was not easy to find the right curriculum for my oldest.

You Are An Artist For High School Fine Arts

It was You Are An Artist and Van Gogh that finally gave us a plan for high school fine arts. Because my son showed an interest in the life and art of Vincent Van Gogh, I began looking for resources to help him learn more about him.

We began with You Are An Artist’s Vincent Van Gogh study. After completing a lesson with Nana, we planned a trip to the immersive Van Gogh exhibit when it came to town. I ordered a few books for picture study. Eventually, I learned that You Are An Artist has an entire fine arts curriculum for high school and we were set.

I love the approach.

Visual art is not only the process of creating art. The education goes far beyond that. Visual art with chalk pastels also encompasses learning about art history, culture, nature, and more

You Are An Artist

It was clear that with You Are An Artist’s lesson plans, we had more than enough to create a learning experience that worked well for my son, and also met the requirements for credit on his transcript.

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Fine Art Credit For Your Homeschool High School Transcript

If you are creating a high school transcript for your homeschool, it’s helpful to begin with an understanding of what your state requires. As I mentioned, most states, as part of their public school standards, include fine arts as a necessity for graduation.

While homeschoolers may or may not have to follow state standards (again, depends on your state), adding fine arts to your high school can, without a doubt, help create a well-rounded educational experience.

When it comes to transcripts credits, this is the general rule of thumb:

  • .5 credit = one semester of study
  • 1.0 credit = one school year of study

One credit is equal to about between 120-180 ‘Carnegie units’ (A Carnegie unit = 1 hour of instruction or 2 of practice). Use these guidelines to determine how to best award credit for your high school fine arts learning.

For more support, you may be interested in our  Visual Art 1 Credit Planner and Tracker. The planner and tracker are also perfect additions to your portfolio if record keeping is required in your state. 

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More Resources For Homeschooling High School

Nana also offers 47 additional famous artists video lessons for your homeschool including:

Vermeer
Michelangelo
da Vinci
Warhol
Monet
Rockwell
Rembrandt
Lichtenstein
Audubon
Beatrix Potter
… and a new one added about once a month!

These resources will help you get started, as you pull together your fine arts plan.

A Complete Visual Art Curriculum For Your High School Homeschool

In addition, You Are An Artist has an entire fine arts curriculum for the high school years. It has flexible, easy to follow plans, and is worth a full transcript credit for your learner.

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Shawna Wingert, Different By Design LearningShawna Wingert is a special education teacher turned writer, speaker and consultant. She is also a homeschooling mom of two brilliant boys with differences and special needs.  Shawna has written four books for parents and helps parents of children with learning differences, behavioral challenges and special needs every day at DifferentByDesignLearning.com.

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5 Tips to Start Fine Arts Friday

Who doesn’t love themed days? Certainly not Taco Tuesday!! I’m sharing 5 Tips to Start Fine Arts Friday without overwhelming your homeschool schedule.

Fine Arts Friday is an easy way to incorporate the You ARE An ARTiST Fine Arts Curriculum. I know, you’ve already booked August and you’re doing ALL. THE. THINGS. I was right there with you signing up for every activity, co-ops, and sports. Trying to be a homeschool superhero. You don’t have to exhaust yourself (and your children) with one more monster size obligation.

Fine Arts Friday Homeschool Art Lesson

Nana shares a Fine Arts Friday Art Lesson, below.

Suggested supplies: White construction paper and all the chalk pastel colors! Baby wipes or a slightly damp paper towel for easy clean up.

You ARE An ARTiST now offers family style and grade level Fine Arts Curriculum. High school students can earn one full Fine Arts Credit. Which is super exciting! This curricula is much different than the traditional Chalk Art Lessons with Nana we have all come to love. While Nana is filming more art tutorials for Clubhouse Members, this curricula is an instant PDF download, so you can go at your own pace! Pick whichever grade you like, and if you’re anything like me with 1 child dipping toes in 3 different grades … friend, you’ve got yourself some options. Pick the topic / time period that matches up well with other core curriculum.
Clubhouse Members can purchase Fine Arts at 1/2 price – must be logged in for discount.

5 Tips to Start Fine Arts Friday

My boys thrived with schedules and a little routine. Wait, they’re shaking their heads no. Okay, maybe I just did better managing ALL. THE. THINGS. with somewhat of a plan to fall back on when superhero costumes, guinea pigs, and junk food overwhelmed the table. I don’t know what the boys were doing but I was having a blast! Knowing every Friday we were going to spend a bit of time on art helped my youngest, with delayed fine motor skills, mentally prepare while also keeping my oldest, who has a library of sketch books, happy.

Plan Art Field Trips

What better way to study art than at a museum? Each fine arts curriculum lists the artist/composer and works covered so you can plan ahead – especially with traveling exhibits, ballet, opera, or family vacations. Be sure to check tickets for homeschool discounts! Read, listen, and art at home one Friday then get out to visit art the following Friday. Or take one big trip to Florence Italy while earning high school credit! Many museums now offer virtual tours. In fact, you can enjoy The Ultimate Guide to Virtual Art Museum Field Trips right here.

Follow Chalk Pastel on Spotify

Turn off your 90’s dance music and play that funky Classical music! Chalk Pastel is currently adding the Fine Arts music to their Spotify playlists. Using an app makes everything “cool”, right?! If you have a family account everyone can listen to the playlists on their own devices. Listen while finishing math or driving to the next co-op. Follow up with discussions, Which of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons do you like best? The answer is Winter. No Summer. All of them? We can’t decide.

Fine Arts Scavenger Hunts

Download info from the Fine Arts curriculum course content to your phone and head out on a Fine Arts Scavenger Hunt. Can I just say again how much I love that this curriculum is a PDF download?! Compare famous works of art in your surrounding area. Sunflowers, hack stacks, lighthouses, cypress trees, sailboats … see the influences of famous masterpieces in your own neighborhood! Listen to the restaurant music and whoever notices a familiar piece first gets to pick dessert. You’ll start noticing more and more classical music in movies now too. Or, play those songs and let family members guess the composer. I can only play the first 15 seconds of Bach’s Cello Suite No 1 in G Major – so guess quick kids!

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Choose Different Supplies

Many of the Fine Arts Curricula offers black and white copies of the famous works of art. Use your favorite medium to color in the pages. My youngest son, who never really enjoyed chalk pastels (gasp) or paints, was thrilled to use colored pencils and markers. Go BIG or go home, my oldest son loved using sidewalk chalk and chalking ginormous pieces of art on our driveway. This turned into a side job, that’s What Raising An Artist Looks Like.

Helpful Hints: When a coloring page was not provided we found them online and downloaded them, changed to black & white (change scale to lightest color), and printed from my phone. Also, black pastel chalk doesn’t like to come off the driveway, so if you don’t want to scrub concrete with a vegetable brush – use cheap sidewalk chalk!

Incorporate Fine Arts into other Subjects

Art doesn’t have to be a wall flower. It actually mixes amazingly well with other subjects like history, literature, and nature studies! Learning about astronomy? Add a Starry Night coloring page. Learning about the Elizabethan Era? William Byrd is your guy. With just a little planning your core curriculum will come alive with sprinkles of art.

Extra Tip!

Join your students. I noticed when I joined my boys we all enjoyed the lessons just a little bit more. Maybe because my boys are talented artistically and my masterpieces always looked like chicken scratch? Maybe because I offered a comedic narrative? Why couldn’t Johann Sebastian Bach buy a house? Because he was Baroque.
Art provides a wonderful opportunity for moms to express their own creativity and lower stress. A few things we should be proactive about adding to our schedules this homeschool year.

Extra Tip #2!

Meet #FineArtsFriday Friends!

Hi my name is Stef and I love fine arts. It’s funny how an Instagram challenge can help us stick to something. Now that you’re ready to start Fine Arts, join the community of #FineArtsFriday friends on IG. Tag @ChalkPastelArt and #YouAreAnArtist so we can all de-stress and become more cultured together.

Stef Layton

Stef started homeschooling her boys in 2008. She quickly adopted a hands-on learning homeschool style and graduated her oldest tactile learner in 2021. Stef started the Hands-On Learning column in Homeschooling Today magazine. The Laytons currently reside in the foothills of Colorado where Stef also teaches yoga. The family loves to hike trails, stand-up paddle board, and chase sunsets. Stef shares travel and homeschool tips on IG at @LaytonAdventures.

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The Best Art Lessons for Homeschool Families

Homeschool families come in all shapes, sizes and learning styles! These art lessons for homeschool families are a brilliant way to creatively bring learning to life, build memories together and have FUN learning. Let art add a layer of learning that brings joy to all ages.

Photo by Amy Law

Here we share the various homeschool methods and how art blesses each. No matter which homeschooling style you use, the great news is that it is super simple to get started with chalk pastel online video art lessons.

Getting Started with Homeschool Art: Supplies List

To get started in homeschool art, all you need is:

  • construction paper
  • a starter set of chalk pastels (our favorites are here)
  • Nana’s video art lessons
  • baby wipes or a slightly damp paper towel for easy clean up

Art Lessons for the Charlotte Mason Homeschool Family

In a Charlotte Mason homeschool, there are two major components to art education: art appreciation and art expression.

Art Appreciation is helping children know and love great art and artists. Students get exposure to a variety of different types of art and the works of many great artists. Picture study is a frequent component of a Charlotte Mason-style education.

Art Expression is the opportunity for the student to be creative and express themselves through art. Afternoon handicrafts time can be a great place to fit this in your schedule.

These art lessons for homeschool families are a brilliant way to creatively bring learning to life, build memories together and have FUN learning.

Though Nana would disagree (because You Are An Artist), I do not consider myself an artist. I really need the assistance of art lessons to help me include art in our homeschool.

We love using the You Are An Artist Lessons because they tie in so well with the Charlotte Mason philosophy. Instead of being an entirely separate subject, I can use the lessons to supplement history, hymn study, or nature study. Dawn shares about Art Lessons for the Charlotte Mason Homeschool Family.

Art Lessons for the Classical Homeschool Family

Art Lessons for the Classical Homeschool Family

At the core of a classical homeschool is the desire for students to delight in their observations, wonder and ask good questions, and share their knowledge. Classical homeschooling focuses on teaching children HOW to learn, not WHAT to learn.

I was dubious about my ability to teach art to my children because I never considered myself an artist. The classical method (and Nana!) helped me overcome these doubts. 

If you know HOW to learn, you can learn anything! Even if you’re new to art, you can learn right alongside your children. 

Here’s what learning art in classical education might look like: Julie shares Art Lessons for the Classical Homeschool Family.

Delight Directed Homeschool Learning

Art and the Delight-Directed Family

We follow our interests. And I learn right alongside my kids. My goal is to provide loads of great literature, intriguing documentaries, plenty of fun games, and tons of learning and creative opportunities that coincide with my children’s interests. As part of our child-led education, I’ve been strewing to keep my kids exploring, engaged, and full of ideas. That means our tables are covered in books, games, modeling clay, maps, and hands-on activities. I want to foster a love of learning in my children, and following my kiddo’s interests makes learning more relevant and meaningful.

Delight-directed homeschool art has been super easy with our You ARE An Artist Complete Membership. We like to pair the video art lessons with current read alouds, picture books, or current interests. When my son was obsessed with WWII for two years, Nana consistently added history art lessons to thrill my son. 

Both children have been obsessed with Harry Potter, and lucky for us, creating an enchanting Hogwarts chalk pastel teatime was easy to pull together with Nana’s clubhouse.

When the children were enamored with sharks, chalk pastels came to the rescue again! There were easy-to-follow tutorials on some of the weirdest and most beautiful sharks of the deep!

Erin shares Homeschool Art for the Delight Directed Family.

Art and the Eclectic Homeschooling Style

The Eclectic Homeschool Family

Art is the perfect addition to eclectic homeschooling. Since eclectic homeschooling has no boundaries, you can add art to anything. And with so many lessons to choose from, You ARE An Artist has an art lesson on just about everything. Seriously! You are sure to find an art lesson to coincide with almost anything you might be studying at home.

I say this all the time, but adding fun, creativity, and excitement to your homeschool can make a world of difference in your home and for your children. Art helps them express their creative ability, incorporates hands-on learning, and helps them retain what they have learned. Not to mention, we don’t have to sit stiffly or still when we create. We can sit however we want (or wiggle) and enjoy art!

In addition to those wonderful benefits, by adding art, you can create an environment that shows your children learning can be a lifestyle! Isn’t that the goal, cultivating lifelong learners? Courtney shares: Art and Eclectic Homeschooling.

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Learn more about Homeschool Art for a Child Who Hates the Mess and the simple suggestions – pictured in these photos.

Art Lessons for Homeschooling a Child with Special Needs

My son has always been fascinated by art.

He is naturally a creative child. When we visited an art museum with a group of homeschool friends a few years ago, I understood a bit better why art is so meaningful to him.

After spending the day running all over the museum with other ten year olds, we got back into the car to begin our drive home. My son gazed out the window, tired but satisfied, and said, “That was the best field trip we’ve done in a long time.”

Thrilled at this homeschool mom win, I asked him why he loved it so much.

He replied something to the effect of, “I was just like all the other kids today. I didn’t have to read anything. I could just look at all the art and talk about why it was beautiful or cool. I like pictures so much more than writing.

At the time, I didn’t realize how profound his statement really was. Now, four years later, I see how powerful art has been for him, both as a learner and as a human being.

Shawna shares four ways art can help struggling learners and more encouragement in Art Lessons for Homeschooling a Child with Special Needs.

Art Lessons For Your Morning Basket Homeschooling

Starting our homeschool day with art has been a beautiful way to encourage creative thinking throughout the day. In fact, incorporating art into your homeschool lessons has tons of amazing benefits! Keep reading to discover how we are using art in our morning baskets to support our current homeschool lessons and unit studies. Jessica of The Waldock Way shares Why Adding Art to Your Morning Basket Makes All The Difference!

These art lessons for homeschool families are a brilliant way to creatively bring learning to life, build memories together and have FUN learning.

A Simple Start in Homeschool Art

As these families have shared, art opens the door to learning – no matter your homeschool method. It is simple to get started with just a very few supplies. There is not an intimidating or expensive list of supplies. Not only that, art lessons with Nana are a fun way to learn together as a family. Won’t you join us?

Growing a love of art at You ARE an ARTiST is a multi-generational passion! Tricia is Nana’s daughter and a mama of five children. Nana shared the fun of her first chalk pastel art lessons with her grandchildren around Tricia’s kitchen table. Homeschooling since 2000, Tricia has seen the fruits of home education with three homeschool grads so far! She shares the art and heart of homeschooling at Your Best Homeschool and is author of the book, Help! I’m Homeschooling! She and her husband, Steve, are also owners of sister sites Homeschool Nature Study and The Curriculum Choice.

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The Best Way To Add Music To Your Homeschool

It does not take a lot of musical expertise to teach your children to learn and to love music! These are simple and effective ways to add music to your homeschool.

The Benefits Of Music In Learning For All Ages

If you ask me what I ate for breakfast yesterday or what is on my grocery list for this week, I probably won’t remember. However, if a song I listened to in my childhood starts to play, I will probably remember the lyrics.  

It does not take musical expertise to teach your children to love music! These simple tips will help you add music to your homeschool.
Photo by Amy Law

Music is powerful both emotionally and educationally. Studies have shown that music study in children can increase academic performance, memory, language skills, social skills, self-discipline, and emotional skills. Pair that with the fact that music education can be fun, and you have a winning combination.

For our family, music education is a time that we can come together and learn and grow as a family. It is a fun time that involves listening together, singing together, and maybe even a bit of silly dancing together. Having those shared learning experiences helps create family bonds and fond memories.

The Best Way To Add Music To Your Homeschool

I love listening to music, from silly kid’s songs to contemporary praise music and those old classic hymns. However, I do not have the gift of musical talent, and when I first started homeschooling, I was worried that I wouldn’t be able to teach music to my children.

It does not take musical expertise to teach your children to love music! These simple tips will help you add music to your homeschool.

I quickly learned that it does not take a lot of musical expertise to teach your children to learn to love music! While we have added performance music classes to our current schedule, I taught them music appreciation through various easy-to-use resources for years.

First, simply listen to a variety of music together as a family. It seems so simple, but they learn so much just through exposure. At times we would listen to whatever struck our interest; other times, we would focus on different genres of music, and other times we would listen to the same hymn in different styles.

Second, learn about the different composers and artists composing and performing the music they hear. You can use the internet to search or read various biographies about them.

Finally, whenever possible, expose them to live music. Our state symphony does a great children’s series that is reasonably priced and full of different visual effects. However, in most places, you can find lots of local music. Check with your local community college or university to see about concerts; look for free outdoor concerts in the summer.

Outdoor concerts can be an excellent start for young children because they have more freedom to move around and not be as quiet as might be expected at an indoor concert.

*Outdoor concerts can be an excellent start for young children because they have more freedom to move around and not be as quiet as might be expected at an indoor concert*

Homeschool Music Lessons For You

As you introduce your students to new music, new artists, and new composers, it can be very beneficial to have some easy lessons to help you teach them about music. Not only does it take the time planning off your plate, but if you are anything like me, having a plan means I am more likely to get it done.

The new art and music appreciation courses are a stress-free way to incorporate music appreciation into your homeschool.

The courses are designed by grade level, and each course introduces students to a variety of art and music appreciation. For music, the younger grades listen to music from a particular composer or era, including suggested reading to learn more.

As students get older, the lessons include notebooking pages and timelines. There are also art lessons related to the music lesson included in some of the weeks.

Classical Music Appreciation Lessons for All Ages

*Clubhouse members get a 50% discount on all fine arts titles!

High School Music Lessons

There are writing assignments and more in-depth reading assignments for the high school level courses to make it rigorous enough for high school credit (while still simple for the parent). As with most high school courses, the grade levels are suggestions, and you can use them for any year of high school.

While the lessons are created by grade level, you could easily turn them into family-style classes, especially the elementary and middle grades selections. You can have the whole family read and listen together.

There are also family-style units that focus on one artist and one composer. These are a great way to start your studies!

It does not take musical expertise to teach your children to love music! These simple tips will help you add music to your homeschool.

Additional Resources For Music In Your Homeschool

As you learn about different composers and listen to their music, you can add even more fun to your lessons with Nana’s Composer Chalk Pastel Lessons, included in the You Are An Artist Complete Clubhouse Membership.

You can even turn that composer study into a complete unit study, like this one from Beethoven.

One of my favorite parts of studying music is teaching my children beautiful hymns! They are a great way to include music in your homeschool. You can use these free hymn studies, and Nana also has a hymns course in the You Are an Artist Membership.

You can see more fun ideas for hymn study with The Art of Hymn Study!

It does not take musical expertise to teach your children to love music! These simple tips will help you add music to your homeschool.

Dawn is a passionate follower of Jesus, wife to Chris, and homeschool mom of four. In her spare time she loves to read, hike, and write on her blog Schoolin’ Swag. She enjoys reviewing curriculum and helping moms find the right fit for their family.

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Homeschool Music Activities For Students With Special Needs

These homeschool music activities are a wonderful fit for students with special needs. Multisensory and appropriate for all reading levels, these activities make learning accessible for all students.

These homeschool music activities are a wonderful fit for students with special needs. Multisensory and appropriate for all reading levels, these activities make learning accessible for all students.

The Value Of Music For Students With Special Needs

As I tried to find the perfect words for this post, memories of my early walk into motherhood stirred my heart and mind. I thought about the struggles. I thought about all the special people brought into my life. I thought about all the evaluations, diagnoses, and therapy visits. My mind sifted through all the research and all the resources.  

I was brought to that place as a budding special needs homeschool mom, feeling overwhelmed, with a plethora of materials in my lap. I vividly remember searching for effective ways to help my little learner. During this time of reflection, I asked myself, “What really worked for my son? What did he love? What engaged him during the learning process? What helped him remember?”

The answer was simple: anything interest led combined with a multi-sensory approach. Music being highly beneficial in so many ways. Music played a key role in his academic learning and still does.  It’s an incredible tool for out of the box learners.  

These homeschool music activities are a wonderful fit for students with special needs. Multisensory and appropriate for all reading levels, these activities make learning accessible for all students.

Music and Academic Learning In Your Homeschool

As a mom who homeschools an out of the box learner, I too have to think outside of the box. I realized this when I was presented with a sound based intervention that stimulates the auditory system. This intervention uses altered music monitored by a professional. Through this experience, I discovered that research based music intervention actually exists to help students with a variety of diagnoses from autism, developmental disabilities, and down syndrome.  

At our very first private therapy visit, my son’s speech language pathologist encouraged an evaluation for sensory processing disorder. After meeting with an occupational therapist, we mapped out a plan for an in home activity called Therapeutic Listening. I do have to say that after she used all those big words I didn’t quite understand, I was very skeptical. She explained to me all the different ways that music intervention would help my son. She then modeled how to implement Therapeutic Listening, five days a week, twice a day for 20 minutes. I shared with her that I needed some time to process all of this information.

I went home (still skeptical) with paperwork in hand, a list of materials, and discussed this plan with my husband. We decided it was best to try this sound based intervention. Within one week of Therapeutic Listening, we noticed a dramatic change in my son’s sensory processing. It was a miracle. To find a detailed description on Therapeutic Listening, needed materials, and how it benefits children with learning differences, click here for more information about therapeutic listening.

These homeschool music activities are a wonderful fit for students with special needs. Multisensory and appropriate for all reading levels, these activities make learning accessible for all students.

Below are helpful links relating to music therapy. You will find academic products, ways to integrate music, and free resources for special needs children.

How Music Helps Students with Special Needs

It’s a Snap! 4 Ways to Use Music With Special Needs Students

Involving music is a fun and enjoyable way to learn. After seeing the fruitful benefits in my son, we have included music in our home for all of our children.  It is such a natural way to learn. Not only does a charming song assist in retaining facts and language development, it also creates a time of bonding.

How fun is it to watch little toddlers squeal with delight as we sing together.  What pleasure it brings to a mother’s heart when her two busy boys march around the house, singing in unison, “I’m in the Lord’s Army, Yes, sir!”.

These homeschool music activities are a wonderful fit for students with special needs. Multisensory and appropriate for all reading levels, these activities make learning accessible for all students.

Music Activities For Homeschooling Students With Special Needs

“Recent scientific studies have uncovered a startling new fact about the effect of certain types of music on a child’s brain. While children listen to music of the Baroque period in particular (Bach, Vivaldi, Handel), the brain scans reveals instant and spontaneous lengthening of fibrous brain cells. These cells quickly become amazingly active and stretch out-reaching to connect with other cells. Baroque music, unlike any other styles of music, is responsible for this remarkable development.”

A Charlotte Mason Companion Personal Reflections on The Gentle Art of Learning by Karen Andreola

You ARE an ARTiST Homeschool Fine Arts Graded Art and Music Curriculum for all ages

Homeschool Fine Arts, Fine Art and Music Appreciation

As a mother who does not have professional training or a background in music, I began researching music appreciation in Karen Andreola’s book, A Charlotte Mason Companion.  

I took great comfort in Ms. Andreola’s reassuring statements, “appreciation of classical music had nothing to do with playing the piano or learning any other instrument” (p. 200)  and “classical music appreciation need not be taught by a professional music teacher, that it can be done by a parent who has no particular background or training in music. As with so many subjects in our home education process, I have been learning along with my children, and have always found it rewarding.” (p. 201).  

One of my favorite aspects of home education is that it provides an abundant opportunity to learn alongside my children, even in music. Research determined that listening  to classical music is beneficial for the brain, specifically listening skills and concentration. What joy for a special needs mother to find that a myriad of studies also concluded that music kindles both sides of the brain!

Homeschool Music Activities For Students With Special Needs

You ARE An Artist, Art and Music Appreciation Studies

After these wonderful discoveries, we dove into You Are An Artist, Art and Music Appreciation Unit Studies.

These Charlotte Mason inspired studies are family friendly and simple to navigate. The units arrive equipped with an overview on how to implement music into our everyday life and homeschool routine. This quickly encouraged a life style immersed in music appreciation. With direct links to biographies and music, the exposure to talented composers derived in a natural way, lending itself to multi-sensory learning for all of my children, including my son with special needs. I loved that the note booking pages offered an arranged place for my son to write and draw with minimal distractions. They also provided a nice space for note-taking, sketching, and tracking music. Perfect for a busy mother of eight.

Signing Time With Rachel Coleman

I am forever thankful for Signing Time with Rachel Coleman. I remember the day I first saw Signing Time in action. My son was completely nonverbal at the time and I was 36 weeks pregnant with my daughter. My little family at that time moved across the states for my husband’s new job position. While visiting family, I paid close attention as my niece watched the program. She was only two years old, and I was amazed at how many signs she knew, just by watching the Signing Time DVD’s. Impressed, I asked my sister-in-law all about this multi-sensory resource.

Rachel Coleman’s story immediately touched my heart. I instantly purchased the videos, hoping it would help my son communicate. Complete with tactile, auditory, and visual learning, Signing Time encouraged communication! After using Signing Time for a few weeks, I witnessed his first language awaken. The repetition of signs in a multisensory fashion, helped my son and I learn sign language in an effective and engaging way. Rachel Coleman’s strategies to reinforce American Sign Language proved effective with appealing music and catchy songs. We still know “Do You Know the Colors of the Rainbow”, “Days of the Week”, “Alphabet Song”, and the “Pizza Song”!

The music truly helped (even my children now!) ingrain the signs into our memory. My son learned the alphabet, numbers 1-20, colors, days of the week, food items, and so much more all through Signing Time. This program also helped with potty training at age two! Signing Time also builds vocabulary and encourages reading skills (as the written words are displayed). I have personally found that using Rachel Coleman’s videos actually encourage verbal communication! Check out their free dictionary, evidence based resources, and subscriptions here.

4 Weeks to Read

I purchased this program as a supplemental resource to do in addition to a reading program we are using. I also purchased this reading curriculum for one of my sons who showed signs of reading readiness.

4 Weeks to Read curriculum includes Lesson Manuals, a Teacher’s Guide, and Flashcards. The books are in full color and numbered, easing a child into the beginning reading process. That’s not all! 4 Weeks to Read implements music! The music aided in memorizing the sounds, identifying letters, vowels, and the two vowel rule. The simple and repetitive songs helped fill gaps and prepare literacy skills. My four year old listens to the songs in this program.  While coloring or playing, I hear him randomly sing the songs we are learning, “When two vowels go walking…..”! Click here to listen to the music that is included in 4 Weeks to Read. You will also find digital downloads and everything this program offers!

Additional Resources For Homeschooling Learners With Special Needs

The additional resources listed below we have used or are currently using in our homeschool. They all offer either a hands-on learning experience and/or short, effective daily lessons.

Pride Reading Program

Pride Reading Program is an Orton-Gillingham curriculum that incorporates reading, writing, spelling, and comprehension. Sky writing, sound tiles, games, and finger writing on your palm are a few examples of their multi-sensory approach.

Spelling U See

Designed by Dr. Karen Holinga, a talented homeschool mother of twelve years, Spelling U See gently moves a child through the spelling process in a natural way. The daily spelling lessons are short and effective with a lot of repetition. My children have always enjoyed copying nursery rhymes and songs. See how we implemented Spelling U See and Eric Carle’s famous book, The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Adding beautiful color combined with tactile, auditory, and visual learning brought a breath of fresh air into our homeschool for all of my children.  With Nana's lessons and affordable materials, getting started with chalk pastels was so easy.

Chalk Pastel Art

Adding beautiful color combined with tactile, auditory, and visual learning brought a breath of fresh air into our homeschool for all of my children. With Nana’s lessons and affordable materials, getting started with chalk pastels was so easy. To read how my son benefits from painting with Nana, https://treasuringthetinymoments.org/blog/6/

Handwriting Without Tears

This is an exceptional program to teach handwriting. This program uses hands on manipulatives and strategies that meet a variety of learners. All of my children start with Handwriting Without Tears to learn how to write their letters. My older children use their cross curricular workbooks to practice cursive.

Math U See

Math U See offers videos that teach math concepts, manipulatives, workbooks, songs, and repetition to meet the needs of students. Many math resources are available on their website.

Sight Words

This is a program that brings learning sight words to life. Each sight word arrives with eight multi-sensory activities. My son with learning differences loved this program and now my five year old loves it just the same. Sign language, word searches, dab and dot, play dough, and so much more are all incorporated!

These homeschool music activities are a wonderful fit for students with special needs. Multisensory and appropriate for all reading levels, these activities make learning accessible for all students.

More Learning for Special Needs Homeschoolers

You will also be encouraged with these resources for your homeschool!

Jamie Gault

Jamie is the author of A Brown Bear’s Language Arts Study, a literature-inspired homeschool mom of eight, and a former educator. She enjoys a bookshelf bursting with colorful picture books  and children’s stories of all genres. Indulging in a read aloud with all of her children around her is one of Jamie’s favorite moments of her days. Be sure to find Jamie on Instagram and visit her blog, Treasuring the Tiny Moments Homeschool, to be encouraged by all her learning adventures with her wonderful family.

  

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Homeschool Art Curriculum for High School: Everything You Need For Your Teen

Art in high school is more than just another subject! This homeschool art curriculum for high school will give your students a tour of great artists with picture study and art projects – all while easily earning an art credit.

This homeschool art curriculum for high school will give your students a tour of great artists with picture study, art projects and an art credit.

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Homeschool Art Curriculum for High School

If you have never attempted art appreciation, you can start in high school and make it fun! You can have a rich and comprehensive high school art experience at home!

High school art level instruction takes very little planning and the effort can help bring balance and enjoyment to your homeschool week.

The Benefits Of Adding A High School Art Curriculum To Your Homeschool

As the parent, you can be a fellow student alongside your high schoolers. This will make the experience meaningful for the entire family! Here are just a few of the benefits for you as the homeschool teacher and for your children as homeschool students:

  • Your children will be more interesting people for knowing about art.
  • Spending time studying art and artists will allow you to talk about art and music with your young adult.
  • You will have shared experiences with depth and substance.
  • You can agree and disagree about art.
  • Your homeschool students will be able to join in with their own thoughts when an artist comes up in conversation.
  • Both art and music appreciation can become a part of who your children are.

An Overview Of Our Homeschool Fine Art Appreciation Curriculum For High School

Our high school art curriculum incorporates picture study in a Charlotte Mason manner. Artists and composers are covered chronologically.

Best of all, in just one hour of instruction per week, our high school art lessons inspire creative thinking and discussion.

Here is an overview of how our high school art program works:

Just three, easy steps!

  1. Open the plans and use the links included to find the artist online and view their artwork.
  2. Choose a piece of artwork and make it the desktop image on the computer. It is simple to find the painting online, right click and save to the desktop. Aim to change the painting once a week – unless you are simply wanting to enjoy the painting for longer.
  3. Gather facts about the artist, the art time period, the artist’s style and the medium used in the artwork. You can use the notebook pages included in the plans to gather information into an outline. This can culminate into a one or two page report on each artist. Your high schooler might also like their own critique of the artist’s work and include comparisons between artists studied.

Composer studies are included in our plans – to match the artists of the same time period!

Your Student Can Build a High School Art Appreciation Portfolio

We show your student how to build the portfolio throughout the year. Notebooking pages provided!

  1. All work completed with art appreciation can be collected into one binder and kept from year to year. This binder becomes an on-going record of the chronological study of art from prehistoric to modern.
  2. Simple is best! You can use a three-ring binder that you can slip a cover into and couple of dividers for notebook pages, coloring pages, art copywork (in sheet protectors) and end of the unit writing pieces.
What is art copywork? This homeschool art curriculum for high school will give your students a tour of great artists with picture study, art projects and an art credit.

What Is Art Copywork?

Art copywork is taking a piece of art and making your own version of it. This type of artist study nothing new and has been practiced by all the great painters of the past!

Art copywork is a lesson in observation and in learning how other artists solve problems. How do you create 3-D? How do you make the shadows? How do you draw a face? These are skills that can be practiced and mastered over time by closely observing great paintings and then making your own copy.

Art Books for Homeschooling High School

We recommend two, wonderful spine resources The Annotated Mona Lisa and The Story of Painting for all four years of our homeschool high school art curriculum.

the annotated mona lisa

The Annotated Mona Lisa for Homeschool High School Art

If you have to choose one book for your homeschool art curriculum for high school, choose The Annotated Mona Lisa. This book is a nuts and bolts book that will take you through the entire course of art history with no frills.

The Annotated Mona Lisa includes various topics other than just painting – like sculpture, photography, video, and architecture. Your high schooler can read a few pages a week and keep notes for their artist reports.

This homeschool art curriculum for high school will give your students a tour of great artists with picture study, art projects and an art credit.

Additional High School Art Appreciation Activities

In addition to the two recommended spine books as your art curriculum for high school, here are some optional resources that we have enjoyed as well:

  • Dover coloring books are a wonderful addition to your art appreciation studies. They are also wonderful to enjoy while listening to your current composer.
  • Composer studies – you can find out more about our high school music appreciation curriculum included with the high school art curriculum plans.
  • Your high schoolers can use a timeline. Print artwork from each artist and add to a timeline. This is a great way to tie art into your homeschool history studies.
  • How to Earn an Art Credit in High School? You can use our art credit tracker and this information to earn a homeschool art credit.
Art Credit For High School

More Fine Arts Resources for Your Homeschool

Our You ARE an ARTiST high school art and music plans pull together affordably priced materials along with internet links so you can have a reasonably priced art and music appreciation program. There are 32-36 weeks planned at each level, and this allows your family plenty of flexibility to complete the curriculum in one homeschool year. The plans are listed by grade, but you can also use Grades 1-8 family-style if you have multiple children at home.

You ARE an ARTiST Clubhouse members enjoy ALL Homeschool Fine Arts Plans at 50% off! —

Written by Barb 2011 and updated by Tricia 2022

This homeschool art curriculum for high school will give your students a tour of great artists with picture study, art projects and an art credit.

Growing a love of art at You ARE an ARTiST is a multi-generational passion! Tricia is Nana’s daughter and a mama of five children. Nana shared her first chalk pastel art lessons with her grandchildren around Tricia’s kitchen table. Homeschooling since 2000, Tricia has seen the fruits of home education with three homeschool grads so far! She shares the art and heart of homeschooling at Hodgepodge and is author of the book, Help! I’m Homeschooling! She and her husband, Steve, are also owners of sister sites Homeschool Nature Study and The Curriculum Choice.

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The Beauty Of Art, Music And Nature In Your Homeschool

Do you incorporate nature study into your homeschool? What about art and music appreciation? Learning art and music history is very important, as is learning about the world right outside our door. Now you can quickly and seamlessly include the beauty of art, music, and nature in your homeschool.

The Beauty Of Art, Music And Nature In Your Homeschool

The Value Of Art, Music and Nature In Your Homeschool


I admit I’ve been lacking when it comes to fine arts and music in our homeschool. Sure my kids knew who Picasso and Monet were, but if you asked them about Giotto or Bruegel, they would have given you a blank stare. The same goes for music appreciation. My kids knew of Beethoven and Mozart but had no clue who Vivaldi, Corelli, or Handel was.

And that was just the tip of the iceberg, folks. Please don’t take my homeschool mom card away!

How could I possibly have time to incorporate these AND nature studies into an already full homeschool schedule?

The Beauty Of Art, Music And Nature In Your Homeschool

It was pretty easy!

You ARE An Artist has created an Art and Music Appreciation study called Homeschool Fine Arts! And now they have a new site called the Homeschool Nature Study! They have interwoven these incredible resources so that they complement each other and only take 45 minutes to an hour per week.

I decided to take our love of Nana’s chalk pastels we usually do on Fridays and name it Fine Arts Friday with some nature study thrown in too!

You ARE an ARTiST’s art and music appreciation program is designed for busy homeschooling families. The art & music appreciation plans organize a variety of resources so you can open the schedule and, with little preparation, offer your children experiences with great artists and composers!

The Beauty Of Art, Music And Nature In Your Homeschool

Homeschool Fine Arts and Nature Study

We are currently using Homeschool Fine Arts Plans Grade 6: Medieval and Renaissance Art and Music.

Artists Included in Grade 6

  • Giotto di Bondone
  • Fra Angelico
  • Leonardo da Vinci
  • Raphael
  • Sandro Botticelli
  • Michelangelo
  • Pieter Bruegel, the Elder
  • Albrecht Durer
Homeschool Fine Arts are open and go music and art plans for homeschool families.

Composers Included in Grade 6

  • Antonio Vivaldi
  • Johann Sebastian Bach
  • George Frideric Handel
  • Joseph Haydn
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
  • Ludwig von Beethoven
  • Franz Schubert
  • Hector Berlioz


By creating a habit of viewing paintings each week and listening to carefully curated music, my children are getting to know various artists and composers within a particular period. We’ve already had a ton of fun observing works such as:

  • Flight into Egypt
  • Life of St. Francis Renunciation to Wealth
  • The Dream of Joachim
  • Lamentation of Christ


You ARE An Artist Fine Arts Appreciation plans are listed by grade, but you can also use them family-style! There is so much flexibility with this program. Use it, however, works best for your family.

The Beauty Of Art, Music And Nature In Your Homeschool

The new Nature Study Membership works seamlessly with the art and music appreciation. There are over 20 Nature Courses to take AND a remarkable Nature Study with Art and Music Appreciation for all Seasons!

Homeschool Nature Study - Bring the Handbook of Nature Study to Life in Your Homeschool!

Homeschool Lessons For Art, Music And Nature Studies

Homeschool Fine Arts Curriculum by Grade

Each fine arts curriculum offers additional art appreciation books, music, and podcasts that you can use as you have time available. They also encourage you to incorporate hands-on famous artists’ art lessons with Nana. These plans pull together affordably priced materials along with internet links so you can have a reasonably priced art and music appreciation program. There are 32-36 weeks planned at each level, and this allows your family plenty of flexibility to complete the curriculum in one homeschool year.

If you don’t feel that a full year of fine arts appreciation is for you, you can also choose from a collection of unique art and music appreciation unit studies which typically last 6-9 weeks.

The Beauty Of Art, Music And Nature In Your Homeschool

Homeschool Nature Study and Outdoor Hour Challenge

The Homeschool Nature Study Membership encourages you to get outdoors with the #outdoorhourchallenge. It also uses the Handbook of Nature Study to help bring life to your nature studies. With the Nature Study Membership, you’ll be enrolled in ALL of the nature study courses, including:

  • Autumn
  • Birds
  • Creepy Things
  • Forest Fun
  • Garden
  • Getting Started
  • Herbs
  • High Desert
  • Insects
  • Mammals
  • Moss, Fungi, and Lichen
  • Nature Crafts
  • Nature Journaling
  • Nature Study with Art and Music Appreciation – All Seasons of Curriculum
  • Planning Resources
  • Pond
  • Rocks
  • Seashore
  • Spring
  • Summer
  • The Outdoor Mom
  • Trees
  • Weather
  • Wildflowers
  • Winter
  • Winter Wednesdays
The Beauty Of Art, Music And Nature In Your Homeschool

There is even a handy calendar with daily prompts so you can choose what bite-size chunks of nature works best for you and your family. The nature calendar provided us with YouTube videos, photos, and notebooking pages for each day of the month!

The Beauty Of Art, Music And Nature In Your Homeschool

The Homeschool Fine Arts and the Homeschool Nature Study Membership ARE separate from the You ARE An Artist Clubhouse membership. But clubhouse members get 50% off and receive a Van Gogh and Handel 6-9 week unit study as a sample of this curriculum.

You ARE An Artist Clubhouse members also receive another Winter Nature Study with Art and Music Appreciation from the Homeschool Nature Study website. This nature study is roughly three months’ worth of materials!

That’s a load of resources, folks!

The Beauty Of Art, Music And Nature In Your Homeschool

How To Incorporate Art, Music And Nature Into Your Homeschool Routine

Art and Music Appreciation

With our Art and Music Appreciation, my kids are learning the basics of drawing with the Draw Squad. We are learning about different famous artist and their artwork each week, and that has been quite entertaining. Don’t think that art appreciation must be serious and dry, especially when you’ve got kids.

At least my kids like to find the exciting and weird subject matter in each piece. Like clouds that look like UFOs or floating heads or faces that look like they have indigestion. Oh, yes, it’s true. But by pointing out some of these funny and unique bits of each artwork, my kids remember the artist, the time period, and the artwork themselves.

Why yes, the Madonna and Child, by Berlinghiero, does have alien qualities!

The Beauty Of Art, Music And Nature In Your Homeschool

For Music Appreciation, we’ve been learning and listening to Vivaldi:

  • Spring (Four Seasons)
  • Summer (Four Seasons)
  • Concerto for Two Trumpets
  • Sovente il Sole
  • Concerto in D for Piano and Guitar

Our favorite piece so far is his Four Seasons. My son said the Summer was quite “morose.” We did Nana’s Vivaldi Spring Tree chalk pastel and have added Vivaldi to our notebook timeline.

Homeschool Fine Arts plans from You ARE an ARTiST

Nature Study

Nature study has contained more about Vivaldi and a composer notebooking page! He goes beautifully with any season really. We’ve studied snowflakes, winter birds, winter mammals, the winter night sky, and most recently, bulbs because our daffodils are in full bloom, and our tulips are emerging!

The Beauty Of Art, Music And Nature In Your Homeschool

My children have become acquainted with winter nature study, Vivaldi, Corelli, and Giotto within a few short months! Our Fine Arts Friday has become a fun and hands-on way of learning about great art and exciting time periods. Afterward, we head outside for our nature study and #outdoorhourchallenge. Fridays have become a rich, full day of beauty and learning like never before! Won’t you join us?

Outdoor Hour Challenges with Homeschool Nature Study

Erin is a writer, blogger, and homeschooler to two intense kids. Her blog is filled with information to help you explore a child led education while making meaningful connections with your children. Discover favorite read alouds, seasonal books, games, art projects, hands-on activities, and learn to just breathe through the ups and downs of life. She loves nature, farm life, good books, knitting, new pens, and hot coffee. Erin is a contributing writer for Weird Unsocialized Homeschoolers. Her work has also been featured on Simple Homeschool and Book Shark.

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Homeschool Music Curriculum for High School

This homeschool music curriculum for high school is easy and suitable for fine arts transcript credit. Everything you need to get started.

There are so many benefits of studying music and great composers in high school! Here is the homeschool music curriculum for high school that makes it easy and suitable for fine arts transcript credit.

…music appreciation is different from playing an instrument in the same way that being a natural actor is different from enjoying a Shakespeare play, or being able to paint is different from enjoying a painted picture. I think that all children, not just the musically inclined ones, should learn to appreciate music.

-Charlotte Mason

Benefits of Homeschool Music Curriculum For High School

Why would you study music and composers in high school? With these studies, your high schooler can:

  • Grow a real love for wonderful music
  • Connect with art of all kinds
  • Discover a better understanding of how to express feelings and thoughts
  • Earn a fine arts credit!

You just may find that your high schoolers will make music and art appreciation their own. Your high schoolers might not push these studies aside when they get busy – but carve out time for them! Time to slow down and to listen.

Fun Example of John Willliams Composer Study

Here is an example of our homeschool music curriculum for high school with a study of composer John Williams. Enjoy this fun medley of John Williams compositions. It is guaranteed to put the tunes in your head for the rest of the day. Besides, it is designed by a clever young man who really worked hard a putting a great medley together. This may also give you some ideas if your high schooler is studying videography.

How to Use You ARE an ARTiST Homeschool Music Curriculum for High School

  • Our fine arts homeschool plans for high school can be enjoyed independently by your high schooler.
  • Schedule a composer of style of music to be listened to for a period of time.
  • Very few supplies needed. You can use the Classical Music Start Up Kit.
  • One afternoon a week, your high schooler can focus on one composer.
  • Your student uses the Listening Log included in the plans to record answers and thoughts. Remember, there are no right or wrong answers. It is perfectly acceptable for your student to write that he thinks that a certain selection of music is ‘annoying,’ if he has taken the time to listen and to respond.
  • Your high schooler then uses the log sheets to then write a biographical summary of the composer and to respond to the music he listened to. This is a written narration.
Fine Arts Curriculum for High School - There are so many benefits of studying music and great composers in high school! Here is the homeschool music curriculum for high school that makes it easy!

With our homeschool music curriculum, think of all of the great music you can listen to in those short, few minutes each week. It adds up over the course of a year and a lifetime and is well worth the effort!

View a Sample of Grade 11 Fine Arts Appreciation HERE.

More Fine Arts Resources for Your Homeschool

You ARE an ARTiST Clubhouse members enjoy ALL Homeschool Fine Arts Plans at 50% off! —

You ARE an ARTiST’s plans pull together affordably priced materials along with internet links so you can have a reasonably priced art and music appreciation program. There are 32-36 weeks planned at each level, and this allows your family plenty of flexibility to complete the curriculum in one homeschool year. The plans are listed by grade, but you can also use Grades 1-8 family-style if you have multiple children at home.

This homeschool music curriculum for high school is easy and suitable for fine arts transcript credit. Everything you need to get started.

Written by Barb McCoy and updated by Tricia Hodges

Growing a love of art at You ARE an ARTiST is a multi-generational passion! Tricia is Nana’s daughter and a mama of five children. Nana shared her first chalk pastel art lessons with her grandchildren around Tricia’s kitchen table. Homeschooling since 2000, Tricia has seen the fruits of home education with three homeschool grads so far! She shares the art and heart of homeschooling at Hodgepodge and is author of the book, Help! I’m Homeschooling! She and her husband, Steve, are also owners of sister sites Homeschool Nature Study and The Curriculum Choice.

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Charlotte Mason Homeschool Art Appreciation

What does Charlotte Mason say about homeschool art appreciation? Learn how to get started in Charlotte Mason homeschool picture study.

What does Charlotte Mason say about homeschool art appreciation? Learn how to get started in Charlotte Mason homeschool picture study in a few simple steps. We have family-style homeschool art and music plans to make it easy!

How to Get Started in Charlotte Mason Homeschool Art Appreciation

Art appreciation is regarded with a lot of respect, but teachers tend to be intimidated about how to teach it.

– Charlotte Mason, volume six, page 213

As homeschoolers, we’re in the unique position to change our own thinking and look at our children as people with varying needs and interests. Balancing the more academic subjects with an introduction to things beautiful to the mind and spirit brings a sense of joy to our homeschool.

Art is a thing of the spirit, and we need to teach it in ways that affect the spirit. We realize that the ability to appreciate art and interpret it is as universal to all people as intelligence, or imagination, or the ability to form words to communicate. But that ability needs to be educated. Teaching the technical skill of producing pictures isn’t the same as appreciating art. To appreciate, children need to have a reverent recognition of what’s been created. Children need to learn about pictures: they need to learn about them a line at a time, and as groups, by studying pictures for themselves rather than by reading about them.

– Charlotte Mason, volume six, page 214
What does Charlotte Mason say about homeschool art appreciation? Learn how to get started in Charlotte Mason homeschool picture study.

Simple Charlotte Mason Picture Study for Art Appreciation

  • Pick an artist.
  • Choose six paintings to view.
  • Study one painting at a time.

The six reproductions are studied one at a time so that the students learn to not just see a picture, but to look carefully at it, absorbing every detail. After looking at the picture, it’s turned over and the children narrate, telling what they saw, perhaps, ‘a dog driving a flock of sheep along a road all by himself. No, wait, there’s a boy, too. He’s lying at the river, getting a drink. You can tell by the light that it’s morning, so the sheep must be going out to graze in the pasture,’ and so on. The children don’t miss any details – the discarded plow, the crooked birch tree, the beautifully formed clouds that look like it might rain. There’s enough to talk about to keep the children busy for half an hour, and afterwards, the picture will have formed such a memory that the children will recognize it wherever they see it, whether it’s a signed proof, an oil reproduction, or the original itself in a museum.

– Charlotte Mason, volume six page 214

If you are viewing the painting on your computer screen, you can have your child move away from the monitor and complete the narration of what he sees in the painting from memory. Over time, this simple exercise helps your child to see the unique style and techniques of each artist you study. A Monet will look like a Monet. A Raphael will look like a Raphael. All ages of children are capable of this sort of activity and all will learn to narrate paintings quite naturally if you offer the opportunity each week for art appreciation.

Art Appreciation for the Homeschool Family

We can help you get started with picture study with our family-style Art and Music Appreciation Homeschool Plans. Included is six weeks of art and music appreciation. Everything you need to get started is included in the plans. Even the paintings and links to view them online.

What does Charlotte Mason say about homeschool art appreciation? Learn how to get started in Charlotte Mason homeschool picture study.

More Fine Arts Resources for Your Homeschool

We also have fine arts plans for your for homeschool year for grades 1-12! You ARE an ARTiST’s plans pull together affordably priced materials along with internet links so you can have a reasonably priced art and music appreciation program.

There are 32-36 weeks planned at each level, and this allows your family plenty of flexibility to complete the curriculum in one homeschool year. The plans are listed by grade, but you can also use Grades 1-8 family-style if you have multiple children at home.

You ARE an ARTiST Clubhouse members enjoy ALL Homeschool Fine Arts Plans at 50% off! —

written by Barb 2019, updated by Tricia 2022

Growing a love of art at You ARE an ARTiST is a multi-generational passion! Tricia is Nana’s daughter and a mama of five children. Nana shared her first chalk pastel art lessons with her grandchildren around Tricia’s kitchen table. Homeschooling since 2000, Tricia has seen the fruits of home education with three homeschool grads so far! She shares the art and heart of homeschooling at Hodgepodge and is author of the book, Help! I’m Homeschooling! She and her husband, Steve, are also owners of sister sites Homeschool Nature Study and The Curriculum Choice.