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The Story of I Drew It Then I Knew It Homeschool Lessons

Let me tell you a true story of the I Drew It Then I Knew It Homeschool Lessons. This is how art can be a way to engage and mesmerize your students. Get a couple of new packs of soft pastels for your students and watch them take off on a joyous carpet ride to education and fun!

Nana’s Story of I Drew It Then I Knew It Homeschool Lessons

Enjoy Nana’s podcast story of how her I Drew It Then I Knew It lessons came to be.

Read The I Drew It Then I Knew It Transcript HERE.

Additional Resources For Using I Drew It Then I Knew It Art Lessons In Your Homeschool

If you have longed to include the joy of art in your days, we make it easy for you! All it takes is a starter set of chalk pastels, construction paper and Nana’s video art lessons! No expensive, intimidating list of art supplies. As a Complete Clubhouse member you will have access to what you need and you don’t even have to be the art teacher! Clubhouse members get a bank of art lessons for all ages, a wonderful community, plus new art lessons from Nana and themed art events throughout the year!

I Drew It Then I Knew It Maps Art Lessons

If you can visualize a 4th-grade Nana from years ago, come sit next to her and see how much fun maps and geography are! I can show you how to outline the contours of continents and islands and you will say, “I Drew It, Then I Knew It!” It really is fun and you will be surprised at how much you learn! Make Geography Fun with Chalk Pastels!

Presidents Day Art Projects - The story of I Drew It Then I Knew It Homeschool Lessons. How art can be a way to engage and mesmerize your students on a journey of education and fun!

I Drew It Then I Knew It Presidents Art Lessons

There have been 45 men to hold the office of United States President. There are those that are not familiar to us at all. We will be detectives and find out interesting and maybe even surprising facts about these men! We are going to draw each President, chat about him and you will be able to sit down at dinner and tell you family presidential facts. Did you know that President James Madison was only 5’3” tall? Join Nana for the best presidents art lessons.

Mornings with Monet and Nana's Claude Monet art lessons. The story of I Drew It Then I Knew It Homeschool Lessons. How art can be a way to engage and mesmerize your students on a journey of education and fun!

Famous Artists Art Lessons for Art Appreciation

Vermeer, Warhol, Grandma Moses, Degas…Wow! These folks are artists that we might have heard of and they were REAL people. These artists became famous because of their skills as an artist! Come along through history and let’s use our pastels to see how they might have seen a girl with a pearl earring or even a famous tomato soup can! Join us for fabulous studies of famous artists with I Drew It Then I Knew It homeschool lessons!

Explore More I Drew It Then I Knew It Art Lessons

Find out more about the Best Homeschool Art Lessons for Your History Curriculum – ancient, middle ages, American and modern history cycles.

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 The Curriculum Choice.

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Medieval Times Homeschool Art with Chalk Pastels

Learn about Medieval times with Nana’s I Drew It Then I Knew It chalk pastel video art lessons! Medieval Times homeschool art is the perfect hands-on way to bring a bit of color and excitement to history.

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Medieval Themed Art Lessons with Chalk Pastels

Do your kiddos love dragons, and knights, and princesses? Or maybe you are studying the Medieval world this year with your history curriculum. The Middle ages were an interesting time. The Roman Empire had fallen, and smaller kingdoms were vying for control. There were Barbarian raiders, wars on faith, and the Black Death to contend with, but there were some pretty exciting inventions too! The printing press, flying buttresses in gothic architecture, eyeglasses, and knights in shining armor, to name a few!

Nana at Chalk Pastels has got you covered with oodles of Medieval times homeschool art lessons! We’ve done a few Medieval chalk pastels in the past, but she keeps adding more! All you need is a pack of construction paper, a starter set of chalk pastels, and the You Are An Artist Complete Clubhouse Membership to enjoy all that Nana has to offer!

Medieval Times Homeschool Art with Chalk Pastels

Medieval Castle Art Lesson

We started our Medieval unit study by gathering all of our visual encyclopedias to the table. My kiddos wanted to learn about castles. Did you know the Normans built the first castles in England? We learned quite a bit about castles, mainly how they evolved from earth and wood to thick stone walls, tall towers, and even moats!

Did you know that the largest castle in the world today by surface area is built of brick? It’s the Malbork castle in Poland and was created by the Teutonic Knights. I love learning interesting tidbits like this along with my kids!

Medieval Times Homeschool Art with Chalk Pastels

Medieval Dragon Homeschool Art Lesson

“There be DRAGONS in our chalk pastels!”

That’s what I declared loudly for the children. They LOVE dragons. We have ever so many books about dragons. So, it was a delightful surprise to see a dragon in our homeschool art lessons. Of course, in the Middle Ages, dragons were something to be feared, not celebrated.

Medieval Times Homeschool Art with Chalk Pastels

FYI: Nana has another art course for Mythical Creatures where she has a baby dragon hatching from its egg! Just in case you have dragon enthusiasts too.

We enjoyed the Court Dress, Catapult, Stained Glass, and Robin Hood art lessons. I may have given a sword to the fair lady of the court after my daughter complained that she had no weapon. Afterward, the kids said maybe she was Maid Marian of Robin Hood’s story, and she was robbing one of the wealthy nobles of the court, ha! Maybe it was Robin Hood himself in one of his many disguises!

My daughter created her stained glass window to look like a rose which I thought was pretty creative. Then we talked about the rose window in the Chartres Cathedral in France and their techniques to create the stained glass windows of the Middle ages. If you haven’t heard of the rose window before, be sure to look it up. It is beautiful!

Catapult Art Lesson for Homeschool

We would randomly yell, “CAT-A-PULT!” as if we were commanding an army of soldiers about to attack a castle keep while drawing our catapults. Then, we’d laugh at our silliness. Seriously folks, who yells, “CAT-A-PULT!” at the kitchen table while doing art? My kiddos and I do!

FYI, there are four types of catapults:

  • trebuchet
  • mangonel
  • onager
  • ballista

You ARE AN Artist Complete Clubhouse Membership for Your Homeschool

There are so many fun history art lessons to explore. With the You ARE AN Artist Complete Clubhouse Membership, you’ll have access to 700+ video art lessons, including these Medieval Times Homeschool lessons plus Knights and Crusaders lessons:

  • Dragon
  • Stained glass
  • Cathedral
  • Viking ship
  • Viking helmet
  • Castle
  • Catapult
  • Lute
  • Jester
  • Crown
  • Court dress
  • Illuminated letter
  • Medieval garden
  • Crusade banner
  • Robin Hood
  • Knight
  • Banquet table
  • Shield
  • Falconer-Hawk
  • Excalibur in the stone
  • Festival tent
  • War of roses
  • Joan of Arc

With the Complete Clubhouse Membership, you’ll also get the Companion I Drew It Then I Knew It Workbooks. These workbooks are perfect for adding layers of extra learning to your homeschool art studies.

Medieval Times Homeschool Art with Chalk Pastels

Medieval Times Homeschool Art with Chalk Pastels

Expand your history studies and make them come alive with Nana’s chalk pastel homeschool art lessons! Art is the perfect way to encourage hands-on learning and exploration through time. Engage your children with color, lines, and form as they recreate these periods of the past. Medieval history is just one of the four eras you can study with chalk pastels! Nana also has courses for:

We had lots of fun with these Middle Ages history art lessons. Letting the kids be silly or adding their unique twist to a drawing is where the magic happens. Remember, they are learning even when yelling “CAT-A-PULT” at the kitchen table.

Medieval Times Homeschool Art with Chalk Pastels

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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Make Homeschool Lessons More Fun When You Add Art

Homeschool Lessons

If you are new to homeschooling, you may think incorporating art into your homeschool lessons seems impossible. But today, I want to show you how simple it is to include art into just about any topic you are learning or teaching.

First, you may be wondering why we should try to blend art into a homeschool lesson. Why would you want to do that? So many reasons, but here are a few.


Reasons Why You Need To Blend Art Into Your Homeschool Lessons 

Make it fun! Who says home educating has to be boring? Your kids will love learning at home even more when they realize it can be hands-on and exciting!

Memory Retention. Do you know that your kids are more likely to remember what they learned when adding the element of doing? Yep. Kids remember more by doing rather than watching or hearing alone.

Stress relief. So many moms burn themselves out by trying to check off all the boxes each day. Enjoy some relaxed learning time WITH your kids. It is such a fantastic way to decompress and have a good time with your children. They need to see you enjoying life too.

Now that you have a few solid reasons why we should incorporate art into our learning activities. Next, let me show you an example of how easy it is.

Creating a Unit Study is as Easy as Pie with You Are An Artist

You can easily pull together a few resources to create a family-friendly unit study using the resources you will find within a membership from

With your membership to, you can utilize the Elective Tracks and Unit Studies Resource. It is a phenomenal tool for pairing up art tutorials with homeschool lessons and topics you may be learning in your homeschool.

With the Elective Tracks and Unit Studies Resource, you will find art lessons that include everything from preschool, nature, space, presidents, maps, history, geography, garden, landmarks, the Bible, and more! Literally, hundreds of art lessons to choose from and all sorts of topics.

Once you choose which topic you are studying and would like to expand on, you can plan an entire lesson or unit study around it.

The example I will use for you today is Johnny Appleseed. I have a wide range of ages in my homeschool, and we could all learn about him at once. It’s a great fit with Johnny Appleseed’s birthday approaching on September 26th.


Another excellent feature from the Membership is the calendar. It’s perfect for keeping up with important holidays and fun national days to celebrate in your homeschool, like Johnny Appleseed Day!

Most of us don’t remember or even know about days such as National Honeybee Awareness Day, Shark Week, or E.B. White’s Birthday. These are such awesome opportunities to use in your homeschool for family connection and home education. The calendar has an art prompt for each day to assist you with creative learning ideas!

I searched the Elective Track and Unit Study Resource in the membership portal and found Johnny Appleseed. That way, I can easily pull all of my resources together beforehand.

There is even a nifty Homeschool Curriculum Match Up Checklist for History & Science lessons. They make it so easy for you to plan your homeschool lessons with art! 


There were art lessons that fit my older student and some easier lessons for my younger two. I even found Nana’s Apple Pie Recipe! There was a book recommendation for How To Make an Apple Pie and See the World. So I decided to make an entire day of apple pie making, creating art, and learning about Johnny Appleseed.

All of the resources were in one convenient place, so I planned this out and made my supply/grocery list in seconds. I also reserved the books I needed from the library quickly. Easy as pie!


As homeschool parents, we can get wrapped up in textbooks and checking off the boxes too often. But, creativity, curiosity, and excitement are also essential to a healthy homeschool.

I highly encourage you to add art to your homeschool toolbox. You can create special memories in your homeschool while you educate your children. Homeschooling can be creative, enjoyable, and fun with the right resources.

Grab your membership here and start planning today! Membership includes the replay of An Appleseed Adventure event with Nana mapping John Chapman’s travels!

Courtney is a Jesus-pursuing, native Texan, homeschool mom of three, and she believes homeschooling can be a peaceful and productive rhythm. At Grace, Grow & Edify she helps families create peaceful homeschooling atmospheres through faith, organizational strategies, and cultivating strong roots at home.