Are you looking for some good art resources for your homeschool? These are some of the general resources that I discussed in my live video – watch that if you want a better idea of how I use these. Note: This post may contain Amazon affiliate links which generate a small amount of money to me at no extra cost to you.
Learning about art can be divided into two basic categories: Art History and the making of art.
- The Usborne Introduction to Art – This book is a great staple to have, covering many different time periods as well as styles. It contains plenty of full color artworks to serve as examples of the time periods and techniques as well as styles.
- Vincent’s Starry Night and Other Stories by Michael Bird – This book appears to be out of print now, but it is such an excellent art history book, telling the history of art through engaging stories about artists and their world.
- Art museums – I really encourage you to take your children to an art museum. Even young children can get a lot out of a visit to an art museum and many of them have programs that can help young children engage more with the art. Look around your area for what art museums might be near by. Right now, because of covid, many art museums are offering virtual tours and this can be another option for exploring art museums from your own home. Here are just a few offering virtual tours or videos – but tons more can be found if you look:
- Art Question Cards – These cards from Harmony Fine Arts at Home are great for getting discussion going about art works. Whether that’s looking at pictures at home or going to an art museum, these can help you to start a conversation beyond just “I like it.”
- Smudge by Soulfire Sundries – This is a subscription box that is really wonderful. Katie is a former teacher and working artist who brings real original projects into your home for your kids, including written and video instruction. You have two options – either the PDF and video alone if you already have tons of art supplies. Or you can buy the box which comes with real high quality art supplies.
- Deep Space Sparkle – I love the projects on Deep Space Sparkle. I do do craft projects with my kids sometimes, but I love doing real art projects better. Art projects where you have the room and space to be creative because you’re not trying for a preconceived outcome. And Deep Space Sparkle has tons of projects like that.
- The Usborne Complete Book of Art Ideas – I’m not going to say this is the only art idea book you will ever need because I certainly know that sometimes you want to get specific books for specific things, but this book is very comprehensive. If you explored every art project in this book, you would have plenty.
This list is by no means comprehensive. These are just some of the resources we enjoy in our homeschool. If you’d like more custom art resources for your homeschool, feel free to reach out.