In the classroom or at home you are bound to have crayons, paper, play dough and maybe even an art set that allows your child to create paper bag puppets. You set aside time to allow your learners to create and even plan holiday crafts to complete together but, are you truly teaching art to your child?
The answer, in my opinion, is yes and no. Providing your learners with materials that they need to express themselves creativity allows your child to explore the world of art, but there is much more to art than just a few cute crafts you can find on Pinterest.
If you are teaching your learners to read, you probably wouldn’t just hand them a book and tell them to read the pictures. Sure that is a great place to start learning to read independently, but your learners will need to be introduced to new skills, like phonics, sight words, and reading strategies and develop these skills in order to become a successful reader.
The same applies to teaching art. You can provide your child with the materials they need and give them ideas of what to create, but they still need to be introduced to skills, like different techniques, vocabulary and art history to develop a true knowledge of art.
I understand the importance of providing my learners with a well-rounded art education, but when it comes to teaching them all the art concepts and principles I, as a teacher, might not be the best fit. Sure I can draw a stick figure and even a tree, but I know that my learners need more than what I can provide for them to truly develop as artists.
If you are homeschooling or art education is not being incorporated into your classroom you might have the same feelings I do. You long to provide your learners with art lessons that are more than just creating a craftivity or directed drawing, but don’t know how.
Sure, you could do a ton of research, take a continuing education class or bring in an art teacher once a week, but with all of your other responsibilities…do you really have the time or energy? Probably not.
This is where many educators let art take a backseat to other subject areas. There is just not enough time and many teachers don’t have the skills or resources to provide their learners with a well-rounded art curriculum.
I recently introduced a new art curriculum called, Home Art Studio to my son. From creating projects that model techniques famous artists used to exploring a variety of materials to express art, this curriculum provides and will continue to provide my learner with the foundation in art education that I want for him to develop.
All I have to do is put in a DVD, grab the materials and let my son create with Ms. Volin. I know that he is learning important art concepts and principles while expressing himself creatively. He is learning to use new materials and being introduced to new skills that are age-appropriate.
My son is growing as an artist and looks forward to his next art lesson. He doesn’t feel the pressure to create a perfect project and knows how to pause the DVD if he needs a little more time. Even better, he asks to create new projects based on the skills he is learning during his art lessons.
With one art lesson a week he has been able to grow as an artist and has already developed a love for creating art. I couldn’t be more thrilled to provide my learner with an art education that will allow him to appreciate art, as well as, grow in his ability to create art.
I want to provide you and your learners with the opportunity to learn the art concepts and principles that Home Art Studio provides with a chance to WIN the Home Art Studio program!