The Art of Fall- Mixed Media Workshop & More Plans for High School Art

The Art of Fall Mixed Media WorkshopThis post contains affiliate links. I was given participation in the workshop in exchange for some posts. Thanks for your support!

As some of you know, our ninth grader’s homeschool curriculum includes a one credit art course. In fact, if you could look at her four year high school plan, you would know it features both a one credit art course and a one credit sewing and design course annually. Today’s post is all about The Art of Fall- Mixed Media Workshop & More Plans for High School Art.

High School Four Year Art Plans

While I knew that Rebecca wanted art incorporated into her high school curriculum, I wasn’t sure what it would look like. Here are a few things we knew for sure:

  • One high school credit is roughly three hours of course work a week- however she chooses to work on her art, it has to total three hours over the week.
  • Rather than working sequentially through technique in a program, she wants to try modules of various learning experiences.
  • Traditional art concepts and themes embedded into whatever she is working on
  • Learn new skills- try different media, perfect techniques, and generally press the envelope to keep learning new concepts and skills.

The Art of Fall- Mixed Media WorkshopPlans for 9th Grade One Credit Art Course

With our criteria in mind, I met with her to discuss some of the ideas I had for what she could use and she came to me with a request. The entire year is not planned out- yet. The first semester is almost taken care of and as opportunities become available, we’ll be able to fill up the second half of the year. So far her art course uses the following:

  • Mixed Media Pen, Ink, & Watercolor – a course from Craftsy. This is one she requested. Rebecca faithfully follows their blog and we’ve taken other Craftsy classes for sewing. She loves the pen and ink.
  • Sketch Tuesday- Weekly art prompts from Barb Harmony Fine Arts
  • Pablo Picasso Art & Artist Study- Also from Harmony Fine Arts
  • Dots & Lines- 10 Week (one hour) homeschool co-op class
  • The Art of Fall Mixed Media Workshop- This is a new addition to our line up and one Rebecca is really excited about. She loves mixed media and can hardly wait to get started on this fall themed mixed media workshop.

The Art of Fall- Mixed Media WorkshopThe Art of Fall Mixed Media Workshop

This 4 week e-course video workshop is offered by Alicia Gratehouse at Flourish. Every Monday morning beginning on October 6, 2014 your 10+ year olds can immerse themselves in creative activity with a fall theme. There are over 20 Projects in all! We’re looking forward to:

  • Having access to the class for one year- so we can work at our own pace.
  • Signing on for the class and receiving a materials list right away so you have time to gather supplies before October 6th.
  • Enjoying over 20 projects which stretch her art abilities into new areas
  • Experiencing mixed media projects with sketching, acrylic painting, watercolor painting, chalkboard art, collage art, sculpting, hand lettering, art journaling, etc.
  • Learning poetry, the people behind the art, and fall recipes
  • Art based on the autumn season with march butterflies, changing leaves, etc.

Best of all, if you sign up for the The Art of Fall- Mixed Media Workshop for Kids through September 30, 2014 you can pay the early registration free of $36. The regular price after September 30, 2014 is $48.

What are your plans for art this year? Do you have the supplies? Visit Must Have Art Supplies for a Project Based Homeschool for ideas on what to purchase. We’ve added a few to our list based on The Art of Fall-  Mixed Media Workshop for Kids- gesso and painty pens.

All students need some art in their life. Will you join us?

The Art of Fall- Mixed Media Workshop


History Quest: Habeas Corpus & the Civil War

Blog, She Wrote: History Quest- Habeas Corpus & the Civil War

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Welcome to the first History Quest at Blog, She Wrote! As part of our studies using All American History Volume II by Bright Ideas Press, our high schoolers are working on history projects of their choice. Rebecca, our 9th grader, chose to write a History Quest for my blog based on something she is learning in modern American History. She gets to choose what catches her eye whether it’s the focus of her study or not. Each week you’ll find a new History Quest mostly written and prepared by her with some of my own text thrown in to round things out (with maybe less of that as she gets a groove!). We hope you’ll enjoy these brief moments of explorations with us!

A note from Rebecca: I will be writing History Quests once a week for my mom’s blog. The topics will somehow relate to what I’m learning. This week’s History Quest: Habeas Corpus during The Civil War.

What is Habeas Corpus?

  • Habeas Corpus is a Latin term. What is the literal translation?
  • Habeas Corpus is a writ. What is a writ?
  • What is the purpose of this writ?
  • What is a petition?
  • Who can make a Habeas Corpus petition?
  • Who has to give the evidence first?

Habeas Corpus during the Civil War

  • What happened to Habeas Corpus during the Civil War?
  • Who suspended it first?
  • Why did he suspend it?
  • What did it allow the Union Army to do?
  • Why was this important?

Website Resources

Habeas Corpus and Lincoln’s Proclamation were briefly mentioned in her reading for this week and it caught her eye. Rebecca decided to learn more about what it is and why it was changed during war time. Here are a few websites she used to read more about the topic. As you might have guessed, she used her Kindle for research!

  • The ‘Lectric Law Library- A library of law references great for citing legal references such as Habeas Corpus. While the author seems to have a sense of humor, use caution as the funny stuff may be too mature for your audience!
  • The Free Legal Dictionary- Everything you wanted to know about law in the form of the dictionary.
  • Historic US Documents- This link provides information on Lincoln’s Proclamation during the Civil War from the legal powerhouse

This exploration of the law lends itself quite well to discussion and if your kids are interested, it might be worth researching the topic with regard to current events.

We are studying modern American History this year from The Civil War and reconstruction up to current times. Join us on our weekly History Quests!

Tips for a Well Written Expository Essay

Blog, She Wrote: Tips for a Well Written Expository Essay

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Back in high school I took a class that all the college bound students took- Expository Writing or “Expos” (pronounced X-Paas) for short. Thanks to Mrs. Etzler, I have a profound knowledge of certain grammar musts and how to keep sentences and ideas balanced- even if you don’t always see them practiced here. Being able to write a simple essay of explanation is imperative for homeschooled college hopefuls. It’s also a non-negotiable life skill in our home. Our goal as parents and teachers of our children is to help them to become effective written communicators. Today’s post- Tips for a Well Written Expository Essay.

What Is an Expository Essay?

These types of essays are explaining essays. They can explain any thing and a student’s position on a concept. The result of the essay will help others understand the topic at hand. There are always some general guidelines on what evaluators look for in an expository essay:

  • Develop a point of view given a prompt.
  • Support your position with experience, reading, studies, or observations- I have it on good authority that the SAT evaluators love it if you connect your position to a book. Also, take a side! Be bold!
  • Present a logical organization of the facts.
  • Follow grammar conventions of English

Resources for Practicing the Expository Essay

There are many websites with practice prompts and ideas for you to use with your high school student. Here are a few that caught my eye:

  • ACT sample essays- from The ACT folks. Prompts which ask you to look over an issue, choose a position and write an essay.
  • Purdue Online Writing Lab- There are some great pointers and reminders on this page as well as other information non-fiction writers might find useful including a link to MLA standards.
  • SAT Writing Practice- from the College Board website. This site has a wealth of information on what to expect on the SAT and how to prepare.

Make sure you require the expository style writing in your homeschool. It’s easy to ask our students to write creatively, but knowing how to develop an argument and state it concisely is a significant goal for high schoolers and for our students beyond high school no matter what they choose to pursue.

We require expository writing in all disciplines within our high school curriculum and we practice it weekly.

Outsourcing the Foundation for the Expository Essay

What if you aren’t feeling confident about teaching your college-bound student how to write an expository essay? Now that you have ideas for resources for practicing the essay, how about taking a class which offers your student another mentor?

Fortuigence offers modules of a course called, Essay Rockstar. Master the Expository Essay is an opportunity for your student to have one on one instruction in how to accomplish non-fiction writing in five steps. The objectives met in this class will help your student to write college exam and application essays in addition to improving their high school course writing.

Taking advantage of one four week course can be a smart addition to your high school English course.

Writing a well organized, concise essay with a clear position and specific support is essential to a student’s success in an expository essay. It’s a life skill for all adults and one necessary for admission to colleges.

How do you teach non-fiction writing in your homeschool? If you have other resources you enjoy, please leave a comment.