Resources for High School Art

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Do you know your state’s requirements for high school art? In NY, students need one credit of fine art in high school. Upon thinking about it, that is rather curious because I know in high school I didn’t have any art credits- practical or fine. With our non-art oriented high school junior, we’ve chosen to do one quarter credit each year to be filled by project requirements rather than a full art course.

However, our high school freshman is an artist. She has chosen to have one credit of art during each of her four years in high school. How do we meet her requirement? Today we’ll discuss, Resources for High School Art.

Blog, She Wrote: Resources for High School Art

Online Classes for Homeschool Art

Craftsy- is a great source for online classes. We use them all the time. At first we chose only the sewing classes, but now they have many art classes to choose from. These classes are available forever and you hardly ever have to pay full price for a course. These have been worth the investment for us. Rebecca has been working on these courses:

  • Painting Trees in Acrylic- a class dedicated entirely to painting trees. For our nature enthusiast this has been a favorite! The instructor spends a lot of time focusing on various elements of trees and how to paint them.
  • Mixed Media: Pen, Ink, & Watercolor- This was a new medium for us. Rebecca had not worked with pen & ink before. The ink is permanent and besides learning basic drawing techniques, the instructor shares strategies for the watercolor wash.
  • Mixed Media Workshop by Flourish- Alisha over at Flourish has been releasing seasonal mixed media classes since the fall. We love her classes! There are so many projects she teaches and you can repeat them with different themes.
  • High School Art Plans- This post talks more about Rebecca’s art goals. She had some things in mind and we found resources to match her goals.

Blog, She Wrote: Must Have Art Supplies for a Project Based Homeschool

Materials for High School Art

Over the years we’ve gathered a lot of art supplies & equipment. We often find a new medium in classes or Rebecca will learn about something she’d like to try.

As our students have grown and matured, so have our art supplies.

Here’s a list of some newer things to our collection with a link to some of our standbys!

  • Sta Wet Palette- A paint palette which will keep acrylics and other water based paints most for weeks. Rebecca has been learning color mixing and to be able to keep color wet on the palette means she can leave a project and come back to it. We picked up the refill packet as well.
  • Gesso- For prepping canvas and other surfaces for painting and mixed media applications.
  • Art Acrylics- Long a fan of the small craft acrylic paints, we’ve enjoyed getting to know art acrylics.
  • Canvas Panels- An alternative to the stretched canvas, though I haven’t figured out how to hang them yet!
  • Must Have Art Supplies for a Project Based Homeschool- This is our ultimate list of supplies to have one hand.

Join Us for a Valentine’s Day Mixed Media Workshop

Rebecca and I will be participating in this mini two week Valentine Mixed Media Workshop. There will be ten projects taught by video instruction starting on February 2, 2015.


Registration for the Valentine’s Day Mixed Media Mini Workshop is $24 and class begins on February 2nd. What a great way to celebrate Groundhog Day!

What resources do you use for high school art?

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Mixed Media Fun for Homeschool Art

Blog, She Wrote: Winter Wonderland Mixed Media ClassThis post contains affiliate links. Thanks for your support!

What’s happening for art in your homeschool? How are things coming together for school between Thanksgiving & Christmas? We are so excited to see another mixed media class from Alisha at Flourish. We did the first course on Fall Mixed Media and it was delightful. Enjoy some Mixed Media Fun for Homeschool Art with Winter Wonderland Mixed Media this holiday season.

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Our High School Art Goals

Rebecca had some pretty clear ideas of what she wanted to see in her art program as she started high school. She will have four years of art instruction which we design by using lots of resources. We’ve enjoyed choosing the resources which help her to meet her goals. What are her goals?

  • receive art instruction
  • learn on her own with resources
  • try new techniques- continue to press the envelope on learning new things in art
  • practice techniques
  • have fun

The resources we have planned for this year I listed in September in a post on Plans for High School Art.

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Reasons We Love the Mixed Media Video Courses

Both of us had a great time with the Fall Mixed Media class. Here are a few things:

  • Fun for Everyone- I had a great time joining in on some of the projects with Rebecca. She adored the time I spent and I found it to be very therapeutic!
  • Easy to Follow- The projects are explained well and the videos make them easy to try on your own.
  • Video Instruction- There’s no live class to fool with. You just watch the videos on your own time. You can pause and repeat anything you need to see more than once.
  • Mobile Devices- We accessed the videos from our Kindles which meant we could go anywhere and have class.
  • Fabulous Process- It was just plain fun! We had a great time working together and trying new art ideas.
  • Results- Were excellent and make lovely display pieces

Blog, She Wrote: Mixed Media Fun for Homeschool Art

The price for this class is $36 through November 30th. On December 1, 2014, the price returns to the regular price of $48.

You can access the course for a year after signing up, so don’t feel like you have to get everything in this season. You can get a head start for next year.

Join us for this new installment of mixed media art! We can’t wait for our first email on Monday, December 1st.


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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


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