The 10 Best Things about Teaching an Artist

Ten Best Things about Teaching an Artist

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Living with an artist makes life interesting! They approach life from a different point of view and being science people, it keeps my husband and I on our toes. I wouldn’t trade it for the world! Here are The 10 Best Things about Teaching an Artist.

Artists are Creative People

The 10 Best Things about Teaching an Artist

Maybe that goes without saying, but what are some benefits of knowing creative people?

  • They are Makers. There is always something in progress and artists are ingenious about working with what’s available.
  • Artists make beautiful things out of their imagination and experience.
  • They are willing to take risks. I have a saying on the wall in of my studio, “Creativity is having the courage to make mistakes.” Truth.
  • Artists love to experiment with new media. Maybe that’s part of the risk taking quality, but I love to see her try something new.

Benefits of Teaching Creative Students

10 Best Things about Teaching an Artist

Sometimes it’s difficult to teach creative souls. If you have a creative student, then you might know what I’m talking about. There are messes and lots of risk taking! There’s always something in progress and a creative person is fulfilled by creating and maybe not as much by mundane tasks like math or cleaning up rooms. But, there is a silver lining. Here are a few examples:

  • They bring peace by taking the time notice the everyday- and sketch it.
  • I can order up hand drawn maps for any occasion. Such as for an atlas for our Narnian Adventure co-op class we teach together.
  • Our home gets filled with beautiful artwork. Right now I have a seasonal gallery of trees on canvas in our powder room. I’m only waiting on summer. Also, I commissioned Rebecca to make an Americana quilt which we had a local artist print an image of onto tile. Dan finished installing our new backsplash above the stove which turned out gorgeous. In every way.
  • Learning is self-motivated and Rebecca finds ways to educate herself and try new things. Her art abilities grow as a result.
  • She builds on her passion for creativity and finds new outlets all the time. Homeschooling gives her the time to experiment and pour in. The results are so satisfying.
  • Rebecca finds creative ways to do work. She is often working on commissioned projects and even teaches a group of girls to sew. We are working on putting together a beginner level class. She plans and implements lessons and she’s a very patient encourager.

Resources for Teaching Creative Students

Springtime-Splendor-Collage-600How do you nurture your creative students? Listed below are some ways we work with our creative students.

  • New Art Classes- We are enrolled in Springtime Splendor by Alisha Gratehouse. We’ve been following along with her mixed media seasonal classes. This one begins Monday, April 6th. Early registration is still going on at $48. Regular price is $60. There will be 20 projects in all. Join us!
  • Crafty Math- Knowing how to incorporate math into creative endeavors has gone a long way to our daughter having the endurance and knowledge to tackle her regular math studies. The power of math in creativity cannot be underestimated.
  • High School Art Plans- Some of our plans for art credits
  • Resources for High School Art- Rebecca is a high school freshman and will have 4 credits of art in addition to her sewing and design credits for high school.
  • Sewing & Design- A look at Rebecca’s projects. This is an ongoing page so it isn’t complete as is.

It’s challenging to mentor an artist, but it’s also very rewarding. What are your favorite things about teaching and artist?

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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.

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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

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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

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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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