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As many of you know, our daughter Rebecca is a creative soul and seeks to nurture that part of herself daily. I’m always on the look out for ideas, projects, and classes which make her heart sing. Here are a few we’ve enjoyed and the bonus is her brothers can join in the fun as well- Options for Holiday & Winter Art.
Online Holiday & Winter Art Classes
One of the best things about art is all the available classes online. Using online classes is a great way to encourage art in your students without being directly responsible for the instruction. We’ve used two sources in the past and continue to use them today.
One of our favorite classes is Fab Felt Holiday with Betz White. Betz is a designer who makes sewing patterns and felted items along with patterns for felted things. We have enjoyed two of her classes including this one.
Craftsy has an easy platform from which to take classes and they are available to you whenever you have time to go through them. The instructors are able to answer your questions and it’s easy to print and use the patterns provided. Class fees vary and there is almost always a sale!
In Fab Felt for the Holidays you can make:
- A poinsettia brooch which is pictured
- Snowflake ornament- various shapes are featured
- Felted wood slippers
- Felty fir trees
- Character wine sleeve
- Gingerbread house
- Scrappy Garland
You’ll also get a great lesson on collecting and felting your own wool. If you have a stack of old wool sweaters, you’ll know just what to do with them!
The Winter Wonderland Mixed Media Workshop is another video class which is great fun! There are four sessions of lessons totaling 20 or so projects. In addition to this course, there are four others to enjoy matching the seasons of the year plus Valentine’s which is a mini class.
The cost for Winter Wonderland Mixed Media Workshop is normally $60.00, but through November 30, 2015 you can purchase the class for $48.00!
Projects include things like:
- A hymnal wreath in watercolor
- Watercolor Christmas ornaments
- Mixed media snowman
- Illustrated Christmas Carols
- Mixed Media Christmas Tree
- Mini Canvas Ornaments
- Christmas Recipe Blocks
- Rolled Paper Gingerbread Man
- Birch Forest
- Torn Paper Collage
- Watercolor Gingerbread House
- And more!
The instructor always includes an entry for the art journal. She explains how to make one and she gives ideas for entries in each course. Rebecca made this wreath from one of the project ideas well after the holiday earlier this year. I’m going to adapt this design for our Christmas cards this year. Because of these mixed media classes, we purchase great old books for tearing up and especially hymnals at our semi-annual library book sale!
eBook Winter Art
Not only do Tricia and Nana have holiday art in an eBook, they have art for all the seasons and it’s all good stuff for long winter afternoons and evenings. Take advantage of the Black Friday sale this week and you can get all of the Hodgepodge Chalk Pastel eBooks for half off!
Projects found in the Christmas Chalk Pastel book include:
- Christmas trees
- Christmas night scence
- The manger
- Gingerbread Man
- And others!
The great thing about chalk pastels is how forgiving they are and how easy it is to achieve pleasing results. Everyone can be an artist!
More Art Posts from Blog, She Wrote
Art is a big part of our homeschool because our 10th grader earns a high school credit in art each year. You may be interested in learning more about her projects.
The 10 Best Things about Teaching an Artist– Do you have an artist at home? These things are what I love about teaching a creative person!
How to Collaborate As an Illustrator– Rebecca worked on a project with a young author across the miles. Her work is finished and we await the final product after formatting and printing.
Tips for Botanical Illustrating– Any nature artists in our midst? This is a great post on learning to draw plants.
Homeschooling Middle & High School Fine Arts– From a few years ago and many of the opportunities remain the same.
Celebrate Spring with Hodgepodge Art– This is a good look at how easy it is to work with chalk pastels. If you haven’t taken the plunge to try, read this post!
Mixed Media Fun for Homeschool Art– More information on the fall mixed media class and it gives you a glimpse of the collaging process.
Christmas Tree Art– A great idea for a holiday craft and it only requires Christmas fabrics and construction paper. Super cute results! (This is an old post before my move to WordPress with old formatting and a few giant images)