How we enjoy Art & Music in our homeschool
Over the years I have enjoyed slowly adding in art and music study into our morning time routine. My husband and I both love art and it is important to us that we incorporate it into our children’s schooling. Below are resources and information for how we incorporate it into our school day.
Each year we take 7 weeks to study different great artists. This year we will study American History and many of our artists will line up with that.
This is a family favorite component of our morning time. We like to read books about the artist’s life, admire their artworks, and learn about their techniques and styles. We also enjoy visiting local art museums for field trips. I will post our art projects each week, so stay tuned for those!
Here are great books we have in our artist book basket. Note: I do buy my books second hand. I frequently check thriftbooks and have found a lot of these used and cheap on amazon.
A Child's Introduction to Art: The World's Greatest Paintings and Sculptures (Child's Introduction Series) https://www.amazon.com/dp/1579129560/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_5OggFbK3FY856
Grandma Moses: An American Original https://www.amazon.com/dp/1597640832/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_DEggFbG7FSYA2
Grandma Moses: American Modern https://www.amazon.com/dp/0847849236/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_OHggFb45GQW8E
Best of Norman Rockwell https://www.amazon.com/dp/076242415X/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_GDggFb8NHTSG3
Norman Rockwell (Getting to Know the World's Greatest Artists: Previous Editions) https://www.amazon.com/dp/0516271733/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_APggFbF4MZCZG
Great Illustrations by N. C. Wyeth (Dover Fine Art, History of Art) https://www.amazon.com/dp/0486472957/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_xFggFbKWPSZ8A
N.C. Wyeth's Pilgrims https://www.amazon.com/dp/0877018065/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_3IggFb7DPC58X
Pablo Picasso (Revised Edition) (Getting to Know the World's Greatest Artists) https://www.amazon.com/dp/0531225372/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_tGggFbR2D8J0B
Georgia O'Keeffe (Revised Edition) (Getting to Know the World's Greatest Artists) https://www.amazon.com/dp/0531212912/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_QGggFbJ4WTZZQ
Roy Lichtenstein (Getting to Know the World's Greatest Artists: Previous Editions) https://www.amazon.com/dp/0516259636/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_aHggFbHHE2H1N
Whaam! The Art and Life of Roy Lichtenstein https://www.amazon.com/dp/0810994925/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_vHggFbGTWN3QX
In Her Hands: The Story of Sculptor Augusta Savage https://www.amazon.com/dp/1600603327/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_xKggFbK94PPJQ
Other favorite art resources I often pull lessons from:
Chalk Pastel Art: Get Started in Chalk Pastel Art - You ARE an ARTiST!
Deep Space Sparkle: DSS | Deep Space Sparkle
Music is a big part of our homeschool! My kids learn basic music theory through Tin Whistle at our weekly co-op. They also play piano and my son is going to begin percussions.
Due to the pandemic, we haven’t been able to attend regular piano lessons. I found Hoffman academy and my kids LOVE it! I highly recommend it for online piano lessons. The best part- It’s FREE!
For music appreciation, we like to take 6-7 weeks to study great composers and orchestra. SQUILT music is my go-to resource for this. I love her awesome downloads and online music appreciation videos.
We also find a lot of great videos on YouTube to watch and I have a handful of fun listening activities my kids like to do. I’ll post these ideas regularly as we go throughout our school year.
Below are the artists and time periods we will focus on this school year and some of our favorite books and resources we have used.
Romantic and modern period
Peter Tchaikovsky (Revised Edition) (Getting to Know the World's Greatest Composers) https://www.amazon.com/dp/0531233715/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_kMggFbG5TVCZ9
The Story Orchestra: Swan Lake: Press the note to hear Tchaikovsky's music https://www.amazon.com/dp/0711241503/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_14ggFbKV8EDGY
The Story Orchestra: The Nutcracker: Press the note to hear Tchaikovsky's music https://www.amazon.com/dp/1786030683/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_q5ggFbTX2P1VM
The Story Orchestra: The Sleeping Beauty: Press the note to hear Tchaikovsky's music https://www.amazon.com/dp/1786030934/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_35ggFbYZH4964
When Stravinsky Met Nijinsky: Two Artists, Their Ballet, and One Extraordinary Riot https://www.amazon.com/dp/0547907257/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_i0ggFb9A9JA5E
Aaron Copland (Revised Edition) (Getting to Know the World's Greatest Composers) https://www.amazon.com/dp/0531233707/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_COggFbMF2VGW2
Chapter 1 in
Lives of the Musicians: Good Times, Bad Times (and What the Neighbors Thought) https://www.amazon.com/dp/0544238060/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_S3ggFb9W12TWS
•General orchestra study and music instruments
Story of the Orchestra : Listen While You Learn About the Instruments, the Music and the Composers Who Wrote the Music! https://www.amazon.com/dp/1579121489/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_J4ggFbT2YQM62
I love to draw and I love teaching my kids to draw. We spend 6 weeks of our school year learning different drawing techniques and practicing.
This year we are using the Vintage Drawing books by The Good and The Beautiful.
Art for Kids hub is my kids favorite resource for drawing. They love to do this in their free time or quiet time.
We love to listen to audio books or I read aloud while they practice drawing. I often cover the kitchen table in butcher paper and let the kids doodle on it with scented gel pens, oil pastels, or sharpies while we listen to our great composer pieces, as well as listening to books.
If you need something with a little more guided instruction for yourself, check out Drawing with Children.
Drawing With Children: A Creative Method for Adult Beginners, Too https://www.amazon.com/dp/0874778271/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_58ggFbFZW3T34
Here is a favorite of mine. This is a great book on perspective drawing that is wonderful for older children, advanced artists or adults.
Creative Perspective for Artists and Illustrators (Dover Art Instruction) https://www.amazon.com/dp/0486273377/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_n-ggFb6333G13
Art in Nature
On nice weather days throughout the school year, we love to admire the greatest artist of all - God’s beautiful artwork in nature.
We use Exploring Nature With Children as a guide for nature walks and activities. I try to spend 1 week each quarter studying nature and getting the kids outdoors for a morning time. We also love taking nature field trips!
Here are other books we have loved for our nature studies over the years:
Nature Anatomy: The Curious Parts and Pieces of the Natural World https://www.amazon.com/dp/1612122310/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_r.ggFb2NVQNYH
The Big Book of Bugs (The Big Book Series) https://www.amazon.com/dp/0500650675/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_..ggFbVSYJWDV
Up in the Garden and Down in the Dirt: (Nature Book for Kids, Gardening and Vegetable Planting, Outdoor Nature Book) https://www.amazon.com/dp/1452161364/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_yahgFbTD347HV
The Magic and Mystery of Trees https://www.amazon.com/dp/1465479368/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_hbhgFbD12757S
The Girl Who Drew Butterflies: How Maria Merian's Art Changed Science https://www.amazon.com/dp/0544717139/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_EbhgFb2G577QZ
Foraging with Kids: 52 Wild and Free Edibles to Enjoy With Your Children https://www.amazon.com/dp/1786781638/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_ZbhgFbK1EVGRA
The Prairie that Nature Built https://www.amazon.com/dp/1584694920/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_TchgFb0AWBYPX
America's Prairies & Grasslands: Guide to Plants and Animals (America's Ecosystems) https://www.amazon.com/dp/1555919928/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_jdhgFb3ABZ8HC
We Are the Gardeners https://www.amazon.com/dp/1400314224/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_HdhgFbFZZ64WR
A Seed Is Sleepy: (Nature Books for Kids, Environmental Science for Kids) https://www.amazon.com/dp/1452131473/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_sfhgFb8PQ8XAV
I would love to hear what works for your family for Art and Music studies!