Do you have trouble consistently making art a part of your homeschool routine? If so, you’re not alone. Art is a subject that many families struggle to complete on a regular basis.
Maybe it’s the cost involved or the mess that art often entails. Perhaps you feel unsure in your ability to teach art, especially if you have older students. Possibly your child feels she doesn’t have the talent for art, so you both avoid it. Also, there are so many other subjects demanding your time.
Whatever the reasons, it’s time to put them aside and expose your children to art, frequently and through a variety of mediums.
All kids need the opportunity to express their creativity.
“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.” ~Pablo Picasso
What’s an easy way to bring art into your home school? Add chalk pastels to your lesson plans.
It’s Appropriate for Kids of all Ages
How many art mediums can you do with your whole family? Not many. But chalk is different. It’s easy to use and easy to clean up.
Chalk art is wonderful for kids who are new to art as well as those who consider themselves “artists,” regardless of their age. It’s simple enough that older students with little art exposure will understand its process and can feel successful immediately, while kids who create art regularly will enjoy exploring some advanced chalk techniques.
It also grows with your children. As they get older and gain experience, you will see their work become more complex. They will start layering and blending colors. They will have more control over their strokes.
Chalk is Budget Friendly
Let’s face it, art is expensive. After purchasing the curriculum you want to use, you still have to buy all of the supplies. Plus, every time your child wants to learn a new method, you have to start all over. With chalk pastels, you’re starting small, giving you a chance to gauge your child’s interest before investing a lot of money.
Personally, we use Southern Hodgepodge Mom’s chalk art tutorials. She has a variety of inexpensive ebooks to choose from and a bunch of free videos too, perfect for different learning styles.
One of our favorite freebies – Toothless from How to Train Your Dragon
To begin, I purchased her Chalk Pastels Through the Seasons ebook, a box of 24 piece colored chalk, a pad of art paper, and a package of baby wipes; spending less than $30.
The best part is that these tools will last through MANY chalk projects!
Chalk is Familiar
Most kids have created art with chalk outside on sidewalks and driveways. They’re comfortable using it which makes moving on to colorful artist chalk easy for them.
Before beginning, have your kids test out the chalk on a scrap piece of paper. Some chalk is very soft and if you use it like a crayon or sidewalk chalk, you will end up with far more color than you expected. Harder chalk will require more strokes to cover large areas and will not blend as easily.
Consider adding regular art lessons to your homeschool routine. As you can see, chalk art is a wonderful place to begin. It’s fun, fast, and frugal. Just remember to start small and branch out as your children gain confidence and show an interest. You’ll never regret giving them the time to be creative.
Do you consistently add art to your homeschool routine?