Welcome to the brand new monthly series Exploring Hallmark Keepsake Ornament Artists that you will only find here on Enchanted Homeschooling Mom. If you are a fan of Hallmark, which I feel safe in assuming you are since you are reading this article, then you are probably like me. I cannot wait for the new Christmas Keepsake Ornaments to arrive into the Hallmark Keepsake Ornament Dream Book, in my local Hallmark Store, or online. You see, I like many other people, have grown up with Hallmark being involved in many of my special family memories and traditions. I even no find that my Daughter Elizabeth loves the new Keepsake Ornaments too.
For longer than I care to admit I have had this idea floating around in my head to take the artists behind Hallmark’s Keepsake Ornaments and turn them into a fun engaging lesson for children. You might ask why? Well, while I am a homeschooling mom of 2 of the best kids in the world, if I do say so myself, I firmly believe that all children should have a passion for learning. While some topics or subjects may come more naturally to one child and not to others that doesn’t mean it doesn’t have to be fun too. And if you can come up with something out of the box that a child can not only connect to, but can also walk away with a head full of new knowledge and facts is truly the key to engaging that child in their lessons and education.
If you ask a child to name an artist the typical response will be one of the more well noted and taught artists of the past or present. Most people would not stop to think about the artwork and creativity that goes into creating each Hallmark Keepsake Ornament that you see each year. My son struggles with art in general and for him, basic artist facts and information are easy for him to soak up like a sponge, but when it actually comes to enjoying the lessons and becoming engaged, that is when he struggles. On the flip side of our learning adventure, my daughter is about as artsy and craftsy as they come and joins me in almost every single project I do, as well as creates her own. This polar opposite affect can make learning art a wee bit challenging in our house. So, I try my best to make it fun and engaging for both of them at the same time.
As a mom, educator, and general out of the box type thinker I started jotting down some ideas. Then, one cold afternoon last winter it hit me as I watched my children flip through their Hallmark Keepsake Ornament Dream Book and talk about the ornaments in great detail. It dawned on me that both of my children love looking at the ornaments at our local Hallmark store or in our Dream Book. Why not take the approach I always have, as unconventional as it may seem, and create artist themed studies centered on the Hallmark Keepsake Ornament Artists and study them year round!
As fast as a Hallmark Elf, I quickly started mapping out my thoughts, expanding my ideas, and putting things together to share with all of you. Once I gathered all of my thoughts together, I went directly to Hallmark and could not be more thrilled when they agreed to allow me to share with all of you this new FREE Exploring Hallmark Keepsake Ornament Artists series with their expressed permission. Falling in line with their motto of “Think.Make.Share.” I have thought really hard about this series, poured tons of heart and thought into making it, and now wish to share it all with you for FREE!
What is the Hallmark Keepsake Ornament Club?
If you and your family do not know what the Hallmark Keepsake Ornament Club is then I highly encourage you to go check it out HERE. In summary, Hallmark Keepsake Ornament Take You There. This can mean a lot of things to a lot of families, the basic idea is that Hallmark Keepsake Ornaments are special, unique, and add fun and memorable moments to your holidays as a family. From Memories and Traditions to Family & Friends to Characters & Interests, the Hallmark Keepsake Ornament Club is bound to have themes, characters, settings, or memories that are perfect for every family and each of its members as well, from a newborn baby to good ‘ole grandma too!
Although this is a paid membership membership does have its perks. Each year Hallmark releases a new Hallmark Keepsake Dream Book that is filled with all the new memories waiting to be had this year as a family with the new additions to the Hallmark Keepsake Ornament Club.
Exploring Hallmark Keepsake Ornament Artist Introduction Pack
So, without further ado, I would like to present the first pack in the Exploring Hallmark Keepsake Ornament Artists Series with the Exploring Hallmark Keepsake Ornament Artist Introduction Pack. Here’s a peek at what is inside this pack:
What will you find in the Exploring Hallmark Keepsake Ornament Artist Introduction Pack? Well, that is a good question. The Exploring Hallmark Keepsake Ornament Artist Introduction Pack is designed to introduce you and your child or student to the Hallmark Keepsake Ornament Artists by first seeing what the Hallmark Keepsake Ornament line is.
The Exploring Hallmark Keepsake Ornament Artist Introduction Pack is designed to easily be used by homeschooling families, classroom teachers, afterschool program leaders, grandparents, the young and the old alike. In the Exploring Hallmark Keepsake Ornament Artist Introduction Pack you will find the following learning elements:
Links to Materials
Throughout the pack, links are included to the various Hallmark materials that you will need to complete the Exploring Hallmark Keepsake Ornament Artist Introduction Pack lessons. One think to note is that each month the Exploring Hallmark Keepsake Ornament Artist Series will focus on another new Hallmark Keepsake Ornament Artist. If you are not a member of the Hallmark Keepsake Ornament Club then the monthly artist’s materials is time sensitive and you will not be able to complete the lessons after the next artist is introduced. As members of the Hallmark Keepsake Ornament Club you will have access through the Hallmark website to all the artists introduced to date.
This component consists of a sheet to track what you know, want to learn, and have learned about Hallmark Keepsake Ornaments.
Who is Hallmark?
Multiple exercises are included to help introduce and teach about the company, company history, and about what in general is the Hallmark Company. Included are geography and history lessons pertaining to the diverse and storied history of the Hallmark Company.
History of Hallmark Keepsake Ornaments
In order to appreciate Hallmark Keepsake Ornaments it is not only import, but also fun to learn about hoe the tradition of Hallmark Keepsake Ornaments can about and how the program has progressed over the years.
An Introduction to Art and Artists
What do you know about art and artists? Included is an introduction to art and artists. Included are components of art, art terms, and more designed to help introduce and reinforce some basic art terms that can be applied to all forms or artistic expression, which ornament making is.
Questions to Ask
Included is a series of questions that can be used as you and your child or students learn about the various Hallmark Keepsake Ornament artists.
Ornament Artist In Training Passport
As you learn about the various Hallmark Keepsake Ornament artists there will be opportunities to add stamps to your Ornament Artist In Training Passport. As you learn about each artist you will be able to add to this fun ornament themed passport.
2014 Exclusive Ornaments
Each year Hallmark introduces new ornaments that are available only to Hallmark Keepsake Ornament Club members. This component consists of mini-book that is designed to be used to learn all about each of the new Hallmark Keepsake Ornaments as they are released.
Hallmark Keepsake Ornament Passport
As you learn about the year’s exclusive Hallmark Keepsake Ornaments there will be opportunities to add stamps to your Hallmark Keepsake Ornament Passport. As you learn about each exclusive Hallmark Keepsake Ornament you will be able to add this fun ornament, its research, and its pages to your themed passport. To make it even more fun, use this passport a take a field trip to your local Hallmark Store. When you are there, take a look at all Hallmark Keepsake Ornaments and use them as visual aids to complete the passport pages.
In summary, this Exploring Hallmark Keepsake Ornament Artist Introduction Pack contains the following learning elements:
- Links to Materials
- K-W-L Chart
- Who is Hallmark?
- History of Hallmark Keepsake Ornaments
- An Introduction to Art and Artists
- Questions to Ask
- Ornament Artist In Training Passport
- 2014 Exclusive Ornaments
- Hallmark Keepsake Ornament Passport
Hallmark #KeepsakeIt Campaign
As you are learning about the exclusive Hallmark Keepsake Ornaments, ornaments in general, and the Hallmark Keepsake Ornament Artists, why not share your photos of moments that you and your family have had with Hallmark Keepsake Ornaments with the Hallmark #KeepsakeIt campaign where Hallmark is encouraging people to share photos of the moments they want to “Keepsake.” And by sharing, you can enter the Hallmark Sweepstakes to win weekly prizes and a fun grand prize. To find out more, please visit the #KeepsakeIt Campaign.
Would you like to begin your art studies journey by downloading the Exploring Hallmark Keepsake Ornament Artists Free Introduction Pack? Then why not download and use this pack for FREE by simply clicking the link below.
* Please note that the monthly featured Hallmark Keepsake Ornament Artist is only available for a 30 day period. Once that period is over in order to view previous featured artists you will need to be or become a Hallmark Keepsake Ornament Club Member at a cost of $25 per year.
The day following each FREE printable pack released in this series I invite you all to come back for a hands-on learning craft that ties in with each month’s featured Hallmark Keepsake Ornament Artist. So make sure to come back tomorrow to gather all of the information you will need to do the fun hands-on craft!
Then, come back for the next release in the series themed to the first artist study pack featuring Hallmark Keepsake Ornament Artist Tom Best that you can only find here on Enchanted Homeschooling Mom, starting on October 9, 2014.
You can also follow along with the Exploring Hallmark Keepsake Ornament Artists Series at:
- Exploring Hallmark Keepsake Ornament Artists Series Pinterest Board
- Hallmark Website
- Hallmark on Facebook
- Hallmark on Twitter
- Hallmark YouTube Channel
- Hallmark Keepsake Ornament Fan Page on Facebook
Images used in this curriculum are thanks to the talents of the following graphic designers: