Hello and welcome to the home and archive of the Enchanted Homeschooling Mom series with express permission from Hallmark, Exploring Hallmark Keepsake Ornament Artists Series for children and families!
If you find yourself asking the question what is the Exploring Hallmark Keepsake Ornament Artist Series? then I would love for you to take a look at my Exploring Hallmark Keepsake Ornament Artist FREE Introduction Pack to see what the series is all about. To summarize, this series is a 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 page, 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 each year. 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 now 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! Especially since the Hallmark Keepsake Ornament Club features one artist each month HERE.
So, 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 Ornaments Take You There. This can mean a lot of things to a lot of families, but 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, but 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.
What Is Included in the Exploring Hallmark Keepsake Ornament Artists Series?
Each month Hallmark will highlight a different Hallmark Keepsake Ornament Artist on their website in the Hallmark Keepsake Ornament Club Artist Spotlight. So it is important that you get to the Hallmark site and complete your Hallmark Keepsake Ornament Artist lessons before the end of each month, that is, unless you are a member of the Hallmark Keepsake Ornament Club (Find out how to join HERE). Hallmark Keepsake Ornament Club Members will have the added bonus that all the featured arts’ information remains and is accessible my club members.
With that in mind, each month Enchanted Homeschooling Mom, with the express permission of Hallmark, will introduce more fun. Here are all the fun crafts, lessons, and more that you can find for the Exploring Hallmark Keepsake Ornament Artists Series:
* 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.
Introduction Pack ~ Artist Pack – Tom Best ~ Artist Pack – Nello Williams ~ Artist Pack – Edythe H. Kegrize ~ Artist Pack – Tammy Maddix ~ Nina Aubé ~ Rodney Gentry ~ Kristina Gaughran ~ Ruth Donikowski ~ Don Palmiter ~ Tracy Larsen ~ Joanne Eschrich ~
What are the Hands-On Crafts?
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 the day after the printable pack post to to gather all of the information you will need to make your very own hands-on craft projects!
Hands-On Craft Packs
Introductory Pack Craft ~ Tom Best Hands-On Craft ~ Nello Williams Hands-On Craft ~ Edythe H. Kegrize Hands-On Craft ~ Tammy Maddix Hands-On Craft ~ Nine Aubé Hands-On Craft ~ Rodney Gentry Hands-On Craft ~ Kristina Gaughran Hands-On Craft ~ Ruth Donikowski Hands-On Craft ~ Don Palmiter Hands-On Craft ~ Tracy Larsen Hands-On Craft ~ Joanne Eschrich Hands-On Craft ~
How can I stay up-to-date with all the Hallmark Keepsake Ornament Learning Fun?
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: