I used to describe our oldest son as artistic, but the reality is he is an artist. Creativity is in his soul, he was born this way. He looks at the world differently and beats to his own drum and boy can he create amazing pieces!
When he was five years old, he painted this:
His entire bedroom is filled with framed artwork of his own creation. He is his happiest, and calmest when he is engaged in creative pursuits. Thankfully, homeschooling leaves plenty of space for artistic endeavors.
The only issue is, when you live with an artist, it can be tough to keep up. His art skills already surpass my own. He attends an afternoon class with a local artist, but that is only one afternoon each week and he craves more.
I’ve been on the search for other options. In my mind, an online independent study would be ideal. It would keep him busy on days he doesn’t have art class, and also take some pressure off of me.
And that’s where Atelier Homeschool Art comes in.
Ignite Creativity with Online Art Lessons
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Atelier Homeschool Art offers online art lessons
All Atelier art lessons are presented on video, and reinforced by lesson plans. Not only are the videos a rich source of creative ideas and inspiration, it also clarifies the objectives, materials, techniques and procedures of each lesson. Abundant instructional coverage, as well as that of students in a virtual art class performing the lesson and displaying their finished artwork, consistently produces exceptional student results and learning, regardless of the art background of the parent-teacher.
Truly, this is like taking an art class in your home. Our little artist was completely engrossed in each lesson. If you know this little fellow in real life, you know how loud he can be. Whenever he was working on one of these lessons, a complete silence would envelop our home. That never happens!
Sometimes, his silence would draw the attention of his siblings and then they would participate in the lessons, too!
These lessons were a huge hit in our home for several reasons:
- They filled a need.
- My son could work on the lessons independently.
- The vast majority of lessons involved materials we already had in our home.
- Unlike art classes, online lessons are flexible. You don’t have to meet at the same time on the same day. You can work at your own pace. Some days, my son would do an afternoon of lessons!
- The print-outs have been great! My son has made an art binder in which to save them.
- Parents of artsy kids often struggle with age requirements. With these lessons, my son was able to take courses meant for kids much older than him without the hassle.
- Art makes my little guy so calm and happy!
Looking to add more art curriculum to your homeschool routine?
Atelier Homeschool Art offers several products for homeschool families:
- Atelier Homeschool Art Online Curriculum
This is what we have been using. A 3-year subscription costs $140, which is a fantastic value especially if you have multiple children at home who can use it. You can sign up for a free sample lesson here.
- Atelier Homeschool Art DVD Program
This is the same content as the online program, but in a DVD format.
- An Atelier Art Supply Kit
This includes approximately 80% of the supplies needed for a complete level.
Right now, you can get 10% off any Atelier Homeschool Art Online Curriculum with the code 10CP42MJ. This offer is valid until 10/15/16. The company is also offering a giveaway. One winner will receive his or her choice level of Atelier Homeschool Art Online Curriculum. You can enter below:
I am so thankful for Atelier Homeschool Art. It is filling a gap that has been bothering me for a while and it’s spreading smiles. That’s a big win in my book! If you like what you’ve read and seen here, be sure to follow Atelier Homeschool Art on Facebook, Pinterest, YouTube, Instagram, and G+.
Now, it’s your turn. Tell me: Do you have an artist at home? How do you keep up? Share here!
Cait co-hosts The Homeschool Sisters Podcast and is co-founder of Raising Poppies, a community for parents of gifted and twice-exceptional children. Cait is also founder of the Family Book Club at My Little Poppies, a fantastic community of book-loving parents and the Gameschool Community at My Little Poppies, a vibrant community of gameschoolers.
Cait is a contributing writer for Simple Homeschool and GeekMom. Her work has also appeared on The Huffington Post, The Mighty, and Scary Mommy. You can find her on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram