Are you looking to add more art to your homeschool routine? Would you like to find simple, easy-to-implement art resources? Are you on the hunt for art history homeschool resources?
I was… until I found Art History Kids!
How to Add Art History to Your Homeschool Day with Art History Kids
*Disclosure: I received access to Art History at no cost and was compensated for my time to write this review. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own. I only share resources that I would use with my own children and those that I believe other families will enjoy.
A fantastic art history homeschool resource: Art History Kids!
Art History Kids is a fantastic homeschool resource for parents who would like to explore art history projects but don’t know where to begin. Art History Kids provides easy art history project ideas and fun ways to explore art with your children, even if you have zero artistic ability or background!
The Studio at Art History Kids is a membership site with oodles of easy to use, engaging, and educational art history resources at your fingertips!
(Psst! If you have been thinking about adding art history to your homeschool routine, you’ll want to keep reading. There is a giveaway and discount information at the end of this article!)
About Lotus, creator of Art History Kids
Lotus is a homeschool mom to two kiddos. Lotus has a degree from ArtCenter College of Design in Pasadena, CA. She lives in the Los Angeles area and has been using art history as a central theme in her homeschool for over five years. Lotus created Art History Kids because she was unable to find a resource that introduced art history to young children in a fun and educational way.
The goal of Art History Kids is a simple one…
Art History Kids was created as a way to introduce children to art, invite them to draw their own conclusions, and encourage them to tap into their own individual creativity as they make art.
In the member area of Art History Kids, there is an option to download a fun Art History Kids Philosophy printable. It would be absolutely perfect to hang in an art space!
How The Studio at Art History Kids works…
The Studio at Art History Kids is a monthly membership that introduces your children to a new art history topic each month. The Studio invites children to explore their creativity through open-ended, hands-on, educational activities.
You don’t need an art background to use this resource! All of the work is done for you. Each week you get an easy-to-follow guide with all of the info you’ll need. You can easily introduce your kiddos to incredible art each month, even if you don’t have a ton of time or a fully-stocked art cabinet. Your family will have an amazing time exploring the world of art history together!
Each month you get to explore a different famous artist with your children, introduce them to important art history ideas, and invite them to create some amazing open-ended art on their own.
A glimpse of Art History Kids’ 2018-2019 homeschool year:
The Studio with Art History Kids has covered a lot of ground so far this school year!
We joined in October. Here is a quick peek at some material from our October lessons, when we learned about Seurat and pointillism:
November was bonkers for me, as I was traveling and had a kiddo birthday and Thanksgiving to host. Because of this, we didn’t get to do much art history during the month, but we will catch up on November this month.
In December, we immersed ourselves in the world of Wassily Kandinsky. Those are the photos that I will be sharing today.
We had an absolute blast!
Art History Kids includes more than art and history!
I love when a resource covers additional subjects because it can inspire fun rabbit holes! During our month with Kandinsky, my children became super interested in synesthesia. We have explored some rabbit holes related to that topic, and we’ve been listening to a lot of Robert Wagner. (Kandinsky discovered his synesthesia during an opera featuring a piece by Wagner!)
Here is a sneak-peek at some of the topics covered during our month of Kandinsky:
My littlest guy incorporated mathematics while working on his Kandinsky project because he loves math. (We often call him the Mathemagician!)
You can see a clip here:
In addition to the subjects depicted above, Art History Kids puts a big emphasis on those big, juicy conversations that we Brave Writers adore! My kids loved chatting about Kandinsky!
We had so much fun chatting about how his art made us feel, what we saw in each piece, and the colors and shapes used.
My kids are music lovers and they were fascinated by the fact that Kandinsky, who had synesthesia, could see colors and shapes when he listened to music.
My 9-year-old did a great job painting to the music, just like Kandinsky.
You can see a clip here:
What my kiddos think about Art History Kids
Our month of Kandinsky was so much fun! We enjoyed all of the lessons and explored related materials. Lotus includes book lists with her lessons and we absolutely adored The Noisy Paintbox, which told the story of young Kandinsky and his synethesia symptoms.
What my 10-year-old thought about Art History Kids:
My 10-year-old said, “I think it’s really cool to do abstract because you can pretty much paint anything you want. Kandinsky was interesting because people think he may have invented abstract art.”
“I loved painting to the music just like Kandinsky did. It was a new way to explore art!” he added.
You can see a clip of him enjoying this activity here:
What my 9-year-old thought about Art History Kids:
My 9-year-old said, “I think abstract art is neat because of all the shapes and colors and because of how you can mix colors together and they come out as really bright colors. His synesthesia would be a cool thing to have as an artist. I liked learning about Kandinsky because he was really awesome.”
What my 7-year-old thought about Art History Kids:
My 7-year-old said, “First of all, I think that it’s cool how Kandinsky might have invented abstract art. I think it’s cool that he painted abstract art and because of his synesthesia. He thought the shapes and colors sounded like music, and that music had shapes and colors!”
What this homeschool mama thinks about Art History Kids
I love it, you guys! Up to this point, we’ve enjoyed many online art courses and some of them have a little art history thrown in, but this is the first online course we’ve taken with a focus on art history.
My kids loved it, I loved it, and I love how easy it is to add art history to your homeschool. All you need is a computer and some art supplies!
Do you want a sneak peek??
Check out this freebie from Art History Kids!
Join Art History Kids:
Become a member of Art History Kids today! Simply head to the Art History Kids website and sign up!
In January 2019, the price of this membership is going up from $19 per month to $23 per month. During the January enrollment, use these exclusive discount coupon codes to join at the 2018 price:
- 2018PRICE – join the membership at $19/mo ($4 off monthly)
- YEARLY2018 – join at $190/year ($40 off yearly)
These codes expire January 31, 2019, at midnight (Pacific Time).
Art History Kids is having a giveaway!
Three people will win a year-long membership. Open worldwide.
If someone joins the membership during the giveaway and wins, they will be refunded or get an extension on their membership time.
Enter the giveaway here:
Do you love art?
Be sure to follow Art History Kids:
You can follow Art History Kids on Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, and you can also join the Creative Conversations with Art History Kids Facebook Group!
Also, be sure to sign up for the Art History Kids newsletter. You will have access to a Learning Library. (It includes a Monet Guide and oodles of printables and activities!)
Read more about how we use art in our homeschool routine:
Our homeschool curriculum choices, by year:
I get a lot of questions about our curriculum choices. You can read more here:
- Gifted Homeschool Curriculum: 2nd, 3rd, and 5th grade
- Homeschool Curriculum: How to Ditch the Schedule and Embrace a Lifestyle
- 2017-2018 Homeschool Curriculum (1st, 2nd, and 4th grade)
- 2016-2017 Homeschool Curriculum (K, 1st grade, and 3rd grade)
- 2015-2016 Homeschooling Curriculum (Pre-K, K, and 2nd grade)
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Now, it’s your turn. Tell me: Do you have a favorite art history homeschool resource? 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.
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