As a homeschool mom to three insanely creative kiddos, I have come to rely heavily on the internet. Homeschool art lessons are a huge help to moms of super-creative children!
My oldest son is artistically gifted. He’s a creative little fellow who sees the world differently. We have always known this, but it became glaringly obvious as soon as he could hold a pencil. When he was 5-years-old, he painted this:
And many others. I couldn’t keep up with him. I’m a fairly creative person, but he can paint better than I can! And so, early on, I learned an important homeschool lesson: Outsourcing is not only acceptable but sometimes it is a necessity.
Fortunately, we found a local artist who made an exception to her 7-and-up class requirement after seeing his talent. He has been taking lessons with her for the past three years. We are so thankful for Ms. Paula!
Nowadays, I have two kiddos taking lessons with Ms. Paula. Art is one of their favorite activities; nothing makes them happier!
They produce amazing art in this class… but once a week is simply not enough for these little artists.
And that’s why online homeschool art lessons are important for creative kids.
Homeschool Art Lessons Keep Little Artists Happy
*Disclosure: I received Sparketh at no cost and was compensated for my time to write this post. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own. I only share products that I would use with my own family and those that I believe others will enjoy.
Over the years, our family has dabbled in a number of online art classes, from free online tutorials to paid subscriptions. Today, I am going to discuss our newest artistic adventure: Sparketh.
Homeschool art lessons help to keep your little artists happy
When you have super-creative kiddos, even if you are creative yourself, it can be tough to keep them happy. My children could draw, paint, and sculpt all day long and still ask for more. And, while I love creating alongside my children, I can’t be there all the time.
We have tried a number of online courses over the years and here is what I look for:
- Courses with levels so that all three of my kiddos can participate
- Courses that are affordable
- A variety of courses
- Lots of content because my kids could do art all day long
- Courses taught by professionals
- While it is nice to try new materials and art forms, I also like a lot of content with basic materials for when I can’t be there to help (because sometimes those laundry baskets beckon!)
I am happy to report that Sparketh delivers on all counts. The courses are taught by professionals. The videos are high-quality. There are tons of courses with new ones added weekly, and there is a wide variety of content.
We have all enjoyed our time with Sparketh, self-included!
So, what did my little artists think about these homeschool art lessons?
They loved them!
It has been wonderful to have a go-to art outlet as a way to calm kids down before the holidays. My children have been absolutely mesmerized by the lessons offered, as you can see from these photos:
My kiddos have enjoyed a number of different art courses already. They have worked on technique and participated in challenges. They are enthralled by the inspiration gallery on Sparketh’s site. Some of their favorite projects to date have included drawing a panda bear, hot air balloons, ice cream cones, and a goofy Thanksgiving turkey.
The scoop on Sparketh
Sparketh is an award-winning creative learning platform for children and teens. Members have access to unlimited video courses taught by professionals. Courses are identified by level (beginner, intermediate, advanced) and type (technical, activity, project, creative, and challenge). New courses are added weekly, keeping content fresh and interesting. Members also have access to an inspiration art gallery, which my kiddos adore, as well as a blog. All necessary supplies are listed on the site as well.
You can join Sparketh for $25/month or $250 annually.
Sparketh is giving away one free month of art lessons to 20 lucky winners. You can enter here:
Here are three more membership sites that my little artists adore
If you’ve followed our site for any length of time, you’ve heard me gush about these resources before… and with good reason! I am sharing these resources in alphabetical order because we adore them all!
1. 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!
2. Masterpiece Society Studio
I’m not at all surprised, but my kiddos are *loving* this membership site.
My oldest was sick as a dog on Valentine’s Day. Everyone was grouchy (self-included) and feeling a little crummy that our day didn’t go as planned.
Thankfully, we had access to amazing art lessons and they saved the day.
3. The You Are An Artist Clubhouse Annual Membership
We *love* Nana and her Chalk Pastel tutorials. Now, Nana has created an entire clubhouse for artists!
The Clubhouse annual membership includes:
- Instant access to oodles of video art tutorials
- A new art course added monthly
- A new art lesson each week
- … and Chalk Pastels at the Movies
You can read more or sign-up here.
Do you love art?
Do you have a little artist at home?
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Some of our family’s favorite art books:
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Now, it’s your turn. Tell me: How do you keep your little artist happy? Do you have homeschool art lessons you love? 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. Her work has also appeared on The Huffington Post, The Mighty, Scary Mommy, GeekMom, and many others. You can find her on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram
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