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  1. Not formal, but here is a great little booklet that teaches about the elements and principles of design. BTW, It is easy to break down and create art lessons from the elements and principles of design using youtube and links found on the internet. Here is how I use it. Example: Element #1 Line 1. Learn about Line: 2. Recreate the line posters from the above booklet. 3. Make a contour line drawing. 4. Make a continuous line drawing; 5. Make a blind contour drawing. 6. Make a drawing that emphasizes line quality. 7. Draw with cross contour lines. 8. View works of art that show line: Link: 9. Make line drawing Doodles - Flowers Faces Harry Potter etc... 10. Make Zentangle line drawings - ​ Honestly, a whole year could just be spent exploring line and drawing simple line drawings (doodles) in a sketchbook. : ) I also agree with shinyhappypeople. Just jump in and do art. Draw, paint, etc.. every day. : ) It doesn't need to be difficult. Just a sketchbook and a box of art supplies. If you pick up mixed media sketchbooks they can also paint in their sketchbooks. For art history, YouTube has loads of great videos. I love the videos from Goodbye-Art Academy BTW, when your children are older, here is one of the helpful sites I recommend. It is a fully designed art curriculum for JH and HS: (scroll down for courses) HTH
  2. I like Dive Science. Each week the student learns thought text, lectures, and labs. Practically any text can be used with the curriculum. He also provides an online text can be used instead. Here is the link to the site.
  3. You may want to pick up some gesso in the future. Gesso is used to prime canvases, but can also be used to prime almost any surface for painting. It can even be used to prime regular sketch pad paper, so that it can be painted on. Other surfaces you could have her try painting on is cardboard, paper bags, and wood. Here are a couple of YouTube videos that describe the how and whys of gesso. ,
  4. I mostly use the videos on The Virtual Instructor site. He has free videos of the elements and principles on his YouTube channel. Here is one on line . If you search YouTube, you will find loads of helpful videos to choose from. has a great booklet on the elements and principles. We copied the the information into our sketchbooks.
  5. This is what I do. I do purchase a membership to The Virtual Artist, but videos can easily be found on YouTube. Some favorite sites: The Art of Apex -, Student Art Guide -, The Art of Education - The easiest way to find a lesson or project is to go to Pinterest and search. I am planning a unit on printmaking right now, and have found a wealth of help on Pinterest and YouTube. Below is a table (I am not sure it will post) of a portion of our Drawing and Painting scope and sequence. It didn't post properly. Here is a link.
  6. He may want to start with student "classroom" grade acrylics as he is learning. I use the ones from Blick Art for the art class I teach. 6 pints for 27.00 I can't find the video, but I once ran across an wonderful acrylic artist that used mostly craft paints like Folk Art to paint by choice. Perhaps it would work for your son.
  7. Hunter, have you ever heard of Don Marco the master crayon artist? I am amazed with what he can produce with crayons!
  8. For fantasy, have you ever read The Obsidian Trilogy? The series has been around for a while, but is one of my all time favorites by Mercedes Lackey and James Mallory.
  9. I really enjoyed the Unbounded series by Teyla Branton. She also writes under the name of Rachel Ann Nunes. I am currently reading her Autumn Rain series, and it has been an okay read. Both of these series are clean reads that I feel comfortable recommending to my daughter.
  10. Just found out about Complete Curriculum. It is only 39.95 for a yearly family membership. It looks like it covers all levels K-12 for Language Arts, Math, Science, and History. There would be printing costs involved, but I can see that if it is done decently it would be a blessing for many. Here is the link to the Cathy Duffy review: If it were paired up with library books, I bet it would work just fine.
  11. I think my kids would have an excellent education if I packed the following items. The homework books are very thin, so I think all the below would fit well. Edit: I checked the size of a carry-on and it is much smaller that I thought (22" x 14" x 9".) I will try and trim my list. Math: Saxon 8/7 (Basically all pre-algebra material is covered) Saxon Algebra I & 2 Understanding Mathematics from Counting to Calculus Everything you need to know about Math Homework History/Geography: Everything you need to know about World History Homework Everything you need to know about American History Homework Everything you need to know about Geography Homework An Atlas CHOW The Usborne Encyclopedia of World History Edit: U.S. History for Dummies Science: Everything you need to know about Science Homework The Usborne Science Encyclopedia English Everything you need to know about English Homework - by Zeman and Kelly Grammar & Diagramming Sentences - by Gianni DeVencentis-Hayes The Elements of Style by Strunk and White Small Dictionary and Thesaurus Literature: Pride and Prejudice Lord of the Rings Series I would wait until the end to see if I could shove in other classics. Phonics: Ordinary Parent's Guide to Reading or Alpha-phonics The Writing Road to Reading One of the many children's storybook compilations I own. Spelling: Spelling Power Bible: The Bible Egermeier's Bible Story Book Edit: How to Read the Bible book by Book: A guided Tour by Fee and Stuart Music: The Celebration Hymnal Tin Whistles Art: One of the Art History Compilations I have Art Pencils, Crayons, water color sticks/crayons, water-brushes (the kind you fill with water), scissors, and Sketchbooks Extras: Whiteboards and Markers (Now I am feeling bad for not having slate and chalk.) Paper, pencils, sharpener, and erasers That's it. I can't trim anymore! I'm breaking the rules and having each person carry a book in their hands. Also, my purse will have books in it. I am clearly not a minimalist when it comes to home school books, but thanks this was a wonderful exercise. : )
  12. I am currently teaching a Sharpie Art Class at our "just for fun" Co-op. The class filled up so quick that we had to cap the class at 16 students just a couple of days after signups began. I have had a blast preparing for this class. If you are interested, here is the link to the blog that I created to support the class. It is only a one hour class, so the students who have had the most success spend a little time planning their project in advance (otherwise they run out of time or rush with varying results.) HTH
  13. Wow, I had no idea of the cost! I'm not much of a poster (I'm not much for chit chat in real life either), but I have deeply appreciated the information on TWTM boards since the old boards. I too would love a donation option. Heck, if even half of the people who used the boards donated a dollar each you would no longer have to worry about cost.
  14. One thing I noticed in your decision process is that you have listed only subject matter. Since CC is Skills Based, I would encourage you to compare skills as well. Here is the post about the skills my daughter gained in Challenge A. Found Here but copied below. (edited because I must not have used spell check. :eek: ) Also, here is a link to our week 4 Challenge A "To Do List", so that you can see how the week is scheduled. Sorry it lost some formatting when I pasted it to Google Docs. Really, you can't go wrong here. Both will provide great learning opportunities. I would encourage you to find/create group dialectic opportunities, if you choose not to go with Challenge A. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- We did Classical Conversation's Challenge A this year. Writing - Bible Based Writing by IEW Literature/Writing - Read Newberry books and discussed with Socratic method, wrote a paper on assigned topic/analysis of each book. Geography - Draw the world memorize Counties, Capitals, Features and Geography Terms Research/Biology - A total of 17 research papers and memorization of Human Body Systems and terms Latin - Latin's not so Tough and Latin Charts Rhetoric - Don't Check Your Brain, It couldn't just happen, Catechism, and much debate/recognition of fallacies Math - Saxon What has amazed me more than the topics/subjects she studied are the skills my daughter acquired this year. She has developed the skill of writing, by writing 45 papers, and by listening and discussing papers with her tutor/peers this year. She has developed the skill of speech, by presenting her research papers, receiving feedback, and discussing rhetoric/book topics this year. She has developed the skill of key word note taking, and can even speak to an audience using her notes. She has developed the skill of drawing, by drawing the world and body diagrams this year. She has developed some debate skills/analytical skills this year, and has learned to express herself even when she needed to respectfully disagree with someone. She has learned the skills of retaining information long term (Brain Training.) I will never discount again the value of dialogue in this dialectic stage. If we were not a part of CC, I would work hard to get her involved in dialectic conversations with others. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
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