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    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.
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    inexpensive art canvases

    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. ,
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    Art Lessons through Online Lesson Plans

    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.
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    Art Lessons through Online Lesson Plans

    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.
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    Art, painting, help

    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.
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    If I only have $500 for 4 children next year?

    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.
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    Is there a Christian board anywhere?

    Could I have a PM as well. : ) I love this board for information, but I don't consider it to be a safe place to share my problems or my concerns. It would be nice to find a place to participate and feel accepted/supported.
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    Does this art program exist?

    We also use The instruction is top quality, and a subscription is only 37.00 per year. There is also a lot of free content on the site and his youtube channel. Speaking of YouTube, there are wonderful instructional videos on every art medium. I teach an art class to a group of Jr High/High School kids each week, and have have successfully integrated many YouTube instructional videos into the curriculum. I embed the videos into a private blog that has been created for the class, so that the children are not subjected to the sometimes inappropriate images on the sidebar. This guy's (award winning illustrator, Shoo Rayner) YouTube channel is fun for younger kids I also love this book for daily sketching - How to Draw Cool Stuff by Catherine V Holmes
  13. We've had some success with Talking Fingers. We use it for review and fluency. I also liked the fact that they are learning how to type in this program.
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    S/O How do you weight grades

    I see. Sorry for my ignorance on this subject. I can see that from an admissions person's perspective it would be helpful to have a quick indicator that shows that a student has taken AP/college courses. I actually think upper level courses should be counted as a larger indicator of success than SAT/ACT test scores alone. I have a son that blows away the tests, but has other issues that causes him to struggle with daily workloads. Based on what I know about him, (sadly) he should not have been a great candidate for scholarships, but he was accepted with open arms based just on his ACT score. Have you tried calling the college/local high school counselor to see if a standard has been set? Colleges should be letting students know if this is an indicator for admission.
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    S/O How do you weight grades

    Well, I don't know if I am answering your question, so please forgive me if I am misunderstanding what you are asking for. I do weigh grades within courses I design, but I allow the outside course grades to stand as designed by the teacher/professor. Outside course grades don't count more on a transcript than internal courses. For the internal courses I design, each assignment, project, and test is given a point value. If they complete the assignment well they will receive full points. I lay out a weekly "To Do" sheet that specifies what they have to do and the amount of points they can earn from each task. Some tasks are more involved (a project for example) and receive a higher point value then say just reading a chapter out of a text. I also weigh tests much higher than either assignments or projects. So ultimately about 50 percent of their grade is based on tests and larger projects and the other 50 percent is based on daily assigned work. I will see if I can copy and paste an example below. Well that didn't work. Here is a link.
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