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Hi. First off let me tell you why I'm here. I have 2 sisters that homeschool their kids. While they do that, I teach Art in public schools. One day they mentioned to me that they couldn't find any art classes for their girls to take. They didn't want to teach the art lessons to them, they wanted someone else to teach the girls art. They also didn't want the girls to just do crafts. They thought that this wasn't educational for them. They looked everywhere for the girls and came up empty. There were places they could drive to, but they were over 60 miles away. That's where I came in. I mentioned that I could teach the girls the same lessons that I teach my classes. (Kindergarten to 8th grade) They jumped at the opportunity. They knew that I didn't teach the kids to create crafts, but actual art projects. They also knew that I love to incorporate other subjects into my lesson. One such example was when I was having my 1st graders draw Nesting Dolls and arrange them to show perspective, details, patterns and proportion. To introduce the project, I had a book that I read to them, then I brought out 2 actual Nesting Dolls from Russia. They gathered around one of the tables, so that they could all see. Then I showed them how the dolls worked and why they are called nesting dolls. It also so happened that the dolls from the story was painted in the same style as one of my nesting dolls. The kids were so excited about getting started and drawing their nesting dolls. They kept that excitement throughout the project, which was about 3 weeks long. I only get 40 minutes a week with the kids. So, after I taught them, they wanted more classes like that. They also told other homeschool friends about my art class. So that go the juices rolling. I could help other homeschool students experience educational art classes from their own home. I could record the projects and they could watch and follow along with me to create the projects on their own time. So I came up with Smart Art Club to do just that. And here I am sharing my art classes with other homeschool students and families. Right now the classes haven't be open yet and so we have a waiting list to join. I hate SPAM so I would never SPAM you. I am offering some discounts for those whom sign up. The classes will open in July. Sign up form Thanks for letting me rant. Ms. Cutler your future Art Teacher Smart Art Club
What resources have you used for setting up a AP Art History Course for your student? Thinking of using Khan Academy, some Practice Exams, and something that teaches writing for art history. Has anyone done notebook with this subject? TIA for sharing your ideas.
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This is really long (I'm sorry). Thanks in advance for any ideas/replies. My 6th grader wants to major in Fine Arts -specifically painting/drawing-type stuff. I have a degree in Biology and never even took Art, so I am completely clueless. I think I need some kind of long-term plan and it sounds like she wants to have Art as a major subject on her high school transcript. She is REALLY good (I'm not just saying that because she's my kid). She can draw portraits of people and it actually looks realistic. She's trying to learn how to paint portraits. She's got paint out and mixing it to figure out skin tones. She probably spends a couple of hours every day sketching or trying to teach herself something. Art has been a major part of her day since she was about 6-7. She's able to look at paintings and tell me "it's a Matisse", etc. She is mostly self-taught. Even if she's watching TV, she'll grab a piece of paper and sketch the face of the person on TV. I had her in art classes for a couple of years at an art school, but she wasn't learning anything. It was basically an expensive art playdate. So, last winter, I pulled her out of art classes and started private lessons with an art teacher. The lady is actually teaching her where she's at as far as ability...and she's improving, but these lessons are very expensive. Also, there are no peers. She could probably hold her own in a high school art class. I don't know if I can find another class that meets her ability level + age. Would it sound weird if I tried to get her in a high school level class somewhere? :confused: If not, I'm going to keep shelling out for these private lessons... She does really well in a class with other kids and she likes real feedback about her artwork. I'm also very confused as far as a plan for junior high/high school. She tried Artistic Pursuits a few years ago and absolutely hated it (she cried). Outside art classes have been lack of technique/not learning anything. Does anyone have a kid with an art focus in high school? What did high school look like? Thank-you if you made it this far! I am obviously very confused.