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  1. Hey all, My nephew is really into art and wants to focus on animation and digital art. Does anyone know of any good programs out there for this? I am also looking for online or government programs that are low in cost or ones that you can apply for for free. Thanks for any advice, because I am clueless in this field. TIA!
  2. 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 i
  3. 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.
  4. In the interest of making materials more openly available, the Metropolitan Museum of Art has released 375,000 images of art, in high resolution, free for any use under a Creative Commons license. These are artworks the Met believes are in the public domain. More info
  5. 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 i
  6. I have a 7 year old who loves drawing and painting. I believe this is a strength for her. How do I nurture and help strengthen this skill? We live in a small town (although there is a college here) so there are not a lot of options for art classes. There is a once a week painting class where you can trace a picture on canvas then paint it. It's $25. Will this help her or is it pointless? She has a Draw Now book that she loves. Any other resources or suggestions on how to help her? Thank you!
  7. http://www.artiscreation.com/books.html#.VTFK9pNKUrg Someone compiled all these links to books you can download for free. Amazing number of links. I don't know if someone has posted this before. Painting, drawing, art history, color, anatomy, watercolor, print making and sculpture, even magazines...the list is a bit overwhelming, but what a great list!
  8. http://www.artiscreation.com/books.html#.VTFK9pNKUrg Someone compiled all these links to books you can download for free. Amazing number of links. I don't know if someone has posted this before. Painting, drawing, art history, color, anatomy, watercolor, print making and sculpture, even magazines...the list is a bit overwhelming, but what a great list!
  9. I'm in search of a curriculum/timeline that would integrate History, Science, Literature and Art. I'm not sure if anything like this even exists but I thought I'd ask the hive. For instance, what types of Literature and Art were being produced during WWI and what scientific discoveries influenced the period?
  10. My dd is 4 and loves to draw and is more artistic than either parent. She wants to learn how to draw people so that they look like people (not cartoons) including clothing etc. Can anyone suggest a how to book or a good source on the internet?
  11. Has anyone heard of or used this art resource? Drawing God's Magnificent Garden Text It looks like a vey nice Art book and has some color too which is a bonus: http://olvs.org/ShopCart/InvDtl.aspx?InvId=16911&GrdId=&InvCatId=
  12. Any Harmony Fine Arts Users out there? My children have never done any serious art or music appreciation studies before. I know, sad, since they are going to be in 7th and 4th this year. But I've found Harmony Fine Arts and think this is something we can handle. My question is where do I start? Should I put them in at grade level, at where we are in the history cycle, or should I do the introductory year. I know it's for first grade, so maybe not the 7th grader, but perhaps the 4th grader who struggles with hand-eye coordination? Then where would I start the 7th grader (she love
  13. I am gathering ideas for a photography credit for my son. He may be applying to a highly competitive design school and we need to shore up his transcript as far as the arts go. Right now I am aiming for at least a 1/2 credit hour, although 1 credit our would be fantastic. We have Fundamentals of Photography from The Great Courses. There are 24 lectures and each one has a homework assignment. The assignments look really good and each will take several hours to complete. There are books that are recommended for further reading & I am going to see if the public library has them. I can go
  14. Wow! It's been a while since I started a topic around here. I fear this won't be eloquent due to frequent interruptions. :) We have been using (and loving) the Usborne Art Treasury for our more involved art projects. We love seeing the full color original art in the book and reading about the piece and the artist, then doing the project. I have been looking for something to help us continue in this way, but most things I've researched have fell short in some way or another (or are simply out of our price range.. which is microscopic). Does anyone know of a similar book to
  15. There seem to be several art curriculum options out there and I have no idea which we might like best. Do you have any experience with them or have any other favorite art resources? Thank you!
  16. Dd 12 is interested in pre-Raphaelite paintings and similar art with fantasy elements I'm looking for a drawing or painting curriculum for her which would build on this interest. Anyone know of anything? She is currently not doing the Artistic Pursuits 6th grade drawing curriculum I hoped she would like...but she doesn't. Thanks!
  17. Has anyone here used Drawing on History? I recently purchased it, and I love the way it looks. I am getting ready to use it with my twins, and I was wondering if anyone had any experience with it. Specifically I am wondering how long it takes to complete each week. Thanks. :)
  18. Just blogged about last week's picture study with Van Gogh's Starry Night. If anyone has been wondering about SCM's portfolios, or picture study in general, you might appreciate it.
  19. Are you a crafter or artist? Do you quilt, knit, paint, soap, do paper craft, or re-purpose furniture? All kinds of artistic and craft type outlets are welcome! This is not necessarily showing completed items... maybe you bought a pattern, yarn, or fabric. Did you go yard-saleing this week and found a bookshelf you want to paint? Show any of those (if you have a photo - that's even extra great). Maybe you finally pulled out your sewing machine and dusted it off... include that. Any little bit towards your goal throughout the week is great!! Also, if you have a website or tutor
  20. I recently finished writing and sharing lessons to go along with the book Drawing With Children by Mona Brookes. I took each lesson and gave you ways to adapt the lesson to your nature journal. I made a few videos and tutorials to go along with the lesson plans so you would have a visual aid in just how to go about using the many mediums that Mona Brookes suggests. Even though I slanted my posts to go along with your nature journal, the lessons are applicable to drawing of any kind. I know there are many of you on this forum that have tried to use the book and I thought you might like to
  21. The representative from Savannah College of Art and Design was in town today. DS had an interview that he said was informal & pretty basic. They also had an info. session and one of the professors came and gave a drawing lesson. DS was pretty quiet about the interview, he said he asked questions about what to put in his portfolio. DH went to the info. session with him. The entrance requirements are pretty low, but it is an art school, so I'm not really surprised. The biggest factor is cost - very pricey. He seems to have a moderate interest in the program, but knows this is the f
  22. Hi Everyone, I'm looking for some recommendations on good quality color pencils and crayons. We've been using Crayola brand pencils and they don't sharpen well and break easily. Also my kids love the Stockmar beeswax colors, but as they have gotten older, they are frustrated at the lack of point on them. Does anyone know of any beeswax crayons that are more similar to regular crayons? Thanks in advance, Aimee
  23. :001_smile: I hope someone else finds this useful. Our plan is to have a more creative Friday. We're thinking poetry, Spencerian Cursive, French homework, nature studies, piano, etc. Hopefully this list will keep me on track to getting projects done. We'll see how it goes! I had planned to do a year long orchestra, opera, ballet study. But the real theme of the year is Keep It Simple!!! So, I decided it weave it into a year of arts and crafts, neat books, music (we like to create to French pop :tongue_smilie:), youtube clips, etc. Part 1 Artsy Fridays WEEK 1 -Watch Bugs
  24. Jackie

    Kiwi Crates?

    Has anyone used these? We have a ton of art supplies on hand for my pre-k daughter, but we don't do much in the way of crafts or art "projects" and I know I'm far more likely to get things done if they come prepackaged for me. The price seems a little steep, though, and I can't find many reviews. I'd love to hear others' experiences with these!
  25. I will be buying Level 1 through the sale at Homeschool Buyers Coop and am curious about lesson planning. What are some time estimates for each lesson? I want to plan for a weekly art block throughout the summer. Is two hours an estimate, or will I definitely need longer? This is replacing a week long day camp so I want to make sure the kids see it as a cool event on the calendar, iykwim.
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