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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 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
  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 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.
  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 loves art and would thrive, doing much of it on her own, I think)? Thanks
  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 to the university library if I have to, but I'd rather avoid it. I am hoping that I can find a photographer that is willing to let him shadow for a period of time as well, I think that would be fascinating for him. He would be more interested in shadowing a news photographer than a portrait photographer. A commercial photographer would be another possibility. He'd love it if I could find a forensic photographer for him to talk to, but I wouldn't even know how to go about finding one. I'm assuming he wouldn't be able to shadow a forensic photographer. We have the ability to enter one piece in the juried exhibition at the State Fair, should I have him do that as well? I've thought of having him put together a portfolio, but I'd have to research the various pieces that would need to be included in a photography portfolio. Surely that information can't be hard to find. He also has to start working on his portfolio for the design school, however that will include far more than photography. What other things can I include in this course? I'm not looking for filler, but I am looking for meaningful reading or experiences that would help him learn about the art of photography. All ideas appreciated!
  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 the Usborne Art Treasury that we could use next year?
  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 tutorial that inspires you, please share it with us. Perhaps one of us will pick up a new hobby. ;) Let's inspire each other! _________________________ Hi All, I was away at a monastery this weekend for a chance to get away from it all and re-charge. My son's wedding is Saturday... I don't know how much creative stuff I'll be doing this week, but I'll try a little. I finished my bamboo scarf over the weekend. I had taken it off the loom before leaving and did twist for the fringe. I'll try to post photos later.
  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 have a resource that included: 1. All lesson plans listed with links. 2. Photos of many of the art mediums with links to Amazon.com 3. Examples of artwork from our nature journals. 4. All the videos I made to go along with the lessons. 5. Explanations of each kind of art supply needed Here is the link: Drawing with Children-Nature Journal Style I hope someone can use these ideas with their children. Barb-Harmony Art Mom
  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 first of many visits. We'll probably try to go to the campus in the spring if he's still interested. Scholarships are based on portfolios, so that will be pretty important. I feel like SCAD will be a safety school for him, simply due to their lower admission requirements and the high cost. DS isn't still undecided about what he wants to do. He is also thinking about some type of computer science. That would definitely rule SCAD out.
  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 Bunny conduct *youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wy6IZp-_oMA -Listen to The Composer is Dead By Lemony Snicket *library WEEK 2 -Read (over week 2) The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra By Ben Kingsley -Listen to accompanying CD *library -If the CD is missing, listen to: -Play game http://www.mhhe.com/socscience/music/kamien9e/part01/chapter02/youngpersonsguide/brittenguideinteractive.htm -Play game http://listeningadventures.carnegiehall.org/ypgto/game.aspx WEEK 3 -Watch tutorial on sculpting *youtube -Sculpt with self-hardening clay using new sculpting tools -Listen to Swan Lake (The Ballets: Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake) *Rhapsody WEEK 4 -Read The Young Person’s Guide to the Ballet by Ganeri (over week 3) *library -Watch Ballerina Documentary *Netflix WEEK 5 Fall Equinox -Make Apple doll heads http://www.appledolls.org/page2.html -Cook Apple butter in the crock pot http://www.food.com/recipe/crock-pot-apple-butter-93886 -Listen to Tchaikovsky: Sleeping Beauty Andre Previn *Rhapsody WEEK 6 -Watercolor painting (wet and dry) on 22x30 paper -Listen to Karen Ann’s La Disparition *Rhapsody WEEK 7 -Read The Royal Book of Ballet (over week 7) *home library -Watch youtube ballet clips http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jxewIq7DG3A&feature=related http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vsuPn9695iE WEEK 8 -Make Wheat Sun from Crafts Through the Year *home library -Listen to Vox CD Story of Beethoven in words and music *home library WEEK 9 -Read Tales From the Ballet by Louis Untermeyer (over week 9) -Watch ballet clips *youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eRniCHjMBrI http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uthSz6nPg2Y&feature=fvwrel WEEK 10 -Read (Backstage) and play Hansel and Gretel Learning about Opera! http://www.classicalkusc.org/kids/opera/index.asp WEEK 11 -Collect fall foliage on nature walks (over week 11) -Fall mobile from Crafts Through the Year -Listen to Serge Gainsbourg’s Histoire de Melody Nelson (re-issue) *Rhapsody WEEK 12 -Listen to The Constellations- A Guide to the Orchestra CD By Jonathan Peters *Rhapsody -Sculpt with Beeswax WEEK 13 -Watch corn husk doll tutorial: http://www.activitytv.com/411-thanksgiving-corn-husk-doll -Use Crafts Through the Year by Berger for additional instructions -Listen to Vox Stories of Vivaldi & Corelli in words and music *home library WEEK 14 -make kite paper stars from Crafts Through the Year by Thomas and Petra Berger -Listen to Carla Bruni’s Quelqu’un M’a Dit *Rhapsody WEEK 15 Listen to George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker (over week 15) *Rhapsody -Watch The Nutcracker/Baryshnikov DVD http://www.amazon.com/The-Nutcracker-Baryshnikov-Kirkland-Charmoli/dp/B0002S6428/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1341810715&sr=8-2&keywords=the+nutcracker *library -Read Tchaikovsky Discovers America *home library WEEK 16 -Read Snowflake Bentley By Jacqueline Martin *home library -Make giant paper snowflakes -Listen to Vince Guaraldi’s Charlie Brown Christmas *Rhapsody WEEK 17 -Make glass jar lanterns from Crafts Through the Year -Listen to Vox Stories of Schumann & Grieg in words and music *home library Week 18 -Listen to David Bowie Narrates Peter and the Wolf (over week 18) *Rhapsody -Watch Disney’s Peter and the Wolf film http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ILI3s7Wonvg -Watch Peter and the Wolf DVD *library WEEK 19 -Make Transparencies with a frame from Crafts Through the Year -Listen to Benjamin Biolay’s Negatif WEEK 20 -Read Magic Wool by Schmidt and Jaffke (over week 20) *home library -Make a woolen picture -Listen to Vox Foster & Sousa Their Story & Music *home library WEEK 21 -Doodle-Stitching by Aimee Ray read pages 6-34 (over week 21) -Watch tutorials for each stitch taught *youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YruTAz86tT4 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K_k359bIfHw http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B7zyzRDd_r4 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i2_6aumcvPU http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qoe9ftF_zTU http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OLYdbatulwM http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4JyFBXtsO34 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W1Cq24d5-8s http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gl6Bj7IePx8 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bBz-bATYl5o http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yUAD6yFYju0 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_oQugwEjngQ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=85kFXzOw_Lw http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BDM4bO7jB1Q -Complete one project from book
  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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