Here you will find my collection of favourite Homeschooling Resources in Art designed to inspire the Homeschooling Family.These Art homeschooling Resources, books, curriculum, and read-alouds have either been used personally by our family (see Ways to Teach Art ), what we are hoping to use or what has been highly recommended.
The absolutely best way to study art history is to read historical fiction, living books! Combine art with the historical time period you are studying.
On my Artistic Pursuits page, I have described what I like about these books and the art curriculum. I will not repeat myself here, but encourage you to have a look for yourself to see if it will suits your children, their ages and will be appropriate to the way you want to teach art.
I have used both "I can do all Things" and "Feed my Sheep" Art homeschooling resources from Barry Stebbing and I have found them to be excellent. My chidren sometimes draw while I am reading aloud and these have been easy to use - good instructions and important art techniques are covered. I have not used the DVDs, but I can see that these would really add to an art curriculum.
Although I haven't used it, God and the History of Art sounds very interesting and appealing - it is a 5 year curriculum!
The Great Artist: Romantics & Realistics, DVD Set
God & Christian Artists
God & the History of Art Revised
Apart from the great books to read aloud and the curriculum which helps to keep you on track, you need a bunch of great homeschooling resources to build up your art supplies cupboard.
These do not need to be expensive. I would suggest you get reasonable quality materials to begin with so that you will encourage your children to use it a lot. If everything you have is expensive, you will tend to keep it on the shelf and only take it out at special times.
What you really need is a bunch of paper, pencils, markers, large containers of paint which are all accessible. As the children mature in their art skills, you can be more particular about what you will purchase.
Artist quality pencils (such as the Derwent watercolour pencils), paint, pastels, oil pastels do vary and they are more costly.
So, when your children are ready and can handle the materials with care, you can spend a little more. I would buy them for birthday gifts. One year I remember buying a large set of watercolour pencils as a Christmas gift for the whole family.
You will also need odds and ends. Homeschooling resources such as: Glue, adhesive tape, rulers, erasers.
You'll need to have a good supply of toilet rolls, old cereal boxes, cardboard and so on. Before you throw something away, ask yourself - could this be made into a sculpture? Yes - it's a messy time, but so worthwhile!
And lastly, you'll need something to store it in. Plastic crates or a set of drawers is fine. Whatever makes sense in your home with the space you have.