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As homeschooling parents, we want to see our children express themselves creatively. For some children it is purely natural and our job is to refine their inate art skills.

For some children, we need extra homeschool art ideas! If you haven't seen the Art Sitemap page yet on my website, you might find that a good place to start. It lists ways to teach art, ways to develop art techniques, different elements of art and different homeschool art curriculum such as Barry Stebbing, Artistic Pursuits etc.

Some children like it when we are more directive and explore a varied selection of art techniques to capture their interest and spark their creative juices.  We might need to put the chalk pastels in their hands and let them know it is okay to get their hands dirty. Touching and moulding clay, cutting out shapes, using a glue gun or working with crayons might come completely natural to some - but others may need a bit of coaxing and encouragement.

Below you will find:

Free art lesson plans

It is always great when you stumble across a site that you know is going to help homeschool families.  Here are some art sites which include art lesson plans useful for a variety of ages.

Deep Space Sparkle Art Lesson Plans

These lesson plans are grouped according to grade level, subject and artistic technique. They are clearly explained art lesson plans and often include a video and a downloadable PDF worksheet.  View Deep Space Sparkle here.

Artists Notebooking Pages

Tina from Dynamic Homechool Plus has created some art lesson notebooking pages which are a sets of notebooking pages for different artists.. 

Focussing on one artist per month and soaking in their work suits those who like to use the Charlotte Mason approach to homeschooling. has a range of pages which can be used as you study artists in their time period.

Incredible Art Department Lesson Plans

In this section are hundreds of free art lessons from preschool through the college level. The vast majority of lessons include images and examples. You can add to the site and view art lesson plans for pre-school to college level students. View lessons from Incredible Art.

National Gallery of Art Lesson Plans

These lesson plans are created by the National Gallery of Art.  These lesson plans are based around art works from the gallery and created for a range of ages.

Schoolhouse Teachers Art Courses has a huge array of Art courses for different aged children. If you have a subscription to SchoolhouseTeachers - your whole family can take any or all of the courses for the year!  This is certainly the most economical approach to a HUGE amount of lesson plans for your family across all subjects!

Here's a few you might like: 

Preschool Playground: Arts and Craft Lesson Plans

The Preschool Playground: Arts, Crafts & Music collection includes more than 35 different preschool arts and craft lesson plans and activities. This can be used as a part of the homeschool Preschool Playground curriculum.

Here are some of the ideas:

  • Fun with Variety
  • High and Low
  • Paint with Water
  • Make a Face
  • Color Scavenger Hunt
  • Dramatic Play
  • Art Fun
  • Music
  • Sandpaper Pictures
  • Sticker Pictures
  • Pipe Cleaner Sculptures
  • Building with Wooden Craft Sticks
  • Texture Hunt with Crayon Rubbings
  • Photo Album Fun
  • Pretend Play: Realistic Store
  • Pretend Play: Caring for Bear
  • Pretend Play: Shipwrecked
  • Press Flowers

Learn more about the Art and Craft Preschool lesson plans.

Exploring the World of Art - Grades 3-12

Through Exploring the World of Art lesson plans, students will explore many of the different art mediums with examples from the teacher, Angela Beeson.

Each homeschool art unit introduces students to a different medium and subject so each student has the ability to try the variety of art techniques and also discover where their strengths and preferences lie.  The art lesson plans include an assortment of video and text-based lessons with projects and are created for grades 3-12.

Here is an overview of the art lesson plans. Each Unit is expanded into 4-5 lessons.

Unit 1: Colored pencil drawing – Animals

Unit 2: Pencil drawing and water colors – Human figure

Unit 3: 3-D Cardboard sculptures

Unit 4: Watercolors – Food

Unit 5: Pencils – Faces

Unit 6: Monochrome (oil) pastel – Jungle scene

Unit 7: White colored pencil on black paper – Flowers

Unit 8: Acrylics and watercolors – Pointillism technique – Large animals

Unit 9: Oil pastels – Landscapes and sunsets

Unit 10: Paper art – Patterned silhouette

Unit 11: Paper art – Geometrics – Fruit

Unit 12: Paper art – Mosaics

A Century of Art - Lesson Plans for Grades 6-8

A Century of Art by Tammie Bairen, is an art appreciation course for kids with nine art homeschool lessons.

  • Lesson One: Impressionism
  • Lesson Two: Postimpressionism
  • Lesson Three: Fauvism
  • Lesson Four: Expressionism
  • Lesson Five: Cubism
  • Lesson Six: Abstract Expressionism
  • Lesson Seven: Surrealism
  • Lesson Eight: Art Deco
  • Lesson Nine: Pop Art

In each lesson there is a discussion of the style in a downloadable lesson plan. This will include an  introduction to some of the prominent artists of the time period.  Then there is a selection of activities for the children to do. These include:

  • Creating a timeline and add the artists of the art period
  • Define the words used to describe the art period as well as techniques used.
  • Use the techniques of the time period, create your own work of art.
  • Research an artist of the time period and create a project about them including interesting facts and their work.
  • Watch videos about the time period. (these have been carefully selected)
  • Give your opinion about the art work and explain what you liked / disliked; 

Digital Art and Product Design Lesson Plans - Grades 7-12

This digital art course, written by Crystal Calhoun and delivered by Schoolhouse Teachers is an excellent introduction for homeschool teens to work online in any number of fields. Digital Art and Product Designs for Small Business covers the rules governing images, where to find them, how to edit and manipulate images, fonts and word art, logos and banner ads, product design, and more.

Please note: Students need access to Photoshop CS4, CS5, CS6, or CC (which requires a membership) for this course. CC has the most updated tools. The teacher is currently using CS5.  Lightroom is not required. Please contact us with any questions.


Mark Kistler drawing art lessons

We have really enjoyed learning art with the Mark Kistler videos. 
He has a whole range on You Tube for free and you can also subscribe to his online art lessons.

Not only is his art work great and inspiring, but it is also very entertaining. We love his imaginative stories he creates as he draws. He talks all the way through his videos - it's quite funny!

We like to do one art lesson a day and the first child downstairs gets to choose which lesson we do.  Above is one of Mark Kistler's videos you find on You Tube: 

Meet the Masters homeschool art lesson plans

One homeschool art curriculum which we have enjoyed using for some of our children is "Meet the Masters." Meet the Masters is easy to teach with interactive questions and multi media content.  It is a step-by-step curriculum which is structured for different ages with three  levels of learning. It covers 35 Masters that will engage young artists by teaching the world of Art history with hands-on learning.  It is fully online and downloadable.  You can buy single tracks and bundled tracks for different ages. Very handy so you can test it out without needing to buy the complete art curriculum.

Some fun extra art lesson plans

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Inspired by Meet the Masters

Keen to see what others have done? Be inspired with these homeschool art lesson plans below!

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