Art has always been a favorite subject of mine. I am always so impressed with how others perceive things; their interpretation of life and the world around them. There is so much that we can learn from art, not just studying what has been done, but those who have done it. Creating art ourselves is a powerful tool for learning too. Yet, where do we begin? How can we bring some of those artists and their amazing works to life in a way that is meaningful to our children?
Enter in, arTree and it’s creator Eva Soukalova. This amazingly simple and fun program was born out of a need of her own son. She speaks to how when he went to school there were no art docents. He would have been devastated, he’s such a little artist, so she began creating art lessons herself and soon they used them as a curriculum at the school. At the end of the year they had 1-3 docents in every classroom, which was quite amazing.
What’s next? Just tear the toilet paper and mix with warm water; maybe you want to add a few drops of food coloring too and mix some more. On a flat sheet of foil, roll the mix and blot the paper with additional paper towels. Add the seeds and mix them in really well. Let the paper dry for couple of days, then cut it and you have a bit of Monet’s garden.
There are more art lesson plans that you can download in their Teachers pay Teachers store – Line & Op Art, Shapes and Paul Klee and All about Color (Mondrian and Seurat to Matisse and Monet). All of their lessons are free to download. They are lots of fun for all ages and it is so simple to add them to your homeschool day!
In the meantime though, stay up-to-date and receive free project and activities ideas by signing up for their newsletter, or following arTree on Facebook and Twitter. There’s lots of great inspiration and art ideas too on their Google+ and Pinterest.
What art program do you use in your homeschool?