Art Projects for Homeschooled Children
One of the greatest aspects about homeschooling your children is the fact that you can be as creative as you want to be. You aren’t locked into teaching specific art classes for an entire semester, as the public schools are. If you want to teach ceramics one day and art appreciation the next, the choice is yours. You can also emphasize arts and crafts in their young lives much more significantly if you feel that these areas of interest are of great importance.
Almost any art project is fair game, when it comes to homeschooling. It stands to reason that you should choose projects that appeal to your children. Ask them to write down several projects they’d like finish over the course of the year. Combine them with the projects you have chosen to teach and they’ll be more enthusiastic about their work.
The Internet is a wonderful research tool when it comes to planning your art classes for the year. There are countless websites which contain art project ideas on almost everything imaginable. For the most part these sites have been created by homeschooling families, art supply vendors, school districts and individual teachers.
You can also visit art museums in your area to find out what appeals to your child and to get ideas for projects.
There are many online discussion groups geared toward homeschooling families which offer additional art project ideas. If you have a certain project in mind, but are having difficulty locating the instructions, this is the place to ask for advice. You’ll be surprised at the responses you’ll receive.
Visit your local library, especially if you are on a budget. Most arts and crafts books include all patterns needed to complete the projects contained within. Make photocopies of the supply list, instruction sheet, patterns and finished project. This not only saves money but space, as well. Instead of storing several books on a bookshelf, future project ideas can be neatly stored in a file cabinet.
Believe it or not, you can even come up with art project ideas when browsing your favorite online auction site. Do a search for ‘arts and crafts’. There are always scads of new supplies being auctioned off every day.
Homeschool art projects can be anything from the traditional projects we all did in school to unique, one-of-a-kind masterpieces. Many can be created with the intent of gift giving. It’s never too late to plan ahead for the holidays!
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