I find it difficult to make time for fun and extra-curricular activities when homeschooling. It’s not because we don’t have time in our school day, but because I don’t know where to start or what exactly I’m supposed to be teaching.
Art is one of those subjects I haven’t found time for in the past. This year we will be learning and be practicing it weekly, thanks to some of these free art lessons.
I’ve gathered 28 links to various art and art-history lessons. There are hundreds of free lessons on the sites listed below, for all age ranges including adults!
Sites with Many Different Kinds of Free Art Lessons
Awesomeartists.com – this site has an unattractive home page, ironically, but some really great information and printables to help teach students of many ages. Includes basics (elements & principles) and different forms of art to learn.
Grades K-8 lesson plans for visual and performing arts. Good stuff here! https://stocktonvapa.wordpress.com/
I counted 164 free, downloadable art lessons on this page! Many can tie in with art history lessons. You can search by grade level or media type. https://www.theartofed.com/lesson-plans/
Drawing and Painting lessons for kids are available on Luntiks. On the menu on the left, you will also find quilling, origami, fruit, vegetable and pumpkin-carving ideas, poems for kids and more. http://luntiks.com/topics/kids-drawing-painting/
An INCREDIBLE number of painting and drawing lessons can be found on this site, all free, from what I can tell. They give information, explanations, definitions, techniques, and more. Artgraphica.net
Mr. MintArt is a middle school art teacher who shares his lesson plans on this website.
Julie at creeksidelearning.com has created a list of YouTube art videos for kids on this post!
All kinds of lessons from an art teacher on Do Art!
ELEMENTS & PRINCIPLES:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pigFSxi25qc – the elements of art explained in an under-3-minute video. It’s nicely done and would work well with printables from awesomeartists.com.
OR check out this YouTube playlist of 9 videos about art elements & principles: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eapeL2fwdc8&list=PLUPyLCL_r37YfalHGuBUXBzbaGO6l4tef&index=3
Elements & Principles of Design print-outs: http://splitcomplementary.blogspot.ca/2012/08/new-and-improved-elements-and.html
Recommended books in art lessons category:
Painting & Drawing Lessons
“25 Acrylic Painting Techniques to Try with Kids” on craftwhack.com.
Acrylic Painting Tutorials by Angela Anderson – YouTube Playlists for Beginner and Intermediate Painters
Find tons of painting projects and lessons, and a few other types of art projects, too on artycraftykids.com.
This Tape Resist Watercolor Painting lesson looks like a fun technique to try with the kids.
How to draw a bunny: http://idrawgirls.com/tutorials/2012/06/13/how-to-draw-bunny/ This site has many different drawing tutorials, digital painting tutorials and more, but take a look yourself to decide which ones you want to use for your kids. I didn’t see anything terribly inappropriate, but you can decide for yourself. Many skill levels and subjects.
How to draw a bird: Creative fun with drawing game inventor, Rich Davis
A quote from the How to Draw Cartoons Online site, “You can learn how to draw cartoons of all different kinds – animals, people, dragons, monsters, fantasy, etc… right here. Right now. Here on this site – since its beginning in 2007… I’ve created a ton of simple step by step cartoon drawing lessons, made to inspire and help you improve at drawing, art, and design.”
There isn’t much available on Learn to Draw with Uncle Fred, but it’s cute and good for confidence when kids are just starting out.
Three pages of cute “how to draw” lessons from Quaddles-Roost on Deviant Art.
“Learning to Draw by learning the basic seeing and drawing skills needed to draw everything” from Goshen College.
This free list of “100 Things to Draw” isn’t really for kids, but you could use it to make your own for the children. She also has a $10 download list of 1000 things to draw. That page has a cute generator at the top for drawing ideas, like “a cow driving a stamp” or “a tape dispenser inflicting damage on an onion”.
Recommended books with painting and drawing lessons:
This coloring page website has a page devoted to famous artworks that you could use when studying the artist. Many to choose from.
A Year of Art Appreciation for Kids: 52 Artworks your Child Should Know – and many other art lessons for children on The Art Curator for Kids.
There are a variety of artist studies and Art Activities on artsycraftsymom.com.
Here you’ll find a long list of projects that focus on the works of famous Artists: Famous Artist Crafts for Kids on thecraftyclassroom.com.
Recommended books about art history:
With all of these free lessons to choose from, I should be able to keep my daughter busy through high school! Now I just have to choose which ones to do first!
Do you homeschool?
What subjects to you struggle to teach or fit into your schedule?
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