Why Study Art?
In the blur of math, science and literature, make sure you make room for art in your homeschool curriculum! Here we have ideas for lessons and art projects that will help children explore and create.
Studying classic artists and centering your art lessons on a great artist can serve as a launching pad for a great art unit study. Children as well as adults appreciate looking at famous artwork, and may find the biographies and anecdotes behind unique artists quite interesting. Using the life and works of an art master and exposing your children to the person's art work can inspire them to create works of their own.
Children who study the arts have a wider vision, are more persistent, are more playful, and are better able to learn from their mistakes, reports the NY Times. Try using art lessons to incorporate other disciplines in your homeschool studies, as well. For example, when studying Henry Matisse, a French painter and collage artist of the early 20th century, you can study French history, the mechanics of printmaking, and the importance of friendships when covering the story Matisse and Picasso’s life-long friendship.