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Lower Grades Art Workshop: Hands on Creative Art Experience for the Young Child

Art Workshop is a hands on course serving young children K through 3rd grade. It is the intent of the workshop to educate the student in 6-8 different mediums of Art, including interesting bits of Art History and Art Theory. Beauty will be a main topic directing the eyes of the student to look intelligently, think deeply, and to create intently. Charlotte Mason believed in helping the child see beauty. She said in relation to children’s learning, “Find beauty, study beauty, declare beauty.” We will “find” beauty as the projects are introduced and explored. We will “study” beauty as the explanations of how the projects must be carried out are discussed. We will “declare” beauty every week by sharing our own art work with the rest of the class.

During each of eight weeks of the course, one project will be presented. The students will work alongside the teacher, with step by step instructions given. Then, it will be the responsibility of the student/ parent to finish the project, and upload a picture of the finished project on Canvas by the following week’s class. The following week in class, each student’s work will be shared and enjoyed by the entire class. The class will be semi- independent. The parent/guardian will not need to be “in” class, but only close by so the child has help if necessary.

Objectives:
Students will develop in their ability to be part of an online class, sharing conversations, ideas, encouragement, and perhaps even difficult circumstances with others. The student will learn 6-8 Art mediums in which they will successfully finish a project and share with others. Vocabulary
will increase concerning art supplies, techniques, and evaluatory speech. Enjoyment of Art will overflow into other areas of the student’s education.

Please Note: This workshop begins Tuesday, January 31 and runs through Tuesday, March 28, 2023.

Fine Arts Workshop Course Map:

For 8 weeks, once per week, the student will do an art project along with the teacher and rest of the class. The projects may include the following with minor changes made as the ability of the students is assessed by teacher after the start of class.

 

Pointillism: Using small dots to create areas of color that together form a pattern or picture.

Claude Monet Japanese Bridge: Fingerpainting and study of Impressionism as an Art form.

Drawing: A lesson on drawing using shapes as the source.

Oil Pastel Paintings: Colorful and creamy in texture, these are a joy to make.

Scribble Drawings: This lesson draws on your ability to let go and scribble. It also engages the part of you that enjoys lying on your back in the grass.

Nature Craft Projects: The most beautiful Art is outside in God’s creation!

Painting on Wood: Make a small painting on a block of wood

Blow Painting a Monster!: Messy but fun!

 

Syllabus

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Required Course Resources: These supplies are necessary to do the projects in this course. If you have something else in your home which is “close to” what is listed, feel free to use that. The brand names here are suggestions only. I chose the best product and best price for children that I could find. There are many others.

1. Melissa & Doug Rainbow Stamp Pad – 6 Washable Inks
2. 6 school type pencils with good new erasers
3. Mixed Media Paper Sketchbook 9×12 with tear out pages
4. Painter’s Tape: 1/4 tape is needed, but feel free to just cut your own (you will need several yards)
5. Acrylic Paint: blue, red, yellow, green, orange, purple, white
6. Faber-Castell Graphite Sketch Pencil Set – 6 Graphite Pencils (2H,HB,B,2B,4B,6B) $7.47 on Amazon6. Faber-Castell Graphite Sketch Pencil Set – 6 Graphite Pencils (2H,HB,B,2B,4B,6B) $7.47 on Amazon
7. Art Spray Sealer: Caution! This should only be used by an adult, and outside only! An inexpensive source: Aleene’s spray finish 6 oz. Acrylic sealer clear or matte finish
9. Crayola Oil Pastels 28 assorted colors, non toxic
10. A small piece of smooth wood, app. 5-10” square
11. Variety of small bristle brushes, Mr. Pen paintbrushes 10 piece, $4.85 on Amazon
12. Colored Pencils, Crayola colored pencil set, 36 colors, $5.97 on Amazon
13. Crayola Washable Watercolor Paint, 16 count $2.72 on Amazon
14. 3 Plastic Cups
15. 3 Plastic Spoons
16. 3 Straws
17. Black Permanent Marker

Optional Course Resources:
These books are not necessary. If the parent desires to start the young student on a journey of Art education he/she might find these books helpful.
Famous Paintings: An Introduction to Art for Young People By Alice Elizabeth Chase
A Child’s Book of Art: Great Pictures First Words Selected by Lucy Micklethwait
Claude Monet: He Saw the World in Brilliant Light (What the Artist Saw) By Amy Guglielmo
52 Nature Craft Projects By Barbora Kurkova

Lisa Jacobson has been in education since 1983 when she graduated from the University of Minnesota with a BS in Music Therapy. Raising and homeschooling her own five children in the Classic tradition has been her greatest achievement. She believes that beauty in all its forms should surround all education. God the Creator is the source of all beauty. She is an accomplished musician who enjoys folk music and jazz. She has played a variety of instruments including piano, clarinet, saxophone, flute, ukulele, guitar as well and enjoys singing. When she has time to herself, she can often be found tending to her porch garden, playing her guitar, spending time with children, cooking, reading, or exercising. She and her husband live in the hill country of Texas. ljacobson.scholeacademy@gmail.com

 

 

Red checkmarkComputer: You will need a stable, reliable computer, running with a processor with a speed of 1 GHz or better on one of the following operating systems: Mac OS X with Mac OS 10.7 or later; Windows 8, 7, Vista (with SP1 or later), or XP (with SP3 or later). We do not recommend using an iPad or other tablet for joining classes. An inexpensive laptop or netbook would be much better solutions, as they enable you to plug an Ethernet cable directly into your computer. Please note that Chromebooks are allowed but not preferred, as they do not support certain features of the Zoom video conference software such as breakout sessions and annotation, which may be used by our teachers for class activities.

Red checkmarkHigh-Speed Internet Connection: You will also need access to high-speed Internet, preferably accessible via Ethernet cable right into your computer. Using Wi-Fi may work, but will not guarantee you the optimal use of your bandwidth. The faster your Internet, the better. We recommend using a connection with a download/upload speed of 5/1 Mbps or better. You can test your Internet connection here.

Red checkmarkWebcam: You may use an external webcam or one that is built in to the computer. Webcam Recommendations: Good (PC only) | Best (Mac and PC)

Red checkmarkHeadset: We recommend using a headset rather than a built-in microphone and speakers. Using a headset reduces the level of background noise heard by the entire class. Headset Recommendations: USB | 3.5mm

Red checkmarkZoom: We use a web conferencing software called Zoom for our classes, which enables students and teachers to gather from around the globe face to face in real time. Zoom is free to download and easy to use. unnamed-e1455142229376 To download Zoom:

  1. Visit zoom.us/download.
  2. Click to download the first option listed, Zoom Client for Meetings.
  3. Open and run the installer on your computer.
  4. In August, students will be provided with instructions and a link for joining their particular class.

 

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