Lower School Fine Arts Workshop (K-1)

This course is designed to introduce young students to the world of fine arts. It is the intent of the course to draw the student’s attention to the beautiful music, art, and poetry that is available to them. Augustine referred to God himself as beauty, “beauty so old and so new”. God, the Creatordrawsus to Himself through this beauty. Fine Arts Workshopwill develop an eyefor beautyand creativeness.Students will develop their ability to listen to music with a new appreciation for beautifulsounds. They will be able to distinguish different instruments as well as different genres of music. The student will be encouraged to sing entirely without concern for how “good” they sing, but for the enjoyment of singing. Every student becoming a confident singer is the goal.In addition, the student will have opportunity to memorize several folk songs and 1-2 hymns of the faith. Students will develop their ability to observe excellent works of art with an eye for detail. The goal for each student is to find enjoyment in closely looking at a painting and being able to make observations. Also, the student will learn methods of looking at illustrations in books with detail, color, ambiance, and texture in mind.In addition, the student will have the opportunity to do their own nature art projects at home with assistance from parents. Students will develop their ability to listen to and recite poetry. Children naturally are drawn to the rhythm and cadence of verse written for them. The student will read or have read to them several wonderful examplesof poetry over the course of 8 weeks. The student will also have the opportunity tomemorize poetryand grow in their ability to recite itfor other’s enjoyment.


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Required Course Texts:
A Child’s Book of Art: Great Pictures First Words Selected by Lucy Micklethwait

Poetry For Young People: Robert Louis Stevenson Edited by Frances Schoonmaker

52 Nature Craft Projects by Barbora Kurkova

Music Is… by Stephen T. Johnson

Required Course Resources:
Music listening will be assigned each week. Access to a wide array of music on Amazon, Spotify, or another music source of your choosing will keep retrieval of music stress free.



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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