Are you finding it difficult to find time to homeschool art? It's not surprising, it's not really your fault, life is busy and we prioritize. I get it, math and English come before art, history and science before art... pretty much everything that is academic comes before art. You want your child to do well academically, get into a good college, get a good job and have a good life. It makes sense.
But you still feel bad about it don't you? Ideally you would do art, but by the time you get through everything else, you're ready to be done, your teen is ready to be done, everyone is so tired of learning they just want to be done. Why even order the supplies, why even make a plan when it's just one more thing to worry about? But you still feel bad about it because you have happy memories of doing art yourself and understand the academic and emotional benefits.
So you say, "When I get everything else under control, then I'll add on art." But you said that last year didn't you? And you probably did add it in a couple times here and there. One big thrilling day of art, a big project that took a whole afternoon. Done, better. But it didn't stick, you took on too much and you aren't exactly keen to repeat the experience. Just like planning a birthday party, a big fun art project can be draining.
But it doesn't have to be draining, it can be ridiculously easy. What's the least helpful advice you can give a woman struggling with weight? Just stop eating too much and go to the gym! Why is that bad advice? Because it's too much all at once, it's too drastic. Better advice? Let's go for a walk together this week. One little baby step that's easy and fun to implement. Introducing a new element like art into your homeschool should be done the same way, with baby steps.
So lets take a baby step together to start homeschooling art! What's the simplest step to take to homeschool art? It's called sketching. Observing something and doing a quick simple drawing from sight. It doesn't have to take long, a basic gesture drawing only takes 30 seconds to a minute.
Here is the challenge:
Spend 30 seconds each day this week sketching.
Don't think you can handle it? I'll make it even easier. Going for a walk is more fun with friends. Hop over to my blog's new facebook page. Each day you can snap a picture on your phone and post a photo of your family's sketches to the group! And, yes little ones are welcome too!
Still not sure? Doubt you'll stick to it, so you don't even want to try? It sometimes helps to make more precise plans, after all if I invited you to go for a walk we'd settle on a place and a time. Let's do it right after lunch. Doesn't cut into the sharpest time in the morning, but no one's so exhausted that 30 seconds of drawing feels like a mountain. Bring pens (so they can't waste time erasing) and paper, we'll have a blast!