Walk into your local craft store and pick up any how to draw art book. What do you find in it? Step 1: Draw this shape. Step 2: Add two lines there and there. Step 3... and so on until you've got a rabbit, or whatever. The book teaches a formula. And formulas are boring.
Although formulas can help a young artist quickly complete basic drawings, you can only draw a rabbit the same way so many times before it gets boring. And, is it really even your art if you're just copying someone else?
There's a reason that step-by-step books and follow along video lessons are so popular. It's for the benefit of the teacher. An artist can endlessly make new lessons as long as all they do is step by step. For example; Bob Ross did 381 video lessons, all in the same style of painting. Wouldn't it be in the student's best interest to learn the skills and techniques they need to make their own art?
That's what the public high school art teachers do. They teach their students the skills, principles and techniques required to make art. They get paid no matter what and have only a short time with each student, so they teach them what they need and don't waste time with copy me lessons. Shouldn't your student get the same benefit, or better?
Your teen is full of vibrancy and stamina. They want to be challenged. They need to be challenged. Will the art curriculum you get for them challenge them? If not, they'll be bored. I know. I watch art video lessons sometimes. Once I get the point I fast forward... who wants to watch an hour long painting lesson when you can get the concepts in 10 or 20 minutes and move on to doing your own painting.
Give them what they need and let them make art! Let them make their own art!
If you're looking for a high school level art curriculum and you look at samples of student artwork and they all look the same, run away fast! Just think about it.. with siblings, if you were going to use the same curriculum for both would they enjoy having duplicate drawings? How about instead we go against the current?
Artistic personalities like to try something different. It may not always turn out, but imagine if Monet hadn't let himself try anything new, and we never had his beautiful impressionist paintings!
When I was a student painting my first still life, I told my art teacher I was finished about six times before he told me I was finished. Now I'm not sure if he just wanted to keep me busy, but I've always appreciated that he pushed me to be my best.
Just like in sports, artists need coaches and cheer leaders too. Not necessarily to teach them, but to push them. With every artist and every athlete there's only so far the teacher can take them, and after that it's practice and experience that will teach them what works best for them. If they push themselves.
A drawing that is half done teaches very little, but one that is labored over will stretch even a skilled artist.
Artists should receive feedback and encouragement from other artists to show them where and how to improve their art. They should also learn to give constructive criticisms to other artists. Art is meant to be shared. Peers can act as coaches and cheerleaders encouraging young artists to not settle for less than their best.
Art should mean something special to the artist. Either the subject is personal, they were challenged and overcame or simply they found satisfaction and pleasure in making their art. These are some samples of art that mean something special to me. Would you like to see your teen make art that matters to them?
I drew this a late night after going for a skate down the street.
A happy memory with my daughter.
I love tigers. My husband challenged me to paint this.
I'm a self trained artist. What does that mean? It means I haven't gone to an art college, other than the four years in high school I received no direct instruction, and for the last ten years I've done art just for the pure joy of it. I've had some success. I've sold some art along the way, given some gifts and had my art shown in a gallery, but by many artists standards I could be considered amateur.
But, having taught myself and continuing to teach myself... I know the biggest lessons come from doing. I can teach the techniques and principles, and let students have the freedom to practice and explore. To make their own art and develop their own style without forcing them to learn my formulas.
If I choose to teach only what students need and challenge them to make their own art, then I can efficiently teach important lessons in short videos 10-20 minutes long. Shorter videos will appeal to modern teens and will propel students into challenging week long art projects.
Because the art projects will encourage imagination and creativity and are not step-by-step every student's art will be unique. Student's art will mean something to them; they will own it.
And, I want to build a community of artists, where student's current and past can come together for feedback and encouragement. This will make it possible for homeschool students to get fair marks for their art that they can proudly record on their transcripts.
My curriculum is a progressive online video based high school level art curriculum. It teaches the skills, principles and techniques necessary to draw realistically and explores multiple mediums. Inspire my Artist curriculum will be released in two parts 1.0 and 2.0. 1.0 covers drawing and watercolor painting, 2.0 will cover acrylic painting and sculpture.
These are the supplies that I suggest. You can choose artist grade materials that are better quality but more expensive or student grade materials that are more affordable for average quality. I suggest buying artist quality for your favorite mediums and student quality for other mediums.
*I've placed a star next to ones that I feel are important/affordable to get artist quality over student quality.*
Pens and Ink
Charcoal and chalk
Grey scale Paper
Paper - Drawing and watercolor
Watercolor Mixing Tray
Artist Grade Materials
Faber Castell 9000
Sakura Micron Pen and India Ink*
Kneaded eraser and vinyl eraser*
General Kimberly's Graphite sticks 4 white & 4 black*
Blending stumps, tortillons or artist chamois*
Strathmore 400 Series Gray Scale Pads*
Drawing Paper 80lb Acid Free
and Watercolor Paper 140lb cold press
Faber Castell Polychromos or Plasmacolor Set of 12
Stabilo CarbOthello Pastel Pencil Set of 12
4 Tubes of Windsor and Newton 5ml water paints.
Windsor Yellow, Quinacridone Magenta,Winsor Blue Green Shade, and Winsor Green Blue Shade
Any tray will do*
Round size 8 or 10 Artist quality brush
Book: Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain by Betty Edwards.
Student Grade Materials
Generals Drawing Pencils
Any waterproof black ink pen.
Burnt twig and chalkboard chalk
Make your own tortillions or use tissue.
Paint paper with tones of grey for collage.
60lb Drawing paper and Reeves watercolor pad
Prismacolor Scholar Art Pencils Set of 12
Reeves soft pastels set of 12
Reeves watercolor tubes
White ice cube tray
Blick Scholastic Camel Hair Round size 8 or 10
A piece of sandpaper
A library copy or second hand.
This is an early sample lesson, the actual lessons are full screen, longer to include more material, include a time breakdown and the art challenge is a week long project.
A realistic self portrait by the end of the first week!
Point perspective principles don't necessarily mean architecture, but that's great too.
Pastels are a pleasure to use, especially when making fur.
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I'm a young mother of 3 girls under 5. I still remember what it's like to be a teen artist. I used to copy from books and draw trees in my yard. When I was in high school and I began to learn how to draw realistically art went from being an interest to a passion.
I always loved doing portraits for the challenge, acrylic painting for fluidity of the medium and my own unique ink drawings that I've found oddly beautiful. Art is a way to relax and express myself, I hope that I can introduce others to the same joys.
When planning to teach art as an elective homeschoolers have almost too many options and it can be overwhelming to choose what to do. That's why I offer a complete money back guarantee if my curriculum doesn't work for you.
Some of us are thrifty. We want to save as much as our hard earned money as possible. We also have a limited amount of time in every day. It takes a great deal of time to scour the internet to sort out the good and the bad and build a good curriculum. If the time investment is worth the cost savings to you then it's a viable option. If you want to preserve your valuable time I've already done the work to prepare a complete progressive art curriculum for you that your teen will love.
For some of us a print curriculum is good enough. I've heard good things about artistic pursuits, it covers essential techniques and principles. My curriculum has three main advantages over a print curriculum. One: It will better hold the attention of a modern teen that a dry text as they have a teacher speaking directly to them. Two: They are connected to other artists, with our community group they will be able to receive feedback and encouragement with each project. Three: A letter grade. Having a letter grade to show how they've progressed in their art is a satisfying and useful bonus.
Live art classes are exciting and fun, but they are not the same as an art curriculum. They generally focus on one medium and are usually limited to copy me art where the student copies the teacher. There's also the additional difficulty of traveling to each lesson. And the cost is much higher usually 30$ or more per lesson. A live lesson in a unique medium like pottery is a fun extra, but I think students will benefit more from a progressive curriculum that covers essential techniques and principles and touches on multiple mediums.
There are other video curriculum available for homeschoolers, most of what I've seen are step by step lessons. Step by step lessons can work if the teacher is exciting and makes a point to explain the techniques and principles as they go so that the students can carry away skills to apply to their own art. Unfortunately with most step-by-step lessons I find the experience is like being the passenger in a car, you get there but you can't remember how. When you get yourself there you always remember how.
A movie or book poster teaches design principles.
Horses are majestic animals, lets learn how to draw them in action!
Identify values is the first step to shading realistically!
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You are fully protected by our 100% Satisfaction-Guarantee. If your teen is not enjoying making their own beautiful art by 30 days from purchase, just let us know and we'll send you a prompt refund.
I have a money back guarantee for a reason, just email me and tell me why you chose the other curriculum and I'll refund your money.
I have a satisfaction guarantee, if you are not satisfied I will refund your money.
Parents can use the curriculum for multiple teens and can have multiple teens with the same last name join the community group at no extra cost.
We don't support simultaneous logins with the same password. We are able to give discount codes to COOP groups, just contact me with your members names and I'll give you a 20% off code for your group.
I am a self trained artist, and a member artist at the Art Zone in Halifax NS Canada. My main qualification is passion, I love art and I enjoy teaching.
A preteen can use the curriculum if they are interested with support from a parent. They would need access to a parent's Facebook account to access to the community group because of their age.
Feel free to try it, and if it turns out they are not quite up to it yet, you can get a refund.
You have lifetime access. If you are busy you can always pick up where you left off.
The price grants you permanent access for all children as long as Inspire My Artist continues to exist.
It depends on whether you buy artist quality materials, student quality or a combination. Student quality materials will cost ~ 40$ US.
Artist quality materials will cost ~125$ US.
I suggest picking at least one medium with which to try artist grade materials.
Yes! On the course lesson pages there are download options for every video. These downloads are in SD (standard definition) to make the files as manageable as possible.
It is even possible to log in on a library computer and download the videos to a USB drive and take them home to use with a computer with no internet.
Please send me any other questions you may have!
My Daughter Lily
A Mirror Self Portrait
A Friend as a Robot
Tiger Colored Pencils
Cookies Still Life
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