Homeschool Art Lessons

“What about homeschool art lessons?” is a question I am often asked. Yes! these are considered to be key learning areas that need to be incorporated into your homeschool. However you don’t have to have special tutors in music and art unless you want to. Look at these simple resources for tutor free ideas to help you get started.
1. Have lots of art supplies handy

Making art materials readily accessible. We have always had plenty of art supplies paper out on a table so the kids can draw at leisure. They would often draw when we were doing narrations. We also had plasticine and modelling clay for sculptures. I found that many of the gifts they received were craft related.

Art lessons

2. Make up your own homeschool art lessons on subjects you are studying.

Charlotte Mason believed that children should include art as part of their lessons. She had children drawing in the notebooks for science – with their nature journals, in history with their Book of Centuries, and even in their Bible lessons.

Here’s an image from one of our aboriginal studies lessons.

aboriginal art lessons

Using notebooking will also give your children plenty of artistic opportunities.

This was from a weather lessons.


This is from a science notebook.

botany notebook

Literature unit studies will also incorporate art.

Australian Book Traveller is a good example of this.

Australian Book Traveller

3. Occassionally we organised art teachers to teach special techniques such as pottery, and watercolour painting.

Art Lessons

4. We also used picture study.

What is Picture Study?

Charlotte Mason believed Picture Study was an important part of a child’s education.

“Another exercise that is useful is directing children to look at a view, then close their eyes and try to recreate that image in words. They will enjoy hearing their mother put the surrounding view into picturesque words, or remembering aloud a scene or painting she saw once before, and this helps model the skill of oral ‘picture-painting’ to them.” Charlotte Mason Home Education p.48

Children from age 6 should be encouraged to create art and appreciate works of great artists, too. Children will develop a comfortable fondness for whatever they become familiar with––so why not make sure that what they’re used to is something of quality and beauty?

“We cannot measure the influence that one or another artist has upon the child’s sense of beauty, upon his power of seeing, as in a picture, the common sights of life; he is enriched more than we know in having really looked at even a single picture. It is a mistake to think that colour is quite necessary to children in their art studies. They find colour in many places, and are content, for the time, with form and feeling in their pictures.” Charlotte Mason

In our home we studied a famous work of art and the children would memorise the picture and without looking explain it. The picture below was done by my 9 year old when studying Bailed Up by Tom Roberts.

homeschool art lessons

Primary Language Lessons and Intermediate Language Lessons also includes famous works of Australian and world art. These resources will stop you forgetting to do picture study.

We also used our picture study for narrations here is one from my blog using Frederick McCubbin’s Lost.

Australian Artist Picture Study

Use this ebook to look at art works from Australian artists and read about Charlotte Mason’s ideas on picture study.

Australian Picture Study