Homeschool Art Lessons


  • How to Incorporate art into your homeschool.
  • What is Picture Study
  • Artist Study Rotation List
  • Art Resources


How to Incorporate art into your homeschool.

“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

Notebooking will 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.

3. Occasionally I organise art teachers to teach special techniques such as pottery, and watercolour painting.

Art Lessons

4. Read book biographies and stories about artists.

See our Artist Study Booklist.

picture study book list

5. 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.

Artist Study Rotation

Art Appreciation is a good family activity. There are hundreds of artists you could study and many ways you can group them together.

If you are homeschooling more than one, I suggest you follow one strand for all the family. Move to the next strand the following year.

Here are two versions for a picture study rotation:

  • The themed studies are easiest because you can just buy a book and work though them sequentially. These books give you some guided study of the pictures.
  • The Charlotte Mason Individual Artist Strands. You will find images quite easily with an internet image search. However many artists paint pictures of nudes so you may wish to censor some of the images.
  Themed Picture Study Over the Year. One strand per year.
A Australian Picture Study
Artist List: McCubbin, Roberts, Lycett, Phillips Fox, Gruner , Roper, Streeton, Preston
B Come look with me:  Exploring Landscape Art 
Come look with me: Exploring Art with Children
Artist List: Bruegel, Inness, Biierstadt, Gogh, Rosseau, Glakens, Escher, Davis, Hopper. O’Keeffe, Frankenthaer, Estes, Holbein, Goya, Beechey, Stock, King, Johnson, Manet, Bouguereau, Brown, Renoir, Picasso
C World Masters Picture Study
Artist List: da Vinci, Michelangelo, Raphael, Bruegel the Elder, Honhurst, Velazquez, Gainsborough, Millet, Monet, Seurat, Cezanne, Renoir, Degas, van Gogh, Rousseau, Matisse
D Come look with me: Exploring Modern Art 
Come look with Me: Asian Art
Artist List: Matisse, Picasso, Franz Marc, Sloan, Stella, Grant Wood, William J Johnson, Diego Rivera, O’Keefe, Comfort, Warhol, Frankenthaler, Xie Huan, Yen, Miaozi, Sikander, Hokusai, Murakami, Hong-do
E Come look with me: World of Play
Discovering Women Artists For Children
Artist List: Bruegel, Ibn Ali, Utamaro, Chardin, Catlin, Homer, Prendergast, Pippin, Rivera, Kooning, Gooms, Moses, Ringgold, O’Keeffe, Kahlo, Gentilrschi, Nevelson, Cassatt, Bartlett, Anguissola, Morisot, Delaunay
Charlotte Mason Method: Individual Artists – artist list
Australian  Middle Ages Impressionist Modern Australian
1 McCubbin da Vinci Monet Franz Marc Namatjira
2 Roberts Michelangelo Seurat Picasso Tjapaltjarri
3 Lycett Raphael Cezanne Diego Rivera Bancroft
4 Phillips Fox Bruegel Renoir Chagall Boyd
5 Gruner Honhurst Degas Dali Nolan
6 Roper Velazquez van Gogh Klee Sutherland
7 Streeton Gainsborough Rousseau Pollock Olly
8 Preston Millet Matisse Warhol Drysdale

World Masters Picture Study