Art is about creativity and inspiration, but many moms avoid teaching art in their homeschool because it is often seen as messy and unpredictable. Here’s what to avoid in your art lessons — with helpful practical hints to do instead ~
Too focussed on the end product
Inexperienced moms and insecure children often look for a “cookie-cutter” approach to successful art lessons. Typically these art lessons give step-by-step instructions which always result in similar outcomes. This often kills creativity.
Always look for an opportunity to teach important art concepts, techniques, or history, and find ways to tie as much learning and personal choice as you can into every project you do with your students. It is important for the art teacher to know what to do and how to do it, but it is more important to allow the child to discover and create and enjoy the artistic process without feeling afraid that it “won’t come out right”.
A gentle, informal approach to fine arts is really effective! After years of teaching art, I found that most real creativity is often spontaneous and requires a sense of freedom. Avoid tedious technical lessons, or using mediums that require great skill and ability or processes that frighten and exasperate children. Rather let the child practice with a new medium or process on scrap paper and then apply this to another process. This encourages exploration and discovery and will increase the child’s artistic skills.
Plan art lessons in manageable time frames. Young children need shorter lessons, while older children can work for longer periods. It is always difficult to pack away art and try restart the process another time. Homeschoolers can devote a whole day to fine arts and complete rather complex art activities, if they want.
Plan and schedule art and do it with your children! It is a wonderful way to build relationships and grow in creativity together.
What have you found works in your art lessons?