The Ridge Light Ranch Blog

Here you’ll find Free art project ideas, helpful resources, and encouragement to help you teach art to your students.

Why Study Rembrandt?- Podcast #57

Why Study Rembrandt?- Podcast #57

Rembrandt (1606-1669) was a famous Baroque artist from the Dutch Golden Age. He is most famous for painting portraits in the 1600s, but of course, his story goes much deeper than that! Early in life he hit it big and became the most popular portrait painter in that...

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The Personal Renaissance Mindset- Part 2- Podcast #56

The Personal Renaissance Mindset- Part 2- Podcast #56

We're back for part 2 of The Personal Renaissance Mindset. This is where we talk about how to cultivate a family culture that encourages lifelong learning and creating! You can find the Personal Renaissance Mindset part 1 episode here! The "Personal Renaissance"...

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The Personal Renaissance Mindset- Part 1- Podcast #55

The Personal Renaissance Mindset- Part 1- Podcast #55

We love telling all about our own personal renaissance activities each episode (the things we're learning and creating)- But how can we foster this mindset of a lifelong love of learning in ourselves and in our children? We've thought up a few keys and wanted to share...

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Drawing Texture and Tree Bark- Podcast #54

Drawing Texture and Tree Bark- Podcast #54

Texture is one of the 7 Elements of Art and learning how to create it can really increase the sophistication level of your artwork! Join us as we discuss how to create texture and how this integrates with the science of tree identification! Why Learn about Texture?...

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Aerial Perspective and The Science of Light- Podcast #53

Aerial Perspective and The Science of Light- Podcast #53

Learn about how the science of light creates aerial perspective, one of the Methods of Perspective Things We Mention Aerial Perspective and the Science of Light- Art Lesson Plan#34 Drawing Depth- Perspective in Art part 1 #35 Drawing Depth- Perspective in Art part 2...

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Fibonacci and Abstract Art- Podcast #52

Fibonacci and Abstract Art- Podcast #52

This week, Deanna and Julie are talking about the Fibonacci number sequence and how it's used in art! Around 1170, Leonardo Bonacci (now called Fibonacci) was born to a businessman in Pisa, Italy. Traveling with his father around the Mediterranean, Fibonacci learned...

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Audubon and The Birds of America- Podcast #51

Audubon and The Birds of America- Podcast #51

John James Audubon had a passion for birds and he loved exploring America and discovering the many unique species of the land. This podcast correlates to one of our lesson plans: Audubon’s Scientific Illustrations with Upside-Down Drawing- Lesson Plan. It's available...

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Balance, Symmetry, and Leaves- Podcast #50

Balance, Symmetry, and Leaves- Podcast #50

This week I'm talking about balance, symmetry and how they're related to leaves! Deanna's unavailable, so it's a solo episode this week! What is Balance? What is Symmetry? Balance is one of the Principles of Design Principles of Design:  How to use the elements...

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How to Host Painting Parties with Emily Magone- Podcast #48

How to Host Painting Parties with Emily Magone- Podcast #48

Why not earn some extra money hosting painting parties this summer? As homeschoolers, our summers are usually a little bit more relaxed than the school year. That makes summer the perfect time to start a little business on the side! My friend Emily Magone is offering...

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Tips for a Successful Museum Visit- Podcast #47

Tips for a Successful Museum Visit- Podcast #47

As summer is approaching and you're planning your vacations, we hope you'll include a visit to a few art museums! Join us today as we discuss the benefits of visiting museums with your kids and how to prepare for a really fun trip to the museum! Listen on iTunes ...

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Best of Renaissance Artists- Podcast #45

Best of Renaissance Artists- Podcast #45

It's time for a celebration of the Renaissance period! Are you ready for a quick overview of Renaissance artists? This 'best-of' episode is a sample of about 10 minutes of each of our six episodes about Renaissance Artists (#36-41). This will be a great refresher for...

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Best of the Ancient Art Episodes- Podcast #44

Best of the Ancient Art Episodes- Podcast #44

Egyptians, Greeks, Romans, Celts, and more! Are you ready for a quick sampler of six kinds of ancient art? This 'best-of' episode is a sample of about 10 minutes of each of our six episodes about ancient art (#28-33). This will be a great refresher for you and your...

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Best Of: Using the Classical Model to Teach Art- Podcast #43

Best Of: Using the Classical Model to Teach Art- Podcast #43

Episodes #23-27 were about how to use the Classical Model to teach art. We're summarizing them for you in this 'best-of' episode as a great refresher if you listened to those episodes last summer. Or, if you didn't get to listen to them then, this will be an excellent...

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Drawing Drills- Podcast #42

Drawing Drills- Podcast #42

If we're always determined to create a masterpiece with every sketch, we miss out on some of the best ways to improve our drawing skills. The best way to get better at anything is through deliberate, regular practice of a smaller skill set. In art, we use drawing...

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Why Study El Greco?- Podcast #41

Why Study El Greco?- Podcast #41

His real name was a 10 syllable doozie: Do-men-i-kos The-o-to-kop-ou-los. No wonder they just called him El Greco (The Greek). He was born in Crete (part of Greece at the time), studied in Venice and Rome, and then settled in Spain. His style was a mix of Byzantine,...

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Why Study Michelangelo- Podcast #40

Why Study Michelangelo- Podcast #40

Michelangelo Buonarroti (1475-1564) was an amazingly talented painter, architect, and poet, but his favorite art form was sculpting. He was probably the most talented sculptor who ever lived, perhaps even the most talented artist who ever lived. His art was dramatic,...

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Cornstarch Clay

Cornstarch Clay

I've been so impressed with how naturally most kids take to clay. It's a medium without mistakes- Just keep playing with it until you like what you see!  I laid out all the basics of working with clay here. Air-dry clay is nice because it doesn't need to be fired in a...

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Why Study Albrecht Durer- Podcast #39

Why Study Albrecht Durer- Podcast #39

Albrecht Durer was known as the “Leonardo da Vinci of Germany,” but he was a Renaissance trendsetter in the whole European art world. His impact reached far beyond Germany, partially because he traveled to other countries, but more because his Woodblock cuts were far...

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Intro to Clay

Intro to Clay

Looking for a fun art project? How about clay!? We've been experimenting with clay as I create a few art lesson plans that use clay. We've tried several different varieties of clay and we've each found our favorites. I'm using the term 'clay' loosely here to mean...

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Why Study Fra Angelico- Podcast #38

Why Study Fra Angelico- Podcast #38

Fra Angelico is another great Renaissance artist. We can see the Gothic-to-Renaissance progression over the years in his works of art and have rich conversations about the underlying philosophies and worldviews that influenced art at this time. Fra Angelico's artwork...

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Why Study Ghiberti- Podcast #37

Why Study Ghiberti- Podcast #37

Lorenzo Ghiberti was a famous early Renaissance artist, best known for his three dimensional bronzed reliefs on the doors of the Florentine Baptistry. By learning about his work, we get to learn about relief art and its somewhat three-dimensional nature. We can also...

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How to Make a Custom Coaster in 30 Minutes

How to Make a Custom Coaster in 30 Minutes

This project makes a great gift and it’s fun to do with the kids! It's pretty fast- most people can do it in under 30 minutes. Although it will vary based on how much time you spend sketching. Materials Unglazed 4-inch x 4-inch travertine tile (A 9 pack was $3.97 at...

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Artsy Gift Ideas

Artsy Gift Ideas

Christmas is coming! What sort of art-related gifts do we suggest? Deanna and I mentioned a few of our favorite gift ideas in the Podcast episode #36, but here we've compiled a list of all our favorite artsy things and sorted them into some different categories. I try...

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Why Study Giotto- Podcast #36

Why Study Giotto- Podcast #36

Studying Giotto is a great way to usher in your study of the Renaissance period because he's the Father of the Renaissance in Florentine art. We chat about Giotto's life, the hallmarks of Renaissance art and some art project ideas for your study of Giotto. In our Personal Renaissance section, we offer some great suggestions for Artsy Gift Ideas.
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4 More Secrets to Adding Depth to your Art- Podcast #35

4 More Secrets to Adding Depth to your Art- Podcast #35

In this 2nd half of our discussion on the 7 Methods of Perspective, we're talking about: Shadows, Angle of Lines, Degree of Detail, and Color! These skills are a little less intuitive so they're especially fun to learn and then see in everyday life! Here's part 1, in...

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3 Easy Ways to Add Depth to Drawings- Podcast #34

3 Easy Ways to Add Depth to Drawings- Podcast #34

This is the first half of our discussion of the 7 Methods of Perspective. In these two episodes, we chat about all the ways to add depth to your two-dimensional artwork. In this episode, we discuss: Overlap, Horizontal Placement, and Size. In episode 35 we'll cover...

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Illuminated Manuscripts- Podcast #33

Illuminated Manuscripts- Podcast #33

We're going back to the Book of Kells and other illuminated manuscripts (as promised in episode 31 about Ancient Celtic Abstract Art)! In this episode we answer the questions: When and where were Illuminated manuscripts created? What were they? What can we learn from...

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Abstract Celtic Art, Patterns and Puzzles- Podcast #31

Abstract Celtic Art, Patterns and Puzzles- Podcast #31

Celtic Art has such a unique look to it that most people can easily identify at Celtic, whether it's from the earlier pre-Christian eras or the later Celtic-Christian times. In this style we see a lot of patterns and drawings that look like knots and ropes. As far as...

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Egyptian Art, Variety and Consistency- Podcast #29

Egyptian Art, Variety and Consistency- Podcast #29

What makes Egyptian art so instantly recognizable? Why did the Egyptians draw and paint in this way? What kind and contributions did the Egyptian culture make to architecture? Today we chat about all these topics as we prepare for a fun art project: Drawing King Tut's...

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Exploring Prehistoric Art- Podcast #28

Exploring Prehistoric Art- Podcast #28

Prehistoric art, like Cave paintings, rock art, and petroglyphs, are windows into cultures before written history. In addition to the obvious historical integrations, there are so many great prehistoric art / science integrations like the study of caves, geology, and...

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Why Include Art in Education? Podcast #22

Why Include Art in Education? Podcast #22

There are so many reasons why visual art should be part of education: the effect it can have on other school subjects and its inherent value in fostering creativity, visual learning, attention to detail, motor skills, confidence, comfort with ambiguity, learning from mistakes, perseverance, and communication with others.
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Need Reference Photos?

Need Reference Photos?

Drawing from a reference photo is sooo much easier than drawing from life, but sometimes you and your students don’t have a photo of your own that’s quite what you’re looking for. Using someone else’s photo without permission is copyright infringement! This is why I...

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Podcast #21: Making Time for Art

Podcast #21: Making Time for Art

One of the most common struggles we all seem to have in teaching art, is making time for art. Join Deanna and Julie and they discuss HOW to make time for both Art Appreciation AND Art Creation for both your children and yourself. Listen on iTunes   |   Listen on...

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Podcast #20: Why Study Jim Davis

Podcast #20: Why Study Jim Davis

Deanna & Julie discuss Jim Davis, the creator of Garfield. Who is he? What is his art like? Why should we study him? Join us as we chat about the genre of comics, cartoons, and graphic novels and discover some great reasons to study Jim Davis and his memorable...

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Podcast #19: Why Study Roy Lichtenstein?

Podcast #19: Why Study Roy Lichtenstein?

Deanna & Julie discuss Roy Lichtenstein. Who was he? What were his paintings like? Why should we study him? Join us as we chat about Lichtenstein's Pop Art and the fine line between a copycat and a unique original piece of art. Listen on iTunes   |   Listen on...

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Podcast 18: Why Study Andrew Wyeth?

Podcast 18: Why Study Andrew Wyeth?

Deanna & Julie discuss Andrew Wyeth: Who was he? What were his paintings like? Why should we study him? Join us as we chat about Wyeth's subdued pallet and discover what it means to train your eyes to see color. Listen on iTunes   |   Listen on Google Play   | ...

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Podcast #17: Why Study Georgia O’Keeffe

Podcast #17: Why Study Georgia O’Keeffe

Deanna & Julie discuss Georgia O'Keeffe: Who was she? What were her paintings like? Why should we study her? Join us as we chat about the life and works of the Mother of American Modernism and grow to truly appreciate her dedication to the arts. Listen on iTunes ...

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Podcast #16: Why Study Norman Rockwell

Podcast #16: Why Study Norman Rockwell

The 2nd artist we’ll study in our spring semester is Norman Rockwell. Who was he? What was his art like and why should we study him? Listen on iTunes   |   Listen on Google Play   |   Listen on Stitcher Here's the Highlights: Who was Norman Rockwell His life: Well...

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Podcast #15: Why Study Grandma Moses

Podcast #15: Why Study Grandma Moses

Deanna & Julie discuss Grandma Moses: Who was Grandma Moses? What were her paintings like? Why should we study her? Join us as we chat about the life and works of this American icon and grow to truly appreciate her paintings. Listen on iTunes   |   Listen on...

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Podcast #14: Why and How to Study Art History

Podcast #14: Why and How to Study Art History

Deanna and Julie have a fun discussion about art history. We chat about why studying art history is so important, why starting with a big picture framework is best, and how my Art History Overview chart is arranged to be as helpful as possible. (50:23) Art History...

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Podcast #12: D&J Discuss Tracing’s Usefulness

Podcast #12: D&J Discuss Tracing’s Usefulness

In this podcast episode, Deanna and Julie discuss tracing! Listen on iTunes   |   Listen on Google Play   |   Listen on Stitcher Here’s the Highlights: I'm a big advocate for tracing. I hope to make sure the whole world knows that there's nothing wrong with tracing!...

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Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving! My sons and I will be coloring our own version of The First Thanksgiving and we wanted to share it with you. I hope you'll get to sit down and enjoy some art time while contemplating what you're thankful for.
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Podcast #8: D&J Discuss Handwriting and Art

Podcast #8: D&J Discuss Handwriting and Art

In this podcast episode, Deanna and Julie discuss the Ridge Light Ranch blog post about Handwriting and Art (Listen to it on Podcast Episode 7 or read it on the blog post). Listen on iTunes   |   Listen on Google Play   |   Listen on Stitcher Here's the Highlights:...

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Podcast #6- D&J Discuss How to Organize Your Art Class

Podcast #6- D&J Discuss How to Organize Your Art Class

In episode 6 of the Anyone Can Teach Art (ACTA) podcast, Deanna and Julie discuss the Ridge Light Ranch blog post, "Organizing Art” (Listen to it on podcast episode 5 or read it on the blog post.) Listen on iTunes   |   Listen on Google Play   |   Listen on Stitcher...

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Podcast #2: A Discussion of How Everyone’s Creative

Podcast #2: A Discussion of How Everyone’s Creative

I'm working hard, converting many of my blog posts to podcast episodes! I'm also recording some episodes where Deanna Munger, my sister, and I chat about the concepts covered in some blog posts! This is the first of our discussions! In this podcast episode, Deanna and...

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5 Tips for Beautiful Coloring with Crayons

5 Tips for Beautiful Coloring with Crayons

We started creating our life-size paper bodies in science this week! Aren't they cute? (These are our finished ones from three years ago!) Using the My Body book from Teacher Created Resources, we color a few different organs each week while we learn some interesting...

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Art Contests for Children

Art Contests for Children

Do you have a budding artist? Check out this list of art contests they can enter (sorted by due date)! A contest is a great way to encourage children to keep practicing their art at home. They may already have a piece of art they're proud of that qualifies for one of...

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Copyright and the Art Teacher

Copyright and the Art Teacher

What do art teachers need to know about copyright? Is it ok to print pictures of art I find online and show it to my students? What IS copyright and why does it exist? Can I email a copy of artwork to my students??? I had these same questions so I started reading and...

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Who Decides What is Abstract Art?

Who Decides What is Abstract Art?

I received a great question via email today about Andy Warhol and whether or not his grid paintings should be considered "abstract art." I had a lot of fun thinking through it and writing about it, so I ended up with a longer email. I want to share it here with you in...

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5 Simple Ways to Adjust Art Projects for All Skill Levels

5 Simple Ways to Adjust Art Projects for All Skill Levels

When I teach art, I try to always have scaling options figured out ahead of time so I can adjust the art project to make it appropriate for the wide range of skill and passion among my students. If you're using an art lesson plan I've created, you'll see the scaling...

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Creating Cartoons Like Jim Davis (C3W18)

Creating Cartoons Like Jim Davis (C3W18)

On week 18 in Classical Conversations (CC), we have a little fun looking at cartoons and American cartoonist, Jim Davis. The students always love looking at cartoons. However, I've historically been more fascinated Jim Davis' business savviness as he's expanded his...

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Using Primary Colors Like Roy Lichtenstein (C3W17)

Using Primary Colors Like Roy Lichtenstein (C3W17)

Roy Lichtenstein lead such an interesting and varied life! In fact, my first draft of my Lichtenstein lesson plan included over two full pages of background on him! However, since we usually try to only spend 5 minutes talking about the artist before getting into our...

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Painting with Neutral Colors Like Andrew Wyeth (C3W16)

Painting with Neutral Colors Like Andrew Wyeth (C3W16)

Andrew Wyeth's paintings carry a contemplative depth to them that is characteristic of his work. He usually used a very limited and sometimes muddy / muted color pallet, achieving incredible emotion. This is not the shock of an Andy Warhol painting, but a more subtle...

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Painting in Tones Like Georgia O’Keeffe (C3W15)

Painting in Tones Like Georgia O’Keeffe (C3W15)

O'Keefe painted an incredibly wide variety of subjects. She is best known for her large paintings of flowers, but she also painted landscapes, bones, and abstract images. Many of her biographies focus on the sexual interpretations of her paintings, but there's so much...

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Illustrating Like Norman Rockwell (C3W14)

Illustrating Like Norman Rockwell (C3W14)

Rockwell's art is fun and often comical. It's full of childhood mischief and American icons. It makes us smile and leaves us longing for the "good ol' days." So, I was surprised when I started reading biographies about Norman Rockwell himself and discovered he was a...

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Remembering Like Grandma Moses (C3W13)

Remembering Like Grandma Moses (C3W13)

Can I make a confession right from the start? I've never really loved Grandma Moses' art. The lack of accuracy on perspective and proportion gives me a little twitch every time I see it.  (There, I said it. My mother is surely shaking her head now.)  Even so, I've...

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I’m Growing to Love Some Amazing American Artists

I’m Growing to Love Some Amazing American Artists

Over the last few weeks I've been working on creating the Amazing American Artist lesson plans, which we'll be using in our homeschool community in January. Each lesson plan is a combination of a artist biography and art project instructions. When I create an art...

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Tricking the Eye with Op Art (C3W5)

Tricking the Eye with Op Art (C3W5)

In our Classical Conversations Foundations community, we study anatomy in cycle 3. As part of our anatomy unit, we have a fun experiment we do the very first week in science where we create an optical illusion. This makes cycle 3 a great opportunity to include some...

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Using Color like Andy Warhol (C3W4)

Using Color like Andy Warhol (C3W4)

In week 4 of our homeschool community we'll be doing an abstract art project. Did you know some of the earliest examples of abstract art we know of are from the Tang Dynasty (618-907 AD) in China? Of course, in the western world, abstract art really gained traction in...

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Drawing Upside Down Ships (C3W3)

Drawing Upside Down Ships (C3W3)

Between Columbus, the Mayflower and the Boston Tea Party, I feel like Classical Conversations' Cycle three, which includes American History, is a great time to draw an old ship! Plus, I really love the old ships. As an aside, there's a great little Maritime Museum in...

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Drawing the U.S. Capitol Building Using Symmetry (C3W2)

Drawing the U.S. Capitol Building Using Symmetry (C3W2)

In week 2 of our Classical Conversations (CC) year, we always have an art project based on symmetry, or "mirror images" as the CC Foundations Guide puts it. This is a fun week that involves a little brain stretching, but it's important both for becoming a more skilled...

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Drawing Basic Shapes with American Landmarks (C3W1)

Drawing Basic Shapes with American Landmarks (C3W1)

I'm excited to start another year in our homeschool community learning about the fundamentals of drawing. We'll start week 1 working with basic shapes. Understanding how to see something as a collection of its basic shapes is a fundamental skill when drawing. In...

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Six All American Drawing Projects for Your Classroom

Six All American Drawing Projects for Your Classroom

Thank you all for all your encouragement and support over the last few months! You guys are so kind and I just love hearing and seeing all the art projects you're doing in your classrooms. We're winding down our homeschool year and I've been focused on planning the...

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Six Simple Art Tracing Methods

Six Simple Art Tracing Methods

This is the third and last post in a series all about tracing. First I convinced you that tracing is an awesome tool by explaining many of it's benefits and addressing the main objections. Then I explained when and how to incorporate mindful tracing into your art...

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How to Incorporate Tracing into Your Art Curriculum

How to Incorporate Tracing into Your Art Curriculum

Did I convince you that tracing is an awesome tool last week? Are you ready to try it? Today I’m going to give you tips for when and how to incorporate it into your art lessons. Next week I'll focus on the six methods of tracing and have a handy Tracing Quick...

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The Top 7 Reasons to Teach Tracing

The Top 7 Reasons to Teach Tracing

Allow me to convince you that mindful tracing is a great tool to use in an art class. Tracing has so many benefits. You probably have used it in your own life and encouraged your children to use it also. After all, this is how most children learn to write their...

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The World’s Most Amazing Homeschool Planner

The World’s Most Amazing Homeschool Planner

Homeschooling is a rich and unique experience for each family and student. So how do we find a planner that works for what we're doing? There's certainly no shortage of PDF Planners on the market- but what if you're life doesn't look exactly like everyone else's? You...

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Glob it on like Morisot

Glob it on like Morisot

Berthe Morisot was successful in her own lifetime, both prior to joining the Impressionist movement and afterwards. She painted scenes from her everyday life as a fairly wealthy woman, giving us snap shots of the culture at that time. She liked to use very thick...

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Plein-Air Painting like Monet

Plein-Air Painting like Monet

"Plein-air" is French for "open air." ("plein" is pronounced like "plain.") So plein-air painting simply mean going outside to paint. "Plein-air" is a funny little phrase I thought no one used anymore until I learned what it meant a while back. Now, I hear people,...

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Capturing Action like Degas

Capturing Action like Degas

While Degas was considered an impressionist, he really didn't act like it. While most of the impressionists were doing their plain-air thing, Degas was sketching ballet dancers as they practiced or translating his sketches into paintings inside his studio. He just...

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Painting Landscapes like Gainsborough

Painting Landscapes like Gainsborough

I don't know about you, but I really treasure the few photos we've had taken by professionals photographers. Family photography is an art all it's own and I have a lot of respect for it. But what did people do before cameras had been invented? They hired artists to...

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Drawing Botanicals like Linnaeus

Drawing Botanicals like Linnaeus

Carl Linnaeus was a botanist before botany was a thing. He created the base of our modern classification system for living things. So, he is known as the "Father of Taxonomy." As part of this naming endeavor, he would create scientifically accurate drawings of plants....

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Drawing Faces Like Rembrandt

Drawing Faces Like Rembrandt

In Classical Conversations we spend six weeks studying amazing artists and doing fun art projects to help us remember those artists. This takes place in the third quarter of our fine arts program. So, in week 13 of cycle 2, we'll be studying Rembrandt. Rembrandt was...

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Saving Christmas with Amazing Artists Lesson Plans

Saving Christmas with Amazing Artists Lesson Plans

Update: Cycle 3 Lesson Plans are now available! Check out what we're doing for Rockwell, Moses, O'Keeffe, Wyeth, Lichtenstein, and Davis! I'm so excited to begin the 3rd quarter of fine arts, when we get to study the Baroque, Classical and Romantic period artists. In...

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A Helpful Tip for Memorizing English Pronouns

Our Classical Conversations Community just did week 4 of cycle 2, which has the nominative pronouns. This reminded me of how last time we did cycle 2 were got pretty confused by week 8, trying to remember which pronouns where nominative, which were objective, etc… so...

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Travelers Notebook Size Printables Now Available!

Travelers Notebook Size Printables Now Available!

I'm so excited to announce a whole new section to my store: Travelers Notebook size printables!. (This is the same size as the Midori Standard size.) These 21cm x 11cm notebooks are a great size for mobility and I love all the beautiful leather covers available...

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HP Instant Ink Saves the Day!

HP Instant Ink Saves the Day!

Do you ever run across something that you love soooo much you find yourself telling everyone you know about it?  One of those things for me is HP Instant Ink. I discovered it a year ago when I had to buy a new printer. (Ok, the truth is that the lady in Office Max...

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How to Encourage Your Community to Memorize

How to Encourage Your Community to Memorize

Here's a little extra thing we love to do in our community and it's good to start any time of year. We call it "Tickets-for-Grammar" but you could come up with a fancier name. It's a fun incentive program that incorporates some Memory Master practice and encourages...

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How to Memorize Ephesians 6, Easy Peasy

How to Memorize Ephesians 6, Easy Peasy

I've found that our family does a great job of memorizing anything that I have on a cute little flashcards. We carry these flashcards everywhere and review them over meals, while waiting in line anywhere, in front of grandparents, etc.   I've also found that if I...

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Ephesians 6 Hand Motions for Easier Memorization

Ephesians 6 Hand Motions for Easier Memorization

I'm a big fan of NOT reinventing the wheel. So, of course I looked everywhere for a written out list of hand motions for Ephesians 6 since we're memorizing it this year. Maybe I just didn't look in the right places, but I couldn't find it anywhere. So, I set out...

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Organizing Art, Once and For All

Organizing Art, Once and For All

In this short little post, I want to show you my system for organizing art as a homeschool community art teacher. I'll walk you through my process including picking out projects, preparing for Tutor Meetings, and grabbing needed supplies on community day. You can...

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Need Six New Drawing Projects? Try These!

Need Six New Drawing Projects? Try These!

I'm so excited for the first six weeks of Classical Conversations when we get to focus on drawing during Fine Arts. In this post I'll be showing you the six simple projects we'll be doing for these six weeks. I love getting to share these projects so much. If you have...

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Overcome the Fear of Teaching Drawing

Overcome the Fear of Teaching Drawing

I love drawing, but not everyone does. In fact many people find the idea of teaching drawing a little terrifying. Here are some ways to scale it down, and make it easier on yourself.
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How to Set Up a Community Map Challenge Like a Pro

How to Set Up a Community Map Challenge Like a Pro

(OOPS! Were you looking for the Anyone Can Teach Art facebook Community? Here's the link!) As I'm preparing for our upcoming Classical Conversations (CC) year, I'm updating our Community Map Challenge document. Geography Meets Art I love how geography and art overlap...

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How to Make Paperclip Ribbon Bookmarks

How to Make Paperclip Ribbon Bookmarks

I'm going to show you have to make your very own paperclip ribbon planner bookmarks with just a paperclip and a few inches of ribbon! They add a fun element to your planner and are super easy to move around. You can watch the video or read the text- they both say...

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Eliminating the Paper vs Digital Planning Tension Forever

Eliminating the Paper vs Digital Planning Tension Forever

We live in a awesome time of digital everything where new apps are invented every day and we're surrounded on all sides with digital integration into our lives. It's great, but when it comes to planning, it's also annoying and confusing somehow. I really do love my...

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