Reclaim Your Time with Art Lesson Plans
You Can Easily Teach Art Using the Classical Model of Education
Are you busy? Planning art projects that focus on the fundamentals (the grammar) of art and also align with the Classical Conversations Foundations Guide takes hours of time. However, there’s no need to spend your limited free time reinventing the wheel by writing art lesson plans. I want to give you my complete art lesson plans for your CC community so you can reclaim your time.
“What exactly are we going to do for art each week? How can I make this art project work for both 4 year olds and 12 year olds? How can we make sure we’re teaching some real art principles in such a short time block? What supplies should I purchase?
I get it, I’ve been a Classical Conversations SR, Director, and Foundations tutor myself and plenty of my evenings and weekends have been anything BUT relaxing. However, your experience doesn’t have to be that way! I’ve created fun and easy art lesson plans and pulled together an organized, succinct shopping list just for you!
No need to re-invent the wheel- I’m sharing all my lesson plans with you here, so you can relax too!
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You’ll find the answers to several Frequently Asked Questions near the bottom of this page.
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FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)
What ages are your lesson plans written for?
Our CC community had the full 4-12 year old age range last year and it looks like we will again this year. Last year I gave my lesson plans to my tutors and then encouraged them to do what would work for their class. Often they chose to have two levels available and let each student choose. They’d say something like: “You get to choose if you want to start with a pre-drawn picture and focus on painting or draw your own picture to paint!” It seemed to work great with the 4 year olds and the 12 years.
Are these art lesson plans classical?
Are these art lesson plans “stick-in-the-sand” simple?
In her 2012 Writer’s Circle article, “Stick in the Sand: The Place of Technology in Community,” Leigh Bortins uses it to mean that we don’t need expensive technology to teach our children. In the CC community it has also evolved to mean that education does not need to be complicated, so look for ways to make homeschooling simple and doable.
If you have the existing knowledge of art or you have the time and the passion to teach yourself about art, I’m confident that you are fully capable to teach art without formal lesson plans. In that case it may feel simpler to you to do it yourself and not mess with lesson plans. If, however, you don’t already have knowledge about art or don’t have both the time and the passion to teach yourself the grammar (fundamentals) of art, then my lesson plans are a great way to simplify the process of teaching art. You can use my lesson plans to learn along side your students, with minimal preparation on your part.
Does my friend need to buy her own copy or can I share these lesson plans with her?
Please do not give these lesson plans to others. Instead, share my website with them so they can purchase their own copy.
Why don’t you use "Discovering Great Artists" by Kohl and Solga?
I'm a little lost- how are your lesson plans organized?
You’ll also find a product page for each lesson plan, showing the details of what is included in each lesson. Every lesson plan includes a short script for tutors, detailed art project instructions, modifications for various skill levels, and some extras that vary from lesson to lesson.
I’ve arranged my cycle 3 lesson plans into two main groups:
- All American Drawing (Weeks 1-6 in CC), and
- Amazing American Artists (Weeks 13-18 in CC).
You can purchase each lesson individually for $4.99 or purchase a 6-week package at a great discount, plus a few bonuses.