The Real Art Supply List for Homeschoolers
Ensuring a well-rounded educational experience for our homeschooled kids can be a bit overwhelming sometimes. Who can independently and adequately plan for all of the details such as physical fitness, music lessons, art history, and all of the academic subjects? I am here to help…well, actually, my dear friend and sister-in-law is here to help. She is an actual art teacher and has taken the burden of selecting the top ten things we should have around in our classrooms in order to be prepared for our kids to actually learn something from our art stations- whether that be a corner of our schoolroom or a plastic tub we store the supplies in. Once you have it, the supplies are ready and waiting for our little learners to use.
- 8×10 sketch pad per student
- good quality ruler
- drawing pencils, each with different lead harnesses (consult your art supply store sales clerk for help on this one)
- rubber eraser
- paint: cadmium red, cadmium yellow, phthalo blue, mixing white (at least double amount of white than all the other colors; you use a lot) and Payne’s gray
- brushes: 1” wash brush, small round brush, medium round brush, detail brush (usually this can be found as a set in the art supply isle)
- color wheel (this can be printed from the internet)
- mixing palette
- pencil sharpener
- growth mentality
Now, you may be a thinking, “There aren’t any crayons, glue stick, washable markers and finger paints on that list!” And you’re right. This list of art supplies isn’t meant for the very young artist or even the older elementary student before being given proper instruction on how and when to use them. In my homeschool, we have “everyday supplies” which include the standard crafty school supplies you’d assume. Our art class box is kept separately and pulled out when it is time to study art.
Art does not equal crafts.
Once that art class bucket, shelf or corner is set up, all you’ve got to do is find a great book on teaching art to use . . . or you can be like me and find a fantastic art teacher to help you along the way!
Lindsay Banton is a caffeinated mother to three great kids. She never expected to homeschool, but has found that it is a wonderful addition to their lifestyle and wouldn’t change it for the world. In addition to homeschooling, Lindsay works alongside her husband in campus ministry at a large university in Connecticut. She grew up in Virginia but has settled into life in New England, learning to love the long winters, cool springs, green summers and gorgeous autumns- and has built a boot collection to meet all the demands. She is currently blogging at www.oaksreplanted.blogspot.com.
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