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Why Combine Art And Academics?

When I was in seventh grade, we were all assigned a different country to learn about and present back to the class. The presentation itself required more than just a standard book report. It required us to combine art and academics. We had to create a salt dough map, and then use the map to guide the class around our assigned country.  I was given Italy and spent days preparing for my presentation and painting that map. Twenty years later, I still know more about Italian geography than any other country in the world outside my own.

I share this example, because my guess is, you likely have one too from your own school experience. The diorama, the science fair presentation, or that one cool teacher who let you create a project instead of submitting a written report – when we think of them now, we smile, and we actually remember what we learned

This illustrates perfectly the power of using art to aid academic learning.

Why Combine Art and Academics?

Adding art to a more formal learning assignment has two essential benefits for learners.

  1. It creates a multi-sensory experience.
  2. Creativity leads to ownership.
You Are An Artist combines art and academics with lessons designed to foster creativity and a multi-sensory approach for effective learning. 

Art and Academics with Multi-sensory Learning

Multi-sensory learning is typically defined as an approach to learning that uses more than one sense (seeing, hearing, touching, doing).

Research has repeatedly shown that this type of learning is far more successful, because it allows the child to access the information in different ways.

“… when we engage in creative activities, we change the neurochemistry of our brain in ways that a drug can change the neurochemistry of our brain.” Kelly Lambert,  neuroscientist at the University of Richmond.

This is one of the reasons why I Drew It and Then I Knew It lessons work so well for my son. 

The audio of Nana’s instruction, the visual input from the computer screen and from the colors as my child paints, as well as the obvious tactile experience of holding the chalk and blurring the lines on the page – all work together to create a seamless, multi-sensory experience for my son. This type of multisensory learning leads to greater comprehension and retention for all children, and especially those who have learning differences.

Creativity Increases Ownership

When we create something, anything, it requires a certain level of commitment from us. The same is true of our children. It forms a much more personal relationship to what is being learned and goes far beyond what a simple worksheet or quiz can provide.

This increased ownership is another contributor to the increased retention and comprehension we see when we add art to academic learning. It’s one of the reasons why we all remember what we learned from those more creative assignments back in school.

Adding Art To Academics in Our Homeschool

As homeschoolers, we are fortunate enough to have the opportunity to create these types of learning experiences all the time. Rather than just the one or two projects I remember from my school days, I am excited to incorporate this type of approach into our learning as much as possible.

Here is a recent example from my own home:

  1. My son saw a hummingbird outside and we decided to learn more.
  2. We read a book together about birds.
  3. We watched a  video online about hummingbirds.
  4. We added an element of creativity with You Are An Artist Chalk Pastel Bird Study,
  5. As my son created his picture, we listened to Nana talking about hummingbirds and we reviewed what we’d learned.

It may seem simple, and I guess it is. But the truth is, my son has comprehended and retained this learning far more than had we just completed the chapter in his science book.

You Are An Artist is an easy and incredibly effective way to combine art and academics in our homes. The lessons are designed to foster the ownership creativity brings, along with the multi-sensory approach that stimulates more effective learning. 

What a wonderful and seamless way to incorporate art into our academic learning.

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Shawna Wingert is a special education teacher turned writer, speaker and consultant. She is also a homeschooling mom of two brilliant boys with differences and special needs.  Shawna has written four books for parents – Everyday Autism, Special Education at Home, Parenting Chaos and her latest, Homeschooling Your Child With Special Needs. She helps parents of children with learning differences, behavioral challenges and special needs every day at DifferentByDesignLearning.com.

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Monthly Member Newsletters

Easily download each month’s Artist Clubhouse Newsletter via the links below: February 2020 – Little House on the Prairie
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Pumpkin Chalk Pastel Art Lessons

It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown video art lesson! Nana’s Fall pumpkin chalk pastel art lessons for all ages are always a favorite.

Featuring You! You ARE an Artist!

So, paint your Pumpkin Chalk Pastel Art and be sure to share with us! Simply tag @chalkpastelart on social media, use the #YouAREanArtist hashtag, or upload a photo to the ChalkPastel.com Facebook page!

  • A note on chalk pastels: Pastels are an easy, forgiving medium. Fun for children and adults alike! Details on the pastels and paper we use, how and where to purchase are in Our Favorite Chalk Pastels. A simple set is very affordable. Nana also teaches acrylic lessons.
  • The practical aspects of a mess: Pastels are blessedly messy. We always have baby wipes close by to wipe hands. We wear something we don’t mind getting stained or don a smock.

It's the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown video art lesson! Nana's Fall pumpkin chalk pastel art lessons for all ages are always a favorite.

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10 Benefits of Artist Clubhouse Membership

Just what ARE are the benefits of Artist Clubhouse membership? The list is endless and access is unlimited, for sure. But here are the top 10 benefits for all artists:

What ARE are 10 benefits of Artist Clubhouse membership? The list is endless and access is unlimited. Here are the top 10 benefits for all artists.10 Benefits of Artist Clubhouse Membership

What ARE are 10 benefits of Artist Clubhouse membership? The list is endless and access is unlimited. Here are the top 10 benefits for all artists.Art Planner – A beautiful, downloadable, pdf Art Planner is included with Artist Clubhouse membership. This planner has monthly views with clickable links to Nana’s video art lessons. Includes links to holiday art lessons for that month, artist birthdays and more! Perfect for tea time.

What ARE are 10 benefits of Artist Clubhouse membership? The list is endless and access is unlimited. Here are the top 10 benefits for all artists.Chalk Pastels at the Movies (bonus!) – Because it is such fun to paint a character or scene from a favorite movie or book, we have a whole collection of favorites. Narnia, Green Ember, Star Wars, Harry Potter, How to Train Your Dragon, The Incredibles and so many more!

What ARE are 10 benefits of Artist Clubhouse membership? The list is endless and access is unlimited. Here are the top 10 benefits for all artists.Exclusive Art Lessons – Artist Clubhouse members enjoy exclusive art lessons. These are only available to our members and not sold as separate lessons in our shop. Special seasonal lessons, celebratory ones and hymn video art lessons are among the ones only for members. In addition, at the Complete Clubhouse level, Artist Clubhouse members have access to Nana’s growing series of Famous Artists, Composers, Presidents and Maps!

What ARE are 10 benefits of Artist Clubhouse membership? The list is endless and access is unlimited. Here are the top 10 benefits for all artists.Summer Art Camp – Each June Nana offers a Summer Art Camp to complement her set of video art lessons. Exclusive and FUN new lessons each summer. One year we enjoyed an abstract acrylic!

What ARE are 10 benefits of Artist Clubhouse membership? The list is endless and access is unlimited. Here are the top 10 benefits for all artists.Art Lesson Index (bonus!) – This extensive list is a go to! Because we have SO many lessons on SO many topics from preschool to adult – in courses and all over, this resources makes finding the lesson you want a cinch!

What ARE are 10 benefits of Artist Clubhouse membership? The list is endless and access is unlimited. Here are the top 10 benefits for all artists.Members Only Group – Our Facebook group just for You ARE An Artist Clubhouse members is a fun spot to find out the latest, hear an encouraging word from Nana and find out tips from other members.

What ARE are 10 benefits of Artist Clubhouse membership? The list is endless and access is unlimited. Here are the top 10 benefits for all artists.Bank of Art Lessons – The vault of video art lessons is currently worth over $3,330 and growing each month! The membership access extensive with over 50 courses and supporting products! (At $30 a month for Complete Clubhouse access, that is less than 1% of the total cost. Talk about a bargain).

Art for All Ages – We have always said that Nana’s art lessons truly are art for all ages. She taught our five children around the kitchen table. They grew from preschool to college age over those ten years. I even realized that I (Tricia, Nana’s daughter) AM an artist! For those that desire age-specific lessons, Nana has preschool lessons, A Simple Start in Chalk Pastels and A Simple Start in Acrylics. Then there is her I Drew It Then I Knew It Series aimed at middle to high school age. We also have to share that there are many parents that love to enjoy Nana’s lessons for just a little creative time. And these lessons are also such fun for Mom and Me time.

History and art are a beautiful combination. Expand your medieval history studies and make them come alive with chalk pastel art and our Medieval Video Art Course. I Drew It Then I Knew It!History Lessons – You will say, “I Drew It Then I Knew It!” with Nana’s offering of art lessons for all four eras of history! Ancients, Medieval, Knights & Crusaders, American History, Modern History, American Landmarks, Art in Space, Inventors plus the exclusive and growing sets of Presidents, Maps, Famous Artists and Composers. There is so much to complement the learning already happening in your homeschool. Painting with Nana helps reinforce the understanding and comprehension of a subject you are studying.

Nana – She is the best! Of course, she is my mama. We are a mother/daughter team. Our Hodgepodge  (our homeschool family) all works together to bring you these fabulous lessons. But don’t take it from me!

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I Drew It Then I Knew It Homeschool Bird Study

Your resident ornithologist will love Nana’s chalk pastel bird video art lessons! In fact, there are so many ways to combine a homeschool bird study with art. Maybe a seasonal study, the Great Backyard Bird Count, Apologia’s Flying Creatures, nature study and more. You can have an I Drew It Then I Knew It homeschool bird study.

Your resident ornithologist will love Nana's chalk pastel bird video art lessons! In fact, there are so many ways to combine a homeschool bird study with art. Maybe a seasonal study, the Great Backyard Bird Count, Apologia's Flying Creatures, nature study and more. You can have an I Drew It Then I Knew It homeschool bird study.

I Drew It Then I Knew It homeschool bird study

Here is a fun fall blue jay to paint with Nana’s video art lesson.


Then join Nana for even MORE bird art lessons:

 

Featuring You! You ARE an Artist!

So, paint your fall bird and be sure to share with us! Simply tag @chalkpastelart on social media, use the #YouAREanArtist hashtag, or upload a photo to the ChalkPastel.com Facebook page!

  • A note on chalk pastels: Pastels are an easy, forgiving medium. Fun for children and adults alike! Details on the pastels and paper we use, how and where to purchase are in Our Favorite Chalk Pastels.
  • The practical aspects of a mess: Pastels are blessedly messy. We always have baby wipes close by to wipe hands. We wear something we don’t mind getting stained or don a smock.

Your resident ornithologist will love Nana's chalk pastel bird video art lessons! In fact, there are so many ways to combine a homeschool bird study with art. Maybe a seasonal study, the Great Backyard Bird Count, Apologia's Flying Creatures, nature study and more. You can have an I Drew It Then I Knew It homeschool bird study.

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Apple Chalk Pastel Art Lessons

It’s time to paint some apples, don’t you agree? Nana has several you can enjoy. We are pointing to Apple Chalk Pastel Art Lessons so you can add them to your studies and read aloud times!

You ARE an Artist Clubhouse members will find these lessons in your membership dashboard:

  • Apple – A Simple Start in Chalk Pastels
  • Apple – Preschool Fall Video Art Lessons
  • Johnny Appleseed Clubhouse Exclusive lesson – Fall Video Art Lessons



Also:
How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World (for tea time!) – YouTube

Perfect to go with How to Make Nana’s Apple Pie and See the World (her recipe)

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