For many homeschoolers, one of the more intimidating subjects to teach can be hands-on art. The plethora of subjects, methods and supplies can be overwhelming to someone who doesn’t consider themselves artistic or crafty. This series will be covering the how-to and why of some basic art techniques, with some hands-on projects laid out for you to get your feet wet. I will start with a discussion of the basic supplies and tools, what they are typically used for, and why some types work better than others.
While my formal art training consists of one college art class that I dropped out of, I have been creating art for as long as I can remember. I attribute my love of arts and crafts and the abilities I’ve developed to my family who encouraged me as a child and who never balked at letting me loose with art supplies. My family gave me real paints, genuine calligraphy pens, artist grade pencils, actual oil paints and pastels, and more. I was allowed to keep them in my room and use them at my whim. For the most part, I’ve done the same with my children, and they have also embraced a creative life. I believe that true art comes not from formal instruction, but through an understanding of your tools and materials and the freedom to explore.
So I encourage you to follow along as we embark on this artistic journey, and to always remember: there isn’t a right or a wrong way to create art.