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Why Teach Art at Home?


We do not do our best by our children if we ignore or minimize art instruction in our homeschooling endeavors.

Please indulge me for a moment. On a piece of paper (or in your mind), list all of the subjects you are teaching in your homeschool. Now number them in order of priority, starting with 1 as “absolutely essential” and working your way down the list. (It might help if you imagine a day full…
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Art is Irreplaceable


Art is an irreplaceable way of understanding and expressing the world. There are some truths about life that can be expressed only as stories, or songs, or images. Art delights, instructs, consoles. It educates our emotions.

When school districts are facing difficult budget cuts, one of the first things that gets tossed out the window is the arts: the marching band, the theater troupe, the painting class. STEM – science technology, engineering, and mathematics – often take precedence over the humanities. However, research continues to suggest that art is valuable, beneficial,…
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Getting Your Kids Engaged in Culture-Making


Read Ethan Demme's tips on getting your kids engaged in culture-making.

During the 1860s, a writer and artist named William Morris began a movement that would later become known as the Arts & Crafts movement. Originating in the British Isles, this movement eventually swept all of Europe and North America as well. William Morris encouraged people to “have nothing in your home that you do not…
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Expose Your Family to Art


Not everyone will be the next Vincent Van Gogh but everyone should have the opportunity to learn about and talk about his art.

I grew up in a family that wouldn’t be considered artistically talented. Some families have members who all play stringed instruments while other families have a family choir. The most we ever managed was recorders and color coded hand bells. Even though we weren’t the most artistically gifted, my parent made an effort to expose…
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Art Is Not Mere Luxury


One of things that makes art so important and even crucial to our lives is that art expresses ideas. And not only does art express ideas, but by very nature of art being rooted in the physical materials of the earth, art expresses abstractions in concrete form.

It was a symbol that inspired the hearts of the people. The name of the symbol carried the connotation of goodness – the word was literally, “good” combined with “to be” – and the man who made that symbol so famous declared the red to represent the “social idea” while the white was meant to…
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