Art Appreciation: Why in the World Would I Study That?

Presented by: Dana Wood

It’s easy to get bogged down in the 3 R’s with homeschooling and never find the time to study things like art and music. But we have a spark of the divine in each of us and that spark includes the need to create. One of the best ways to encourage our children to use and develop their talent to create is to teach them to appreciate the things in the world that have already been created. In this class, Dana demonstrates not only the reasons for teaching art appreciation, but easy ways to incorporate it in elementary, middle and high school – as well as the resources you’ll need to accomplish it. You don’t have to be an art major to teach your children the fine arts!


Dana has always enjoyed teaching. In high school she had the opportunity to be a student teacher, but found the experience frustrating as she was constantly told “you can’t do that in a public classroom! There are too many kids.” After that experience, she told a friend that she would never be a school teacher unless she could teach in a private school for gifted children where they let you teach to the children, not to the test. She has been doing just that since 1985, when she started homeschooling her children after reading John Holt’s book, Teach Your Own. She has loved the challenge and the fun of learning alongside her children as they moved back and forth across the country as a military family. She has graduated eight of her ten children and is glad she still has a couple at home. She is excited that her grandkids are being homeschooled, too.

Dana started with LDSHE as a mentor mom in 2005 and joined the Board as the Youth Conference President in 2006, developing the youth conference program. After four years as Youth Conference President, she has done a little bit of everything including Audio Library and Adult Conference Director as LDSHE expanded its conference out west.

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