Why and How to Make Visual Art a Part of Your Homeschool

Presented by: Jessica Croker

Is art a part of your homeschool, or do you feel like it is just a fun, extra thing to do if you get around to it? In public schools, when budgets get tight, the first thing cut out of the curriculum is art. Is that the case for you, too? On the surface it may seem that making art is just for fun, but in truth, it is an essential component of academic achievement.

Teaching art at home can be intimidating. Aren’t art supplies expensive? Aren’t projects time consuming? And what about the MESS? In this class Jessica Croker, a homeschooling mom of six with a BFA in visual art from Utah State University, will help you understand the WHY and HOW of bringing art into your homeschool. We’ll cover the crucial role art plays in learning to see and think, explore some sample projects, talk about supplies and home set-up, and discuss how to deal with the mess. Incorporating art into your homeschool can be as simple or as elaborate as you want to it to be. Come spark some ideas on how to make it work for you.

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Jessica Croker is the mother of six children and has been homeschooling for at least twenty years. She is a registered yoga teacher, has a BFA in Fine Art from Utah State University, and is currently working on a master’s degree in art therapy and counseling through Saint Mary of the Woods College. Throughout her homeschooling career she’s operated from the belief that creativity is an essential part of our divine nature and a key way in which we experiment with and use our agency in this world. She has created a home full of art supplies and piles of kid-made projects, taught many homeschool co-op classes, and has graduated a few kids who are off to college. The Croker family lives in the woods with two cats, a gecko, and chickens in Manassas, VA.

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