The Arts

These arts sample lessons are from the Layers of Learning curriculum which also includes history, science, and geography in one hands-on, family style program. To try other subjects click on the buttons below.

The Arts Sample Lessons

Kids and art are the perfect mix.  Most kids are naturally creative and enjoy making things using a variety of media.  Layers of Learning includes hands-on projects, like the ones below, to teach families about principles of art, types of art, art schools, how to create art, and great artists. Layers of Learning includes visual arts like painting and sculpture as well as poetry, theater, photography, dance, and music. You can learn more about Layers of Learning and how it works by trying some of the lessons as a family.

Photorealism & Norman Rockwell

Have you ever seen a painting so realistic you thought it was a photograph? Learn all about photorealism and Norman Rockwell and his process of turning photographs into paintings. Then design your own Saturday Evening Post Cover on the free printable cover.

A Tiger and lamb lying down together

The Lamb and The Tyger

Here’s a discussion guide on “The Lamb” and “The Tyger,” poems by William Blake. You’ll also find a printable to help your kids define and express their own thoughts about the poems.

Painted Collage Art

Make your own painted collage art with a variety of colors, textures, lines, and shapes. Along the way, learn about collage art from the Byzantines, Picasso, Braque, and Eric Carle.

One Color Paintings

One color paintings will teach kids about monochromatic color schemes, hues, tints, shades, and the emotion that colors evoke.


Shape is an important element of art.  Very simply put, shape is simply an enclosed line. Shapes are flat; 2 dimensional.  They can be geometric or organic. Geometric shapes are …


How Raven Stole The Sun – A Native American Raven Legend

This free printable booklet of the legend of How Raven Stole the Sun is a perfect companion to your study of Native American myths. Your kids can illustrate it as they read the legend.

Audubon’s Birds

John James Audubon was fascinated by birds.  He loved to watch them from his boyhood and, as an adult, became determined to study them and document all he learned.  He …

Native American Sand Painting

Sand painting has long been a tradition of the Native American tribes of the southwest.  The Navajo tribes, in particular, are known for this beautiful art.  Traditionally, the medicine man …

Quick Draw: Art Lesson Warm-Ups

This exploration is for all ages, as the colored smilies show. Everyone in your family can break out their sketchbook and do a quick draw as an art lesson warm-ups …

How to make no-cook play dough with your kids.

No-Cook Play Dough

We made this no-cook play dough and had to share it with you.  After over a decade of homeschooling you can bet we’ve made our fair share of salt dough …

Ojo de Dios

Ojo de Dios  (oh-ho-day-DEE-ohs) is Spanish for “Eye of God.”  When the early Spaniards came to Mexico they encountered the Huichol (wet-chol) people who lived in the Sierra Madre mountains …

Cave Art Expedition

This expedition is for all ages, as the colored smilies show. Bring all of your kids on a field trip to see cave art near you. 1st thru 4th grades …

Painting with Pointillism

This pointillism art project will be a favorite for your kids.  While they paint, you should be prepared to show some famous paintings made using this technique, and share a …

Photography For Kids

This exploration is for all ages, as the colored smilies show.  You can learn about photography with your whole family together! The Photography Scavenger Hunt is an art exploration from …

Art Appreciation

This exploration is for all ages, as the colored smilies show. You can use art cards to play games and learn about famous art with your whole family. Art appreciation …

Art . . . El Greco Style

Domenikos Theotokopoulos was an artist known as El Greco. He was born on the Greek island of Crete, but settled down as an artist and architect in Spain, where he …

Munch’s The Scream

In this art project kids get to reproduce their own version of Edvard Munch’s famous painting, “The Scream.”  The best place to start is by looking at his painting and …

Learning Organized

The explorations on these pages are just the beginning. We created a whole organized curriculum full of hands on projects, printables, and web links to take you through history, geography, science, and the arts with all of your kids from 1st grade to graduation.

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