Art Beginnings: A Family-Style Arts Program Paperback

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Art Beginnings is an art appreciation and history course that includes tons of hands on art projects. Written for use with ages 6 to 18, this is a family-style curriculum. In this course learn about the principles and elements of art and about the earliest ancient art.

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Art Beginnings is an arts program that teaches students the principles and techniques artists use along with the history of art, while students are doing creative art projects. This course covers the purposes of art, art tools and mediums, line, space, color, texture, balance, emphasis, prehistoric art, early art in the first civilizations, ancient art, Greek art, and Roman art. You will learn about paintings, sculptures, theater, architecture, folk arts, and music during this course. For use with age 6 to 18 years.

A Pick-and-Choose Curriculum

A mentor uses Art Beginnings to customize learning to the students. The mentor chooses from among the library book recommendations, video recommendations, and activity ideas presented in the book. Mentors and students learn together as they read, watch, craft, play, and create.  To complete the activities, you will need craft supplies, art supplies such as paints, and some household items. This course was designed for multiple ages or abilities of students to learn together in a homeschool or classroom.

Inside view of pages of Roman Art

Nine Month-Long Units

Art Beginnings includes nine units, one for each month of your school year.

  1. What Is Art?
  2. Art Supplies
  3. Art Elements
  4. Principles of Design
  5. Prehistoric Art
  6. Art & Early Civilizations
  7. Ancient Art Around the World
  8. Greek Art
  9. Roman Art


Each unit intentionally contains more information and activities than you will be able to complete. The mentor chooses among the options to design a course just for his or her students. Then, in four years, once the entire Layers of Learning cycle has been completed, you all return to the book and do new activities at a higher level of learning. This course was designed for multiple ages or abilities of students to learn together in a homeschool or classroom and contains activities that will appeal to little ones and to high schoolers, often at the same time.

Digital Printable Pack

A Printable Pack of worksheets, paper crafts, foldables, maps, and activities is included with this book. To retrieve the free Printable Pack, visit the product page at, put the Printable Pack into your cart, and enter the coupon code found inside this book at checkout.

A zip file of nine Printable Packs, one for each unit, comes with the purchase of the Art Beginnings course.

Student Journal

As students learn about art, they are asked to assemble their own Art Sketchbook. You can purchase printable or paperback copies of the Art Sketchbook. If you prefer, you can use a blank art sketchbook to make your own.

Weight27 oz
Dimensions11 × 8.5 × .75 in






Cycle Year

Year One

Product Type

Full Courses



2 reviews for Art Beginnings: A Family-Style Arts Program Paperback

  1. robertandhelena

    This a great introduction to the study of art. My kids loved trying out different forms of art for themselves.

  2. Madeline Stone

    I finally found an art program I love! It’s the perfect mix of fun art projects and actually learning about actual art and artists. It finally feels like art is a real subject in our homeschool instead of just craft time. I have learned so much already that I’m excited about that it’s rubbing off on my kids. They love when it’s art day!

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