Colonial Period Arts: A Family-Style Arts Program Paperback


Art history taught with fun hands on art projects, printables, books, and websites in a pick-and-choose format. Learn about paintings, sculptures, music, dance, and other art forms from the Colonial Period. This is for a mentor to use with ages 6 to 18, family-style.

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Colonial Period Arts is an art appreciation curriculum where kids do hands on projects and practice art while they learn about great artists and art movements from the Late Renaissance through the Neoclassical period. The art course utilizes printables, books, videos, and art projects. It was written so all ages and abilities can use it together for family-style learning. For use with age 6 to 18 years.

A Pick-and-Choose Curriculum

A mentor uses Colonial Period Arts 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.


Nine Month-Long Units

Each Layers of Learning course includes nine units, one for each month of your school year.

  1. Mannerism – This unit includes the late renaissance art of southern Europe and also the northern European art of the Netherlands during their golden age.
  2. Baroque & Rococo – These two art movements were European and highly ornate as well as mostly secular, a departure from the Renaissance.
  3. Reformation & Counter-Reformation – This unit focuses on the art of Europe during the upheaval of the Reformation period.
  4. Mughal Arts – In this unit learn about the art in India during the reign of the Muslim Mughal Empire from miniatures to architecture.
  5. Classical Music – This unit focuses on the classical musicians of Europe who took music to new heights of emption and complexity.
  6. American Colonial Art – This is about the art of the colonial period in what is now the United States.
  7. African Arts – This unit focuses on pre-colonial African art (Africa wasn’t heavily colonized until the 1880s).
  8. Folk Art – This is about the local artists who make paintings, crafts, woven materials, signs, furniture, and other arts across the world.
  9. Neoclassicism – This is about the art movement that took off during the French revolutionary and Napoleonic era, a return to Roman aesthetics.



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.

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 Three

Product Type

Full Courses




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