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A masterpiece

A New Outlook On Art

My 15 year old daughter spends part of most evenings drawing in her journal– looking for ideas online to create a personalized book chronicling her thoughts, activities, and more. Often she calls me in to show me her new idea or drawing and to see if I like what she’s working on. (I always do!) 


This love of art wasn’t always characteristic of her, though. For years, she claimed she had no artistic ability and would hardly draw a thing, being more afraid of failing than excited to create something new.


That all changed, though, when she and her sister joined some of their closest friends to walk through the Creating a Masterpiece course together. Each week, they got to hang out with  their besties and create something amazing! I had no idea what that small investment at a Teach Them Diligently event that year would do for her in the days to come.


I can’t tell you how thankful I am for the time spent and the money invested in Creating a Masterpiece all those years ago. It proved to be life changing for my daughter as it unlocked a creativity in her she didn’t even realize she had. I hope you’ll read on to learn more about this incredible resource for your homeschool and why adding it into your normal routine would be a great thing for your children. I also hope you’ll pick up your own copy to use with your children. I promise you’ll be glad you did– and that thankfulness will only grow as your children do and you realize even more how profoundly impacted they were by taking the course. 


Creating a MasterpieceProud Students

Students work on a piece of artwork that eventually becomes a “masterpiece”! Even first graders know that they usually leave Hidden Acres Art School (Sharon’s studio name) with a project they are very proud of. It may take many weeks of work, but they know their projects will grace the walls of their home. Students are often proclaiming, “I didn’t know I could do this!”

Sharon pushes her students to work on projects that bring a sense of pride and purpose, so they are not easily discouraged. “Every project needs to build up the student! My goal in teaching is to see each child gain a confidence they never had before. This confidence will translate to every other area of life,” Sharon states.Creating a Masterpiece

Well Rounded Artists

Students are treated as young artists to learn confidence and skill, and gain everything possible to succeed. At first everyone in class is taught the same project.  After learning to imitate the art media Sharon does, they are then turned loose to create their own paintings. Children are encouraged to try all types of art media. and become well rounded artists.


There are many life lessons learned through art:

– Students learn how to solve problems.
– Students learn how to follow instructions.
– Students gain a longer attention span.
– They learn to “never give up”!
– Through art they grow intellectually.Creating a Masterpiece– Students learn how to make wise decisions.
– They learn the importance of committing to a task and following through to the end.
– Students learn to be creative.
– Students learn how to express themselves through art.
– They learn how to create strategies.
– Students learn to receive constructive feedback.
– They learn the importance of dedication.
– They learn the importance of accountability.
– Students learn how art is a way to worship and praise our creator.
– They learn how to shape our culture by expressing their worldviews through the arts.

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Sharon Hofer, the lady behind “Creating a Masterpiece” teaches 180 homeschool students weekly. Her studio is filled to maximum capacity and her waiting list has several hundred students. But you can welcome her right into your home through this video course.





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Simple Thanksgiving crafts for preschoolers foster celebration and motor skills. Little guys are highly visual and love hands-on activities. Don’t be shy about using this approach.

Here are a few ideas to try with your preschooler. Remember, sometimes it’s okay to be messy. Messy is fun! It’s the process, not the product, that’s important.

Paper Turkeys

Begin with this easy paper turkey. Here are the materials you will need:

  • Multi-colored feathers (can be found at any craft and hobby shop)
  • Brown, orange, red, and white construction paper
  • Black marker or black Sharpie
  • Scissors
  • Glue

If you know your child gets frustrated with the cutting process, pre-cut the pieces. Have the parts ready to assemble onto the little turkey bodies. Be sure to pre-cut the eyes, wattle, and beak. The turkey body can take any shape you wish, including the one in the picture above.

Have your preschooler glue on their turkey parts and presto – a cute paper turkey. If you make one in advance for them to see, remind them not to worry about making their turkey look exactly the same. Their effort, and the fun they have while creating, matter more than the appearance of the final product.

Make the experience  more exiting for older pre-K’s and elementary ages. Foster fine motor skills when you let them trace the eyes, wattle, and beak. Allow them to cut out the shapes. Hint: the less fine motor control a child has, the larger the tracing templates need to be.

It’s okay if they don’t turn out perfectly. These imperfect first attempts will provide fond memories for years to come if you laminate the final products.

Handprint Turkeys

This is a fun but messier craft activity. Your preschooler will get a kick out of this one. You may experience a few giggles during the process. You will need:

  • Construction paper (red, brown, or yellow)
  • Fall color paints: red, yellow, orange, and brown
  • Googly Eyes
  • Glue
  • Paintbrushes

I like to get a paintbrush for each color that I will be painting on their hands. It may also be a good idea to have a small basin of soapy water on the table for quick hand clean ups when you are done.

Use brown paint to cover the entire underside of the palm and create the turkey body. Then, paint each finger a different color. This process may tickle and cause giggles and squeals. Grab a video camera to catch some of the laughter to playback next year for more giggles.

After the hand is ready to print, press down onto your desired construction paper color and press firmly. Dip those little hands in the basin of water you put out ahead of time to save yourself extra clean up!

After the turkey has dried, add on googly eyes and write what your child is thankful for in each feather. Laminate these projects for adorable Thanksgiving place mats. If you want more than one hand on the construction paper, you can paint both hands.

Sugar Cornucopia

This has been a definite hit with my preschoolers in the past. This fun to put together, yummy treat makes a great Thanksgiving Day table favor.

Gather your  cornucopia supplies:

  • Sugar Cones
  • White Frosting (edible glue)
  • Fruit shaped fruit snacks, Runts Candy, or fruit shaped cereal
  • Craft Stick

Place the white frosting in a small plastic bowl and use the craft stick to spread the white frosting inside of the sugar cone. After that has been completed, stick on the fruit shaped items and let set until frosting has hardened. This is a quick little edible craft. The results are awesome!

Egg Pilgrims

In addition to a few hard-boiled eggs, you will need these supplies:

  • Googly Eyes
  • Black Construction Paper (Boy Pilgrim)
  • Coffee Filters (Bonnets for Girl Pilgrims)
  • Glue
  • Sharpie Marker
  • Egg Carton
  • Yarn

After the eggs have been boiled and cooled, stick into individual egg carton holders. You can cut these apart or choose to leave them whole. Cut out little pilgrim hats from construction paper. Black top hats for boys and little bonnets out of coffee filters for girls. Glue on desired color yarn for hair. Then, glue on hats. Attach the googly eyes and let dry. Draw on the nose and mouth with a Sharpie marker.  You will have cute little egg pilgrims to decorate your table.


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Why Art?

Art is an important part of education. It encourages creativity and causes minds to flourish. Don’t take middle school art education lightly. You may end up having a your own Picasso-like masterpiece hanging in your living room one day.

Art projects catering to your middle schooler offer a way to rest minds from ‘book learning’ when the year has grown tedious! Field trips are a great way to encourage art creativity, so think in terms of combining the two when you can.

Art Project Ideas

  1. Tile Murals – Non-Glassy Ceramic tiles are great for this project. You will need acrylic paint or oil paint with brushes, silicone glue/dispenser gun, and an empty wall space. You can choose a theme for them to design like something from history, or allow them to just do whatever comes to their mind. When dry, display!
  2. Coffee Filter Booklet- This is a fun and unique art project. Kinderart explains it the best with a sample picture. Visit for full details.
  3. Cave Paintings – You will need small bags, an old spoon, old bowls, vegetable shortening, old toothbrushes, mural paper, masking tape, and dirt. This is a prehistoric idea. Again, visit for full details.
  4. Live Paintings – In this research project, students compile information on different paintings throughout history. Students then write an essay comparing the paintings they have found. Use an art museum field trip as research!
  5. Craft Stick Trees – Gather 1 large craft stick, 7 small craft sticks, brown paint, as well as red, orange, and green felt. A glue gun is the best tool to make the tree stick together. Cut out little leaf shapes from each color. Paint all of the craft sticks brown. Glue all of the smaller craft sticks onto the large stick to resemble branches. When that dries, add all of the little leaves. When dry, you have the perfect little tree.

What else?

Other middle school art project ideas can range from dinosaur eggs and friendship pins to paper quilling and pencil holders. There are so many creative ideas out there. Pinterest is a great online tool to search for all things middle school art.

Tell us about your most successful art ideas in the comments below? Or, tell us about your biggest challenge/art fail so others can help you find a fix or suggest a different approach?

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Rethink Home Education

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About David and Leslie Nunnery

Leslie Nunnery and her husband David founded Teach Them Diligently, the nation’s premier source for gospel-centered homeschool events. With seven years of homeschooling experience from preschool-high school and a passion to encourage and equip homeschool families, this mom of 4 shares her know-how and insights weekly through Teach Them Diligently media and on

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