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.
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.
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.– 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.
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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