Monday, January 26, 2015

Middle School Monday - Art In Every Subject

This post may contain affiliate links - using affiliate links from Homeschool Coffee Break helps fuel this blog and our homeschool - thank you! 
Virtual Curriculum Fair - Art and Music @

Middle School Monday

Welcome to Middle School Monday! This is the final week of the 2015 Virtual Curriculum Fair and we are talking about how we are "Seeking Beauty" - through the arts, handicrafts, music, or whatever else adds beauty to our homeschool. Be sure to visit our co-hosts this week, Susan at Homeschooling Hearts and Minds and Lisa at Golden Grasses, and the other participating bloggers - there's a list of them at the bottom of this post.

Making art and music a part of our homeschool day has been so much easier with my daughter than it ever was with my sons! She loves art and music, and even if those were not included in our lesson plans, she would be find a way to work them in.

For the past couple of years, we've used materials from ARTistic Pursuits as our primary art instruction, and I highly recommend them. This year, Kennady is still working on lessons from the ARTistic Pursuits Middle School level books, but I am allowing her to pick her projects from among the last couple of units in each book that she hadn't completed. I also give her art assignments inspired by our cultural geography study, many of which come from the book, Geography Through Art. She comes up with her own ideas of things to draw or create as she is working on science, literature, and sometimes even math. Recently, she's also started coming up with ideas from the monthly art challenge theme on the Virtual Refrigerator. (The Virtual Refrigerator is a weekly art post link-up that I co-host with two other bloggers - we would love to have you join us!)

I've talked enough - let me show off some of Kennady's artwork from the past few months!

These are lessons from ARTistic Pursuits.
Virtual Curriculum Fair - Art and Music @

These are some of the projects inspired by geography study.
Virtual Curriculum Fair - Art and Music @

These are some of the things she comes up with inspired by science. She is studying meteorology this year. Her sketches of experiments always have extra detail and artistic flair, and even though the four seasons picture was an activity suggested in her science book, she wasn't satisfied with just doing a simple sketch. She took some extra time to do the drawing with chalk pastels.
Virtual Curriculum Fair - Art and Music @

I "commissioned" Kennady to create an original piece of art to send to my aunt for her birthday.
Virtual Curriculum Fair - Art and Music @

Kennady was asked to do a live art presentation during the Christmas Eve service, and this was the result.
Virtual Curriculum Fair - Art and Music @

Art and doodles just for fun:
Virtual Curriculum Fair - Art and Music @

Much of her inspiration comes from books, movies, and TV shows that she likes.
Virtual Curriculum Fair - Art and Music @

 If you're looking for art instruction or ideas suitable for middle schoolers, check out my reviews of ARTistic Pursuits Middle School Book TwoARTistic Pursuits Sculpture Technique, and Geography Through Art.

Kennady also takes piano and guitar lessons, and I rarely have to remind her to practice. She loves to play, and has started writing some of her own music. She sings in a Children's Chorus that provides a comprehensive music and performance education. She's in her second year with the chorus, and looking forward to a trip to New York City in June, when the chorus will perform at Carnegie Hall! It's a good thing she's not a music snob, because I love having her join the worship team that I lead at church as well.

Virtual Curriculum Fair - Art and Music @   Virtual Curriculum Fair - Art and Music @

Virtual Curriculum Fair - Art and Music @

Middle School Monday - Choral Singing   Middle School Monday - Choral Singing
How are you seeking beauty in your middle schooler's education? Leave a comment and let me know! I also invite you to drop by the Virtual Refrigerator each week and share your art posts.

Each week I invite bloggers to share their posts about middle school here on Middle School Monday. The link is open through Friday, and I will do my best to visit, comment, and share your posts. Please grab the Middle School Monday button to add to your post or to your sidebar when you leave your link below, and please visit the other links and comment or share. I look forward to seeing what you and your middle schoolers are doing!
Middle School Monday at Homeschool Coffee Break

Please visit your neighbors, leave comments, and share!

Thanks to Susan at Homeschooling Hearts and Minds for creating the Virtual Curriculum Fair 2015 banners.
The Art of Organization…or How Clutter Almost Ruined My Homeschool by Susan @ Homeschooling Hearts & Minds
The Shadow of Divine Perfection by Lisa @ Golden Grasses
Relaxed Homeschooling: Fine Arts in the Early Elementary Years by Brittney @ Mom's Heart
Fine Arts {Art Appreciation, Art, Composer Study Hymn Study} for 2015 by Chareen @ Every Bed of Roses
Adding Sparkle to Home Education by Sarah @ Delivering Grace
And All the Extras by Christy @ Unexpected Homeschool
Teaching Art Using the Bible by Tauna @ Proverbial Homemaker
Art In Every Subject by Kym @ Homeschool Coffee Break
Letting Art Just Happen in Homeschool by Amy @ One Blessed Mamma
Missing Art? by Kristen H. @ Sunrise to Sunset
Do YOU Have Time for Extracurriculars? by Michele@ Family, Faith and Fridays
Fine Arts in Our Classical / Charlotte Mason Homeschool by Sharra @ The Homeschool Marm
The Science of Beauty for a Delight-Directed Daughter by Susan @ The Every Day of Education
Seeking Beauty: How we Tackle the Arts in our Homeschool by Joelle @ Homeschooling for His Glory
Learning To Appreciate Beauty With Fine Arts Resources@ As We Walk Along the Road by Leah@ As We Walk Along the Road

 ©2006-2015 Homeschool Coffee Break. All rights reserved. All text, photographs, artwork, and other content may not be reproduced or transmitted in any form without the written consent of the author.


Susan said...

Love the Doctor Who inspired art! My son did a watercolor of Davros a while back---it's amazing what these kids can do when they are inspired. Thank you for joining the Virtual Curriculum Fair. :)

Post a Comment

I love comments! It's like visiting over a virtual cup of coffee.