Wednesday, August 15, 2018

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Welcome to the Virtual Refrigerator art link-up! Thank you for joining us as we share what we're creating in our homeschools. We cordially invite you to add your link sharing artwork that's on your Virtual Refrigerator and then hop over to the other blogs and admire what's on their Fridges too! The Virtual Fridge link-up is open all month, with anchor posts planned for each Wednesday.

Right now we're going through one of those periods where there is just so much going on that art is getting shuffled to the bottom of the pile. Also, Kennady has not been doing art for school for a couple of years, so although she enjoys being creative, it is not something that is structured or scheduled, so these dry spells are okay. Except that I co-host a weekly art link-up and feel the need to share something. Solution: I revisit some things from my archives, or feature some art resources we've used. Today I'm sharing the wide variety of art resources available on the Art page. And honestly, I wish we had time to do a lot of these courses!

Let me start with some that we have used - mostly the Everyday Easels series. A few years ago I wrote an artist study series for the Virtual Refrigerator, and for three of the four artists featured, there were related lessons on SchoolhouseTeachers.comThese lessons gave us background information and ideas for our projects. For Piet Mondrian, there was a unit on his Composition in Red, Blue, and Yellow. For M.C. Escher, there's a study on Hand with a Reflecting Sphere. Calder's Circus and Red Mobile by Alexander Calder are also featured.

Artist Study - Piet Mondrian on the Virtual Refrigerator, an art link-up hosted by Homeschool Coffee Break @ #virtualfridge

Artist Study - Piet Mondrian on the Virtual Refrigerator, an art link-up hosted by Homeschool Coffee Break @ #virtualfridge
Composition in Foil and Marker by KAT, August 2015

M.C. Escher artist study on the Virtual Refrigerator, an art link-up hosted by Homeschool Coffee Break @ #art #VirtualFridgeArtist Study - Alexander Calder on the Virtual Refrigerator, an art link-up hosted by Homeschool Coffee Break @ #virtualfridge

See the full studies here: Virtual Refrigerator - Piet MondrianVirtual Refrigerator - M.C. EscherVirtual Refrigerator - Alexander Calder

I turned to Everyday Easels and to Introduction to Architecture for a majority of the ideas for my Blogging Through the Alphabet series featuring art and architecture.

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Studies that I'd considered having Kennady complete include Graphic Design and Image Editing. We'd looked at these possibilities because she needed a technology credit, and these courses would have provided an artsy way to achieve that. - All That and More! on Homeschool Coffee Break @ - All That and More! on Homeschool Coffee Break @

I just found this new course and wished I could have used it as part of our World History course. I may be able to refer to it during our American History course this coming year. Art & History: Interconnected looks fascinating to me!

Art: The Timeless Treasure is another art history course for high school age students that would be a valuable resource. 

And since the Virtual Fridge is all about actually DOING art, here are some tutorial type courses for high school students: Exploring the World of Art explores several different media such as oil pastels, watercolors, pointillism with acrylics, mosaics with paper, and 3D art. This is the kind of course I will let Kennady explore and have fun with, using whatever ideas she finds interesting when she has time and wants to create something. - All That and More! on Homeschool Coffee Break @

Drawing with Realism is an art tutorial by Jan Bower, and Art Tips with Jan Bower is the follow-up course. Or how about Studio Art for Teens? It teaches the basics of line, texture, balance, and more and develops art skills by studying the work of the masters.

And I'm featuring all these great art courses at because their current special pricing makes it a great time to get a membership! Get your Ultimate Membership by August 31, 2018, for only $139/year and receive a second year FREE! Not just all these great art courses, but almost 400 pre-K-12 classes, an extensive video library, teaching resources, planning tools, and more. You will also get a free tote bag, a free print copy of the Summer 2018 issue of The Old SchoolhouseⓇ Magazine, and your renewal rate of $139 yearly will be locked in too.

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Joanne said...

Great solution! I'm starting to feel that way too; as my kids get older art seems to happen less and less... I hope to motivate them to all find some sort of creative outlet that they keep up with but I fully admit I have asked them to do SOMETHING a time or two just so I'd have something new to share while co-hosting.

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