The fine arts typically bring out either a “love” or “hate” relationship! Teaching music, or drama, or even art can seem daunting if you as the parent don’t have these skills. However, statistics show that students who engage in some form of fine art elective seem to be more relaxed and learn a variety of life skills.
Patience – We’ve all heard that patience is a virtue, and when it comes to fine arts it’s a practice! Student’s learn patience through trial and error, through practicing skills, and even waiting for the perfect timing!
Hard Work – Sure this goes hand-in-hand with patience but it’s definitely something that comes with working in the fine arts. Whether it’s a sculpture or an involved piece of music, students will have to invest hard work into the fine art form that they are developing.
Personal Expression – This is one of the best aspects of developing a fine art. Students can express their own personal thoughts, or share their viewpoint through dance, art, or music. This method of self-expression can be so fulfilling!
Personal Creativity – The student’s ability to develop their creativity is an amazing way to open their minds to all of their potential. Tapping into creativity can cause other talents and skills to rise to the surface. All of that can start with something as simple as a hobby!
How Do I Teach a Fine Arts Homeschool Course?
Parents still find it difficult to bring the creative fine arts into their homeschool. But, remember you can outsource! You don’t have to be the teacher of everything that your student needs to learn. There are alot of great ways to bring in outside expertise to help your teen tap into their creative side!
For those of you who won’t be using a standard textbook, you will want to log work hours. This is especially helpful for unschoolers who complete many hours of life skills. Skills such as sewing, art, music, technology skills, animal husbandry… normally fall in the lower credit hours–120, and are still counted as one-credit courses. An hour a day, five days a week for a thirty-six week school year easily qualifies for one credit in a specific subject.
Half-credit courses equal approximately 60 hours and quarter-credit courses are comprised of approximately 30 work hours.
If your child is participating in dual enrollment courses, you should know that community college courses (one-semester courses), are equal to a one-year high school course (one-credit) even though the college credit will read as three credits. High school credits and college credits are calculated differently.
More Creative Fine Arts Ideas
Music– Many teens participate in local homeschool choirs and orchestras, take theory classes, music lessons, and sing with their church’s worship team.
Theatre– In most areas, it is easy to find camps and acting classes. Also, opportunity abounds for more than just acting if your student expresses an interest in theatre. Such things as stage design, media production, costume design, music production and even running the lights are important tasks in a theatre.
Art / Photography– Lessons abound in learning all types of art mediums whether you find local classes or even online! The same for photography, even community colleges offer classes but you can also find online photography classes.
Dance– From ballet, hip hop, to clogging, most areas even have classes just for homeschool students which is great for homeschoolers sometimes unusual schedules.
Leather Working/Wood Working– Community colleges often offer these type of classes if your student expresses an interest in learning more about theses crafts.
Sewing– Not only is sewing a wonderful life skill but there has been a resurgence of learning the art of designing and sewing your own clothes or even repurposing old clothes into beautiful creations.
What About Entrepreneurship?
Not only do these potential activities fulfill a required credit hour but they also can help a student discover special talents that they possess and many of the skills learned could even be beneficial if your student is interested in entrepreneurship. What could entrepreneurship mean for your teen? If they end up with a talent in art or photography that could mean they could maybe even sell their work. Another possibility is when they become proficient in art or photography they could offer lessons to other homeschoolers. The internet is a great source for selling clothing that your teen has designed and sewn and a way for them to express themselves. Here are some helpful links in case your teen would like to take the skills they learn doing fine arts and make a business out of them!
Jamie Gaddy, B.S., M.Ed., Ed.D. has been a college education professor for over 17 years. Education has been an integral part of her life in both the classroom and as a principal. Six children later found her dissatisfied with traditional schooling and homeschooling became the better fit. She is also a pastor’s wife, remote project manager, and entrepreneur who now homeschools four of her six children (ages 11-17) in southern Georgia. Jamie loves to share about her homeschool experience and help other homeschoolers find success. Connect with her at [email protected]