Fine Art Friday and Things

Good morning, friends. Its Friday, which for us normally means ART time, but we’re actually spending our whole school day at the Biltmore Estate! I’m so excited for this day. They put on a special day just for homeschoolers every year with real live workbooks and everything. We’re going to spend the morning learning and then picnic on the grounds and then tour the house! Doesn’t that sound great!?

I wanted to share with you the art we’ve done our first two weeks of school though. Such fun projects. 

The first week of school we made our own portraits. I absolutely adore these. Every one did such a great job! I am definitely framing these guys. We used watercolors and oil pastels.

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Last week was kind of a girlie week and the boys opted to make crayons in our crayon maker instead of this project, which is totally fine.  We read this book about Edgar Degas and then used chalk pastels to make our own ballerina. So beautiful! I love Degas’ work so much. His ballerinas are just gorgeous.  I would suggest for this project to not have your child make a full face.  But Sister wanted to and she was happy with the turnout, so I try not to get in the way of creativity time. ๐Ÿ˜‰

I use ideas from all over the interwebs when I’m planning art for my children.  But one site I use a lot is Deep Space Sparkle.  Her tutorials are great. 

I also wanted to tell you about what we’re doing in geography this year.  Its kind of one of those subjects that is hard to fit in, but we’re tying something new this year. Its called Little Passports and its so fun! You sign up for a monthly subscription and every month you learn about where “Sam and Sophia” are traveling. You keep all your things in your little suitcase and mark on the map where they’ve been and put stickers in your passport. You also get little fun souvenirs from each country you’re visiting.  You can choose either USA edition or World edition, depending on what you’re wanting to study.  What a great way to learn about geography, right!? Little Passports…check them out.

Happy Friday, guys! Hope you have a great weekend.  We’re going to the Biltmore Estate today and then to Carl Sandburg’s home tomorrow for a special farm day that they do there. But after that I MUST go to the mall for shoes for my sister’s wedding since we are leaving on Tuesday!!

What are y’all up to this weekend??


  1. What a fun day you've got planned!
    I always loved days like that when we homeschooled…they were the days that reminded me why we did it.

    And, I used Deep Space Sparkle, too. I LOVE that place. We did the perspective drawing, and I still have them.

    Hope your weekend if relaxing….ours is! I'm so excited!!

  2. Can you find me some shoes too!
    ๐Ÿ˜‰ I thought I had a pair that would work but can't find them!! I am coming late on Tuesday to Rapid, so see you on Wednesday!! xoxo Kayla

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