Over the years two things that I have made a priority to incorporate into our homeschool have been nature studies and art. I know how much I get rejuvenated when being outdoors and I wanted to provide a way that my children can experience that as well. I also love to incorporate art because it helps build connections between parts of the brain, builds creativity and can help develop persistence and focus. So combining nature study and chalk art has been a huge win-win for us.
Over the years we’ve done our nature journaling with various mediums– water colors, colored pencils, markers and crayons. I love to have the kids bring their sketch books and draw what they observe. But we don’t always have our supplies with us. And sometimes my kids aren’t enthusiastic nature journalers.
I have found though, that my kids love chalk art! When You are An Artist came out with nature study chalk tutorials– I was thrilled to be able to incorporate this along with our nature studies.
While on a recent nature hike, we found several different snail shells. We cleaned them and got them ready for our nature collection. We pulled out a few books on snails and we also created a snail chalk art piece to go along with our mini-study. The best part for me was that I was able to participate with my kids instead of being the one teaching! 🙂
Each video tutorial walks students through the process of creating their chalk piece. We usually watch the video first then go back and create while watching the video the second time. The best part of the video tutorial is that we can go back and pause when needed!
While I love use chalk art tutorials to pair with our nature studies, I also use their American History, seasonal, literature and science chalk art tutorials too! Since my children know how the process works, they can play the tutorial and create an art piece without needing my help. Sometimes that little bit of independence is a great thing! 🙂 I also appreciate that all my children can work on this together– it really is art for the whole family.
Recently they have started a (aff) You ARE an Artist Clubhouse which will give you access to a year’s worth of art tutorials, weekly art lessons, special LIVE events. You’ll have an easy way to supplement art into your week via a multitude of topics. There are only 50 spots are on sale opening in May 2018. Check it out now! It could be exactly what you were needing.