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Quarter 2 Art

We are now halfway through our art curriculum for this school year. While I don’t generally like to be super structured with a homeschool curriculum that tells us what to do every single day, I am loving the structure of a weekly art curriculum. We are using ARTistic Pursuits K-3 Book 1. I’m using the blog to store the art for our enjoyment and as an opportunity for the kids to share their work with others as a sort of art show. Each of the kids chose the pieces that they wanted me to include in the blog, and dictated to me any comments or title that they wanted.

Aslan, 9 years old

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Papa, Me and Shiloh fishing

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Our yard

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Evolet picking berries

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Hogwarts

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The sunset

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The Bear

Shiloh, 8 years old

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This is a dragon that woke up from his hibernation and is burning the landscape.

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This is my house

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This is my baby sister, Evolet, eating ice cream.

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This is Papa, me and Aslan fishing.

Liesel, 6 years old

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Winged unicorn

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Panda in the mirror

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The neighbor’s house

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Fishing

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The Advent wreath

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Me watching a car

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Flower in the sun

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Evolet camping

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Me feeding the birds

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A wine glass and cups

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Me in the morning light

Baird, age 3. It’s funny that right after the last time I posted a blog with Baird’s work, he quit using only orange! He’s been experimenting with a lot more colors now!

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Flying Unicorn Dog

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A treehouse

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Alligator

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A rainbow-y game

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A dark, dark morning

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An orange day

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A thing

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A blue day

And, myself. I love taking some time to be creative with the kids!

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Our church, with a little bit of the old and a little bit of the new memories.

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Since I was a little girl, I’ve hated the color red. In 2011 when we went tent shopping, the right tent for our family just happened to be red. Now, with all the wonderful memories we have of camping as a family and the sun streaming through the red fabric of our tent first thing in the morning, I think the color is beginning to grow on me 🙂

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Special Boxes

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Date night walk on the marina

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A huge green canvas tent that we own also brings back great memories of time in that tent, and the color of the room that I gave birth to Shiloh in.

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It’s such a blessing to spend quality time with my kids. For each family that looks different, but for us Friday afternoon art is something that we all look forward to! We’ve grown a lot too. Art wasn’t always a fun and peaceful time. For a long time, one of my kids would fight any planning that I’d put in to art. It was a long road to the cooperative son that I do art with now, including times when I had to warn him ahead of time of what an appropriate attitude is, and then send him away from the family during art when he resisted any project that I tried to lead. There was a time when I cried about that problem and would shy away from projects because of his resistance, and leading the other kids to resist also. I’m not sure exactly what to attribute the change to, time & maturity, consequences to bad attitudes, using structure and authority outside of myself for a while (art lessons on video or read from a book) or what, but I sure am glad that we are past that time of tears and arguing when it comes to art! I’m glad that we didn’t give up, and he is too. It encourages me to look back on that when thinking about other areas of family life that we are struggling with. It’s a journey! Keep plugging away!

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