Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Who are the Sm'Arties?

Sm'Arties is my name for the Homeschool Art class I teach.  My students are all Sm'Arties!

The girls say we need at least one more girl in our group.

These seven friends, age 7-11,  meet weekly, along with their four moms.  One mom teaches writing (IEW), one mom teaches science, one brave mom leads PE and games, and I teach ART! 

I thought teaching boys would be tough, but these guys are all just great!

I am not an artist.  In fact, I'm a little on the geeky side.  But homeschooling has awakened a certain inner artist, and the library, internet and generous real art teachers with beautiful, fun, creative books and websites have fueled this passion.  I am loving teaching art. I love giving these children the tools to see the world around them with an artist's eye. I love helping them with some skills to make their artwork good.   I want none of them to ever say, "I just can't draw."  I want ME to never say, "I just can't draw."  I want the other moms to say, "You know, we CAN do this." 

  I'm glad no one has posted a picture of me racing against Science Geek while blindfolded. 
I plan to post some of the lessons we are learning, some of the art we do, and many of my sources.  I pray it will be helpful to others.