Free Art Curriculum for Kids

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Welcome to Day 3 of the 10 Days of Completely Free Homeschool Curriculum by Subject series. Today the focus is on Art!

Finding an art curriculum that is both free and contains quality content can be a little tricky. Look no further! I've put together a list of complete curriculum programs, video lessons, supplemental material, and more!

Free Art Curriculum for All Grades at LifeInTheNerddom.com

My kids LOVE all things art. Me? I have absolutely zero talent or desire…what.so.ever.

I don’t need talent or desire to teach my kids art. I have the internet!

There’s a ton of superb instruction out there for kids who are into drawing, painting, sculpting, and other artsy things!

Here are some of our favorites.


Free Art Courses & Classes


Free Online Art Classes
If it's well organized, progressive video lessons that you're looking for, this is the place. There are LOADS of wonderful instruction videos on basic drawing as well as drawing with pen and ink, Conte crayons, colored pencils, and oil pastels. Then, you can go onto both acrylic, watercolor, and oil painting. You'll also find instruction on collages, printmaking, mixed media, and fabric painting.

 

Arttango
Arttango features completely free art lessons for students in kindergarten, 1st grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, 4th grade, and 5th grade. Each grade level includes 30 art education projects covering line, shape, color, and all the elements of art. You'll even find a complete list of supplies needed and art terms and definitions for each grade. Everything is well organized and very easy to use. You don't even need to register!

 

Easy Peasy All-In-One Homeschool
Easy Peasy offers several different art courses. Each one is written for grades 1–8 and separates art projects by levels—Level 1-4 and Level 5-8.

  • Ancient Art
    In this course, students will study art throughout history from ancient cave paintings through the Renaissance. Covers the Egyptian, Chinese, Indian, Greek, Roman, Japanese, and Viking cultures while learning about line, color, motion, and perspective.
  • Early American Art
    In this course, students will study elements of art including complementary colors, positive and negative space, geometric and organic shape, and Native American art. Students will complete their own projects using all of the elements and will also find them in artwork that is representative of the time periods they are studying.
  • Cultural Art
    Students will study art as they make observations about work by artists from around the world. Students will look at paintings, architecture, sculptures, costumes, floats, and other non-traditional art. During the course, students will draw, paint, and create several projects inspired by their studies.
  • Modern Art
    In this course, students are exposed to various artists of the 20th century while studying the artists and their works. They will learn more about art through the study of edges, outlines, repetition, perspective, and natural and arbitrary colors.

If it's a high school level course you're looking for, Easy Peasy has you covered there as well. You'll find two courses that deal with Art.

  • Art Appreciation
    In this one-semester course, students will analyze art and produce written criticism as they learn about artists and view a wide range of works from the Gothic period through World War II.
  • Drawing Professionally
    This course, which is a one year course divided into two parts, teaches both pencil drawing and drawing with other mediums. Students will learn to draw still lives, landscapes, interior spaces, portraits, and clothed figures (to learn some basic perspective and anatomy). They will use in this course pastels, charcoal, colored pencils, Conte crayons, and calligraphy pens.

 


YouTube Lessons


Art for Kids Hub
Hands down, this one is my kids' favorite. They have plenty of projects to choose from (over 1000 videos and counting!) and the lessons are so much fun. Their YouTube channel features mostly drawing videos though you will find a smattering of how to paint, sculpt, and make origami figures. If you really enjoy their instruction and want more you can subscribe to their website for $2.99 per month, or $34.99 per year. You get extra perks as a member which you can read about here.

 

Mr. P Studios
We don’t use this one as often, but it’s great content. These lessons remind me more of the art classes I had in elementary school. They are basic, but well made and cover a lot of material. Find all of his videos here.

 

Kids Art Hub
You’ll find lots of drawing lessons on the website and the YouTube channel, all of which are free. We don’t use this one often because the videos are animated step-by-step instructions and they move pretty fast. We have to start and stop the video repeatedly in order to keep up. If you’re ok with that, these are great tutorials.

 

How to Draw and Paint
This is one that we found only recently and have been exploring. So far, we’ve found quite a few tutorials that have been very helpful and fun. There isn’t any talking, but the drawing is “live” so it’s easier to keep up with. My kids don’t particularly like that the artist doesn’t explain the steps while drawing, but they have enjoyed some of these and we’ll continue to use it from time to time. You can find videos on the YouTube channel, but if pictured step-by-step instructions are more your thing you can find lots of those on their companion website.

 

Createful Art
Run by an art teacher with over 10 years of experience, Createful Art offers video lessons on a variety of topics and subjects. She hosts both a website and a YouTube channel for more advanced lessons as well as a YouTube Channel for kids. I actually prefer the website simply because the lessons are organized by age group there which works best for us. She’s a great teacher. The kids really like her.

 

Cartooning for Kids
This YouTube channel offers a new video every day of the week, so there’s never a lack of something new to create. As the name implies, they focus on cartoon characters and drawing so if you have a child interested in that specific type of drawing, this is a goldmine!

 


Websites


Deep Space Sparkle
If you’re looking for an authentic classroom-style art program, this is your spot. This site is amazing. You can search for projects by grade, by subject, or by technique. She even has a number of articles and tips to help you teach art to your kids.

 

Art Projects for Kids
Art Projects for Kids is a collection of fun and easy art projects that include hundreds of how to draw tutorials. You can search by artist (wonderful for artist studies!) or grade level to find loads of step-by-step drawing instructions.

 

How to Draw
Not a lot of fluff on this site to distract you from the tutorials, and that’s probably a good thing because there are LOTS of tutorials. It is a directory of a bazillion art lessons gathered from all over the internet and organized into nice little categories for you. It’s a pretty amazing resource. I recommend that you preview any lessons that you want to cover and make sure that you have an ad blocker turned on. Not everything here is kid-friendly.

 

The Virtual Instructor
If middle and high school level lessons are what you’re looking for then this is the place to be. Obviously we haven’t used this one yet, but it’s on my back burner for later. There are many free lessons and tutorials available on drawing, painting, and even digital medium (Photoshop, Illustrator, etc.). If you prefer watching via YouTube, he has a channel there as well. The member area is amazing and is likely what we will end up using when we get to this level. I love the critique section of his website where he allows students to send a voicemail question or a picture of their art to be reviewed and critiqued.

 

Art Villa
If you’re looking for an organized list of just about every free art video on the planet, this is it. Just make sure that you preview the material because not everyone is kid-friendly!

 

The Artful Parent
This is a fabulous site with loads of lessons in painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, watercolor, stained glass, collage, and more! There is enough material here to keep you busy for quite a while. And if you’re not sure where to even start teaching art she offers a great getting started article.

 

Arty Factory
This is definitely advanced level stuff, but if you have older kids, or kids who are excelling at an early age, this is a great free resource. You’ll find lessons on pencil portraits, charcoal portraits, color pencil portraits, acrylic portraits, still life, pop art, drawing animals, perspective drawing, pen and ink drawing, and much more. The lessons are all written with step-by-step instructions, explanations, and photos. However, the reader is expected to already know certain techniques and methods. You can find their directory of lessons here.

 

Jerry’s Artarama
Offering over 2,000 art videos, Jerry’s Artarama is sure to have something to suit your art instruction needs. You can search for lessons by the medium used, skill level, or subject. We haven’t used this resource much but it’s a great site.

 

So there you have it, enough free art education to last for years!

 


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