I'm so glad you found
Project Artwork at Home!
It is truly my joy to come alongside you and help you in your endeavors to provide quality art training to your young artists, right in your own home!
Have you tried art in the past with your kids and felt like it didn't work?
- art lessons were expensive, cut into the family schedule, involved more running around town, and it was hard to keep your other kids occupied while one did their lesson
- art camps were inspiring but didn't provide consistent, year-round opportunity
- open studio time at kids' art studios was fun, but offered no real instruction
- a hodgepodge approach of free video tutorials or books felt too hit or miss--not cohesive enough and left you wondering if you were covering all your bases
- all of the different supplies involved with art-making left you feeling overwhelmed and worried about how to cope with the mess
I started this website to help you
get set up at home
so your young artists
can begin to create with me
I've been an art teacher for over 14 years and an artist my whole life! There's nothing I love more than seeing the look of pride and excitement on the face of a student who accomplished something great under my instruction! ( And the hugs are pretty awesome too!)
I love how art crosses the divide between subjects and cultures and offers kids a way to process and think and respond to the world around them. My goal in teaching art is to give kids their artistic roots- their foundational skills and techniques- AND their artistic wings--the confidence that comes from creating consistently over time. I think the best way to accomplish both of these goals is to make art fun and connect it to real life. You can read more about me and my philosophy here.
Here's what you can do on this site:
Try a free lesson!
Peruse the FAQ section below--it might answer some questions you're having!
1.) For what ages are your courses best suited?
My classes are an ideal fit for ages 7 and up ( including adults!) however, advanced 5 and 6 year olds who are ready to move beyond process art have done well with my classes also.
2.) Can different ages do your classes at the same time?
Yes! I've taught small, mixed age groups for over 10 years so all my classes have that in mind. My video lessons work for individual study, sibling groups, homeschool co-ops, etc. The concepts are the same across all age levels, but the level of skill or detail a child uses will vary according to their stage of development.
If you have a mixed group that has ages 7 and up mixed with some 2-5 year olds, I recommend setting up a separate art station for those preschoolers. Give them the same supplies as the older kids. This can be a separate corner in the same room or even at the same table with the bigger kids along as they aren't interfering with what the older students are learning. The main thing with the littlest artists is allowing them the opportunity to experiment with the supplies while the older kids are working on specific techniques. Do not try to force them to follow along with the lessons unless they want to!
3.) Will I need a lot of supplies to get started?
90% of my lessons can be completed with the supplies I suggest on my NEED to Have Art Supply Checklist. Many of these items, once purchased, will last you for a number of years if taken care of. Think of it as creating a "pantry" for your art supplies-- a well stocked pantry will allow you to create a wide range of recipes. I explain which supplies are needed for specific projects during the first video of every project.
4.) Can you explain the breakdown of your classes? Are they individual lessons or groups of lessons?
When you visit the Online Classes page you will see different UNITS. If you click on a unit you're interested in, a page will open that will explain what PROJECTS are included in that unit. Each Project is broken down into a series of short, step-by-step video LESSONS that walk your young artists through the process.
5.) How long are the videos?
Each video lesson within a project can vary from 2 or 3 minutes to 8 or 9 minutes. They usually average around 6 minutes. There are usually 4-6 videos for each project.
6.) How long does it take to complete a project?
This varies greatly depending on the age and skill level of your child. Older kids tend to spend longer on a project, while younger ones tend to work a bit faster and have a shorter attention span. It also depends on the child! Some of my students work slowly and methodically at everything, while others go NASCAR speed with everything they do!
Each Project usually consists of 4-6 video lessons. What I like to tell homeschool parents is to set aside 45 minutes to an hour for art sessions as a starting point, and then go from there once you get a feel for how your child works.
7.) Do I need any special equipment to do the online courses?
Besides your art supplies, you will need access to a computer or tablet device. Because we frequently use water for painting, I always recommend keeping your computer off to the side or elevated on a stack of books or computer stand.
8.) How much time can we expect to spend on a full unit of projects?
Units usually include 4 projects and sometimes include 1 or 2 special bonus projects. I try to maintain a nice mix of a couple of shorter projects with a couple that are a bit more challenging or time-consuming. It really depends on how frequently you are scheduling art sessions at home. If you do art once a week, it would probably take you 8 weeks to get through all of the content--that's if you did all of the lessons. (A lot of kids like to pick and choose which projects they want to do.) If you did art twice a week, you could cut that time in half. Obviously, if you were doing art every day you would work through the material at a much faster rate. That's the beauty of homeschool though, you can always tailor things according to the way your child works best!
9.) Does the course material expire?
Nope! Once you buy a course you will always have access to it. Your kids can go back and do their favorite projects over and over if they so desire! ( In fact, I highly recommend this. Repetition leads to mastery!)
10.) Do I need to be artistic myself in order for my kids to have success with this?
Good news! No fine arts degree required! And you don't have to be Vincent Van Gogh either! While it can be helpful to have some degree of artistic ability, it is not necessary since the beauty of the video lessons is having the "art teacher" (that's me!) right there in your home! All you need to be able to do is help your kids get set up and facilitate them following along until they are able to do so independently.
11.) I don't homeschool, but my child loves art. Will your online courses work for us?
Absolutely! Even kids in the traditional school setting can do my classes. Think after-school time! Think summer boredom buster! My classes are a great alternative to mindless screen time at home! My classes are also a great purchase for classroom teachers who need a quick sub plan--one unit could get you through a year of sick days!