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Why Art is Important for Children and Teens

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Ancient Greeks, philosophers like Plato recognized the inherent value of studying the arts. music, dance, theater and the visual arts and were seen as integral to Greek society. 

For the last ten plus years, our culture has put a heavy emphasis on S.T. E. M. (Science Technology, Engineering, Math) Although, these are important and have improved many aspects of our lives, we can not forget about the arts.

I am excited to see that the trend of defunding the arts in schools is reversing. 

I hope that it has been an integral part of your homeschool from day one.

Art and Music bring beauty to the work around us. Can you image your world without either one of them? I can't! 

We were created by a God who is the most creative artist and musician of us all! He has given us the desire to create and enjoy!

Whether you child grows up to be a scientist or an artist, he needs art in his life, especially while he is young and his brain is still developing.

Let me list for you just a few of the benefits of art in a child's life.

Developmental Benefits of Art

  • Motor Skills: Many of the motions involved in making art, such as holding a paintbrush or scribbling with a crayon, are essential to the growth of fine motor skills in young children.
  • Language Development: For very young children, making art—or just talking about it—provides opportunities to learn words for colors, shapes and actions
  • Decision Making: According to a report by Americans for the Arts, art education strengthens problem-solving and critical-thinking skills.
  • Visual Learning: Drawing, sculpting with clay and threading beads on a string all develop visual-spatial skills, which are more important than ever.
  • Inventiveness: When kids are encouraged to express themselves and take risks in creating art, they develop a sense of innovation that will be important in their adult lives.
  • Improved Academic Performance: Studies show that there is a correlation between art and other achievement. A report by Americans for the Arts states that young people who participate regularly in the arts (three hours a day on three days each week through one full year) are four times more likely to be recognized for academic achievement, to participate in a math and science fair or to win an award for writing an essay or poem than children who do not participate.

The strategies behind multisensory learning are supported by decades of research, particularly Gardner’s theory of multiple intelligences. This theory, which was developed by Harvard professor Dr. Howard Gardner, states that the traditional notions of learning and intelligence are too limited. Gardner proposes that people can have proficiencies in different kinds of intelligences, and that teaching students in a way that matches their intellectual strengths can help them grasp tough subjects.


When my children were little we did a lot of coloring, cutting and pasting! That's the best way to learn, right?

But did you know that middle schoolers also need hands on activates to thrive? Art is an excellent way to add hands on actives to their school week.

In our homeschool, Friday was our fun day. This was the day we went light on the school books so we had time to include art and science experiments in our day.

YOU ARE  AN ARiST is a wonderful way to add art to your homeschool, especially if you feel like you do not have the skill to teach it yourself. They have done all the work for you! All you need is paper and a set of chalk pastels.

Whether you are a serious planner mom or a spontaneous fun family, they have some ideas to share with you. Because art can be the cherry on top of all your learning at home and kids thrive when they can use their hands and exercise their creativity! 

Here is How You Can Effortlessly Add Art to Your Homeschool Anytime of Year! #homeschoolplanning #homeschoolart #artcurriculum #homeschoolcurriculum

Tricia and Nana at Chalk Pastel just make life SO much easier for the homeschool parent by creating the Art Lesson Calendar! The calendar is a beautiful visual suggesting a delightful art lesson for every day of the month. 

Your teen can earn high school credit. If you are in the process of completing high school credits for homeschool, you may need an art credit. Many states require one visual art credit for the completion of high school. If that’s the case for you, You ARE an Artist will show you how simple it is to use You Are An Artist to obtain your student’s fine arts credit. 

Would you like to access over 600 art lessons anytime? With your Clubhouse Membership you can sign in to your membership and browse through all the available lessons and choose. Easy!

Coordinate with your curriculum

Since You ARE An Artist has a wide range of art lessons spanning from history, science, nature, famous artists, composers, presidents, Bible, hymns, inventors, space, and more – you can find an art lesson to coordinate with just about anything you may be studying!

I have created a resource just for you so you can match up Music Art with science and History!


Art, Music, and History are a Great Combination for learning. The best way for anyone to learn is by using as many senses as possible! We have matched up some perfect combinations of art, music, and history so you and your children can learn in ways that will make it stick and have fun while learning!
And of course, You ARE an Artist is included!

Touch  Taste  Smell  Hear  See

Study after study has shown that learners of all ages do best when the material is presented in a multisensory format. Text combined with video, hands-on creative activities, and even art as a way to demonstrate understanding have all been proven to contribute to more successful learner outcomes.

This time saving, learning explosion resource, Art, Music, and History are a Great Combination for learning, will help you connect science, history, art and music into you school day. Use code ARTMUSIC at checkout and get it free!

If you have a teen, you know that two fine arts credits are suggested for high school graduation. This might just be what you teen wants!

Click here to see how simple it is to receive an art credit using chalk pastels. 

Does you teen love music? Than Music in our Homeschool has the courses you teen will love to fulfil fine arts credits!

Oh, how I wish these resources were available to me when we homeschooled! This is such a great time to homeschool..... So many options! Make sure you take advantage of them. Learning should be fun!


Enjoying the journey,


  Michelle Osborn is the owner and founder of Homeschooling Teens Successfully and Yellow House Book Rental, specializing in providing homeschool curriculum for rent or purchase, as well as counseling and guidance for homeschool families. She is a wife, a 22-year homeschool veteran, and mom of four children and six grandchildren. Two of her children are now entrepreneurs, running their own successfully businesses. Michelle’s passions include serving by leading worship at her church and encouraging homeschool moms through one on one, social media and speaking engagements. She has found her niche in helping parents homeschooling their teens through the high school years and on to pursue their dreams.

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