when homeschooling smart you have to know when to outsource. i like art, understand its importance across subject areas, but i find that scouring for art projects online and in books and then gathering the appropriate supplies is pretty low on my homeschool to-do list. programs like ArtReach check that box in a spectacular budget-friendly way. this is how the program description read for the fall session:
You are what you crEATe
From art’s earliest stages, food has been used as artistic language to express cultural, political and social values. Artists share depicted food as symbols to express ideas relating to identity through paintings, sculpture, and design. In this class students will look at how artists from the past and today use food as a visual tool for expression.
Working in collaboration with THEARC’s community garden, ArtReach students will explore the aesthetics of plants, urban ecosystems, and the landscape of their natural environment. Closely investigating the architectural design, colors and textures found in plants, root systems, invasive species, and garden design, this class will experiment with botanical drawing from observation, painting with plant based dyes, printmaking with vegetables, and book making utilizing natural objects.
Classes will work on collaborative and independent projects exploring their relationship to food found in their own backyard and halfway around the world.
The topic of food allows artists to express ideas relating to identity. Through observation and visual investigation, students will gain a better understanding of their own urban garden and the civic and environmental impact of the food industry at a local and global level.
there is a homeschooling parent who would put that much thought into her art program for the year, but i don’t know her. my big girls experimented in various mediums, looked at food from new angles, and made friends & original art.