My homeschooling high schoolers have always loved earning their fine arts credits. While they were only required to show 1 fine arts credit on their transcript, all of my kids earned 1 or more EACH year!
3 Ways to Earn Fine Arts Credits for a Homeschool Transcript
Most homeschooled high schoolers need to show at least one fine arts credit on their transcript.
There are lots of good ways to do that. Here are some ideas:
1) Log hours to earn a Carnegie Credit (120-135 hours according to your umbrella school or state requirements- click here for how-to’s)
Your homeschooling high schooler can log hours for art lessons, voice lessons, piano, guitar, church praise band, choirs, band, ballet (if they don’t need the hours for physical education), drama productions, filmmaking, and more.
If they are not creatively minded, it is good to expose them to a number of different arts experiences and log those hours. Take your teen to classical music concerts, drama productions, art museums, and local arts and crafts fairs.
For more ideas along this line, download our, Fine Arts for Non-Artsy People.
2) Work through a curriculum
3) Take a for-credit course (with homeschool group or community college)
The 7 Sisters’ kids have earned fine arts credits in lots of different areas:
Our homeschool high schoolers have loved Sabrina’s drama
camps and classes. (Click here for her drama resources.) They have also participated in church and community performances.
Our teens have participated in local homeschool choirs and orchestras, theory classes, music lessons, music recording and performance, and worship teams.
Some of our high schoolers have taken classes or lessons in photography, drawing, and painting.
Some of our teens have joined homeschool filmmaking clubs, classes, and productions.
Some of our kids earned credit in appreciation by attending performances, visiting museums, studying textbooks)
-Art History, Music History, Drama History
Some of our high schoolers enjoyed texts integrated into homeschool co-op classes.
Some of our teens found apprenticeship experiences in video production, movies, audio recording, and vlogs.
Here is a Vlog by Sabrina’s son, Sam and my son, Ezra: Manasseh King of Judah
Transcripts look good with fine arts, but more importantly our kids have enriched lives, increased skills, (and for some- career preparation).
What are some ways your homeschoolers have done fine arts?
Click here to see what HSLDA has to say about elective possibilities in high school.