We are often asked about how to homeschool Fine Arts in high school. Here are some tips!
Homeschool Fine Arts in High School
Fine Arts is a required subject for graduation for most homeschool high school students. Most students will earn at least one credit. (However, it is an important value to my family thus, my own kids all earn 4 credits (or more) over their high school years.)
C. S. Lewis felt that the imagination is the organ of meaning. In other words, imagination helps us explore and discover God’s purposes for us and our meaning in life. One way we access our imagination is through creativity. Creativity begins with the Arts.
We can build our homeschool high schoolers’ experiences with the Arts in several different ways.
For instance, if you have teens who do not feel creative or doubt their creativity, have them earn their Fine Arts credit for their transcript through Arts Appreciation. To earn that Arts Appreciation credit use a Carnegie credit (logging hours). They can log hours with experiences in:
- Visual Art: drawing, painting, sculpting, photography, graphic design, art history, visiting museums and galleries
- Cinematic Art: film production, animation (here’s my son Ezra’s Interview with Ralph Waldo Emerson for example)
- Musical Art: playing instruments, singing, music theory and history, attending performances
- Dance: Participating in ballet, jazz, tap, ballroom, attending performances
- Dramatic Art: acting, participating in pantomime, theater production, attending performances (the 7Sisters ebookstore has resources to help you)
- Download 7Sisters’ Fine Arts for Non-Artsy People and get started! Your teens will probably find out that they can actually like creativity!
Another way to earn the Fine Arts credit for the homeschool transcript is to specialize
in one kind of Fine Art.
Choose something from the list above and spend the entire credit’s hours on that one topic. Here some ways to earn a high school credit in Fine Arts in a specialized topic:
- Log 120-135 hours in various fine arts activities (you can combine all the Fine Arts areas plus visit various art museums and performances over the 4 years of high school for a general Fine Arts credit)
- Take an online course. (Our friend, Gena, at Music in Our Homeschool has LOTS of interesting and inspiring introductory music appreciation courses.)
- Log 120-135 hours in lessons or co-op classes and homework
- Join a drama club and log those hours. (Or START a drama club. Lots of homeschool moms have built fun drama programs in their community by using 7Sisters drama resources (there are lots of them…check them out! Start with our freebie: Introduction to Directing.)
- One of the most popular resources is 7Sisters Successful Approach to Teaching Acting and Directing.
- Take classes at the local homeschool umbrella or hybrid school
- Take a 3 credit course at a community college (3 college credits=1 high school credit)
- Take private lessons
Sometimes, as homeschool high schoolers experience an art activity, they discover that they do have a creative ability or at least a creative interest. Then they can feel inspired and curious to study further:
- Sometimes, a wonder for the beauty of God’s creation is awakened.
- Sometimes, he/she learns to appreciate the work of others.
- Sometimes, a career path opens up.
- Sometimes, the young person simply has a chance to explore creativity and imagination!
Whatever the outcome, Fine Arts is a wise investment during the high-school years.Your teens will fulfill their transcript requirements and be more creative and imaginative for the efforts!
For more ideas, download 7Sisters – Fine Arts for Non-Artsy People
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