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October 2014 Art For Homeschool Show

Hello everyone! It is a beautiful day here in Central Oregon. The sun is shining, the trees are turning beautiful shades of yellow, orange, and red, and the mountains have a light dusting of snow. It is fall and time to showcase some homeschool art work.

If you are reading this article then you must have a love or passion for either homeschooling or art, or maybe both. I appreciate everyone that comes here, especially the parents and students. I started this site because I felt there was a need to give support to homeschoolers trying to incorporate art in their curriculum. I then began having art shows periodically throughout the year. The shows have evolved to two shows a year. One show in October is more of a “Show and Tell”. The other is in April and is judged with awards in various age groups. Homeschoolers in Kindergarten to 12th Grade can participate.

The art works the students have shared for this show are beautiful, fun, and quite creative. We have some travellers in the bunch too that have shared some photographs of their travels to Africa. The show includes art work created with crayon, pastel, pencil, charcoal, computer, string and acrylic, colored pencil, and photography. I appreciate everyone that uploaded art work to the Art For Homeschool Flickr Group.

I have included the artist’s first name, age, title of the work, and medium used. Our students range in age from 6 years to 15 years old. The art work will come up on the site in a random order each time you visit. Initially you will see a thumbnail of the work. Some pieces will appear to have been cropped. Just click on the art work you want to see better and a larger image will appear.

Viewing art work done by others is a learning experience. I know that I get inspired when I see work by others. The way art inspires can often surprise me. It might be seeing a different perspective, use of color, seeing a new way to use a particular medium, etc. My hope is that this show might inspire you to create.

You are welcome to make comments on the art work or on this article. Please keep the comments positive. We want to encourage our young artists.

Enjoy the show!

Show What You Have Been Creating

This is a friendly reminder that the deadline to enter art work in the Art For Homeschool Fall Art Show is today. The format of the show is “Show and Tell”.  There are no awards. Why take the time to enter? You get to show the world what you have been up to in your homeschool art program. Plus, it is fun to see what others have been doing. Maybe your work will inspire another homeschooler to try an art project or a medium they have never worked with.

You can enter any type of art work, photography, paintings, drawings, sculpture, mixed media, etc. What ever you would like to show us. You are allowed to enter five pieces of art. Be sure to tag your entries when you upload them to the Art For Homeschool Flickr Group. If you need more details, read this article.

Thanks for reading. I look forward to seeing your work. 🙂


October 2014 “Show and Tell” Art Show

I bet you have been wondering if I abandoned this blog. Life happened that took my focus away from writing for a while. My priorities shifted somewhat. I will not be able to put as much into the blog at this time due to an illness in the family. I don’t want to give any details but I would appreciate your prayers and patience. With that said, I need to talk about the October 2014 “Show and Tell” Art Show. I hope you have been taking time in your homeschool studies to create some art work that you can share here next month.

Normally I make the October Show entries due on October 1 and I post them in a gallery on October 15. Since October 1 is right around the corner, I would like to push the deadline back to October 15. I will then try to get them placed in a post as a gallery as soon as I can. You may enter 5 pieces of art work. Most of you know the drill, you upload your work to the Art For Homeschool Art Group on Flickr. If you forgot what to do or you are finding this site for the first time go to the tab above titled, Art For Homeschool Art Show.

When you add your art work to the Flickr group, please add these tags:

Art For Homeschool October 2014
Title of Art Work
Medium Used

Creating art is so important for a well rounded education. I hope you are including art in your homeschool studies.

Take care.

Learning From Other Students

Rebecca - Bazaar - Watercolor - 14

Rebecca – Bazaar – Watercolor

I love to learn from others. Recently I asked Rebecca Giles if I could ask her about her art work and art experiences. Rebecca was our Best of Show winner in the April 2014 Art For Homeschool Art Show with her watercolor titled, “Bazaar.” Rebecca also won first place in her class with a pencil drawing titled, “Zoe.”

Rebecca - Zoe - Pencil - 14

Rebecca – Zoe – Pencil

I interviewed Rebecca by sending her some questions through email. I am including the questions as well as the answers for you to enjoy. My questions are in bold and her anwers are in italics. I really appreciate Rebecca allowing me to interview her. Thanks, Rebecca! Oh, by the way, Rebecca is only 14. She turned 14 in March, so she was only 13 when she did the two pieces above.

Rebecca, could you tell us a little about your art background, such as how long have you been creating art, etc.

I’ve always drawn, but I started lessons when I was eleven.

What was the inspiration for your beautiful watercolor titled, “Bazaar”?

I had several photographs of a local shopping area. I liked that one because all of the little details.

Do you use photographs as reference for a drawing or painting?

Yes, most of the time.

How do you start a piece of artwork?

I sketch it with pencil.

What are your favorite art supplies you could not do without?

I’m pretty good at making do with what I have.

How often do you draw or paint in a month?

I draw or paint for hours every day.

When you do a drawing such as “Zoe”, how do you get the feeling of depth?

I use lots of shading.

Have you always been interested in creating art? Is there someone in particular that encouraged you to create art? Or did you have this desire on your own?

I’ve always been interested. I don’t remember a beginning to it.

Can you tell us some of the techniques you use when creating a painting such as “Bazaar”?

I used super tiny brushes to make the details.

Where do you work on your art? Do you have a space designated just for your art work?

I work mostly in our living room. Right now I’m working on a painting in our kitchen.

What are you working on right now? How many pieces of art work do you work on at the same time? Do you sell your work?

I’m working on a still life painting, a pencil portrait drawing, a landscape painting, a pastel drawing and a colored pencil drawing. I often am working on about five things at a time. I have sold some artwork. I take pencil portrait orders and offer prints of some things on Fine Art America,

Rebecca’s answer about how often she works on her art work is impressive. She said hours every day. I found out through Rebecca’s mother, Lee, that Rebecca works 5 to 6 hours every day on her art. Lee said, “That is what homeschooling affords her. She loves art, so she spends a lot of time on it. It’s talent and passion combined that makes her work really special.”  We all know that in order to get good at something you have to practice. Rebecca’s practice has paid off.

Rebecca also has a new store at I hope some of you will take a moment to look at her work. You can use the links above.


Art For Homeschool April 2014 Art Show Award Winners

It is April 15th! The day everyone has been waiting for. We have show results to post. Before I tell you who the award winners are I want to give a very big “Thank You!” to Heather L. Giltner, the judge of the show. Heather really took the job of judging the show seriously. She took a great amount of time and thought in making her decisions. Let me tell you a little about her.

Heather L.Giltner is a fine artist, client service specialist and BeachBody Coach.  Heather was born and raised in Portland, Oregon and recently has become a resident of Battle Ground, Washington. She has always enjoyed art of all types. Heather won her 1st classroom award when she was 7 years old and had her work professionally framed by a local company. When she was eight years of age, she got her first camera and has been snapping photos ever since. Heather has 3 teenage children and a small herd/flock of various animals. She has been in the customer service and healthcare industry in one form or another since 15 years of age. Heather works full time outside the home and full time raising her children.  Heather spends her free time taking photographs, gardening, kayaking and designing her life.  She loves being outdoors in nature. She feels the world has so many beautiful sights to see. Her photos and art are her perspective and she wants to share the beauty that she sees with you. You can see Heather’s work at this link.

Heather said:  It was very difficult to pick winners in any of the age groups. I see a lot of talent that is being developed. If you didn’t get a placement this time, please do NOT give up. You are all wonderful budding artists, I see potential in all of you. I can tell everyone put a load of work into each of their presentations. Good work boys and girls.

I will be sharing comments our judge made about the work. All of her quotes will be placed in italics.

Now let’s get to what you’ve all been waiting for…….

Drum roll………..

Best of Show

Rebecca - Bazaar - Watercolor - 14

Rebecca – Bazaar – Watercolor – 14

Our Best of Show award goes to Rebecca for her watercolor titled “Bazaar”.  The judge said: This is my all time favorite picture! Rebecca has done a wonderful job capturing this scene. I feel like I need to travel here and shop. The illumination on the building is realistic. She has a great attention for detail all the way down the street, the colors are beautiful. Congratulations, Rebecca. What a wonderful piece of art work!

Now to the placings of the different age groups:

5 to 8 Year Olds:

First Place:

Karlie Addison - Color Expression - Painting - 6

Karlie Addison – Color Expression – Painting – 6

First place in this age group goes to Karlie for her painting titled “Color Expression”. Congratulations, Karlie! This color combination works well together. It reminds me of the pansies that bloom in early spring and the irises that bloom in the summer. 

Second Place:

Lydia Lyon - Zion - pen & paper - 5

Lydia Lyon – Zion – pen & paper – 5

Our second place award winner is 5 year old Lydia. Lydia’s entry is a pen drawing on paper titled “Zion”. Nicely done, Lydia! This makes me smile. Great detail for a young artist. Congratulations!

Third Place:

Griffin - Mayan Snake - pottery - 8

Griffin – Mayan Snake – pottery – 8

Third place goes to Griffin for his pottery titled “Mayan Snake”. Our judge said, Cute placement of the snake, especially the tongue and eyes. Very nicely done. Good work, Griffin!

Fourth Place:

Andrew DeHaven - Mama Hen and Chick - photography - 7

Andrew DeHaven – Mama Hen and Chick – photography – 6

Six year old Andrew receives the fourth place award for his photograph titled “Mama Hen and Chick”. Chickens are a great subject, especially the babies are so sweet. This mama and chick are positioned well in the photograph which brings a great focus.  Way to go, Andrew!

9 to 13 Year Olds:

First Place:

Samantha - Daniel Pauses for a Drink on the way to Capernaum - Photography - 11

Samantha – Daniel Pauses for a Drink on the Way to Capernaum – Photography – 11

Our first place award in the middle age group goes to Samantha. Samantha entered a photograph titled “Daniel Pauses for a Drink on the Way to Capernaum”. Natural spaces can be a challenge to get a good focus of the subject you want to portray. In this photo you have good use of the natural lighting for a dramatic effect. Beautiful photograph, Samantha!

Second Place:

Joseph Muehlhausen - Flori Garden - origami & wood - 10

Joseph Muehlhausen – Flori Garden – origami & wood – 10

Joseph receives our second place award for his sculpture titled “Flori Garden”. His sculpture is made of wood and origami. Congratulations, Joseph. Very original and nicely done!

Third Place: 

Olivia B. - Hummingbird Charm - polymer clay - 12

Olivia B. – Hummingbird Charm – polymer clay – 12

Our third place award goes to Olivia. Olivia’s entry is “Hummingbird Charm” made out of polymer clay. Great detail on the wings. I like the different colors of the neck from the rest of the body. Pretty!  Nice work, Olivia.

Fourth Place: 

Tatum Cranford-The Blue Umbrella-pencil & crayon - 13

Tatum Cranford-The Blue Umbrella-pencil & crayon – 13

“The Blue Umbrella” by Tatum is our fourth place award winner. This piece is a pencil and crayon drawing. The combination of the pencil and crayons are very nicely done. Good pressure control on the crayons. Looking closely, I love the smiles on the umbrellas. Congratulations, Tatum!

Honorable Mention:

Khloe Addison - Queen Latilsa - Pottery - 9

Khloe Addison – Queen Latilsa – Pottery – 9

An honorable mention goes to Khloe. Khloe’s entry is a pottery sculpture titled “Queen Latilsa”. For the age there is a lot of detail, and it appears there was a lot of thought put into it. Cute! Good job, Khloe.

14 to 18 Year Olds:

First Place:

Rebecca - Zoe - Pencil - 14

Rebecca – Zoe – Pencil – 14

Rebecca receives the first place award in the older age group with her pencil drawing titled “Zoe”.  Another great one by Rebecca. The shading/lighting in the various areas bring this picture to life. The eyes….oh, the eyes, are wonderful. Even in full zoom this looks like a photograph. Excellent composition! Congratulations, Rebecca!

Second Place:

Alyssa Forbes - Mother's Kiss - graphite - 15

Alyssa Forbes – Mother’s Kiss – graphite – 15

Second place goes to Alyssa with her graphite drawing titled “Mother’s Kiss”.  Alyssa has captured the delicate details very well. Mother’s tendrils of hair along side her face. Baby’s darkened nose, give the impression she is cold. Great proportion with the eyes, teeth and smile. Very well done. Beautiful drawing, Alyssa.

Third Place:

Angelina D. - Jennifer Lawrence - graphite - 16

Angelina D. – Jennifer Lawrence – graphite – 16

Third place goes to Angelina for her lovely drawing titled, “Jennifer Lawrence”. Angelina, this is beautiful. The eyes are life like, the proportions of the nostrils, ears, and lips are great. Wonderful detail to the structure and shading of the collar bone, jaw, and neck area.  Great work, Angelina!

Fourth Place:

Kelsey Scarbrough - Arrowdynamic - sharpie, paper - 18

Kelsey Scarbrough – Arrowdynamic – sharpie, paper – 18

Kelsey is our fourth place winner in this age group. Her entry is titled, “Arrowdynamic” and is a drawing created with marker on paper. Amazing amount of work and great designs in the piece. So fun…. Great work Kelsey!

This show is jam packed with beautiful, unique work. I am very proud to host this show at Art For Homeschool. Thank you to all the artists that participated. Thank you to all the parents that helped their children enter the show. Thank you again, Heather, for judging. I know being the judge of this show was not easy.

The first and second place winners will be receiving an email message from me in the next day or so to get mailing addresses. I will be sending the results to our sponsor, Dick Blick Art Materials, so they can mail out the award gift certificates. First and second place winners will receive a $20 gift certificate. Best of Show receives a $40 gift certificate. My hope is that all that receive certificates will let Dick Blick know how much they are appreciated.

I have enjoyed putting this show together for all of you. Please tell others about this event. We will have another award show April 2015. October 2014 we will have a “show and tell” art show just for fun. No awards in that one. Just sharing what you are up to.

Thanks for stopping by. I would appreciate it if you would look over all the lessons and other things available here at Art For Homeschool.