How to 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.
Fine Arts often includes:
-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
-Dramatic Art: acting, participating in pantomime, theater production, attending performances
-Dance: Participating in ballet, jazz, tap, ballroom, attending performances
Here some ways to earn a high school credit in Fine Arts:
-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)
-Log 120-135 hours in lessons or co-op classes and homework
-Join a drama club and log those hours
-Take classes at the local homeschool umbrella
-Take a 3 credit course at a community college (3 college credits=1 high school credit)
Sometimes, as a student experiences an art activity, he/she feels inspiration and pushes on 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 fun.
Whatever the outcome, Fine Arts is a wise investment during the high-school years.
What do your children do for fine arts?
BTW- If you'd like some support and encouragement in your high-school adventure, you might enjoy a coaching session with one of the 7 Sisters coaches.