“Every artist was first an amateur.”—Ralph Waldo Emerson
HSLDA Consultant Recommend:
Resources for improving art skills:
- Draw 3D, Emmy award-winning illustrator Mark Kistler offers online step by step drawing lessons.
- Jon Gnagy Learn to Draw Kit. There are many fine beginning drawing kits; this one is tried and true, proven by decades of success.
- Perspective Made Simple DVD. Designed for older students (high school), learn the basics of excellent perspective in this accessible DVD.
- The Rainbow Resource Center has a large listing of books, DVDs, postcards, stickers, and other creative materials for all ages. View their selection, and if you have any questions about which might be a good fit for your homeschooling needs, call or contact them through their live help chat!
- For serious art students, following the blogs of professional artists can give you a good feel for what life as a professional would be like, as well as offer you a means of contacting them should you have specific questions. One artist we like is Tim Chambers.
- See what previous HSLDA Art Contest winners like 2004 winner Adam Nisbett have done since participating. View Adam’s wildlife art at www.adam-nisbett.com, and read more about his passion for God’s creation in the following article: “Homeschooled Artist Wins Two Awards.”
- HSLDA’s Home School Heartbeat radio program interviewed world-renowned artist Makoto Fujimura in early December. Listen to these short but inspiring episodes in the Home School Heartbeat archives.