Whenever anyone asks me what I do for a living, I say that I am an artist. The next question is almost always, "Do you teach art to kids?" I do not, but I do teach art to my own child and you can do it too.

Newsflash: You don't have to be an "artist" to teach art. So if you're looking to spend some quality time with your children, why not teach them yourself? Chances are they are not learning this much about art in school.

Every week I am going to post the art lesson that I have taught my daughter that week. You'll see pictures and a list of supplies that were needed for that project. I don't have a magic set of lessons that I am teaching. Truth is that these lessons are easily available all over the internet. Spend quality time every week teaching your son or daughter art (even your grandchild!) they will appreciate the instruction much more than plopping them down in front of the TV with some pre-packaged art-thing-a-ma-jig you picked up at the craft store.

My daughter just turned 5 years old, so I will be writing about my experiences with her. You can tailor these lessons to any age group. So what are you waiting for?

For our first lesson, we worked with Cray-Pas Junior Oil Pastels. I picked up a box of 25 for $3.99 at the local craft store. You can find them for about $2.50 on the internet. I found this lesson online (link) and adapted it to fit my needs at home. We studied color mixing and color blending for about 30 minutes and that is all we needed.

For the remainder of the lesson, we studied "symmetry". We observed examples of symmetry in the house and used what we learned to color butterflies that I printed out from the internet. We colored them with our pastels and continued to practice blending with the pastels. The lesson lasted 45 minutes total.

Some tips: I explained to my daughter that when I said we were having art lessons, it wasn't "free-art". If she put on her apron, she needed to stick with the class syllabus. It worked.

Keep the lessons short...for your sanity and the child's. Have things prepared ahead of time so that the child really feels like they are in a classroom environment at home.

I'm really excited about spending time with my daughter this way. She asks questions and has a high level of interest. More so than I think if I were to send her somewhere for art lessons. Why waste the money? There is no need to join a class, organization, etc. Just keep it simple. No need for fancy edited videos either..you're not an artist, but you know yellow and blue make green, right? Your child looks up to you. You can do this.

I hope that you will tune in next week and join me in this artventure. Your kids will love it.

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