There are different ways to encourage kids to get creative, but if you want to make it more meaningful and fun, art lessons tailored especially for them would be a great option. Art History Kids combines art history lessons with art activities that can be enjoyed at home, creating a unique and inspiring experience for elementary and middle school aged kids.
Art Appreciation at Home
Art History Kids’ monthly membership is called The Studio and every month, they introduce kids to a new art topic! Members will receive a PDF guide featuring relevant information, discussions, and open-ended project ideas, plus access to a live Zoom class and invitations for a monthly Q&A. There are also opportunities to showcase the kids’ work through an art show. A monthly membership is $25 per month. They also offer a quarterly subscription for $65 and a yearly subscription for $250.
This subscription is more than just an art lesson, it’s like a guided museum tour for kids, helping them to develop art appreciation at a young age.
We’ve done a wide variety of lessons with Art History Kids, including:
One thing we love about The Studio is that they cover a wide variety of art history topics—yes, even art from the prehistoric times, like cave paintings.
The Cave Paintings guide introduced the people who painted in Lascaux Cave: the Magdalenians. What’s interesting is that they did not have erasers at that time and they could not paint over mistakes either! Using everything my kids learned about prehistoric art, they created their own cave painting designs. For kids who like to build things, the guide also encourages to try different forms of art like creating a small basic 3D model of the cave.
Good news if you have multiple kids: The Studio’s art curriculum and projects work for kids of all ages! Smaller kids can do a simpler version of the suggested projects, while older kids’ projects can have more complexity and depth.
Learning about renowned artists is also a part of the art appreciation journey. It’s a great way to find inspiration for the young ones interested in art! One of my kids’ favorite artist feature is Frida Kahlo. She is an amazing artist and fashion icon, known for challenging ideas about what it
means to be beautiful. This particular lesson discussed her materials and processes, as well as her personal style, in a way that kids can easily grasp. Art History Kids’ approach is fun, allowing children to be curious and to look at art from different perspectives.
Community & Cuisine
Another essential activity involved in monthly art lessons with The Studio is observing paintings! In the Cuisine & Community in Art guide, for instance, they explored food and people themed paintings like Leonardo da Vinci’s The Last Supper, Vincent van Gogh’s The Potato Eaters, and Wayne Thiebaud’s Eating Figures (Quick Snack). There are also questions that encourage discussion and inspire critical thinking! Art History Kids even provided tips that kids and parents can use to further enhance the experience.
The Studio’s curriculum aims to nurture creativity, with lessons that invite kids to think and projects that encourage them to create meaningful art. It makes a well rounded experience for budding artists! For parents or guardians who don’t have a background in art, no need to worry because no previous art knowledge is required to facilitate the monthly activities. The flexibility of the lessons and projects is also something kids and parents will appreciate. You can choose to use the guide only or the live online class only, or both! They emphasize that there’s no right or wrong, and that everyone can just explore to their heart’s content. That’s real creativity right there, and it keeps kids curious and engaged!
What art projects have your children made from Art History Kids?