Home School Life Journal From Preschool to High School

Home School Life Journal ........... Ceramics by Katie Bergenholtz
"Let us strive to make each moment beautiful."
Saint Francis DeSales

Curriculum: Fine Arts

Highhill Education has started a new Lesson-Planning Linkup and this week's topic is Music Curriculum and next week's is Art Curriculum. I decided to combine the two and post our Fine Arts plans. I often use the plans laid out at Ambleside Online as they are great plans already laid out for you. I add in some art technique and music theory and we have a plan. This year I may be adding in Drama (since that is what my BA degree is in.)

Art Technique


Art Activity with our study of Ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, Michelangelo2011

Picture Study and Composer Study

Making our Own Paints with a lesson on Raphael Sanzio,  
Music Theory lesson, December 2008

Music Theory

music lapbook
I plan to make and use this music theory lapbook with the boys.


We might join a co-op, and if we do, I will be teaching a theater class, with perhaps a Christmas production.

Next post will be about our Handicrafts Curriculum.

Highhill Education's Lesson Planning Link-Up Schedule
July 11 - Writing
July 18 - Math
July 25 - Science
August 1 - History
August 8 - Music
August 15 - Art
August 22 - Handicrafts
August 29 - Geography
September 5 - Foreign Language
September 12 - Reading
September 19 - Organizing your Classroom/Schedule


  1. I have always said that I would love for Keilee to homeschool with you. You have the best lesson plans. You put so much work into your days. I used to spend so much time perusing the internet for things for Keilee but I don't do that so much anymore. It makes me sad. Great plans Phyllis!!!

  2. I am always amazed with the quality of your work!

  3. I need to look and see what types of artwork would be coming up historically for the Ancients, I have a general idea, but I wanted to start adding that in for the coming year.

    1. As per your request, the links to our Ancient Art posts...
      Cave Art: http://homeschooljournal-bergblog.blogspot.com/2009/09/first-artists.html
      Sumerian Headpiece: http://homeschooljournal-bergblog.blogspot.com/2009/09/art-from-sumer.html
      Jericho inspired Clay Pottery: http://homeschooljournal-bergblog.blogspot.com/2009/09/first-farmers-first-towns.html
      Assyrian Bas Relief: http://homeschooljournal-bergblog.blogspot.com/2010/01/bas-relief-art-tutorial.html
      Greek Amphoras: http://homeschooljournal-bergblog.blogspot.com/2010/02/greek-amphora-cut-outs-art-project.html
      Etruscan Portraits: http://homeschooljournal-bergblog.blogspot.com/2010/02/etruscan-italy-art.html
      Chinese Sumi-e Painting: http://homeschooljournal-bergblog.blogspot.com/2010/02/sumi-e-painting.html
      Roman Coins: http://homeschooljournal-bergblog.blogspot.com/2010/04/roman-coins-art-math-and-history-all-in.html

  4. Your list of paintings got me thinking of that, just so you don't think the comment is completely out of the blue.

    1. I got the connection immediately. We did our art selections along with our history the last time around. We did cave paintings, a Sumerian headpiece, Jericho inspired clay pottery, Egyptian wall paintings, Assyrian Bas-Relief,Greek Amphoras, Etruscan Portraits, Sumi-e Painting, Roman Coins....that is all I can remember. If you need links to any of these, let me know.

  5. Awesome! We use the same base study also. Great minds think alike.


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