How To Handle Fine Arts in Homeschool High School, Interview with Cody Wheelock

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This week on the Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network: How To Handle Fine Arts in Homeschool High School, Interview with Cody Wheelock.

How To Handle Fine Arts in Homeschool High School, Interview with Cody Wheelock

How To Handle Fine Arts in Homeschool High School, Interview with Cody Wheelock

With the flexibility and personalized learning opportunities homeschool offers, homeschooling has become a viable choice for many families. But what about fine arts? We talked about this with Cody Wheelock from Fount Atelier Art Coaching. With him, let’s explore how to handle fine arts and the ways it can empower your child’s education journey.

About Cody Wheelock

Cody Wheelock is the owner and director of Fount Atelier Art Coaching. The name “Fount Atelier” comes from the French term ‘atelier’, which means ‘studio’. In 19th century Paris, students would study at professional artist studios called ateliers for formal training. 

Since Cody’s studio is located in Kansas City, known as the city of Fountains, he named the studio Fount Atelier Art Coaching, which is the perfect blend of history and honoring his local community. 

Cody started out as an art teacher and always had a passion for art. After teaching in public and private schools for ten years, he felt there were limitations to what he could do in that setting. So, four years ago, he set up Fount Atelier as a private instructional studio where he can work with families and provide a creative fine art outlet for homeschool students.

His physical studio is designed to be the perfect place for students, as its decorated and arranged for an in-person setting. He also offers online art coaching, so students can work through a sequenced program based on the 19th century French academic method of training in classical drawing and oil painting. So whether in-person or online, Fount Atelier strives to provide a comprehensive art education experience.

Art is for everyone, and it's never too late to start!- Cody Wheelock

Why Incorporate Fine Arts Into Homeschooling

Sometimes, as homeschool moms, we feel overwhelmed when it comes to fine arts because it’s not our area of expertise. But don’t worry, there are solutions! 

Exercises Creative Muscles

First and foremost, incorporating art into homeschooling allows students to exercise their creative muscles. We are all designed to create, and art provides an outlet for that innate urge. It engages our brains in a different way than subjects like math or science, and it’s a great way to explore different forms of creativity.

Creates Mindfulness

Art also gives us an opportunity to slow down and be present in the moment. In today’s fast-paced world, it’s important to have activities that allow us to step back, focus, and appreciate the beauty around us. Whether it is observational drawing or plein air painting, these activities help us reset mentally and practice mindfulness.

Lifelong Enjoyment

Art is a lifelong hobby that can bring joy and fulfillment. You do not have to be an artsy person to enjoy the process and benefits of creating art. It is a skill that can be cultivated over time, and it’s something you can continue to improve upon throughout your life. Plus, it’s a great way to earn some extra income if you choose to sell your artwork.

Requirement for Graduation

In many states, a Fine Arts credit is needed for graduation.

How To Add Fine Arts To Your Homeschool

Anyone can learn some art skills if you have some tips or coaching. Here are some of Cody’s tips.

Focus On Skill Development, Not The Masterpiece

The key to adding fine arts to your homeschool, and keeping it there, is to focus on skill development rather than creating masterpieces. Start with the basics and gradually build up your skills. 

Having a structured and sequenced plan is essential. Begin with simple exercises like learning how to sharpen a pencil and progress from there. By focusing on skill development, you will build confidence and see improvement over time.

If you are unsure how to create a plan, think about the end goal and work backwards. For example, if you want to paint a landscape in oil, break it down into smaller steps like learning composition, understanding color mixing, and practicing brush techniques. By breaking it down, you create a clear pathway to success. (Some teens know this process from Scheduling Backwards with their papers and projects.)

See Constructive Feedback

Feedback from someone with more experience can help you identify areas for improvement and provide guidance for growth. Constructive feedback allows you to learn and develop your skills further. 

Remember, everyone starts somewhere, and making mistakes is part of the learning process.

How To Handle Fine Arts

Incorporating fine arts into your homeschool can be a rewarding and enriching experience. Do not be discouraged if it is not your area of expertise. With a structured plan, focus on skill development, and constructive feedback, you and your students can explore the world of art and unleash your creativity. 

Art is for everyone, and it’s never too late to start!

Connect With Cody Wheeler with Front Atelier Art Coach

If you are interested in connecting with Cody, you can visit Front Atelier Art Coach. You can find more information about his online program and can reach out to him with any questions. You can also check out his YouTube channel where he shares drawing and painting demonstrations as well as his plein air painting adventures.

Thank you to Richie Soares with Homeschool and Humor for creating this blog post!

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How to Create Music Appreciation Credit for Transcripts

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This week on Homeschool Highschool Podcast: How to Create Music Appreciation Credit for Transcripts.

How to Create Music Appreciation Credit for Transcripts. Homeschool high schoolers need a Fine Arts credit. What if they are not artsy?Try Gena Mayo's tips.

 

How to Create Music Appreciation Credit for Transcripts

Most homeschool high schoolers need a Fine Arts credit for graduation. That is easy for teens who have interest in the arts. But, what if they are not artsy? That’s where arts appreciation credits come in. In this episode Vicki is joined by our friend, Gena Mayo, of Music in Our Homeschool. She is going to share a simple way to create a Music Appreciation credit for the homeschool transcript.

Gena is one of 7Sisters old-time homeschool friends. When we first started out, we met Gena at our favorite conference (2:1 Conference). She coached us along and gave us encouragement and practical tips for blogging and digital business-running. So, as we got to thinking about the stress that our non-artsy friends feel when they need to help their homeschool high schoolers earn that Fine Arts credit, we turned to Gena.

Art Appreciation credits, simply put, are credits that introduce students to the ideas of one or more art forms. Arts Appreciation credits can cover just about anything that helps your teens appreciate that art. Homeschool high schoolers could earn different Arts Appreciation credits:

  • Music Appreciation
  • Visual Art Appreciation
  • Drama Appreciation, including Drama Camp
  • Dance Appreciation

What else would you add to that list?

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Gena Mayo is an expert in music credits. That’s why it is so wonderful to have her with us to discuss Music Appreciation credits.  She studied Music Education in college and taught Music in traditional schools for five years. When she and her husband started their family, they decided to homeschool. They now have eight children (two in college, two in high school, two in middle school, two in elementary).

Gena started teaching Music Appreciation in her homeschool co-op. The kids were learning 20th Century History. Gena knew that music was integral to understanding the culture and happenings of that time. She eventually turned that co-op course into an online course which your teens can experience today.

She realized that music is actually important to each time in history so she expanded her course offerings on Music in Our Homeschool to other time periods.

SO how does Gena suggest easily earning a Music Appreciation credit for transcripts?

Let’s go with Music in Our Homeschool because it is self-paced, independent learning for teens (and teens actually like it):

Middle Ages through Classical Era (500-1799 AD)

  • 18 weeks for one semester

Romantic Era Music (1800’s)

  • 36 lessons

20th Century Music

  • 36 lessons

Each course:

  • Can be completed:
    • One lesson per week through year
    • Or two lessons per week through a semester
  • Discusses composers who were influential in each era.
  • Includes inks to videos so teens can see professional performances of each musical piece.
  • Gives suggestions for activities (choose the best-fit activity for your teen’s needs, abilities):
    • Special writing and reading assignments
    • Other ideas

Your homeschool high schoolers could earn up to a full credit for 20th Century or Romantic Era, if they log their hours and listen to all the music.

  • They can pare things down and do brief overviews and simply log hours until they meet state’s requirements for a credit.
  • (It is always good to log hours to keep that paper trail for earning credits. Check out this post for proving your credits mean something on the homeschool transcript.)

Music Appreciation like this can be integrated into your homeschool high schoolers’ History credits (check out our Homeschool Highschool Podcast episode on Combining Credits).

  • If your family or co-op is studying 20th Century History, have your high schoolers do the 20 Century Music Appreciation course. Log the hours for History and/or Music Appreciation.
  • If your family or co-op is studying World History, add Middle Ages through Classical Era Music Appreciation and Romantic Era Music Appreciation. Again, log the hours for History and/or Music Appreciation.

Music Appreciation credits can ignite teens' love of music

What else can be included in Music credits (added to Music Appreciation credit hours or separately listed on the homeschool transcript)?

  • Log hours for these to decide whether your teens earned .25, .5 or 1 credit each.
    • Music Theory
    • Private Music Lessons (Voice, Instrument)
    • Musical Theater
  • Sometimes when teens are exposed to Music Appreciation, they want to explore more musical topics. Sometimes they will carry that into life, such as:
    • Singing or playing instruments in church or community choirs and bands
    • Singing or playing music in groups at college

Ready to get started?

Check out Gena’s many, many courses, including some freebies. (Even moms sign up and take her courses for fun.)

Use the coupon code: 7Sisters

  • for a 20% discount through August 31, 2020!

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