Frugal High School Art and How to Make it into a High School Credit

Summary:  Are you looking for a frugal way to help them do a fine arts elective?  Is your teen artistic?  Or college bound?  College bound teens usually are required to take FINE ARTS as part of their college entrance requirements. This may include affiliate links.  Please see my disclosure policy #homeschoolhighschool #highschoolelectives #highschoolart #frugalhighschoolcurriculum

Do you have a homeschooled teen who is interested in exploring art?  

Or is your teen looking to fulfull their fine arts elective for college admission?  How about doing a video based Art course, taught by a master artist?   

You ARE An Artist, a small homeschool company owned by a veteran homeschooling mom who offers many video art courses in tons of topics and more.  You should see all the choices!!

It is a great way to expand your teen's art skills, using the chalk art medium.  This is a company owned by Trish Hodges, a homeschooling mom of 5.  How did she ever find time to create these lovely courses?

All the courses are taught by a master artist. 

My daughter loved doing their art courses in the afternoons in our homeschool.  For teens, I recommend 3 solid ways to use the video based art courses from You Are An Artist.  And each of these options can give them either 1/2 credit or 1 year long homeschool high school credit in art or fine arts.

Let's start with their art techniques course.

2. Art Techniques Course

One of our favorites is called Art Techniques.  

It will take your teen step by step, through a tour of techniques with Master Artists, from Impressionism to Modernism.

Learning about:
  • Impressionism all the way to
  • Modernism...
gives your teen a nice introduction to art and various art techniques.

Many art courses require a long list of art supplies, and that can be prohibitive for many homeschoolers on a budget, like we were.  

For You ARE An Artist - Art Techniques all that is needed is a set of chalk pastels and construction paper, no complicated list of art supplies to try to find.

How to Make It into a High School Elective

One way is to use Art Techniques  as a part of an Art History course, or an Introduction to Art course.  It would add a lot to your teen's art history studies.

Tricia offers an easy way through a monthly subscription, frugally to create a complete high school elective in art.

2. You Are an Artist Clubhouse Membership

To make a full year homeschool high school art credit, we recommend adding their You Are an Artist Clubhouse Membership.

This would give your teen access to over $2,000 worth of art lessons, including their I Drew It I Knew It History series and SO much more.  This is a frugal way to do a quality art elective, for only $20.00 a month, for $2,000 dollars of video based art lessons.

Artist Clubhouse Membership.
This will give your art student access to:

  • All access to all the art lessons, including ones on famous artists like Vermeer, Warhol, Grandma Moses, Degas...
  • Mixing and matching art lessons to relate to other areas of your teen's studies, eg, history, geography, science.
  • A special membership community
  • Easy access to new art lessons
Click around to check out their other wonderful VIDEO chalk pastel courses.

We loved the Bird Chalk Pastels Art Course that would go along well with your teen's high school science studies.

How to Make It into a High School Elective

To make this into a high school elective, 70 to 90 hours of doing these lessons would give your teen a half credit, which is all that is usually required for their fine arts credit for college.

To earn a whole years credit, doing 140 to 180 hours of work with these lessons will give them a that year credit in high school art.

The Stein family says, 

"Have any of you followed along with these art tutorials before?  She is calm and relaxing.....just like watching Bob Ross!  We are loving our membership.  One of the best things I've added to our homeschool this year!" 

3. Do a Year or Semester of Art

This is their semester 1 video based art course in chalk pastels that includes:
  • Step by step instructions
  • Techniques for new and advanced artists
  • Independent learning for your teen
  • FAQs
  • Glossary of Art Techniques
  • Plus on option to join the You ARE an Artist Facebook Group for sharing art work
  • And for asking questions re art projects

There is a spring oriented semester 2 video art course, too for teens who want a complete year long course.

How to Make It into a High School Elective

This is so easy to do!  Doing each semester course equals 1/2 credit.  Completing both gives your teen one whole credit in art or fine arts.

4.  NEW High School Fine Arts Course 

I am so excited to tell you about these new frugal high school fine arts appreciation courses from You are an Artist.

They have launched one, with more to come!

 Here is their first frugal fine arts course.  It is a great way to get your teen's Fine Arts credit done.  

High School Fine Arts Appreciation for a hands-on  approach to Fine Arts, from Tricia Hodge, my good friend.  

This fun and frugal course is correlated to the rhetorical stage of education, and includes:
  • Neoclassicism
  • Romanticism
  • Realism
  • Impressionism
  • Photography
  • Post-Impressionism

What a great introduction to the classics in art appreciation for your teen! Meanwhile, they are earning their fine arts credit, necessary for applying to college.  Did you know that Tricia has already graduated 3 teens from her homeschool?

Are you new to homeschooling high school and wanting some tips for how to plan yours?

After helping my own homeschooled teen get into each of the colleges she applied to, I wrote a high school guide.  

It will give you tips on planning high school plus the college admissions process as well.

This high school guidebook is an easy-to-read approach to college for homeschoolers, recently updated with 7 NEW chapters, including:
  • My own homeschoolers guide to the Common Application
  • Where to find college scholarships
  • SAT/ACT Prep
  • How to make your own homemade course
  • Recommended by: Lessa Scherrer, Certified College Counselor from College Inside Track
For more information, click here - Frugal College Prep for Homeschoolers, and my best to you and your family, and especially to your teens.

Thanks for stopping by BJ's Homeschool,

Betsy is mom to her now college grad, whom she homeschooled through high school.  She blogs at BJ's Homeschool, about the early yearshighschool
collegegifted/2e and wrote -Homeschooling High School with College in Mind, 2nd Edition She offers homeschool help through messages at BJ's Consulting and has had some of her articles picked up by the Huffington Post.

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  1. Art is so important and $20 a month is a fantastic deal.

    1. I so agree, Debbie. And the other thing I like about You Are An Artist is that the 20 dollars buys you access to SO many art lessons, and different subjects to draw. Thanks for stopping by!

  2. Art is essential for everyone. Thanks for the info.

  3. Art is very important. Thanks for sharing

  4. Yes! When my daughter tapped into her creativity, there was no stopping her, Sandy!

  5. Thanks for sharing this information with us.


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