Worldschooling with art
Actionable tips for location independent families to make art while on the road
Learning with art
When I started teaching the kids on my own, we were living in a little yellow house in Phuket, Thailand. My tools were whatever I could get at the neighborhood school supply store. I am a born artist and so it was my best way to figure out how to teach my four-year-old his letters and numbers.
Now they are older and we do art less than we used to. When we do it though, it makes our day and usually keeps us really happy for a while.
We have mastered a traveling art supply kit which I share in detail in a short PDF I put together. It’s free, so you can grab it below just by sharing your email with me.
Paint what you see
Painting what you see is a great way to connect with yourself at any moment. When the kids are bored, I tell them “draw what you see.” Given, it doesn’t always work. The idea behind this exercise is to be with oneself for the time it takes to create the drawing.
Using art to teach kids life lessons is relatively easier than trying to do it without art. You can either talk about important mindfulness topics as you paint what you see together or paint specifically about mindfulness. Art Therapy is a common way to use mindfulness together with art.
paint in order to learn something
Art can also be used in conjunction with academic lessons. For little ones, it can be about painting letters and numbers. For bigger kids, it can be about illustrating stories. Teaching “boring” topics by using art as a helper can make things more fun.
Read the stories I’ve written about worldschooling with Art. Some of the books we’ve read and the journals we’ve kept.
Learning about art is not too hard to do. With online and offline resources, there really is no limit to how much kids can learn about art.
Travel Art Supplies
Travel art supplies are essential for making art while on the road. They need to be small, practical and easy to carry. Check our our favorites
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Markers can be bulky and heavy so it’s best to stick to the smallest you can find. Then again if markers are your thing, get any kind you like.
These are great for taking some loose paper or worksheets. They are thin so when they get too full, some drawings can be given away.
If you or your kids love art markers, a little travel set like this is perfect. I travel with a pretty large pouch of these because we love them.
BOoks and Ebooks
Art Lab for Kids
A child’s Introduction to Art
How to Teach Art to Kids
How to Talk to Children about Art
The Urban Sketcher
The Louvre Online Tours
The Met Online Exhibits
Public Domain Review
Art History Courses on Udemy
Art History Courses in Khan Academy