Well, I was art major in college ~ I truly do believe that exposure to and experience in the arts is an important part of a good education. We have dabbled on and off in various artistic projects, but not with any kind of systematic instruction. So finally, the lightbulb went on and I realized that in order for this to happen, I needed - ACCOUNTABILITY. Therefore, I called a couple of friends and offered a free art class to their kids, so that I would be sure to do it with my own!! On Wednesday afternoons, I am holding 2 back-to-back art classes at my kitchen table, one for Jason and a couple of his friends, and one for Amanda and a friend. I'm using ARTISTIC PURSUITS, which incorporates art history with plenty of creative projects that build a basic art "vocabulary", as well as giving instruction in technique and using a variety of media ( the tools used to create art, such as pencil, ink, charcoal, watercolor, clay, etc.). Yesterday the boys learned about SHAPE by creating cut-paper collages of their house and yard, and also sketched small compositions of wooden building blocks. The girls worked on a series of 5 min. pencil sketches of some objects sitting on the table, learning about SPACE and orientation ( landscape vs. portrait ), and then spent 45 min. sketching from a photograph, to work on observing detail.