One of my favorite units on SchoolhouseTeachers.com is a Schoolhouse Daily called Everyday Easels. I might be a little partial—it was the first unit I had the chance to be a part of. If you would have told me that my first writing project for the site would have been art-related, I wouldn’t have believed you. I struggle with getting some art. I love old buildings and beautiful landscapes and stained glass windows. But much beyond that, I’m somewhat lost. I absolutely cannot draw, sketch, or paint no matter the inspiration.
Over the last several years, however, God showed me something. I can become excited about art I never noticed before if someone draws me into the story of the piece, the artist, or the time period. I remember looking at a samurai sword with a friend on a trip to my favorite museum. As he told me the story of how the swords were fashioned, and the people behind them, I was pulled in. Something I had never noticed was suddenly alive.
That’s the excitement Everyday Easels seeks to ignite in students that might otherwise overlook art completely. Whether they are intrigued by history, science, math, home economics, or hands-on activities, Everyday Easels takes one piece of art or an artifact, breaks it into ten pieces by subject, and looks at it through the lens of those subjects.
That’s part of what makes this writing opportunity so special. You can help us bring art alive for students whether you have a passion for art or not. Do you love math? Science? Hands-on projects? Come join the Everyday Easels team and help us shed fresh light on art appreciation for kids. Compensation is in the form of links to your material on our website and a free membership to SchoolhouseTeachers.com.
If you would like to learn more, please e-mail me at bhudson(at)theoldschoolhouse(dot)com.