A New Twist on Art
As a mom who has homeschooled for over 18 years now, I always wanted something more than was available for art and artist study. There were plenty of “fill-in-the-blank” worksheets and coloring pages, as well as art “curriculum” that left my kids, utterly BORED!
Several years ago I began creating seasonal mixed media art courses to offer the homeschool community. These workshops give kids, teens, and moms a FUN, hands-on way to create beautiful works of art while learning about various art mediums. I have been thrilled by their tremendous success! (Please feel free to check out samplings of student artwork and see what moms are saying about my workshops.)
Now, I am offering a new series, Mixing with the Masters, which is an exciting way to connect kids and teens with the old masters and some of their most famous works. By becoming involved in the same processes these artists used, the elements and principles of art come ALIVE! I’ve also added the Masterpiece Society Art Appreciation, an “open-up-and-go” curri-culum with everything you need for a comprehensive art study – created with the busy mom in mind!
What Is Mixed Media Art?
Mixed media art is a fun and easy way to create because it is art without rules! The medium of choice is up to the artist’s tastes, moods and desires. It combines sketching, painting, lettering, stamping, cutting, pasting, and so much more! Mixed media creates an excellent outlet for self-expression and exploring your God-given creativity. With this art form, you must forget perfectionism and embrace the whimsical!
Art is a vitally important learning tool in any classroom, whether public or home school. Children who create art – sketches, paintings, sculptures, photographs, and crafts – not only experience the satisfaction of self-expression, but also learn to think in new ways.
Why the Name, Masterpiece Society?
This name comes from Ephesians 2:10 (NLT) which says,
“For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so that we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.”
It is my desire that this site will not only ignite a love of art in your kids and teens, but also encourage them to be the masterpiece they already are, and inspire them to further develop their own creativity.
Here, the artist is also the masterpiece!
Visit My Other Websites:
I would love for you to visit me at my blog, Flourish, where I hope you will be encouraged to live an abundant and satisfying life – spirit, soul and body (John 10:10). There you’ll find a few of my craft tutorials, free printables, podcast, and lots of other randomness. Visit my art website, Alisha Gratehouse Designs, to purchase my original artwork and jewelry creations.
“I have filled him with the Spirit of God…and ability for every kind of artistic work.” ~ Ex. 31:5
Alisha Gratehouse is an artist, art instructor, minister’s wife, and homeschooling mom of three. Her days are filled with creating, painting, writing, drinking lots of tea, laughing with (and at) her family, and spontaneously bursting forth into song. Alisha is the author of several books including, A Life That Flourishes.