This page is a general overview of our art courses.
To find out more about a particular course, please click
on the images below, or on the drop down menu above.
Pets. You gotta’ love em! We keep them for companionship, for comfort, for protection, and definitely for entertainment! Pets fill our lives with love, joy, fun, and mischief too!
In my latest art course, Playful Pet Portraits, I will teach you, your kids and teens simple techniques for painting your family pet(s) while exploring various artistic styles.
We will explore simple techniques for capturing your pet in the artistic style and medium of your choice. Whether you have dogs, cats, bunnies, rodents, birds, fish, or reptiles, or several of each, we will explore them all. (Click on the image for more info.)
Mixed Media Workshops for Kids, Teens & Moms:
Mixing with the Masters, Volume 1
“A New Twist on the Old Masterpieces”
In this new series, we study several of the “old masters.”
We learn about their lives, the art eras they lived in, their styles, techniques, mediums, and genres. Then we recreate a few of their most famous pieces, giving each our own mixed media twist!
This series is fun and whimsical – a hands-on way to learn about famous artists and their works by getting our own hands dirty and using our “artistic license.” This course goes deeper than your average “fill-in-the-blank” worksheets, coloring pages, or paper crafting. Get ready to mix it up with the masters!
(Volume 2 coming September 2017!)
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Mixed Media Workshop for Women (and/or teenage girls):
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You Are a Masterpiece: Mixed Media Workshop for Women
“Discovering God’s Heart & Purpose for You Through Mixed Media Art”
Mixed media art is messy. In order to make a beautiful piece of art, you have to get your hands, your workspace, and sometimes your clothes, messy with paint, decoupage, inks, and more. But when you’re finished, you have a beautiful masterpiece.
The Bible says that you are God’s masterpiece, (Eph. 2:10 NLT). You are His finest, most beautiful work of art. He created you in His image. He created you perfect.
Yet sometimes – okay, most of the time – we take His perfection and make a big mess out of ourselves and our lives. We humans in our fallen state are messy. We are imperfect. Therefore, we desperately need the Ultimate Artist to take the scraps, the ephemera, the torn pieces of our hearts and lives, and make them into a beautiful work of art.
This is a 4-week series that is part art course, part Bible study.
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.
How Does One Participate in the Workshops?
The mixed media workshops are either 2-week or 4-week eCourses which are taught via videos in a private, password-protected site. You and your child(ren) may watch and create on your own schedule. You will have LIFETIME access to the course.
For more info, please see the FAQ section below.
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What Others Are Saying About My Mixed Media Courses:
“Alisha Gratehouse is a wonderful instructor! [My son] has loved her lessons, not only for the actual instruction, but because she makes these projects so fun. I found him laughing out loud in his lessons so many times I lost count! He’s enjoying the art, but he’s also enjoying her as a teacher. That’s an added bonus!” ~ Emily C.
“[My daughter] spends almost her entire day, night and weekend creating. She has thoroughly enjoyed the Spring mixed media course and can’t wait to begin You Are A Masterpiece. Alisha you rock!! [She] LOVES all her art classes but yours is by far her favourite!” ~ Claire S.
“My kids have never gotten such good art instruction, not only in technique, but in the classical artists. We are LOVING this class!” ~ Susan E.
“This has been a great project for us to do together. I have been wanting to bring more art into my homeschool (I LOVE art history!) but have not felt confident in art instruction. We have all enjoyed your videos and creating art together… Your style is gentle, encouraging, and fun! Your accent makes me feel all cozy, like a nice cup of tea…” ~ Amy F.
“Thank you for sharing your gift of art! Your class has brought so much joy and beauty to our lives!” ~ Patty S.
“This class is so much more than I thought I was buying. I thought I would get some ebooks with pictures and written instructions, but the videos are so much better! It’s great to see exactly how to do it and get new ideas for using the media. I’ve done a lot of acrylic painting on wood, but your ideas on canvas – using a wash over the papers, using fingers to apply an edge, and dabbing with bubble wrap……wow! And for my 7-year old art buddy, this is exactly what she needs, to see the different possibilities demonstrated, complete with the ‘oops’ moments. (Please don’t ever edit those out!)” ~ Pam C.
“Thank you for your great classes online! [They are] so much fun! Thirty years ago I remember wanting to make creative things but there were not any resources available to me then for such luxuries as art. But now I can enjoy your class with my children. So wonderful!” ~ Kim H.
“Both of us had a great time with the Art of Fall Mixed Media class working together and trying new art ideas. My daughter adored the time I spent with her and I found it to be very therapeutic! The projects are explained well and the videos make them easy to try on your own… It was just plain fun! The results were excellent and made lovely display pieces.” ~ Heather W.
“Parents, if you are crazy enough to want some high quality mixed media art lessons for your child(ren) you probably want to check out Alisha Gratehouse’s lessons. She makes everyone in our house feel like an artist by the time a project is finished. We’re even (willingly and joyfully) hanging the art up in the house! Where it can be seen. The price is right, too. So whether you have a couple, several, few, or gaggle of children it’s affordable.” ~ Christine C.
“We have been loving the art projects…Thanks for making the classes we are learning new each time. I never thought I could draw and paint like we did this week!” ~ Shannon F.
“Great class and SO much fun! We learned so many new techniques and I had as much fun as my daughter did. The videos show you step by step how to do it — even my 7 year old daughter could follow them.” ~ Leigh Ann T.
“My kids have really enjoyed the projects! Thanks for keeping the price reasonable for all us homeschooling.” ~ Julie A.
Q: How does one participate in a Mixed Media Workshop?
A: Each Mixed Media Workshop is either a 2- or 4-week e-Course which is taught via videos in a private, password-protected site. Your child may watch and create on his or her own schedule.
Q: How can I purchase a Mixed Media Workshop?
A: Purchases can be made via PayPal by clicking on the “Add to Cart” button anywhere on this page.
Q: What happens after I purchase a Mixed Media Workshop?
A: After your secure purchase, you will receive a receipt from PayPal. Then, within 24 hours of your purchase, you will receive a welcome email with the course supply list. You will also receive another email containing the link to the classroom and your password. Please save this email.
Q: How long will I have access to this course?
A: You will have lifetime access to this course.
Q: What art supplies will you use for this course?
A: Please click here to see a list of the basic art supplies for each course.
Q: Is this course only for homeschooling families?
A: Although we are a homeschooling family, this course was created and intended for all children — public, private and home schooled — ages 8 and up.
Q: My child is not yet 8 years old. Will he be able to participate?
A: Only you know the abilities of your own child, but most of these projects are basic and could be done by children a bit younger than 8 (with your help and supervision). I will provide templates for many of the projects, but some will require the child to draw/paint/letter on his own and may, therefore, be a little more difficult.
Q: What if I can’t keep up with the pace of the class?
A: You may participate in this class on your own time and at your own pace. You are never behind.
Q: Can others outside my immediate family participate in a Mixed Media Workshop?
A: I would love for you and your children to enjoy this course, but please do not share your personal link and password with anyone else outside of your immediate family. I have put a lot of planning and work into creating this course. I trust you will understand and honor this request.
Q: Do you offer Homeschool Co-op Licensing?
A: Yes. You can purchase a co-op license by contacting me at: alishagratehouse [at] gmail [dot] com. The price is $150 (2.5 times the retail price) and it may be used for up to 25 students. If you have 25 students in your class, each student is only paying $6.00 instead of the $60.00 they would if they each bought their own course. If your classroom or large co-op has more than 25 students, you’ll need to purchase a second license, which is good for another 25 students.
Q: I am a blogger; can I join your Affiliate program?
A: Yes, I would love for you to join my Affiliate Program here.
Q: Who is Alisha Gratehouse?
A: Alisha Gratehouse met and married her husband, Jason, at Bible college over 24 years ago. They have been in ministry for well over twenty years. She is the mom of three amazing children, Olivia, Alec and Liam, an author, and a mixed media artist. Her days are filled with writing, creating, homeschooling, and drinking tea. She loves painting, antiquing, “cottage-chic” decorating, and English period dramas. Alisha’s desire is to inspire, encourage and empower others to live abundant and satisfying lives (John 10:10). She blogs at Flourish.
Have a question that isn’t answered above? Please contact me at: alishagratehouse [at] gmail [dot] com.