Mixing With the Masters – Famous Artists Inspired Projects

The arts are typically overlooked in our society.  They're treated as a extra item even though they have a profound impact on how we view the world. Artists and musicians express the philosophies of their time. They communicate what can't be put into words. As I equip my children to engage with the world, I want them to be familiar with some of the great artists and the ideas that are expressed through some of their most famous works.

This year, we're integrating artist studies into our morning time with Simply Charlotte Mason Picture Study Portfolios. We'll also be digging in deeper with our older students by reading The State of the ArtsThe Annotated Mona Lisaand How Should We Then LiveBut there is nothing like connecting to famous artists with art projects inspired by their works. We are so excited to be including Alisha Gratehouse's latest course in our curriculum this year: Mixing with the Masters.


Mixed Media Blessings

Let's face it - the famous paintings from masters are not easy to duplicate. They are famous works because of the skill and creativity of those that created them. What I love about Alisha Gratehouse's courses is that she designs projects that build the confidence of young artists which inspires them to cultivate their God given skills.

In this workshop for kids ages 8 and up (tweens, teens, & moms too), your family will be exploring and experimenting with various art forms including: Masters Collage

  • Sketching & charcoal drawing
  • Acrylic painting techniques, such as:
    • Fresco
    • Chiaroscuro
    • Impasto
    • Alla Prima
    • Gradient
  • Watercolor painting
  • Pastel painting
  • Wax resist
  • Collage art
  • And MORE!

This e-Course will be spread over six weeks, with detailed videos and supply lists of each project, but because you will have lifetime access to it, you can take as long as you like to complete the projects. Each unique art piece will reflect the artist’s original style and intent, but you will playfully reconstruct it in your own whimsical way.

18 different art lessons altogether (3 per artist), plus 6 art challenges!

In addition to the art lessons, there will be:

  • A short biographaphical video on each artist
  • Printable PDF study guides
  • A weekly student “challenge”
  • Printable patterns and templates
  • Inspirational quotes by each artist
  • Suggested books, videos, and websites for further learning
  • Private Facebook group in which to share students’ works of art

You can purchase the whole collection, or you can purchase individual units featuring a specific artist.

Volume One* will feature the following artists from six different art movements:

DaVinci - thumb          Rembrant - thumb          Monet - thumb

Leonardo da Vinci – High Renaissance (available August 1, 2016)
Rembrandt van RijnBaroque (available August 8, 2016)
Claude MonetImpressionism (available August 15, 2016)

Van Gogh - thumb          Picasso - thumb          O'Keeffe - thumb

Vincent van GoghPost-Impressionism (available August 22, 2016)
Pablo Picasso – Cubism (available August 29, 2016)
Georgia O’KeeffeAmerican Modernism (available September 5, 2016)

Register today! Classes begin August 1st, 2016.

Early registration price = $48 for entire Volume One; OR $10 per individual artist
Regular price (after July 31st) = $60 for entire Volume One; OR $12 per individual artist

Which artist would you love to learn more about?


  1. Dee Dee on July 7, 2016 at 10:37 am

    Great post!

    Monday night is art night (we dedicate one evening a week to seven different ‘topics’ after dinner – 10-20 minutes) and have been using the art pastel ebook you recommended for the past six weeks or so. Even created one of the pieces with dinner guests last week and they really enjoying participating.

    Keep up the good work, Betsy! I so enjoy your blog….

    • Betsy on July 7, 2016 at 10:40 am

      What a fun way to incorporate art into your family time! So glad you’re enjoying it.

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