Free Art Lesson Resources

Free Art Lesson Resources

I do not have an art degree and never took art classes beyond the required 8th grade art class. I even got a C in Art in Elementary because my teacher was looking for talent instead of grading on instruction and effort. This really left me with a negative view of art although I have always been very creative. I never learned about Famous Artists, Art Periods, Techniques, or all the fun that art truly can be! What could be better than free art lesson resources?

over 20 free art lessons and resources

My children exhausted all the art dvd’s from our local library. It was very nice to set-up the laptop or tablet with a video, lay out all their materials , and let them be free to “have art class”. The only problem was they wouldn’t STOP after one lesson! Oh, no they wanted to finish the entire dvd! Since there is an interest in art I figured I better find more free resources to hone in and sharpen their talents in areas like shading, sketching, perspective, and proper use of materials.

You can learn about ART with a variety of free art lessons from all over the internet! You can learn from home. You can teach your children or you can facilitate a group of children or friend’s while you all take an art adventure together.

Basic Art Lessons

Art Made Easy- has many free art lessons to help you and your child start creating! Be sure to check back on this page — more lessons will be added each month!

Artyfactory -offers free art and design lessons where you can teach yourself how to draw, paint and design by following our illustrated step by step instructions. We are building a growing resource of art lessons, art history notes, ideas and techniques designed to improve your artistic skills and to increase your enjoyment in creating artworks.

Beginner Art Lessons-A solid basis in art theory and media is an excellent starting point for all aspiring artists! These Free Video Art Lessons are aimed at the beginner artist, and cover such basics as color mixing, perspective, and proportion in easy-to-follow instructional videos. Don’t be intimidated: learning art is easy, and you can do it from the comfort of your own home with these fun videos from the World of Art!

Blick-we love those “light bulb” moments when an idea inspires and the creative juices start to flow. Geared for a wide variety of age and skill levels, we offer hundreds of Lesson Plans designed to meet the National Standards for Visual Art Education and bring the value of creativity to any teaching experience. All original. All free. Help yourself!

Fun Art Lessons- plans for classroom, daycare, homeschoolers.
Art projects, art activities, art units for teaching art history and creativity for 4th grade to 8th grade art programs

Kids Art Lessons- Adults aren’t the only art enthusiasts: encourage the creativity of your own young artist and watch their imagination come to life! These Free Video Art Lessons from the World of Art are aimed at children who want to explore their artistic side and just have fun! Join your child in these easy and exciting projects and turn your home into an artistic playground!

Free Pastel Tutorials-We love pastels. Nana has taught us to appreciate how beautiful and easy it is to use them. We even keep them close so we can use them for our nature journal entries.

You CAN Be an Artist

Teach Art at Home- Free lessons on drawing, perspective, shading, and other techniques for drawing and rendering with various mediums. Lessons range from beginner to advanced concepts.

Tint and Shade Paint Video Tutorial with printable sheet


Basic Watercolor

Watercolor Tutorials- 8 simple lessons from Hearts and Trees

Basic Drawing

Graduated Tone from Arty Factory

See the Light Art- has a variety of Bible story based art lessons with some basic tips and techniques which are free. There main curriculum dvd’s are not free but definitely worth mentioning for high school art credit! (I’m using are affiliate links in case you want to purchase Art Projects or Art Class.)

Art Journaling & Mixed Media

Art journal videos

Art Journaling 101


Learn Sculpting – Lesson 1 – Clay Modeling

Famous Artist

World's Greatest Artist vol. 1

99 Inspirational Art Quotes from Famous Artists- (AD heavy) great for copywork or notebooking page ideas

Concordia University Chicago-  Artists and Their Art: Sharing Visual Stories, a tool to promote visual literacy through artwork. Recognizing visual cues in a work of art as well as being aware of the times and conditions in which an artist lived enables students to better interpret its imagery, draw conclusions about its effectiveness, and speak critically about the art. Lessons for grades 1-8!

Masterpiece Monday- Introducing preschoolers to art is not difficult, but it does take a little planning.  A visit to the library should provide you with plenty of material.  If not, you might consider purchasing a book of masterpieces or artists.

Famous Artist Series

Famous Artist Study from Practical Pages

Art Periods

Totally History- artists become famous either for their unique style or the character they exude to the world of art . Beginning with the Renaissance Era, art was transformed, it elevated the value of art and produced a respect it from society that was not there in the past. Art masters became known everywhere, their work were studied during and beyond their lifetime.

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Frugal Herbal: Simple Supplies for Herb Collecting

Now onto collecting your herbs. I will assume you have grown your own, positively identified some you wild harvested OR bought some bulk herbs from a reputable source. If you need some resources for herb identification I would suggest: Herb Pinterest Board.

basic supplies to help with herb collecting

BASKET-I use baskets that I have been given, cardboard boxes from the grocery store, or occasionally an ice cream bucket. I admit I did buy a cute rectangular basket from the Dollar Tree to aid in herb collecting! (Using our affiliate links to help you find what we own and use)

great little basket to help collect herbs

PLANT ID BOOK-If you are still trying to figure out what grows in your yard or neighborhood then I would suggest a good book like:Identifying & Harvesting Edible and Medicinal PlantsThe Complete Book of Herbs: A Practical Guide to Growing and Using Herbs,  Edible Wild Plants for Beginners,  Backyard Foraging: 65 Familiar Plants You Didn’t Know You Could Eat and Western Garden Book of Edibles: The Complete A-Z Guide

SCISSORS-helps to harvest herbs and the parts of plants that you want without damaging plants around it or hurting yourself.

GLOVES- simple fabric garden gloves or even cheap food service gloves can both come in handy.

DRYING RACK- You will need a good place to dry your herbs. You could use a clothes drying rack, diaper drying rack, herb mesh rack or herb horse. Of course you could make a drying screen for cheap from an old picture frame.


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Homemade Christmas Gifts You Can Make Now

Right now is a perfect time to think about making homemade Christmas gifts from Fall Harvest abundance. I recently made homemade applesauce and crockpot apple butter which will make nice Christmas gifts. We have also been harvesting medicinal herbs and plants. I am working on gathering enough to dry and make tinctures, hydrosols, and salves. I can see some of these items making their way into Christmas baskets as well.

homemade Christmas gifts

I know some people think it’s too early to think about Christmas and I am usually that way BUT you really need to plan ahead before it sneaks up on you. These super simple gifts are great to make now while the Fall Harvest is happening especially the applesauce and apple butter.

Homemade Applesauce

Check out how we canned homemade applesauce after picking apples from a local orchard.

homemade canned applesauce

Homemade Apple Butter

Stop over and check how to turn your applesauce into apple butter.

homemade applebutter square

 Homemade Cajun Seasoning

 Homemade seasonings are quick, easy and thoughtful.

homemdae cajun seasoning lets you choose how fresh the ingredients are and how spicy you want your mix.


Science On-The-Go Kits

Super simple and fun kit you can make for your little scientist!

Great project for your little scientist. A science on-the-go kit helps with exploring the world around them.

Homemade Rock Kit

Perfect for all the little Geologist’s in your life.

homemade rock kit

  Felt Ornament

A cute ornament for kids to make.

Angel Christmas Ornament Tutorial

Simple Toddler Made Gift

Quick and easy gift so simple your toddler can make!

decorated business card magnets

Baby Footprint Keepsake Tutorial

Great gift to remember those tiny little feet!

baby foot keepsake ornament

 Some fun ideas from a couple of blogger friends:

Scrapbook Ornament

Super cute idea for parents or grandparents of a newborn.

Homemade Christmas Keepsake Ornament from Beauty in the Mess

 Question Jar

Great conversation starter gift for newlyweds, large families, or grandparents.

Questions Jar from Keeping Life Creative

FREE Kindle Books with Christmas Gift ideas

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