Like a lot of you homeschooling families (and likely some non-homeschooling families, too), we “unschool” in the summertime. For our family, that means that we are all about the fun-led learning. We read and play games a lot, and that I let my daughter’s interests take the lead in terms of things she wants to learn about. One of the – wonderfully educational- things that she loves the most? Art!
Sparketh’s online art classes have been such a great resource for my daughter this summer. I have been a fan of Sparketh‘s classes and vision as an adult for a few years now. However, I’m getting a whole new view of it now as a parent. It’s really awesome seeing my daughter reach an age where she can start using online art classes and loving them (she is almost six.) As a fulltime parent who works from home, having access to online art classes for kids has also made it easier for me to find life/work balance in a time when our family has been on a less structured schedule. Online art classes are something I can feel great about my daughter doing when my attention is needed elsewhere– not just because she enjoys them, but also because art has so many powerful benefits for kids!
If you’re here because you’ve been playing around with the idea of online art classes for your children, I want to give you 5 quicks reasons why I think summer is the best time to give it a try!
1. It’s a Sweet Blend of Structure and Independence
Like a delicious smoothie, online art classes give your child just the right blend of artistic nutrition and flavor. The structure of classes can be a great thing (for both kids and parents) during semi-aimless summer months, but our online classes also give kids the opportunity to learn how to draw or paint what they want, in the styles that appeal to them most.
Sparketh‘s courses are also self-paced, which means that your child can complete 1 course per hour, or day, or week (you get the idea.) Courses also range according to level of difficulty. Some days your kid or teen may want to do a longer, more involved course and other days they may want to do something quick, fun and easy. The blend of structure and independence that comes from online art classes can simply make summer a little sweeter for everyone.
2. It’s Good for the Brain (and the Feels!)
Regularly practicing art is the perfect way to keep those creative and critical thinking skills active this summer (all while keeping things fun!). Check out these article on How Art Supports Good Mental Health in Kids and Teens and Students Need Art: Here are 10 Reasons Why to learn about some of the amazing mental/emotional benefits of art for kids and teens.
Just to give you a quick summary, some of the mental and emotional benefits of art include increased:
- Self-awareness and self-expression
- Regulation of emotions
- Communication skills
- Critical and creative thinking skills
3. It’s Portable and Cost Effective Alternative to Traditional Art Classes (Perfect for Summer)
One thing that students (and parents) love about Sparketh’s online art classes is their portability. If you have a laptop, a tablet, or even a smartphone, you can take your art classes “to go.” This is especially great during summertime, when travel plans would disrupt traditional art classes. Sparketh is also a LOT less expensive than traditional art classes. Many people don’t realize that each Sparketh membership comes with two individual student accounts, which keep up with student courses and portfolios. This makes it even more affordable for families with two (or more) children who are interested in art. The portability and affordability of Sparketh’s online art classes is a perfect fit for summer. While you want your kids to be engaged and learning, you also likely want the ability to take some trips this summer!
4. It’s Something Your Whole Family Can Enjoy to Make Summer Memories
I already mentioned that each Sparketh membership comes with two student accounts. Each of these accounts acts as a record of which courses that student has completed (or is in the middle of), and gives that child an online portfolio for his or her artwork/progress.
However, as a parent, I’ll admit that I love sitting down with my daughter to complete a Sparketh online art class. It’s a really fun way for us to do something creative together (that requires zero planning on my end.) Doing art together as a family is seriously just so relaxing, and it’s a great way to make memories together. Of course, anytime of year is a great time to get creative, relax, and make memories. I’m not saying summer is the only time you can or should do these things— just that it’s a good time to do them!
5. Summer is the Perfect Time for Your Child to Dive Into His or Her Passion for Art!
Summer can be the best opportunity for kids to learn more about something that they are interested in! A lot of parents are drawn to Sparketh because they have artsy kids and teens that they want to help pursue their passion for art. The online course library offers a variety of classes which can help kids discover more about different art techniques and styles in an easy to follow, step-by-step approach. These summer months are the best time to help your child dive into something he or she loves! And if art is something your child loves, Sparketh is an awesome, self-paced, portable, non-intimidating way to learn more about it!
If you’ve been thinking about trying out Sparketh for your kids, I just want to encourage you to give it a try this summer. There’s really no better time to see how it works for you and your kids. Plus, you can currently get the first 30 days of your membership for free! (What better time to try Sparketh for free than summer, when your child has more free time than usual?)