Studying Under The Masters For KIDS! {registration is open}

For children, art isn’t about rules and critiques. Art for kids is about expression and creating and fun! Creating art with kids is like opening the most fantastic Pandora ’s Box of possibilities. You never know how they will express themselves through art. Going back years and years to some of the most beloved Masters of art is a great way to intrigue children about different forms of art, different styles and different mediums. When young people used to aspire to be artists, they would take on the apprenticeship role under Masters of art. I want your kids (and you!) to come along with me and become apprentices to some of art’s Masters!

Studying Under the Masters for Kids was created to teach children about art, history, techniques, and how to learn from and be inspired by great artists. In this three-week course, we will visit three artists who created art in different time periods and places on the map.

Come and read more about this course that will begin on September 19, 2016 and will be lead by Alicia Hutchinson.

We’ll go to Japan and learn from Katsushika Hokusai and his use of woodblock prints, how he could magically capture the movement of water, and study his beautiful landscapes.

We’ll travel to Switzerland and study about Paul Klee. We’ll learn from his love of color theory, mixing mediums, and how his geometric shapes took on fluid movement.

And we’ll explore Austria and the great Gustav Klimt. We’ll study his most famous paintings, learn about his love of shapes and mosaics, and how one of his favorite mediums to work with was quite extravagant!

Each week, you’ll learn about a different artist. A video will introduce the artist, show many pieces of art by him, and we’ll learn some interesting trivia along the way too. After we’ve learned a bit about the Master, you’ll watch another video about that artist’s famed technique—printing, watercolors, mosaics, and more. When your child has gotten a grasp for the techniques we’ll move into the fun stuff—the projects! We’ll create lots of beautiful pieces of art inspired by our teachers—art to hang on the wall, to decorate with and even to wear!

Ways To Use this Course:

  • Invite the kids’ friends over and have an “Art Week.” Choose one of the artists and create art all week with your friends!
  • Use as a unit study. Check out books from the library, go online and watch videos and fully immerse yourself into the life of the great artist. When you’re creating art like him, you’ll have such a personal experience!
  • Use in your homeschool for a month or more of art classes.
  • Create a wonderful one-on-one time with your art-loving child and create art together—make it a special date!


Who is this Course for?

Art should be enjoyed at all ages, but because this course goes pretty in-depth about the lives of artists and their specific techniques, it’s probably geared more towards older kids. My suggestion would be ages 7-12. We will be using supplies at times that won’t be suitable for little, tiny hands. If you have younger kids, you can always get them their own box of art supplies and they can create with their own supplies near you. Having both boys and girls myself, I try to be sensitive to not making our art projects too girlie. I was conscious of this when creating this course and it is definitely suitable for boys and girls alike. There is one project where we will be creating jewelry, but this would be a great gift for Mama or your son could make a more “masculine” version of the project.

What will I get with this course?

When you sign up to take this course, you’ll be receiving lifetime access to all the video content—over 7 hours. You’ll get a Student Notebook with information about each artist, spaces to take notes, book lists, art supply lists, and more. You’ll receive video content on many great art projects, tips on storing kids’ art, and videos on help with creating art with kids—even if it’s not your strong suit!

I so hope you will join us in Studying Under the Masters for Kids! It was a blast to create and I can’t wait to see what your children come up with! See you in class



The early registration price for Studying Under The Masters For KIDS is $38, will have 7+ hours of content, all videos will be pre-recorded for your convenience and has lifetime* access.

The course will begin on September 19, 2016.

If you are new to our creative network here are easy steps to get you started…

1. Register at (this is free).

2. Once your account is active you are able to take advantage of our free courses, series and even pay for courses.

3. Go to and along the top header click on “COURSES” and you will be able to view all three pages of online courses and free series.

4. To purchase a course please choose your course, click on the +join in the upper right hand corner, pay and you will be INSTANTLY in the classroom.

5. All videos can be found along the right hand side of the page under “COURSE CONTENT”.

*as long as we manage the creative network


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Learning Well | An Essentials Course To Homeschooling

I am beyond proud to announce that registration has just opened for Learning Well | An Essentials Course To Homeschooling!

Few things are as close to my heart and my day to day life as homeschooling.

Alicia Hutchinson will be leading you in this one week online course!

This one week course is $46.

The course will begin on April 27, 2015 and you will have LIFETIME ACCESS* to the videos!

All of the videos are pre-recorded so you can watch the course at your convenience.

Come and watch the heart behind this course…

I bet you want to hear a little more…

My vision for Learning Well is a course that would encourage new and experienced homeschoolers alike. Encourage them to start strong and keep going on this homeschool journey that isnt always easy. Homeschooling is an amazing experience, but it is also one that is sometimes scary and always pretty challenging. Its easy to want to quit before we get started. Its easy to want to throw in the towel when we feel burned out. I wanted to put this course together because I am truly passionate about educating your children at home. There is change I feel in world of homeschooling and I feel it becoming more and more accepted and chosen more and more by parents everywhere. This excites me! I want to use this new change of tide to walk along beside these families and share what has worked for us in these past seven years of homeschooling our kids. There have also been many failures and I want to share those too. To put it short and simple, I see Learning Well as a course to teach, share with, and encourage homeschooling families.


This course will be FULL of so much good stuff!

You will walk away with direction, inspiration, encouragement, real life stories and COMMUNITY!


To register for this course you just need to be a member at (registering is free).

Once you are on the site you will find this course, free videos (business and art) and other online courses along the left hand side of the page.

You will find all of our courses/videos under the COURSES heading.

If you want to register for Learning Well | An Essentials Course to Homeschooling:

1) Go to COURSES along the left hand side of the page

2) Click on “view all” at the bottom of the list

2) Click on Learning Well | An Essentials Course to Homeschooling

3) Click the +join button on the upper right hand side, pay and you will be ready for the course to begin on April 27th

4) All of the details are on the page and you are all set.

Tell your friends!

We want to create an online community where you can create, connect and be inspired.

Come on over and read more about the course!



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My Favorite Things 2012 {Homeschool Favs}

Today I will share my Homeschool Favorites of 2012

You can also see my Business Favorites, Creative Favorites, Home Favorite and Beauty Favorites.

If there was ever something in our lives that I never went looking for, didn’t plan to do and could have never pictured myself doing..homeschooling is it!

If there was something that has blessed our lives immensely…homeschooling is it!

I started because I had a 5 year old that was reading beautifully and my teacher friends recommended I keep him home for kindergarten.

That was the beginning of the end.

We were hooked and it has just been what we have done ever since.

It has always been a year by year thing.

There was a year I put my kids on a public school waiting list but we never got a call.

There are many days that if I bus pulled up in front of my house I would push my kids on it.

The truth is that I would then proceed to run after the bus (probably in my pajamas and ghetto bathrobe) and take them off.

I love it.

I love my time with them and all the beautiful things we get to learn together.

Don’t think for a second…not one second..that I have amazing amounts of patience, that I don’t get frustrated, yell, roll my eyes, drink too much coffee and hang out all day in my pajamas.

All of the above can and will happen on a daily basis.

Just wanted to get that straight before I show you some of my favorites.

Homeschool Favorites of 2012

This is a quick glance at our core subjects and curriculum.

1. All of my children has learned to read from Phonics Museum by Veritas Press.  I have also loaned this to my sister and her children are learning with it too. Worth every. single. penny.

2. When we first started homeschooling I tried Math U See and after only a year I changed over to Saxon. I have been very happy with the thoroughness of the curriculum.

3. Spelling Power.  Straight forward. I don’t know if I love it…open to other suggestions.

4. We have used this science curriculum for years.  It covers everything and I make up flash cards for drilling with the kids. Crazy amazing how much they know and have retained over the years.

5. This is the only grammar curriculum we have ever used and I really like it. The CD helps the kids to remember the rules. They will probably be 30 singing the Preposition songs:-)

6. This is our writing program. My children are very creative in their writings (especially Madolyn) and this helps me to teach them proper writing structure.

7. I can’t praise this history curriculum enough. I was a history major so I love anytime we get to spend time study the past.

I wanted to break down our curriculum a little to make it easier for you to see what was our core, supplemental material and extra reading.

These are some of my favorite supplemental materials that are used everyday or each week.

1. All of my crazy homeschool loved began with THIS book and I rely on it at the beginning of each school year as a touch stone.

2. This year we are studying Impressionist paintings and painters.  We love these flashcards because they show the painting and on the back share facts about the when, where, what medium etc. We review these each week.

3. This is another book that has become a wonderful reference for me.

4. The Mathstarts series is fun for the little ones.

5. We don’t participate in any Classical Conversations co-ops but I do use their CDS for memory work. Some of the songs are completely ridiculous and none of us can stand listening to them (without laughing) but there are also useful songs.

6. I really like these series of books. This year we are using the poetry book and CD.  Easy way to expose your children to poetry and memorizaion.

7. Each morning we start with one story from this book. I don’t know how we have gotten so far away from , “Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what can you do for your country.” I want my children to never forget  (or myself) that our own country was built upon men and women sacrificing everything for the better good.  These stories are inspiring and will make you want to be better and do more.

8. This curriculum is fun for the younger children as they are learning to write.  It makes it fun and Benjamin is always happy to do it because it incorporates drawing.

9. Great DVD for learning states and capitals. I am sure you are seeing at this point that we do a lot of repetition and memory work. I truly believe that has been the most beneficial way for my children to remember what we learn.

10. I always have a book that I read aloud to them.  This is what we have been working on lately.

11. My children have taken Latin the past four years and this is the first year learning French.  I told them they have to come to France with me so I can barter better at the flea markets:-)

12. There are so many books in this series but wonderful idea books to have on hand.

13. The best game for learning geography and having fun at the same time.

14. This year we have been reading a lot of Walt Whitman. The children are currently memorizing O Captain! My Captain!.

Let’s take a little Dead Poets Society (best movie of all time) break right now….

15. This DVD history series is the best, beautifully made and so fun to watch!  I would watch these without my kids. I am not even joking but I am a major dork…so there is that.

We love books so much in our home.  We have our little library full of books and stacks all over our home.

Each year I make a list of the books I want the kids to read and they also pick out some books that they want to add to the pile.

Here is a sample of what Maddy and Jack are reading this year….

I hope this gives you a little taste of how we do school and some of my favorite tools that make school more enriching and fun.

If you homeschool, are a parent or teacher I am always so thrilled to hear what you love to use with your kids.

Please share:-)

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Product Highlights {of our school year}

I often get emails from readers wondering what curriculum etc. we use for school.

Over the years I have come to really enjoy putting our curriculum together…where as when we started (6 years ago) I bought an all inclusive curriculum.

I love the freedom that putting my own curriculum together gives and I truly believe I am picking the best in each subject for my children.

There has been wonderful games, books, videos etc that we use each year that I wanted to share with you.

Here is my top ten product highlights of our school year!

1. Phonics Museum Combo Kit

I found this reading curriculum while Jack was in first grade.

I wish I had found it when he was first learning to read.

Jack became a stronger reader because of this curriculum and Ben and Maddy learned to read with it.

2. Drive Thru History

I LOVE these videos.  Heck, we ALL love these videos.  Maybe we need to get out more…but we die laughing at his humor.

I am a huge history buff.  These are so fun that your kids will enjoy history too…when was the last time THAT happened???

Really well made and worth the money (my sister has even been able to find them at the library)

3. The Fallacy Detective

This is the book we use for Jack for logic.  It is fun to use and the results have been so noticable.

Jack really thinks through things and even notices examples on the news, commercials and politics that show how you need to use your own logic and not just believe what you are told.

This is a perfect beginning logic book for any child 10 and up.

4. National Geo Bee Challenge Board Game

I think it can be hard to make geography fun.  We have used this game for awhile now and everyone enjoys playing it.  They are learning and they don’t even realize it.

Be careful though….they start to get really good:-)

5. The Art Book For Children

We obviously love art in our house:-) I always enjoy new ways to introduce the children to new artists and new techniques.

This book shows different artists and really helps the children to LOOK and STUDY the paintings.

There are always opportunities for the kids to then make their own art while mimicking the featured artist’s style.

6. Rosetta Stone Latin

I loved seeing my children learn Latin.  It has helped them tremendously with foreign vocabulary and it is an incredible foundation for any language they learn next.

I have shared the link to purchase but we DID NOT pay that.

You can find this set at the library and also on Craigslist.

7. Story of the World

Because I was a history major and that is basically all that I read for pleasure….it is important to me that my children not only have a wonderful grasp of historical events…but that they ENJOY learning about history.

From the beginning of homeschooling our children we have studied following the trivium (grammar, logic, rhetoric stages).  We also study history chronologically and start over every fifth year.

This was Jack’s fifth year in school and we started all over with the ancient world.

Each time you dig deeper.

I was so amazed at how much information he remembered from FIRST GRADE!

I add to this curriculum but I have been very happy with it and my children enjoy it too.

8. The Daily Spark

I always get these at Barnes and Noble so I can look through them first.  This is a whole series that gives prompts for different subjects.

Wonderful resource to keep in your cabinet whether you homeschool or not.

9. Tell Me a Story

These are creative story cards.  Each pack (they have different themes) is full of cards with pictures on them.  The child is given a certain amount of cards and they have to make up a story based upon the cards in front of them.

Wonderful creative writing prompt and easy for even the children that are not writing yet.  For Benjamin I just write his story down for him.

10. The Dopple Ganger Chronicles

I bought Jack the first book in this series for Christmas. I bought it based upon really great criteria…how it looked:-)  He loves to draw comics and this book had a different layout of regular pages, great art, comic pages and pages with black pages with white letters.  It looked interesting.

It was also an amazing read.

Jack has read all three now and his sister gobbled them up too.

If you are looking for a new, fun series for your children (that has nothing to do with school) this will be sure to please.

Thanks for letting me share some of our favorites of this school year.

We are busy wrapping up our year and we are hoping to be finished by the end of next week.

We are ALL ready:-)

I then will attack this house like it hasn’t seen since last June!!!

If you have any school recommendations I know I would LOVE to hear.  Please share in the comments.

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