How To Organize a Homeschool Co-op Art Workshop with Chalk Pastels
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I wear a few different hats, and one of my favorites is the hat of a homeschool group organizer! I love organizing events, planning, and bringing families together to learn & serve others.
I was recently introduced to a new art medium using chalk pastels to draw and create. What I found so exciting about this type of art was how simple the setup is.
I have confessed before that I am not a “fun” or super creative mom, so when I saw how you could combine a wide variety of ages for this creative and easy to learn art medium; I knew I wanted to do a workshop with my local homeschool group.
One of the amazing things about this chalk pastel curriculum is the number of options to choose from. There are over 700 lessons to choose from. So many lessons!
We decided for the kick-off of our first semester for this homeschool year and glimpses of fall weather, we would do a Fall Art Workshop.
When organizing homeschool co-op events, if we can incorporate preschool through high school, it’s an absolute win. So I want to share our tips and set up with you so that you can quickly create a workshop for your group as well.
We use the Meetup system to organize RSVPs and event details. So when we open the workshop up for RSVPs, we already have all the details worked out and clearly explained for the attendees & their parents.
5 Simple Steps I Use To Plan Homeschool Co-op Art Workshops Every Time
- Choose your venue. For this particular workshop, we needed a venue with a screen or monitor large enough for our students to see the screen since a large part of this activity is being able to see the instructor and hear the directions. We used a local church facility, but when choosing venues, make sure you always scout the place out in person to make sure it will work. Decide on maximum headcount or search for an area to accommodate the size of your group.
- Technical. The next thing I do is check that my computer has the right cords and the capability to stream the tutorial videos onto their viewing screen. Always check Wi-Fi capability etc.
- Announce the event to your group. We use Meetup.com to organize our events and RSVPs. It is the most straightforward way to manage if you have 30+ families or more, and over the years, I have tried a few different platforms to organize our group. We set up the calendar event using specific event details; when, where, and how. People like to know what to expect, and an organized event is always a pleasant one. Include everything, cost per person, and what the cost covers. For this event, the price per person included using the licensed tutorial and all of the supplies. We also added a small love gift to the church for the use of their facility.
- Supplies. We used disposable dollar store party tablecloths for this event, we wanted an easy cleanup, and these were easy to pull off and toss in the trash. You will also need a few large packages of baby wipes; you could do one per table or share. We ordered a large box of chalk pastels and broke the necessary colors in half to make more to spread around the room; we placed them on paper plates in the center of each table. We purchased construction paper and printer paper in bulk. That’s it! Super simple.
- Siblings. We chose a separate room in the church and used toys & books for all the siblings too small to participate. We had a couple of moms volunteer to read stories to keep the littles occupied.
Preparing in advance allowed for an easy setup. We used five tutorials overall. Three tutorials that were preschool-friendly and were completed first; that way, the younger kids could retire to the story area once their attention spans were exhausted. That left the older children two tutorials that were more extensive in time & instruction.
The workshop took our group of a dozen students about 1.5 hours, allowing time for pictures and stopping to replenish paper and clean hands between each tutorial.
I have organized hundreds of events over the years, and this one was not only fun but so easy to setup & cleanup too!
I highly recommend using this art curricula for your group. You could use it with your youth ministry groups as well.
Other Ideas For A Homeschool Co-op Art Workshop
Nature – Birds, Spring Animals, Backyard Bugs, Seashore, All Seasons
Curriculum Companions – Presidents, Space, Literature, Composers, STEAM, Inventors, History, Maps
Holidays – Valentines, Easter, Christmas, Thanksgiving
Bible – Old Testament, New Testament, Easter
I should also mention, you are going to fall in love with Nana, the instructor. You will want Nana to adopt you; she is the sweetest and most talented art instructor. She’s the cherry on top!
If you have any questions about setting up an event for your co-op, reach out to me. There is no better feeling than bringing homeschool families together to learn and experience something new.
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These tips are absolutely the best! I love how you organized your time and the supplies and how tos you shared. Plus, your comments about Nana make me smile so big!! Thank you for this.
Thank you Tricia! This is a “must do” for co-ops, doesn’t get any easier than this!