My goal for homeschooling Art has been to give the girls some background of Art History. To view Art as something not always serious but to enjoy and respect the creative spirit that underlies all works of art.
Our most resent lesson has been on Portraits, Self portraits and Collage.
We've viewed historical self portraits online. To carry it further I found a lesson plan already online geared towards high schoolers by the artist Megan Coyle. I modified it for my elementary aged children to fit with our study of Self Portraits. We didn't use Ms. Coyle's painting with paper technique but we did view many of her portraits and other works made with collage. We read her biography and then watched the following youtube videos.
This is a 10 minute talk that Megan Coyle gave.
We then read read pages 12 and 13 from 'The Usborne Introduction to Art'. It talks about self portraits.
I then set the girls loose on making their own self portraits out of collage.