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Art that Enhances your CC Experience


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After being a part of Classical Conversations for 16 years and graduating 3 kids out of Challenge IV, I've developed a classical, Christian approach to art education that enhances your CC experience.


Students delve deeper into an academic subject as they create their own, unique illustrated book about that subject. In our classes, an artist will help students see the beauty in that subject, demonstrate art skills, give inspiring project ideas, and always point students to the creator of beauty, our Heavenly Father.


My first art class, Paint Your Way Through Art History, includes and expands on the art studied in Challenge II and helps explain Francis Schaeffer's ideas on Christianity and worldview. We now offer a full art curriculum for second grade to adults including art books, self-paced classes, and art retreats. 

-Courtney Sanford

Classical Educator, Artist, Author, Entrepreneur


Suggested Parings with CC:

CC Program    Grade   Delightful Art Class 

Foundations     2       Fables 

Foundations     3       Nature Journaling

F/E                  4,5,6   Cycle-Specific History 

Challenge A      7      Latin 

Challenge B      8      Science   

Challenge I       9      Poetry or Biology *

Challenge II     10     Art History or Biology

Challenge III    11     Great Books or Poetry

Challenge IV    12     Bible Journaling or Great Books

Poetry and Biology could be done in any of the Challenge levels.

These are just suggestions.

For Parents and Directors:

Challenge II     Paint Your Way Through Marvelous to Behold

Essentials         Overview of Essentials

Challenge IV    Bible Journaling

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Challenge II

Art History coordinates with Challenge II's Western Cultural History strand. The creator of this class is also the author of Marvelous to Behold, the text used in Challenge II. This class includes all 12 of the artists in Challenge II plus many more such as Picasso, Van Gogh, and Escher. I retell the story of the rise and decline of Western culture that Francis Schaeffer tells in the DVD series the students watch in class. There are 30 lessons in this year-long course. Some students take this class while they are in Challenge I in preparation for Challenge II. Some students take it the year after they have completed Challenge II, and sometimes we have seniors in the class. It is an hour and a half, and usually the students need to plan on spending another hour and a half each week to complete their assignment. Click the class graphic on the right for all the details. 

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How did an artist raise a scientist? 

Nature Journaling is the first step to raising a scientist because this will train them to attend to details. They'll also enjoy learning about plants and animals, seeing God's design in nature and learning to draw. (My oldest son is a chemist and dentist so, I can wholeheartedly say you can raise a scientist through CC- I'd just add nature journaling.)

This is a great introduction to drawing and painting and is great for younger students.

If you're at all interested in Charlotte Mason's style of teaching, you'll love adding this to your curriculum!

You can also do Draw Your Way Through FABLES with Foundations-age kids. They hear a fable and learn to draw animals!

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Beef up 5th and 6th grades with these art classes. Recommended readings get students interested in reading more, short slide shows show them how art has been involved in history and students learn valuable drawing and painting skills! Each year, the history coordinates with the Foundations Cycle History. In 2024-25, we will do Ancient History and themed fine art lessons.

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Challenge A, B. or I

This class makes Latin relatable and enjoyable!

Experienced Challenge mom, Jennifer Whitaker leads makes grammar memorable and leads students through fascinating art projects. Art projects will be inspired by Roman culture and art: mosaics, vase paintings, statues, Ancient Greek frescos, and more!

Drawing, painting, paper mosaics, and Sculpy clay projects will give students a great introduction to art skills. 

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Paint Your Way Through Science covers meteorology, astronomy, and marine biology, so it goes well with Challenge B's science strand.


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Paint Your Way Through Biology follows Apologia biology, which you could do as a preview, alongside, or a review with Challenge II's science strand.


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Great Books refers to literature from Challenge II, III and IV. The theme alternates with "Great Adventures: Non-Western Art and Religion" 2025-26 school year will be Great books.


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Challenge III includes poetry, so you may want to enrich that experience with this advanced drawing class which begins with a short poetry study.

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Bible Journaling aligns with the theology covered in Challenge IV. 

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Don't have time for the full Art History course? Take the sampler class and just do the 12 in Challenge II. Offered live in the summer and as a self-paced video course any time, this 12-part course is a great prep for Challenge II parents and directors and students who want to try some classes before diving into the full year-long course. It covers the 12 artists in Marvelous to Behold, the text used in Challenge II's Western Cultural History strand.

Challenge II directors or artists, if you're interested in teaching the art in person, there is a class for that! After watching the class videos, you'll have the license to show the videos to a group.

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Art Retreats

A challenge student retreat can enrich your whole community experience by building relationships with students and sharing an enriching and fun art experience. If you have a group of 7 or more students (ages 12+), I can plan a fantastic private art retreat for your group! If you host a retreat, you get free tuition for your student. (One free student for every 6 students you bring.) Retreats are typically 3 days together in a vacation home. I'll plan 5 art lessons over the 3 days and give students a chance to experience a variety of mediums and learn about famous artists and art-related devotions. Unlike a "Wine and Design" type paint party, I teach the process and let students explore their own creativity, so everyone's art is unique! I'll bring my mobile art studio with tables, chairs, drop cloths, projector and screen, and all the art supplies; you find the students, house, and a few moms to provide meals. Contact to start planning your retreat! I plan an art retreat in May at Emerald Isle for high school girls. Current students have priority registration until February, then, it is open to CC students.

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Parents who are preparing for Essentials and would like an overview of the grammar would enjoy this workshop. It's recorded and available to watch any time.

Getting ready for Directing Challenge II? Take the Self-Paced Paint your way through Marvelous to Behold and create an art timeline for your classroom and gain valuable insight for class conversations.

Interested in teaching an in-person art class: painting and drawing, using the videos? Check out our Facilitator Training!

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