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Which Delightful Art class goes with which Classical Conversations program?

You don't have to be in Classical Conversations to take a Delightful Art class, but they coordinate very nicely as described below.

Any class can be done by watching recordings if the days and times don't fit your schedule.


Any Foundations student who loves to draw and loves animals would enjoy Fables. Hearing a fable and pulling out the characters can boost their language skills, too. You can extend the lesson at home by talking more about the fable and its moral. Your student might enjoy showing their artwork in their Foundations presentation and re-telling the fable.

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A Foundations Student who loves nature and drawing would love Into the Woods. With the poetry, this will also help your Essentials student develop language skills. You can extend the lesson by copying the poem or memorizing the poem. Students can read or recite the poem and show their artwork for presentations.

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In the last 3 years of Foundations, (grades 4, 5, and 6) use this class to encourage your student to read more books about history! Lessons are related to short stories or Newberry Award winning books. Students can show their art and talk about the book and the history for their presentations in Foundations! This is a great way to add reading without adding more writing. In this class they read a book and make an art project instead of writing a paper! Each year, the history coordinates with the Foundations Cycle History. For 2023-24 we will do Cycle 3: American history.

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Challenge A & B & I

Paint Your Way Through Science coordinates with the astronomy strand in Challenge B, and biology in Challenge II. It also reviews terms they encountered in Foundations memory work. (You don't have to be 12 to take this class, the science terms can be a preview or a review of your science curriculum!) This would be great for an older Foundations student who would like to go deeper into science or for an artist who doesn't think they like science, this course will draw them in!

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 and retells the story of the rise and decline of Western culture that Francis Schaeffer tells in the DVD series the students watch in class. Some students take this class while they are in Challenge I in preparation for Challenge II. (There is a dual enrollment option for this class.

Students who play sports or for other reasons don't have time for the year-long class, I recommend they do "Paint Your Way through Marvelous to Behold" which is 12 lessons and can be done at your own pace. (The full year-long class, Paint Your Way through Art History, covers 29 artists in 30 lessons.)

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Challenge III and IV

Great Books coordinates with any literature strand in Challenge. After students have completed Paint Your Way Through Art History, they are invited to join Paint Your Way Through Great Books in which they choose a book to use as source material for drawing, painting, design, character development, and illustration lessons. Literary analysis helps us illustrate well. They can choose Out of the Silent Planet, The Odyssey or their favorite Challenge book (or any good book). 

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Challenge IV and Parents

This watercolor class coordinates with Challenge IV's Theology strand. First semester will include Psalms and Old Testament, and second semester will include Parables and New Testament.

Challenge IV students and parents will find this relaxing and encouraging.

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Parents who are getting ready to be in Essentials and would like an overview of the grammar would enjoy this workshop. Offered live June 20 and July 11, 2022 and recordings available to watch any time.

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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.

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