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The Art of Living: An Interview with Dan Ellis

Vol. 106, Prg. 26–30
August 22–26, 2011

The individuality and flexibility homeschooling gives is wonderful for discovering and digging into new interests—including art! This week on Home School Heartbeat, host Mike Smith talks to painter and curriculum author Dan Ellis about how parents both artistic and non-artistic can foster creative talent in their children.

Program Listing:

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Artistic Philosophy
Developing that Creative Gene
Drawing from Life
The Art of Criticism
Going the Distance


Daniel Ellis
Daniel Ellis co-developed the Artistic Pursuits curriculum for grades Preschool-12 along with his wife and author, Brenda Ellis. Brenda and Dan homeschooled their three children through high school, while teaching art classes in homeschool cooperatives. Dan is a graduate of the Kansas City Art Institute, with a BFA in painting and printmaking. Dan tested new art products while working for Denver Art Supply in the 1990’s. Dan has exhibited works in group and one-man shows throughout the Denver area. His works include local landscapes and figurative work with spiritual themes. He works primarily in oils, charcoal, and pencil, and is experienced in all printmaking, drawing, and painting media.

Drawing from this knowledge, he loves talking to homeschoolers about products and techniques. Throughout the 2000’s Dan taught art, photography, and art history at the high school level and elementary levels in several private schools. His experiences with students and with the tools of art have given him insight into how children learn and how they develop artistic skills. Traveling throughout the U.S. from March to July, Dan speaks to homeschoolers at conventions about topics related to art and art education.

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Do you have a child who loves art? Or would you like to begin including more art in your homeschool? We’ve compiled some great resources to help you teach art in your home education program—or just have fun with some visual art projects! Click the link to request your free copy of our Art in Your Homeschool Resource Sheet.

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