interest-led homeschooling: beauty is in the eye of the beholder

It was our daughters’ first gallery exhibition, an interest-led homeschooling choice.

Each of the girls received the judges’ feedback, had VIP passes that allowed them to bypass the end of the line, and this event also gave them a reason to dress up.

Since I’ve only begun a drawing class myself, I wouldn’t know about palettes and backgrounds and colour mixing. But the girls have been given personal suggestions from a local artist every Wednesday afternoon for months.

So what is interest-led homeschooling?

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They came to view others’ work too.

Their eyes told me they really came for this…a chocolate fountain with loads of strawberries and kiwi.

They’ve attended weeks of art classes, sitting at their easels with painting aprons and personalized guidance from the artist.

Interest-led learning in our homeschools can look like, “Hey mom, can I take an art class?” Is that fine art training also known as fine arts education? Why, yes it is!

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But they had fun showing these…

They’ve been taking an art class where they’ve got to share their unique artwork. Each art piece clearly reflects the personality and energy of each of our girls.

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Imagining, perhaps, that one day it would be acknowledged like this…

Ok, there’s always a possibility that they’ll have their pieces showcased in the Louvre. Maybe, maybe not. But when they create.

When they’re learning because they are curious, because they’re interested, because they’re given permission to pursue their interests, those self-created art pieces are most definitely reflections of their hearts.


“The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls”.

Pablo Picasso

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