We are privileged to live in Houston, TX which is the 4th largest city in the US and holds one of the largest variety of art collections in the country.  Thus, our son has been able to experience significantly more hands-on and in-person art than many traditional school students. In addition to Houston, our son has been to art museums in other Texas cities, other states, and other countries.  Where ever we travel to, we visit museums and art galleries. In addition to these experiences, we did use some online programs and books. For those who do not have a good art history program or for those who do not live near lots of museums, consider looking at Khan Academy.  It has over 1,000 lessons on art history and AP Art History. Our son has enjoyed their classes and appreciates the art we see in museums more because of them.

Here is how our son got his 1 credit of high school art:

Online Programs:

  • Khan Academy (375+ lessons)
  • History Through Art (5 classes from History at Our House)

Art Classes & Experiences:

  • Paint Until You Faint (painting classes)
  • Fire It Up Pottery & Art Studio (ceramics and glass fusing classes)
  • Visited the following museums within the greater Houston area: Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Contemporary Arts Museum, The Menil Collection, Rothko Chapel, Art Car Museum, Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, Lawndale Art Center, Station Museum, Houston Museum of African Culture, The Printing Museum, Houston Center for Photography, Moody Center, Czech Cultural Center, Asia Society Texas Center, Bayou Bend Collections & Garden, Beer Can House, the Orange Show, Chapel of St. Basil, Fort Bend County Museum, The Heritage Society, and Rienzi.
  • Visited art museums or exhibits in other cities within Texas, other states, and other countries (Hawaii, Wisconsin, Nevada, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Canada, Ireland, Germany, England, and New Zealand ).
  • Street Art Tour of Houston

Books Used:

  • My Crazy Inventions Sketchbook: 50 Awesome Drawing Activities for Young Inventors
  • Research as Art
  • The Ultimate Book of Optical Illusions
  • The Art of Steampunk: Extraordinary Devices and Ingenious Contraptions from the Leading Artists of the Steampunk Movement