5 More Fun and Free Lessons for Kids to Try at Home!

 In Art, Inspiration, Lifestyle

CoachArt has many ways to help kids thrive during the pandemic. Free art lessons for kids and cooking lessons for kids are available online to keep kids inspired, help them explore their creativity, and foster a love of learning.

In addition to CoachArt’s free online programming for families impacted by childhood chronic illness, we also provide free art lessons for kids every Thursday at noon Pacific time (3pm Eastern time) on Facebook Live. Kids, families, volunteers, and educators are welcome to participate in the live lessons, and our library of tutorials is available on the CoachArt Facebook Page and YouTube channel to help you learn and practice artistic skills and cooking skills.

Check out 5 fun and free lessons for kids, complete with video instruction! 

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Paint a Peacock Birthday Card With Jess

With guidance from Coach Jess, kids can make a do-it-yourself birthday card for a family member or friend with a painting of a peacock on the front.

“I had recently seen a nice peacock drawing, and was inspired to try painting a peacock myself,” Jess says. “And I like the way acrylics paint looks on watercolor paper and card stock.

“I usually hand-make cards for my friends and family. They always love them. I get to express my creativity, and it’s a personal touch.

“I took art classes in high school, but they didn’t include painting. I taught myself how to paint, just as a way to relax and get back in touch with my creative side. I’m really happy I did!

Materials Needed: 

  • A blank card or cardstock paper
  • Two paintbrushes: one round brush and one flat brush (but any paintbrushes are OK)
  • Acrylic paint: Jess uses yellow, blue, red, black, and white, but you’re welcome to use any colors you have. Watercolors are a suitable substitution (if you use watercolors, it’s best to have watercolor paper too)
  • A paint palette: a paper plate or recycled cardboard is fine
  • Black pen
  • A disposable water cup
  • Paper towels

Duration: 62 minutes

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Paint a Desert With Erick

Join Coach Erick for a guided painting lesson inspired by the Sonoran Desert.

“I haven’t been to the Sonoran Desert yet, but I love deserts,” Erick says. “That ecosystem is one of my favorite to paint. I love cacti too — they’re resilient, and can thrive in the harshest conditions.

“I chose the Sonoran Desert for this painting because it’s the native habitat of the saguaro, which is my favorite cactus.

“I used to draw all the time as a kid, and that gave me a head start. Now when I paint, I just say to myself, ‘alright let’s try this out — maybe it won’t be that hard.'”

Materials Needed: 

  • 1 Canvas panel: Erick uses an 11″ x 14″ size, but any size works. You can substitute cardstock paper.
  • 2 Paintbrushes: one round brush, and one flat brush. But any paintbrushes you have will be OK.
  • Acrylic paint: Erick will use red, blue, yellow, and white, but you’re welcome to use any colors you have. Watercolors are a suitable substitution.
  • A paint palette: a paper plate or recycled cardboard is fine.
  • A disposable water cup.
  • An apron or wear clothes you don’t mind getting dirty.

Duration: 48 minutes

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Draw Sunset Clouds With Byron

Kids can draw a dramatic picture of clouds at sunset, thanks to a tutorial led by Coach Byron. The drawing captures the brief time when the sun sinks below the cloud layer, just before it disappears behind the horizon. What inspired him?

“My family traveled a lot by car when I was younger,” Byron says. “It was boring, so I’d look out the window. There was always sky, and it was always changing, so it kept my attention. My favorite thing to see is streamers of light coming through the clouds.

“With this drawing, I wanted to show how to blend colors using crayons. Clouds at sunset have so many different colors. I associate comfiness, sleepiness, and relaxation with these colors. The picture is just cozy for me.

“I found that I liked to draw in elementary school. I drew on everything — notebooks, homework, name tags, everything. I took art electives in high school, and got a degree in graphic design at college. The neat thing about drawing is that you’ll get better by doing it more!”

Materials Needed: Paper and either colored pencils, markers, or crayons.

Duration: 21 minutes

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Paint a Beach Sunset With Erick

Summer is ending as we publish this blog post, and a beach sunset perfectly captures that feeling. Join Coach Erick for a step-by-step lesson in painting a beach sunset.

“I’ve lived in Southern California all my life, so I’ve been able to visit a lot of different beaches and soak in their breathtaking sunsets,” Erick says. “One of my favorite beaches is El Matador Beach in Malibu, because it’s secluded and has lots of coves that you explore and see marine life.

“I live a pretty fast-paced life, but at the beach, life seems to slow down a little bit. I like to relax, sunbathe, go in the water, or have a picnic with friends.

“I have an artistic background, but I learned to paint when I started working with CoachArt. I wanted to coach some siblings who were interested in painting, so I watched some tutorials on YouTube, and took a lesson, and I got hooked. Sometimes you just have to say ‘alright, let me try this out, maybe it won’t be that hard.'”

Materials Needed:

  • 1 Canvas panel: Erick uses an 11? x 14? size, but any size works. You can substitute cardstock paper.
  • 2 Paintbrushes: one round brush, and one flat brush. But any paintbrushes you have will be OK.
  • Acrylic paint: Erick will use yellow, blue, red, black, and white, but you’re welcome to use any colors you have.
  • Watercolors are a suitable substitution.
  • A paint palette: a paper plate or recycled cardboard is fine.
  • A disposable water cup.
  • An apron or wear clothes you don’t mind getting dirty.

Duration: 52 minutes

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Make Fruit Smoothie Pops With Jess

Join Coach Jess in the kitchen for a lesson in making tasty treats! With step-by-step instructions, participants will be able to make tropical smoothies, then turn them into popsicles.

“I sometimes go on a smoothie bender, and make them every morning for breakfast,” Jess says. “Sometimes, in the summer when it’s hot, I’ll make a smoothie as a nice cool dessert.

“My favorite fruit for making smoothies is the raspberry, which has such a strong, sweet, and tangy flavor. I love adding ginger to all my smoothies because of its flavor and health benefits — for example it’s a great immunity booster, and helps with digestion and upset stomachs. Agave is a great sweetener, and it blends well and balances out the ginger.”

Ingredients and Materials Needed: 

  • Frozen mango — please freeze in advance
  • Frozen peach– please freeze in advance
  • Frozen raspberry– please freeze in advance
  • Lemon juice
  • Agave (or honey)
  • Ginger (optional)
  • Water
  • Blender
  • Popsicle molds, such as small plastic cups, ice cube tray, etc. (optional)
  • Popsicle sticks (optional)

Duration: 66 minutes

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CoachArt believes that all kids can benefit from arts and athletics. That’s why we offer Facebook Live Tutorials in addition to our online programming for CoachArt families. Like and follow CoachArt’s Facebook page to stay updated, and tune in live on Thursdays at 12 pm Pacific time/3 pm Eastern time for free lessons for kids.

Check out our NEW Facebook Live schedule for the month of September!

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MAKING A DIFFERENCE FOR FAMILIES IMPACTED BY CHILDHOOD CHRONIC ILLNESS

CoachArt’s mission is to create a transformative arts and athletics community for families impacted by childhood chronic illness. Our vision is that one day every family impacted by chronic illness will be connected to a community of support and an opportunity to learn and grow together.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, CoachArt is providing lessons online for all group activities and one-on-one lessons. Learn more about CoachArt’s online programming for kids and teens impacted by chronic illness.

CoachArt offers free art and athletic lessons to chronically ill children and their siblings between the ages of 5-18. We currently serve families in Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Los Angeles, New York City, Portland OR, San Diego, and the San Francisco Bay Area, with more cities coming soon. If your child has been diagnosed with a chronic condition, we invite you to fill out a student eligibility form to learn if CoachArt is right for your child.

WAYS TO HELP

Do you have an artistic or athletic skill to share virtually with a child impacted by chronic illness? Become a CoachArt Volunteer.

Learn how you can get involved with CoachArt to help kids impacted by chronic illness.

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