• The perimeter of the elegant ballroom was filled with about thirty easels, each holding a beautifully framed, hand-drawn portrait. Being an art lov...
    Drawings to Remember
    By James Pence
    May 28th, 2015

    Homeschooling Moments for parents
  • One of the biggest problems of painting with pastels is over-working them. Because pastels cannot be mixed like paint but must be laid down in layers...
    Don’t Overwork Pastels
    By James Pence
    May 21st, 2015

    Homeschooling Moments for parents
  • Did you know that some art paper has teeth? Well, actually it's tooth. And no, it won't bite you. In fact, sometimes it's important to have a paper with...
    Tooth and Toning
    By James Pence
    May 14th, 2015

    Homeschooling Moments for parents
  • Artists can find painting tools in the strangest of places. Did you know that if you have a sponge (natural, not synthetic) lying around the house, ...
    Sponges Are Not Just for Clean...
    By James Pence
    May 07th, 2015

    Homeschooling Moments for parents
  • You've probably seen them if you've ever explored the shelves of an art supply store. They are generally inexpensive. They are shaped like crayons wit...
    What Are Oil Pastels?
    By James Pence
    April 30th, 2015

    Homeschooling Moments for parents
  • Like any family unit, I fought with my siblings. We got along spectacularly most of the time, but we still knew how to push each other’s buttons, ...
    Fostering Sibling Unity
    By Kristin Weber
    April 16th, 2015

    Homeschooling Moments for parents
  • Spring is finally arriving—for most of the country, anyway! Eventually, when the heat of summer is upon you, you might look longingly back to the ...
    Paint Up a Snowstorm
    By James Pence
    April 16th, 2015

    Homeschooling Moments for parents
  • Have you ever wanted to take a small photo and draw it in a larger size, but struggle getting the proportions and placement right? Or perhaps you wa...
    Use a Grid to Enlarge or Reduc...
    By James Pence
    April 09th, 2015

    Homeschooling Moments for parents
  • One of the biggest problems of painting with pastels is over-working them. Because pastels cannot be mixed like paint, but must be laid down in layer...
    What Not to Do with Pastels
    By James Pence
    April 02nd, 2015

    Homeschooling Moments for parents
  •  A never-ending source of frustration and amusement to homeschoolers are the secular folk’s concern with our socialization. People ask, “But ho...
    Flipping the Tables on Normal
    By Kristin Weber
    March 26th, 2015

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  • Last summer I went with my family on vacation to Manitou Springs, Colorado. I had grandiose plans to sit in the mountains and spend time reading, wr...
    A Fiery Time
    By Kristin Weber
    March 19th, 2015

    Homeschooling Moments for parents
  • I love to draw mountains. I’m not sure why. Maybe it’s because I live in North Texas where everything is flat. There’s something majestic abou...
    How to Draw Mountains with Cha...
    By James Pence
    March 12th, 2015

    Homeschooling Moments for parents
  • Spring break is around the corner. It’s Daylight Savings time, when days get longer and antsy children get eager for something to do. Here are a ...
    Those Daylight Savings Days
    By Kristin Weber
    March 05th, 2015

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  • I love drawing clouds and skies. There are so many ways you can combine color and light to create dramatic effects. The following web pages may give ...
    Learn How to Draw Clouds
    By James Pence
    February 26th, 2015

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  • Should you encourage your artistic child to enter art contests?Yes! Definitely.I know there are differences of opinion about entering contests. Howe...
    Five Reasons Your Child Should...
    By James Pence
    February 19th, 2015

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  • On my personal blog, I recently started a series of blogs related to singleness. You can read that series by visiting http://kristinweber.blogspot.comA...
    On Being Single . . . and Olde...
    By Kristin Weber
    February 12th, 2015

    Homeschooling Moments for parents
  • Several weeks ago, I shared how when I draw at a prison, I’m not there just for the inmates. Often the correctional officers are just as intereste...
    Chalking Behind Bars, Part 2
    By James Pence
    February 12th, 2015

    Homeschooling Moments for parents
  • In my last blog, I talked about the purposeful and controversial behavior of young stars trying to be taken seriously by sexualizing themselves.So, ...
    Part II: Where Have All the Ch...
    By Kristin Weber
    February 05th, 2015

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  • When I teach an art class, the first rule I give my students is, “You’ve got to have fun!”I mean that.  If art class is not fun, there’s rea...
    Make Art Fun!
    By James Pence
    February 05th, 2015

    Homeschooling Moments for parents
  • I’m not a huge fan of most Disney Channel shows (another blog for another day), but when I saw Miley Cyrus doing a strip tease-y number in a bird ...
    Part I: Where Have All the Chi...
    By Kristin Weber
    January 29th, 2015

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  • When I draw at a prison, I’m not there just for the inmates. Often the correctional officers are just as interested in seeing my chalk drawings.At ...
    Chalking Behind Bars, Part II
    By James Pence
    January 29th, 2015

    Homeschooling Moments for parents
  • A few months ago, I received the most amazing advice on how to get a husband.After one of my shows a middle-aged lady came up to me and posed the fo...
    Finding a Husband: Better than...
    By Kristin Weber
    January 22nd, 2015

    Homeschooling Moments for parents
  • I’ll be in prison several times this year. No, I’m not on a work-release program. I go into prisons because I choose to.I am a gospel chalk artis...
    Chalking Behind Bars, Part I
    By James Pence
    January 22nd, 2015

    Homeschooling Moments for parents
  • 1. If someone gossips to you, they will gossip about you.2. Treat your parents with respect, even if you don’t think they deserve it.3. Be fierce ...
    20 Tips for Teens
    By Kristin Weber
    January 15th, 2015

    High school Girls Only, High School Boys Only, Homeschooling Moments for parents
  • A few weeks ago, I talked about my family’s love of making cheesy movies for fun. This week and next week I will share with you a series of webisode...
    Hannah Hagar and the Ninja Ass...
    By Kristin Weber
    January 01st, 2015

    Homeschooling Moments for parents
  • “He makes me lie down in green pastures.”—Psalm 23:2I’ve read Psalm 23 in my life dozens of times. Last week while flying back from my most re...
    Cherishing Rest During a Reall...
    By Kristin Weber
    December 25th, 2014

    Homeschooling Moments for parents
  • Are you wondering how to get your kids to occupy themselves over the winter or summer holidays? Tell them to make a movie!With technology nowadays, yo...
    Fun Family Activity: Make a Mo...
    By Kristin Weber
    December 11th, 2014

    Homeschooling Moments for parents
  • In the late ‘90s, Josh Harris’ book I Kissed Dating Goodbye came out.This book took the conservative Christian community—especially the homescho...
    I Kissed Dating Hello
    By Kristin Weber
    December 04th, 2014

    Homeschooling Moments for parents
  • Very often I will run into someone from who is also a veteran homeschooler.“You were homeschooled?!”“Yes!”“Me too!”At this point the conve...
    What Do You Say After Hearing,...
    By Kristin Weber
    November 27th, 2014

    Homeschooling Moments for parents
  • Over the summer I joined my church’s youth program and began mentoring and leading a Bible study for teenage girls. This has been one of the most...
    The Clique Conundrum
    By Kristin Weber
    November 20th, 2014

    Homeschooling Moments for parents
  • In the past month, two families I know have pulled their children out of public school due to bullying. They are now homeschooling.Children can be ...
    Homeschoolers and Bullies
    By Kristin Weber
    November 13th, 2014

    Homeschooling Moments for parents
  •  After ruining PA #1’s perfect take with the pizza, a tall man in a headset came over and escorted me to another little group of kids setting up fo...
    My First Job, Part II
    By Kristin Weber
    November 06th, 2014

    Homeschooling Moments for parents
  • What you are about to read is a true story. It is recounted as I remember it.I got my first job at the age of four. If you recall from previous blogs,...
    My First Job, Part One
    By Kristin Weber
    October 30th, 2014

    Homeschooling Moments for parents
  • One of the most common things I hear when parents consider homeschooling is that they could never teach their children harder subjects. It’s good t...
    The Tough Subjects . . .
    By Kristin Weber
    October 23rd, 2014

    Homeschooling Moments for parents
  • I plan on homeschooling my kids someday, and I joke that depending on whom I marry, my kids may never do math. I am terrible at math, as I am an alm...
    About Math and Writing...
    By Kristin Weber
    October 16th, 2014

    Homeschooling Moments for parents
  • Like nearly everyone else in the world, I have a Facebook account. The other day I was perusing through my feed and I saw that a friend had posted so...
    Love Is...Being Kind Online
    By Kristin Weber
    October 09th, 2014

    Homeschooling Moments for parents