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07-11-2015 05:14 PM
newartist Have you thought about using Khan Academy to help him with math? Khan Academy has very thorough lectures that explain each new concept (many of them are pretty short if his attention span isn't super long), and it has these 5 problem sets for students to complete. Basically what happens is that if he gets 5 right, he can move on. If he doesn't, then he has to keep going until he gets 5 in a row. The site has everything from counting to Calculus, so I know a lot of home school families use it. It's also free.

I think one of the best things about Khan is that the teacher explains *why* things are true, not just "this is how you do it/use the formula." It's helpful when you're thinking "okay...but...what's the point here?"

Your son seems to have an intuitive grasp on angles and such, but I think he should learn math if only because you need it to do well on the ACT/SAT exams, and many good art schools require those.
06-15-2015 09:32 AM
Eddieblz First I like to say. That piece is beyond incredible. He has a shot at doing art professionally. I haven't see you post what part of the industry he wishes to get involved with. If he wishes to get into fine art he will have to find some gallery's that he will have to convince to show his art this means he probably will then have to get an agent.
If he gets into graphic or concept art even as good as he is naturally and self taught, they will want him to continue with some higher schooling just to polish his work so that he will be able to create what the clients what. This means he will not be able to draw what he like's to draw. The industry right now is glutted with artist's that can create art work that is as incredible as the the work your son does. It's a very cut throat industry. I say let him pursue his dream, but he should also complete his schooling. It will help him to gain the discipline and knowledge that he will need to attempt a shot at a career in art.
06-14-2015 06:11 PM
Originally Posted by Bushcraftonfire View Post
Terry.. I think I am non brained dominant.. ROTFLOL!

Never knew you were a Park Ranger Chanda.. I know many in our area, being a Bushcraft Instructor.. Small World..

Awesome post on the concept of learning.. I would agree 110% with your sentiments!

Yup for almost 9 years. I quit about the time I had my kid. My hours were such that it would have left little time for a family so I got a much less fun job that is not using my degree but at least still has retirement and weekends off and leave accrual.

06-14-2015 11:39 AM
Bushcraftonfire Terry.. I think I am non brained dominant.. ROTFLOL!

Never knew you were a Park Ranger Chanda.. I know many in our area, being a Bushcraft Instructor.. Small World..

Awesome post on the concept of learning.. I would agree 110% with your sentiments!

06-14-2015 09:14 AM
TerryCurley I'm beginning to understand why I'm not the best of artists. I always loved math and excelled in it. My degree is in computer science. English was my weak spot. I guess I'm left brain dominant.

06-14-2015 07:44 AM
chanda95 You know when I was in high school I despised math and when I was in grade school my mom forced me to spend a summer with a tutor. Math was always a struggle and I remember thinking I was never going to use it, so why should I learn it? Then I hit college. I dabbled in many different degree areas before settling on one and they ALL required math. The degree I wound up getting, natural resources with a minor in wildlife biology, required 4 statistics classes, college level calculus, business math..the list goes on. Then I started working as a park ranger and helped with various projects from stream restoration to pasture management to helping map rockart...ALL required varying levels of math. I am quite grateful for how much I was pushed to take math. The difference is that back then public schools were considerably more well rounded and offered more than they do now. Teachers were allowed to be creative in their approaches.

I don't let my child NOT do a subject just because he doesn't like it. I find ways to make it a little more interesting for him but certain areas I won't budge on. In life he will be given tasks he doesn't like and I want him to be one who says "ok, I may not like this but I will do this". I do not take a super laid back approach to my child's education. I believe firmly that creativity and fun should be incorporated and made part of his lessons to help him learn but I also believe that regardless of whether he likes it or not, there are just certain things he HAS to know. He might not ever go to college and he might not ever use what he has been taught but on the flip side he might. He is still young and I remember at that age being indecisive. I started off going for a degree in art because I honestly was trying to avoid math as much as possible and wound up with a degree in the sciences where I had to take nothing but math! And the girl who did so horrible in grade school and high school math wound up getting an A in her 400 level calculus class! Go figure that I was taught to never give up and push through the stuff I don't like or want to do. I am not angry or bitter about it, I am the reverse. I was given really amazing life skills and am grateful for it.

Obviously my style and approach differs from others and that is ok. Every child should be taught in a way that suits their learning style but I feel its important to never underestimate our kids because they may end up surprising us. How we, as home school parents, teach our children is entirely up to us and based on our children's needs. Home school families are some of the most amazing and tolerant people I know because we have all gone through some level of scrutiny from what I would call the secular public school parenting world. Some of the most amazing people I know were home schooled and even the ones I knew would not wind up going to college still wound up as productive members of society because they were given the tools to do so.

And with that long winded post I should probably sign

06-14-2015 02:49 AM
leighann I know nothing about homeschooling, but I do remember hating math in high school. I know this would be out of his comfort zone, simply by looking at the art u posted, but I create Mandalas, which are also considered sacred geometry. They can involve using a compass, ruler, and square. It's not addition and subtraction, but it is incorporating math into art. :-)
Good luck!!!
06-13-2015 11:05 PM
Bushcraftonfire Wasn't me that said they should have to study higher math

06-13-2015 04:10 PM
TerryCurley Uhhh David JMO (Just my opinion) -- I would think a 16 year old would be up to doing calculus or at least pre-calc not simple arithmetic like ratios in mixing paint.

06-13-2015 11:08 AM
Bushcraftonfire HTH = Hope That Helps

As for the math.. which I neglected to address before.. show your son how it ties in to art to make it interesting.. such as ratios.. 1 part water to 3 parts watercolor paint. Or multiplying $250 / painting and selling 200 / year.. Or the golden ratio.. Etc Etc Etc

HTH (Terry )

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