The Art of Being Productive [Artist-Mom-Homeschooler Schedule]

Part 2

The Art of Being Productive [Artist-Mom-Homeschooler Schedule] 

Last year I created 500 artworks, sold 225 paintings, did 24 art shows, homeschooled 2 kids, managed a garden and fulfilled domestic obligations.  

Artist friends frequently ask, "What's your routine?" "How do you get the art all done?" "How do you homeschool?"

I am a mother and an artist and I never felt like the two were incompatible. Just complex. So, it’s in that complexity that our routine is based on. I'm not your typical homeschooler. I don't unschool. We have a schedule and this is how we do it. 

Communication

First, all four of us know the routine. We have monthly family meetings to go over what went well and didn’t. We share our goals for the month. We have a central calendar. I have a dry erase art calendar that shows all of the show dates and I constantly refer to it. The kids are accountable for their chores and responsibilities. I try to delegate so I don’t have to do it. I don’t have time to micro-manage, I’m more of a “teach a man to fish” type parent. We also reorder priorities in its own season. We are flexible. This routine is “most of the time.”

In this article I'm going to get granular with our schedule. This is the mechanics of how I manage the art business, teach homeschooling and raise two elementary aged kids.

 

ART BUSINESS 

Generally speaking, the three art seasons I prepare for by month are:

Production: Jan. – Feb.

Art Fairs: Outdoor fairs May to Oct.

Indoor shows March – April and Oct., - Dec.

 

KIDS ACTIVITIES

We homeschool year around. This allows us a lot of freedom for field trips, art classes, running club, playdates and family. If we find a cool class outside the home that’s during normal homeschooling time, we do it. If a friend asks us to go to the zoo when we normally school, we do it.

Jan. - March – Awana (kids bible club), art classes, indoor skating

April – Aug. - Running club

Sept. – Dec. – Awana, hiking, indoor skating

 

ART MONTHLY SCHEDULE

My art schedule is an annual routine organized by month. Each month has a main focus. For me, I’ve found it too hard to do it all every month because I just don’t have the capacity. I prioritize. I prefer to have monthly goals in regards to my studio practice. Consistency is the key to success to create art.

 

Jan - Feb. - Create art, plan summer shows

March - Indoor art shows and gallery exhibitions

April - Open studios, Mother’s Day

May - Sept. outdoor art fairs

Oct. - Indoor gallery shows

Nov. - Open studio Saturdays and Black Friday

Dec. - Indoor art shows and gallery exhibitions

 

BLENDING ART & KIDS - Daily Routine

If this schedule seems angelic, keep in mind that my studio time has constant interruptions. I’m ok with that. Also baked into this weekly routine is kids’ classes, playdates and running club outside the home. I usually work 40 hours in the studio. I homeschool 1:1 about 25 hours during the week. The kids do school 7a – 4p which is half with me and half with their video teachers. Consistency is the key to success to create art and teaching kids.

 

Weekday Schedule

Mon - Fri

5 – 7a - Get ready, morning chores, breakfast, yoga

7 – 12p - Teach kids 1:1, worksheets

12 - 1p - Lunch, play outside

1 – 8 p - Studio (Mays) while kids do the following:

1 – 4p - Kids watch school videos and finish homework

4 - 6p - Kids free time, AWANA (kids Bible club), art class or run club

6 - 7p - “Daddy” plays with kids, night chores, read

 

Weekend Schedule

Winter Season

Sat. - Domestic obligations 

7-9a - Bulk cook for week

9–11a - Weekly chores

12–5p - Studio while Daddy takes kids on errands or plays

5-7p - Family night altogether with games and movie

 

Sun. – Family Day

7-9a Hike

10-12p Church

1 – 4p Skate or other family activity 

5 – 7p Movie and games

 

Summer Season

Sat. – Sun. art fairs in the summer (average 19 shows May - Sept.)

 

This schedule works great for our family. -Perhaps this isn't you, that's ok. -Perhaps this peek into our family's routine gave you inspiration to create more art, empower your kids, and do more. The days are long and the years short and I want to make the most of the time that's given to me.

 

Life is short, and art long; the crisis fleeting; experience perilous, and decision difficult.

-Hippocrates.