Episode 32: Art and Photography

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Art and Photography Hey, Mama! Homeschool Show photograph of girl painting

Why are art and photography important for our families and homeschools? We don’t see the future of our children, but God does. Deborah Wuehler shares how electives like art and photography can impact children’s future careers and ministry. It’s Episode 32 of the Hey, Mama! Homeschool Show


Connect with God’s Word 

  • “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God has before ordained that we should walk in them.” (Ephesians 2:10)
  • “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.” (James 1:5)

Connect with The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine 

For more on art and photography, click on the links to these articles from The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine:

“Show us what to do with our children, what to offer them. Give us wisdom as we work for your kingdom.” —Deborah Wuehler

Connect with the TOS App

Do you have the new and enhanced TOS App? It’s the hub for homeschooling. You can access all The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine articles—and more—wherever you go, whenever you need them. Search for homeschooling topics important to you or find articles from today’s podcast host, Deborah Wuehler. You’ll find curriculum choices, resources, homeschool advice, help, and encouragement. The app content is updated weekly. The TOS App is now better than ever, and it’s free. You can find the TOS App on Google Play or download at the App Store today! 

Connect with

At a time when many schools are doing away with their art programs, homeschoolers have an opportunity to discover hidden talents and allow their creativity to shine with the many homeschool art curriculum options available with membership. As they learn from modern masters, students in kindergarten through high school can learn new techniques, meet artists throughout history and from around the world, and experiment with a variety of mediums such as sculpture, painting, watercolor, colored pencils, and more.

Photography from is for anyone with any camera with any experience level. What techniques help a photograph look professional? What is ISO? These thirty text-based lessons include such topics as camera functions, creative composition, photo editing, and more. Students can stretch their abilities and grow as photographers as they complete corresponding assignments and projects. Do your students enjoy a challenge? After students have a solid understanding of photography, Photography Challenge is the next step to expand students’ skills and stretch their creativity. This forty-eight-week text-based course encourages students to grow as photographers and increase their originality by taking pictures corresponding to the weekly challenge. Michele Peterson is the Lesson Designer of both photography courses and is featured in this article from The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine: “Behind the Scenes Spotlight on Lesson Designers.”

Connect with the National Academic Homeschool Competition

The NAHC is BACK. Register your 12–18-year-old today for THE annual opportunity for homeschooled students to put their college knowledge to the test on a national level with the National Academic Homeschool Competition, brought to you by The Old Schoolhouse® and College Options Foundation. All members receive a 50% discount on the $110 registration fee for the NAHC, so members pay only $55. Obtain the code from your Member Dashboard. Registration covers NAHC access, Total College Success software, and Zero Hour Threat—an interactive game that preps students for the SAT and ACT. Let’s go:

Register Today! The NAHC is back!

Connect with The Canadian Schoolhouse

Here are a few resources on today’s topic from The Canadian Schoolhouse, brought to you by The Old Schoolhouse®:

Connect with The Homeschool Minute 

Spend a minute with your friends from The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine!

The Homeschool Minute is a weekly eNewsletter for anyone homeschooling or considering starting. It’s brief yet packed with a powerful dose of encouragement to keep you going strong in your commitment to your family and to the Lord. This week, expect more on the topic of art and photography. Subscribe to the free homeschool newsletter.

Connect with Upcoming Episodes

Today’s episode of the Hey, Mama! Homeschool Show was hosted by Deborah Wuehler. Each month you can hear one episode hosted by Deborah, and you can also expect episodes recorded by our other hosts: Stephanie Morrison, Christine Weller, and Heather Vogler. 

New episodes of the Hey, Mama! Homeschool Show are released every Monday. Check back right here for show notes and links at Here’s what you can look forward to next:  

  • 9/11/23: Episode 33—“When Mamas Cry” hosted by Stephanie Morrison of The Canadian Schoolhouse
  • 9/18/23: Episode 34—“What Kind of Homeschooler Am I?” hosted by Christine Weller of The Canadian Schoolhouse and
  • 9/25/23: Episode 35—“Generational Homeschooling / Second Generation Homeschoolers” hosted by Deborah Wuehler of The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine

Questions or comments on the Hey, Mama! Homeschool Show podcast? We’d love to hear from you at

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