High School Art and Literature (Ages 13 and Older)

This weekly Literature/Art Course is geared toward students who would like to expand the breadth of their artistic talents as we dive into the world of choice based art in response to great literature.  Over the school year, we will read the following American Literature Classics (order TBD):

Fall Semester 
Scarlet Letter
The Call of the Wild
My Antonia
The Great Gatsby
Of Mice and Men

Spring Semester  - Jan 4th
To Kill A Mockingbird
The Outsiders
The Giver
Fahrenheight 451
The Uglies

This is the intended list, but some titles might be replaced as your teacher prepares the lessons:).

 Each week, students will create a corresponding art project to enhance their reading!  Students will share their projects in class.  It is quite motiving and fun to join together to read and to create!

Expectations for each lesson:

  1. Art Projects: - Complete the art project based on the reading.
  2. Write about 100 words to explain your artistic response or be prepared to explain your artistic response to the class.
  • Open to New Students in Spring '22


  • Prerequisites: None
    Instructor:Amy Gillispie, B.S.
    Age Level:  13 and older
    Minimum Enrollment: 3
    Maximum Enrollment: 15
    Tuition for Semester: $300
    Class Meets: Tuesdays, 10:00 - 11:00 AM Pacific

    Fall Semester begins September 7; Spring Semester begins January 4
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This course will be offered in Fall, 2019. Details will be coming soon!!

Instructor: Amy Gillispie, B.S. email
Prerequisites: No previous experience is required for this course
Age Level: This course is for students 7 - 12 years of age

Course Schedule (Class meets every other week):

Fall '19

August 27, 2019 -LESSON 1; September 10, 2019 - LESSON 1 IS DUE; September 24, 2019 - LESSON 2 IS DUE; October 8, 2019 - LESSON 3 is  DUE; October 22, 2019 - LESSON 4 and 5 are DUE; November 5, 2019 - LESSON 6 IS DUE; November 19, 2019 - LESSON 7 IS DUE; December 3, 2019 - LESSON 8 IS DUE; December 17, 2019 - LESSON 9 IS DUE - Presentation week

Spring '20

January 7, 2020 -LESSON 1; January 21, 2020 - LESSON 1 IS DUE; February 4, 2020 - LESSON 2 IS DUE; February 18, 2020 - LESSON 3 IS DUE; March 3, 2020 - LESSON 4 and 5 are DUE; March 17, 2020 - LESSON 6 IS DUE; March 31, 2020- LESSON 7 IS ; DUEApril 14, 2020  - LESSON 8 IS DUE; April 28, 2020 - LESSON 9 is DUE; May 5, 2020 - LESSON 9 is DUE - (Make up) Presentation Week

Materials Needed (these are not included in tuition):

Week 1


Week 2

Single hole punch
Paper clips

Week 3

Poster board
Single hole punch
deck of cards

Week 4

three different colors of paper... 6 sheets each

Week 5
Your project from Week 5
Graph paper
Colored pencils, markers or crayons

Week 6

paper cups
paper clips
Paper plates
Rubber bands the size of your paper plates (typically 8")

Week 7

Popsicle sticks
Elmers glue
Wax paper

Bonus Projects Week

cardboard boxes
large pieces of cardboard

Week 8 - your choices of the following:

graham crackers
peanut shells
paper mache paste

Week 9

Final Project: May use an option of the materials from Lessons 1-8

Amy Gillispie, B.S.

Amy Gillispie and her husband, Father Robert, began homeschooling their nine children in 1999.   Amy was graduated from The Ohio State University with a B.S.  in Architecture, did her Master’s work in Liturgical Architecture, played the organ for her church at twelve years old, danced in a ballet/jazz company, worked as a photographer/developer, directs musicals, is a COPE certified health coach, a registered IEW teacher and a licensed Simply Music Piano Instructor.  She wrote her own architecture curriculum and began teaching architecture courses to students from around the world when she created her business, Building Brilliant Minds, in 2009.  “Architecture” and “Music/Piano” continue to hold her heart because the possibilities are intertwined and infinite.    Mrs. G’s Architecture and Piano courses may be taken online during the arranged Zoom classes or privately.   For more information,  email Mrs. G.  at  musicarch.clrc@icloud.com , or visit her website at www.buildingbrilliantmindsonline.com .

Textbooks and Materials: books and art materials as needed.

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