Studio Art for Teens

Sharon Jeffus

Welcome to Studio Art for Teens!


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Welcome to Studio Art for Teens. My goal is to have lessons that teach the elements and principles of art step by step, look at master works of art that show technique in media, and present projects that reinforce how to do the different techniques and styles of the masters. We will study the different time periods in art by looking at different artists that painted in that period.  A sample would be in the first element of art, which is line—we have master artists Gustave Dore and Vincent Van Gogh. We then do projects that reinforce the power of line in art. If you haven’t yet, you’ll want to review some of my past lessons, which can be accessed below. We learned about space, form, value and value in color, Expressionism, visual rhythm, overlapping, and much more, like balance in art. We will continue building on the elements and principles of art and techniques and learn from the masters. In my course, we also showcase student artists each month and incorporate student art into some of the lessons. Go to the Student Art Gallery to see the previously posted work of Rachel Fetting, Alyssa Engel, Hannah Marsh, Shannon Fultz, Juliet Dunteman, and Kathryn Scott.

We think you’ll enjoy seeing the works of these talented young people Visual Manna Media mentors young artists to use their art in practical and uplifting ways. We teach students to do murals, graphic art, and fine art. I teach and mentor students online and have camps and internships available. Other ways to reach me: go to or email me at visualmanna@gmail.comSharon Jeffus

Let’s get going with fall lessons at! I’ve chosen eagles and trees for the month of October. We will learn the elements and principles of art, techniques in media, and art history as we study these topics. I always seek to add great literature to my studies as well. I hope you enjoy these fall studies!

  — Sharon Jeffus

For the current lessons, go here.

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Go to the Student Art Gallery.



Sharon Jeffus has a B.S.S.E. in Art Education from John Brown University and continued on in her studies to be certified  to teach English from the University of Arkansas. She studied painting at Metropolitan in Denver and sculpting at Southern Illinois University. She has written more than twenty books and has the internationally known company Visual Manna. Sharon wrote her first book in 1992 and developed the Visual Manna teaching method, where art is integrated with art appreciation, techniques, vocabulary, and core subjects. She also has written an Indian Arts and Crafts program that was rated outstanding by the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Sharon taught in the public schools for ten years in Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Missouri. Sharon and her late husband, Richard, started Visual Manna to encourage young Christians in the arts and to meet the needs of visual and kinesthetic leaners. Sharon and her husband Richard taught art to thousands of homeschoolers across America.  
Sharon developed and presented workshops in coordination with Wonders of Wildlife Museum and Bass Pro on art and science. Her books are available through Rainbow Resources. For a sample of more of what Sharon has to offer, go to Lesson 1:  . Sharon teaches art intensives at the Landry Academy ( all across America.

Course transcript information*

The goal of this series of lessons is for students to understand media, techniques, and the processes in art. Students will understand how to initiate and solve visual art problems using the elements and principles of art. Students will study master artists throughout history and see how visually, spatially, and functionally art is related to culture and history. Students will learn how to analyze a work. They will understand how to assess the merits of their own work. Students will look at the connection between the visual arts and other disciplines, primarily literature. A minimum of thirteen lessons completed, including the lessons that combine literature and art, would constitute one credit hour of high school art.  — Sharon Jeffus

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