Studio Art for Teens

Sharon Jeffus

Welcome to Studio Art for Teens on!

How to Use This Course

Studio Art for Teens on presents middle school and high school students with art lessons based on the masters. The first fifteen lessons in the Studio Art for Teens class should be followed consecutively, if your student is new to the study of art, as they cover the basics of line, shape, texture, space, color, form, balance, etc. If your student has studied art previously, they can begin at any lesson, either reviewing the basics in the first fifteen lessons and then moving on to other lessons, or starting with lessons that follow the topic “Owls in Art and Literature.” Beginning here, each lesson is self-contained and can be studied in any order, as they incorporate the skills that were studied in lessons one through fifteen. A minimum of sixteen lessons are required to earn one credit hour of high school art. If your student has studied art previously, the fifteen lessons can include a combination of any of the first fifteen lessons and the lessons that combine literature and art. If your student is new to the study of art, they will need to study the first fifteen lessons before moving on to any of the lessons combining literature and art.

Course Details

Course Introduction

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 perform the different techniques and styles of the masters. We will study the different time periods in art by looking at different artists who painted in that period. For example, 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, 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

  — Sharon Jeffus


Engaging lessons that encourage step-by-step recognition of how to build art by imitating the masters


Each lesson is self-contained; more than forty lessons are available; new units post twice each month


Middle-high school

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 sixteen lessons completed, including the lessons that combine literature and art, would constitute one credit hour of high school art.  — Sharon Jeffus

*Please be informed of your state’s academic requirements.

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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. You can view a sample of what Sharon has to offer through Rainbow Resources. Sharon teaches art intensives at the Landry Academy all across America and would love for you to visit her at her website,