Currently, the Delphos Area Art Guild (DAAG) is registering homeschooled students for the 2014/15 school year which are slated to begin September 24. DAAG’s class offerings include Art, Music Ensemble, French, Art History, piano, wind, string and percussion classes and guitar lessons. Pictured above, Shauna Turner-Smith leads a class during the three-day Craft-a-Palooza Summer Camp earlier this year. (DHI Media File Photo)
Currently, the Delphos Area Art Guild (DAAG) is registering homeschooled students for the 2014/15 school year which are slated to begin September 24. DAAG’s class offerings include Art, Music Ensemble, French, Art History, piano, wind, string and percussion classes and guitar lessons. Pictured above, Shauna Turner-Smith leads a class during the three-day Craft-a-Palooza Summer Camp earlier this year. (DHI Media File Photo)

DELPHOS —More than 52,000 children were home schooled in Ohio during the 2012-13 school year. While the curriculum can be similar as those attending traditional classes, the time left over for parents and children to enjoy social and enrichment activities can be limited.

To compensate for the lack of enrichment opportunities for home schooled students, the Delphos Area Art Guild (DAAG) has set its homeschooling curriculum for the 2014-15 school year with offerings of Art, Music Ensemble, French and Art History classes.

“These are once-a-week supplemental classes for home schooled children,” Director Shauna Turner-Smith explained. “This classwork gives them the opportunity for social experience.”

Typically, parents implement more than one social experience per week and visit zoos, museums or fire departments, for example. They set up homeschool visitations throughout the year along with development of the whole year’s curriculum.

Turner-Smith announced that Mixed Media Artist Anna Fisher — Fine Arts Master with eight years of homeschooling experience — will instruct students in Art. Lima Symphony Orchestra member Jim Leaman will lead music classes where students will perform in a band with brass, woodwind and string instruments.



“Karen Schaffner, a part-time teacher at St. John’s, will teach French and Art History,” she said.

In addition, Renee Keller will instruct piano, wind, string and percussion classes and Tim Zerkel will instruct guitar lessons.

Turner-Smith said home school children typically begin their schooling in early-to-mid August. To give students time to get used to a change in regimen and not overwhelm them, DAAG classes will start on Sept. 24.

Students of a certain age group will take art while another group of students are involved in music.

“Art classes will be held on the first and fourth Wednesday’s of each month,” Turner-Smith said. “Twelve students are signed up at this time, just from the Delphos area.”

Turner-Smith said this is an exciting time for DAAG with co-ops becoming more interested in classes. Home Educate Co-op from Lima Community Church — a co-op that is open to everyone — is coming to the art guild this year and a faith and family co-op from Van Wert with 30 families has shown a lot of interest in winter and spring classes.

“The director of the Lima co-op contacted us for Art, Music, French and Art History, which will be held on Fridays starting the end of September,” she said. “We have students signed up in each of the four classes.”

DAAG’s mission, Turner-Smith said, is to always reach out to Delphos and the surrounding areas.

“The winter is rough here and whether we are traveling to the students or they are attending classes here in Delphos, we want to be efficient and conveniently located,” she said.

Most of the classes will take place at the Delphos Public Library in the First Edition Building.

Registration is going on now. Visit www.delphosareaartguild or call (419) 741-4118 for more information.