|Lily (7), Anthony (10), Christian (9), Emmie (5)|
|These were my Hungarian Insects|
|Lily's (age 7)|
|Anthony (10), Lily (7) Mine, Christian (9)|
|Lily, me, Christian|
- The supplies are very affordable. Most of the lessons use very basic supplies like paper, markers, watercolors, and oil pastels. A few of the lessons had supplies we didn't have like glitter glaze and a charcoal white pencil but we just substituted the pencil for a crayon and left off the glitter glaze. The projects still turned out great.
- The drawing warm up exercises are a great way to practice the types of lines we would be drawing. We have used many different art programs and never have had anything like that. I found it very helpful.
- The subject choices were very interesting. My children love animals and nature and really enjoyed the different things we were drawing as well as listening to the background information on the different subjects.
- The instruction itself was very good. A lot of emphasis is put on the fact that everyone makes mistakes and different people's drawings should not all look the same. The instructor has a very laid back manner and it was very easy to follow along with him.
- You can pause or back up the video whenever you need to. This allows everyone to be able to work at their own pace.
- The cross curricular lesson suggestions are a wonderful resource. As I mentioned above you could turn each art lesson int a mini unit study. We did not use a ton of the resources but we did check out a few of the links on geckos as potential pets, owls, and owl calls.
- Even though the drawing instructions are very specific, you have the ability to make each piece of artwork your own by adding your own designs, colors, and background.
- The finished products all looked amazing! Even my drawings looked good!
|Emmie, Me, Lily|
- If you are using this with multiple children, you will go through supplies pretty quickly. I started out with one large pack of 24 crayola markers for 4 children and myself to use and by the time we got to lesson 4 many of our markers had already started to be used up.
- The lessons do take about an hour from start to finish. We finished them in one sitting but depending on your child's interest and your schedule you may want to split the lessons in half.
- Even with all of the emphasis in the videos on the rules for drawing and that it is ok to make mistakes, my 7 year old was easily frustrated with some of the lessons because she is an absolute perfectionist and wanted everything she drew to look just like it did in the lesson. She did some absolutely beautiful work once I got her to settle down, not cry, and finish what she started. And she says that she has loved the lessons! Not doing the lessons on days when we had a lot of other stuff going on or when she was over tired made a huge difference.