I homeschool my three children, and two of them are crazy about art. I also really enjoy art, but trying to find projects for them to do weekly at their level can get challenging. I have to sort through lots of books and pick and choose projects with supplies on hand that are not too involved. At times it was too much with all the other subjects and art sadly was skipped over for many weeks. Since we found Home Art Studio, the New Year is starting off right. Art is back in our weekly routine, and it is better than ever.
This Home Art Studio program is broken down by grade level, and each grade is packed with lessons, art history, field trips and more. Join art teacher Lindsey Volin as she helps increase students’ love and appreciation of visual arts while enhancing the student’s ability to think creatively, problem solve, and see the world around them. To provide a well rounded education it is important to include visual arts, and with these DVD’s art has never been easier.
I started off having my daughter do this art program. She used the Home Art Studio for Fourth grade. It was set up in such a way that she is able to do it by herself. The projects so far have used supplies we have had on hand. The children are encouraged to keep an art journal as they go to write down things that they are learning. The first lesson on the CD was a color wheel. She skipped that and moved on to the second project, Radial design. I did not have to help her with much at all, and she really enjoyed the lesson. She paused it where needed to do her art.
Lindsey Volin brings teaches art at the level the children need. She explains well what she is doing and allows them to do their own style. The radial design she used was fruit, but told the students to chose something they liked. My daughter had fun with this project. It was relatively fast to make too.
Next lesson was using paint and teaching about monochromatic pictures. My daughter found out that means one color, using different shades and had fun creating a snow scene with Birch trees. The project was easy enough but still was engaging. I thought her finished project was lovely, and it is hanging on my fridge. I helped her mix some paint in the very beginning and then left her to it.
One day while the whole family was home we had a family fun art project. My husband, all three kids, and I decided to try our hands at the Aztec sun project. This project taught the kids the difference between warm colors and cool colors. They were set against each other in this sun picture and the shapes were opposite as well. She used curvy organic shapes and straight geometric shapes. We had fun doing these pictures and even less artistic people can make a nice project. My husband and eldest son do not consider themselves to be good at art. Yet all the pictures were nice in their own way. This fourth grade art was used for two adults, a fourth grader, a sixth grader, and an eighth grader.
One of my sons opted to use colored pencils instead of paint. My other son drew his face the wrong way and went with it creating a very unique picture. The rest of us did what was suggested, but still all three are very different. What a fun way to spend family time, so much better than in front of the television. I can hardly wait till our next group project.
Lindsey Volin encourages the children to share their creations with her on the website. You can also get some free lessons from her site. One grade level comes with thirteen projects to do over the course of the school year. My daughter and I love these videos. I am very glad we have this as our art now. All three children will be doing this from now on. I looked over the younger grade level projects, and can easily see us trying those as well. This New year our school is better because of Home Art Studio!
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