It seems today that there is such a focus on reading, writing and math in education, that the fine arts often get put on the backburner. I want my children to have well-rounded educational experiences, which means that I want them to have access to quality fine arts programs. I believe that I have found such a program. For the last several weeks, my family has been reviewing a one-year subscription to the online Drawing Program from Creating a Masterpiece.
About the Program
The online Drawing Program offers the user access to four levels of instruction:
Beginning Drawing offers 8 lessons and 8 projects. Among these lessons, the user will learn about beginning value, beginning project planning, beginning shading, beginning value, beginning highlighting, beginning proportions, beginning composition, and beginning rule of three.
Drawing Level One is for users approximately eight years and older. There are 6 lessons and 6 projects. Users are taught shading, seeing and incorporating value, and two-point perspective.
Drawing Level Two offers 7 projects divided up into 12 lessons. Users are taught composition and proportion, recognizing and incorporating intermediate values, incorporating lost and found edges, and using highlighting for emphasis.
Drawing Level Three offers 8 projects divided up into 20 lessons. Users are taught composition and proportion, recognizing and incorporating intermediate values, incorporating lost and found edges, multiple point perspective, and using highlighting for emphasis.
The 48 lessons within these levels provide the user with experiences in pencil, charcoal, and coloring pencils.
Each project contains a supply list so that users can be prepared for the lesson. There is even a place where they can order the desired materials.
The online Drawing Program can be purchased monthly for $19.99 a month, or $199 for a year.
How Did We Use It?
During the review period, we were about to complete six projects. The lessons are divided into smaller videos, and we would complete one video per setting. In some cases, my children would want to continue working and we would complete two or three videos per setting.
What Did We Think?
My children absolutely loved using the online Drawing Program. Anytime they finished their work, they asked if they could work on an art project.
A mom’s perspective-The division of the lesson into smaller videos helped my children not to feel overwhelmed by a larger video. We were able to take breaks, and not worry about where we left off in a video. The lessons are completely video taught which helps take some of the stress off me. While they worked on their lessons, I could be working on other things around the house.
Rikisha-Age 12-I really liked learning how to draw objects. I always thought drawing was hard, but this program helped me see that it isn’t. Art is just made up of a bunch of shapes. I learned how to draw lightly so that I can either erase or change the picture. I didn’t like the charcoal pictures because they were messy.
Josiah-Age 11-I loved the art program. I love to do art, and it helped me learn more about how to draw and shade pictures. My favorite project was the Polar Exploration.
Zathan-Age 9-I had so much fun doing art. My favorite project was the giraffe because my mom loves giraffes and we see them at the zoo.
There you have it. We loved the online Drawing Program from Creating a Masterpiece. If you would like to complete a sample lesson to see how it fits your needs, click on the Creating a Masterpiece logo below.
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