- The program is very easy to use! Simply log-in, go to the right page, and begin!
- Sharon puts an emphasis on quality. This isn't crafts. This is fine art. These are things you may want to frame.
- The kids were proud of what they created. Some of our kids love art. Some don't. But all had at least one project that they felt proud of their work.
- Of the six children who did this program in our home, three really like art. Two don't like it at all. And one can go either way. The three who enjoyed art, begged to do this program every day we homeschooled. Gabe, the oldest of the kids (who was the one who can go either way), often took the program and morphed it a bit to do it but do it his way, and he really enjoyed this. He definitely used his own interpretation. And my two sons (who are not fans of art in general) both had some success and times that they enjoyed what they were working on. Not every time but often.
- Sharon focuses on young children and teens -- not adults! (Although adults can definitely participate!)
- While we only did the basic drawing program, Sharon provides many other learning opportunities on her website including: wood burning, alcohol inks, bust sculpture, faux stained glass, block printing, rubber stamp printmaking, portraiture, and much, much, much more!
- Lessons take from about 30 minutes to 2 hours depending on how long the kids want to spend on a project. She encourages them not to go fast.
- Drawing Videos is something that kids can do on their own. I often had one of my art-lovers just jump on and work on a project by themselves.
- Kids as young as 4 can start this program. While we focused on our 8-14 year olds in our homeschool program, young children could absolutely jump in and try as well.
- Multiple aged kids can sit down at one table and work on a project together. This is perfect for a homeschooling environment!!
- There were only three supplies needed! So many art programs require an extensive list of purchases. This one didn't. All we needed were:
- Colored Pencils
|Lessons in Colored Pencil: Tabby Cat; Abigail age 8|
|Lessons in Colored Pencil: Tabby Cat; Visiting friend Bailee age 9|
|Lessons in Pencil: Giraffe in cartoon; Gabe age 14|
|Lessons in Pencil: Hoot Owl; Analise' age 10|
|Lessons in colored Pencil: Tabby Cat; Kari age 10|
|Lessons in Pencil: Simplicity; Abigail age 8|
|Lessons in Pencil: Hoot Owl; Abigail age 8|
There are a total of 29 projects in this Unit. Here is a screen shot of how this program looks when you open it up on the Creating a Masterpiece website: