- Inspired by art from all around the world
- help people like me teach art to my lad
- includes helpful links to make the art lesson broader, covering social studies, science and language arts
- it is an online art drawing program from children from kindergarten age up through to adults of any age.
- Lessons are presented in video and power-presentation formats
- Shading Rounded Objects (this is also a free lesson)
- The hungarian Insects
- The Haitian Gecko
- The dragonfly from Ecuador
- The Chinese Dragon
- The Owl from Bali
- The Kitenge Tree Wall Hanging from Tanzania
- The Plate from Nepal
- Four Suns with Four Faces
- The Sheep from Wales
We started out each lesson watching the video lesson. This gave us an opportunity to just see what we were going to do and get the ideas into our heads. We would talk about the new techniques we would be learning and make sure we had the needed supplies.
We'd research the topic of the lesson... geckos, suns in art, and dragonflies. Seeing how people have used them in art and observing them in the wild (via video in the case of geckos). We did science (studying geckos and dragonflies), Geography (learning about where the art inspiration came from, seeing where that was in the world), art (seeing how the sun has been used in various art forms) and more. Art, interwoven into so many subject areas. I can totally see this being used in a co-op situation if you have a screen big enough for all the children to view.
We worked out way slowly through each of the lessons using the power point presentation. We really liked how we could go slide by slide, skip ahead, go back and double check what we are doing. Using out touch screen laptop was very beneficial in this, helping us flip through the slides quickly.
And to be honest, I have to admit that I really liked that ability to slow down and go at our own pace, it fit into how we do school and life. :)
Rules for drawing stymied my lad:
Silence? Playing Music? MOM!!!!
Some of you don't know me or my boy well enough to know that we are chatterers. We like to talk about all sorts of things while working, and most often it's not connected with the task at hand. So the idea of playing music or working in silence was an anathema to us. So we asked John why this was a recommendation.
His words: Maybe a story is a helpful way to answer this. When I learned to play tennis, I was constantly saying things like, “Oh, no!” and “Come on! That was terrible!” as I swatted at the ball. A friend advised me to hum while I played, and for me that humming ushered in a big step of progress in my playing. Why? Because while I hummed (while I was caught up in the tune) I wasn’t able to engage in all the negative talk. The negative talk got in the way of being playful, thinking visually/spatially, and being aware of how the game was going. The negative talk turned play into work, and made me a poor player. Humming made me more playful; it made the game almost like a dance. As the game became more fun and playful, my skills advanced rapidly.
Playing music during art can work in a similar fashion, if we let it. It also helps us make that mind shift from verbal/analytical thought to spatial thought. If it helps to hum along with the music, do so. If you prefer to simply hum, like I did in tennis, skip playing music, and simply hum.
My son couldn't work his head around humming and doing art, so we gave up on that idea, and has been learning that silence sometimes helps with concentration, but we still chatter.. it's part of who we are. :)
The relaxation techniques that he hated when we started have become a part of doing art now. As John told us "it’s a way of helping us be more aware. First, we take time to be aware of our breathing, and that aids in slowing us down; it sets us up for being aware and taking time to look carefully when we get into the drawing, to notice how a color is working, etc."
I fully anticipate completing the rest of the art projects.
Over the next three weeks I anticipate finishing another project with our International Student who is visiting us from France.
It will be a great way to practice English and to have fun learning. He's quite curious about the fact that we school at home as he's never heard of such a thing before.
Did you know that you can purchase individual lessons? I know awesome eh? You can also try out sample lessons from each of the levels.
The site is easy to navigate, so I recommend you visit them and check out the individual lessons. Each bundle of lessons is priced differently ($27 and up), as are the individual lessons ($4 each and up). All available for a full year.
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