Imagine taking an art class in the comfort and freedom of your own home… professional lessons, art lessons for children, provided by ArtAchieve. I don’t know if you remember that the lad and I reviewed this last year, and were delighted to review for ArtAchieve again, this year broaching the Entire Level III. Boy.. has it been fun. 🙂
One of the things I love, after various conversations with John, is how he holds true to his statements.
He believes anyone can learn to draw, that it is not a skill only for the talented but for anyone. It’s a necessary skill that improves one’s abilities in many other subjects. He structures his lessons in such a way that if you want to learn to draw a cat, your cat will LOOK like a cat. 🙂 At the same time, he leaves plenty of room for creative self-expression, so the cat you draw will be YOUR cat, not his, not your neighbours, but all yours. Learning to draw means paying attention to what you are observing, it means thinking creatively which spills over to other subjects. Doing art helps you cover history, geography, literature and more. I know it has helped us in our Canadian Studies! 🙂
Come.. explore ArtAchieve with us, won’t you?
Once you have logged into ArtAchieve you will be brought to a page with all your lessons.
Each lesson, if you click on the (+) sign opens into usually four sections.
The way you approach the lesson influences which version you use. My son wasn’t keen on the video as he needed to stop and start it all the time. He would rather not do that. He quickly learned that the powerpoint version worked best for him. One slide at a time with little dots below that he could shift between. He could quickly skip ahead to see the final result or he could jump a few buttons back to review that he did a step properly.
The son was busy.. ever so busy with having fun about the armadillo as a turtle rabbit. I raise rabbits so he was bugging me about how many some of them might want to become turtles so I better watch out for turtle rabbits. AND DON’T get him started on the German.. oh my!!!! 11 year olds and their sense of humour eh? We could just see those little armoured turtle rabbits running around. It just made us laugh together. 🙂 Each lesson John adds these “curriculum connectors” as I call them, where he gives some of the history of the animal used, or the art form involved. He throws in history, geography, science and what not. Art is such a cross-curricular subject and it just neat to see the Cross Curricular Connections he makes.
Each lesson starts off the same (except for the stop action lesson at the end of level three). A line drawing to complete (so you can practice drawing the parts of the subject matter) and a supplies list. You can also find a supply list for all the lessons under supplies when you login, though I found it wasn’t as complete as the in-lesson supply list.
We ran into one lesson where we didn’t have the acrylic paints needed so I emailed John to find out how necessary they were or if we could make do with oil or tempura paints, or if pencil crayons might work as well. He said “Go ahead all those will work”. 🙂 So we did. I just love art programs that are accommodating as that’s how I approach art! I figure what is important.. the medium or the learning the style taught? Granted, if a lesson is about HOW to do work with pastels.. well..then you want to use pastels. But this lesson was about how to do form lines and plain lines so the materials used didn’t matter quite as much.
Each lesson contains a different art lessons, whether about form lines, working in 3rds, or working with different mediums like glue and aluminum foil. The art lessons are short and illustrated well.
The lad and I finished two projects. We worked through them slowly as that helps my perfectionist son take the time that needs to do a job well.
I have to admit, I’m looking forward to when we do the Canada Goose lesson, check out some of the Cross Curricular Connections we’ll be able to do. We’ll be able to visit websites to learn facts about geese, do a character study via youtube, read good books about geese, and more. I can see us looking up Canada Geese migrating and perhaps finding out why some geese stick around all winter! You find this under the art lessons tab.
Cost For Level Three: Individual Lesson $6 each, bundles of three for $16, or the entire course for $58.50
Received: One Year of Level III.
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