You may remember reading in my last post here at Hip Homeschool Moms, about the journey my family has traveled in regards to crafting and art projects. It’s not surprising to me our homeschool has lacked in any kind of formal art instruction but my boys have a love, a true enjoyment of creating things and it was with great joy I agreed to review the product I present to you today!!
Creating a Masterpiece offers step-by-step DVD art instruction, guided by a talented and well-spoken artist, Sharon Hofer. Sharon teaches students in a variety of mediums with more being added each year. Your children can receive easy to follow lessons in charcoal drawing, sculpture, pencil drawing, watercolor painting, acrylic painting, ink, or pastel painting.
My two older sons, Caleb (10) and Devin (8) were excited to try one of the DVD’s from the Level 1: Complete Set – Lessons in Acrylic: Spring Flowers.
We gathered our materials and settled in for an afternoon of painting. Sharon begins by teaching about the medium with which we will be working. She speaks in a clear, consistent and patient tone, in a way that is easily understood.
Our teacher was very good about explaining why she makes certain instructions, nor did she rush through the steps of the painting. Sharon is very encouraging, teaching her students perfectionism is not necessary. She impresses upon each listener that every painting will differ to reflect something of it’s artist. I appreciated this very much as I have two wildly different boys with night and day abilities and learning styles. Sharon made this painting possible for both of them!
We allotted two days for the boys to complete their paintings. I believe the DVD is designed to be done in 4 or 5 sessions, with each section taking about an hour to complete. The end result was stunning, in my opinion!
The boys and I greatly enjoyed this DVD and our art instruction, as did two happy grandmothers who received grandson painted sunflowers for Valentine’s Day!
I will say I wish there was an option to purchase a complete package of art curriculum from Creating a Masterpiece that included all needed materials and supplies but the items used can easily be purchased at any craft store and I imagine you save on the cost by doing so.
My boys thoroughly enjoyed working with the acrylic paint and I appreciate the DVDs can be purchased individually to allow your students to do more guided work with a material they love.
I believe the Creating a Masterpiece line of DVD art instruction to be a valuable tool for homeschool classrooms and cooperatives desiring fun, easy-to-do, beautiful and informative art lessons!
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Danielle is a born and raised, big-city Southern California girl that has been joyfully transplanted into a beautiful small town in Southern Montana! She’s married to her stud of a high school sweetheart and together they’re raising three handsome, rough and tumble young men. Their family loves the Lord and feel like homeschooling is just one of the many ways they have endeavored to give their whole lives to Christ. Danielle loves to read and doesn’t go anywhere without her Kindle! She also loves to cook, organize, hike in beautiful weather and spend entirely too much time playing with all things tech-ish. Danielle also harbors a fairly new-found love of all things DIY! You can find her blogging at Organizational Hysteria.