Designed by a fellow homeschooling mom, Beyond the Stick Figure Art School has a motto of “If you can draw a stick figure, you can learn to draw and paint”. What a cute saying that definitely is the heart of the program. The Beyond the Stick Figure Complete Drawing Course PLUS 3 Bonus Courses program is an online course with videos, starting with the very basic drawing techniques. Access to the full spectrum of courses retails for $370. This price gives you access to the courses for life! Some basic art supplies are required and are easily picked up off Amazon or in your local craft store.
The program requires you to watch and mark off lessons in the beginning instead of skipping ahead to what you want to work on. Although I’m sure that is very beneficial to start at the beginning, my older kids were not thrilled with having to watch every single one of the videos to begin the program. They had already learned many of those skills already from a co-op class, and we would have loved an option to be able to move forward quicker depending on skill levels.
Honestly, I think having to watch all of the videos from the beginning actually turned off my older kids on the program and they quickly lost interest. I mainly used it with my 3rd and 4th graders as an occasional activity as we finish up our school year. I would have really liked to start off with the watercolor section instead of the drawing section.
Some of the basics included drawing circles and the proper way to draw and color in a dot.
We completed a ton of practice on circles and dots!
This picture shows what 2 of my children created from one of the drawing lessons, and learning how to fill up empty space. She loved the way her circle picture turned out!
I would say that the Beyond the Stick Figure Art School program was ok for our family. I definitely look forward to moving ahead in the program so that we have access to the Pen & Ink, Watercolor, Acrylic, and 3D design sections. Don’t those sound fun? I’m sure my big kids will jump back in when we get to those! I do think that we will continue using it about once a week or so throughout the summer and into the next school year.
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