Admittedly, I am horrible at drawing. Stick figures that don’t even really look like stick figures. My kids do enjoy drawing but as a homeschool family, I have to use outside resources to help them further their skills.
We were given a one-year subscription to try out the drawing program which included instruction for beginning drawing and levels 1-3. Each level has between 6-8 projects. The Drawing Program is limited to three media including Pencil, Colored Pencil, and Charcoal and each lesson has a list of supplies needed to complete the project. These items can be picked up through the Creating a Masterpiece website or at your local craft store.
The first drawing we decided to work on was from the Beginning Drawing section, Lessons in Pencil: Hoot Owl. For this one, my middle three children (7th, 4th, and 3rd grades) and my husband watched the videos to learn how to draw this project. This project required drawing paper, drawing pencil: 6B, and a retractable pencil eraser.
There were six videos to watch to draw the owl. The lessons are taught by Sharon Hofer and she’s easy to listen to and understand. Each project is broken down into simple steps and shapes to create the drawing. The videos can easily be paused if extra time is needed to catch up. We did have to pause the video several times, but it wasn’t an issue at all. Everyone enjoyed doing the owl and they all looked forward to doing more!
The next rainy day, after we had completed the rest of our school, the kids asked to do more drawing. Absolutely! I love that they are asking for more art time!
This time, we went with one on the Drawing Level One for a bit more of a challenge. The kids tried Lessons in Pencil: Tuckered out Turtle. This project also required drawing paper, drawing pencil: 6B, and a retractable pencil eraser. I think they turned out excellent. The turtle was my 7th grader’s favorite project.
We tried to have a little more fun with the next project by creating Lessons in Pencil: Giraffe in Cartoon. This was my 10 year old’s favorite project. Such a cute giraffe!! I do need to work with my daughter in making sure she has the paper turned the correct way as shown in the video.
This morning the kids heard that I was going to be typing up this review and they begged to do one more to show what they have been learning so of course I said yes. This time we went with the Lessons in Pencil: Drawing the Egg. The picture on top is from my 4th grader and bottom is from my 7th grader. I like that it was teaching my children how to shade and do light and shadows.
We have been so pleased with our experience from this review. The kids are asking for more art supplies and have been drawing on their own more frequently since starting this program. There are still many more pictures to learn to draw through Creating a Masterpiece and we look forward to being able to do all of them.
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