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There’s a sign in our town that says “the earth without art is just eh”. I am in complete agreement. I believe that God is the ultimate artist – just look at a sunset, or rose in bloom, or the perfect shell of a baby’s ear. There is art all around us.
Angie is turning out to be quite a little artist. She is constantly drawing something and I am often blown away by her attention to detail. I want to encourage her in her art, to do more than simple kids’ crafts with her, and so I jumped at the opportunity to review Alisha Gratehouse’s Springtime Splendor Mixed Media Workshop. (Click image below for more information.)
The workshop is presented as a four-week video course, but you are not forced to complete it within that time frame. Lifetime access means you get to work at your own pace and make it fit your family’s schedule. We take several days to finish a project, partly because the girls can only concentrate for so long before they get distracted (“Moooom, I’m hungry!”) and it’s hard to paint with a baby trying to eat your ponytail/nose/shirt, but it’s mostly because it just works better for us to spread it out that way.
The Springtime Splendor workshop obviously has spring themes and colours. The course explores sketching, sculpting, hand lettering, painting with acrylics and watercolours, chalkboard art, collages, art journaling, and more. There is a total of 20 projects, each with its own video instruction and supply list.
One of the benefits of homeschooling is that our children are not limited to age or grade-specific levels in subjects. The Springtime Splendor Mixed Media course is suggested for age eight and upwards, but Emmy, at four and a half, has been enjoying creating art with us.
I watch the videos first to make sure I know what it’s supposed to look like, then watch it again with the girls, pausing after each step. I find the instructions clear and easy to follow. If you’re anything like me – someone who doesn’t consider herself an artist and is more than a little concerned about teaching art to your kids – then this is a great course to work through with your children.
So far we have completed one project and are working on our second. Angie is already planning an exhibition for the end of the course!
How do you incorporate are into your homeschool?