My daughter and I love art, so when given the chance to practice our hand on art lessons for kids in our homeschool, we dove in. It has been our privilege to learn with the Entire Level II for this ArtAchieve review.
- 15 Level II Art Lessons
- Each lesson costs $5 with the exception of Lesson 15 – The Weaving from Thailand, which is FREE
- There is a page of free art lessons for kids
- Purchase the Entire Level II for $56.78
- Or, you can purchase various bundles from Level II (each with 3 lessons) for only $13
- Each lesson typically starts with a warm-up project
- The lessons given through either a power point or video lesson, whichever suits your child’s learning style best.
How We Used This Product In Our Home
First, Lauren and I started with the free art lesson – The Czech Cat. We used the power point art lessons for this project. Each lesson provides a list of supplies – most of which you probably already have in your home – markers, pencil, fine-tipped black marker, and paper. Each Power Point lesson includes very detailed, step-by-step instructions that enable ANY student at pretty much ANY age to be able to create a masterpiece all their own, with their own unique touch. Below are the Czech Cats that Lauren and I created. Although we each worked on the same lesson, our cats turned out very different.
One of the other lessons we worked on was the Ukrainian Rooster (which is one of the reasons I chose this unit as I love roosters and plan on placing ours in the dining room along with our others).
Here’s one of the pages from the Power Point lesson. As you can see the instructions are detailed. The new elements being added are in red and the previous elements are in black so you can see where you are and what you’re working on. I found that to be very helpful.
Here’s what mine looks like at this point.
And here’s Lauren’s.
These are our final projects.
As you can see, these are completely different – from the colors to the drawing themselves and the background art we added.
My overall impressions is that I like the Power Point lessons because I can work at my own pace and the instructions are easy to follow. Not only that, but as a mama, I often have to put down what I’m working on to handle something else (like lunch, laundry, school, etc.). So, being able to just stop where I am and pick it up later fits our home at the moment. With each step being broken down into individual bite-size pieces, it makes it easier to learn what you’re doing and to fine-tune each step before moving on to the next one.
I also want to point out that each lesson also provides Cross Curricular Connections which allows the student(s) to go deeper into the country of origin of the project. For example, in The Elephant from Ghana, students are encouraged to read the book The Artist Who Painted a Horse by Eric Carle. The Ukrainian Rooster is based on a folk tale and there’s a link to a video for “The Rooster with the Golden Comb” (it’s in Russian). All students are encouraged to check out the original inspirations for the assignments – to dig deeper into the background of the artist, animal, or colors, lines, etc. for the region. If your family uses unit studies, then this would be a great way to fit in an art project with whatever topic you’re studying. There are many lessons from which to choose.
Lauren’s thoughts on Entire Lesson II:
It’s fun! It’s easy to follow and entertaining. It allows you to be creative. You don’t have to follow the exact directions – like the same colors used in the lesson.
I highly recommend this program for families with students of ALL ages. It would be especially beneficial for those younger students who need step-by-step instructions and like to work at their own pace.
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