Disclosure: I received the 2nd Grade DVD and art supplies to facilitate my Home Art Studio Review. Regardless, all opinions are my own and those of my family.
We are year-round homeschoolers and actually homeschool by the calendar schedule – meaning we start each “new school year” in January, take a long break from Thanksgiving to the New Year and take other breaks as needed. It really works for us. So while others are starting to plan for the next homeschooling year, we are only about half-way through ours. No matter what time of year, though, I always find excitement in adding to our homeschooling curriculum, so when the opportunity to review Home Art Studio was offered, I was really excited!
Home Art Studio is a homeschool art curriculum that is presented in a way kids love and can get excited about! It also helps children appreciate fine arts and all programs are taught by Mrs. Volin. Because they are on DVD, you can start or stop them at any time. I find we often pause the lesson while we finish the current step of the project we’re on. It’s extremely convenient!
For our Review we received the Second Grade Art Program with an assortment of supplies.
Each grade level has a specific theme, which I really think is a great idea! The theme for the Second Grade Art Program is “Fairy Tales.” Each of the lessons (there are 17 total) are based on Fairy Tales from around the world. I think this gives children an appreciation beyond just art projects into the more of the fine arts. It contains projects using a variety of mediums and art concepts.
Both of our older children are homeschooled at the 2nd Grade level, but our preschooler would not be left out! He loved joining in on the lessons as well! I sometimes had to help him with finer details, but he did a lot of it on his own – particularly painting. All three of our children love to paint, and Home Art Studio really opened up our experience by introducing different types of paints and styles.
When you look at the individual program pages, it also shows a list of supplies you will need for the program. To make it easier, you can purchase the supplies right there from the list!
We started the lessons with making a color wheel with tempera paints. I thought this was a great introduction because the color wheel is always a great way to prepare for art. Plus, the tempera paints were easy for the kids to use.
One of our favorite lessons was the Watermelon King. It was the second lesson in the Second Grade Program and used multiple medium – pencil, marker and water paint. It’s actually the first time I used liquid water paint, so there was a learning curve for me, too, but we all really enjoyed that lesson. What I also enjoyed about that lesson is that the pictures didn’t have to be exactly the same. There was a window for creative freedom.
Of course, there are many other lessons we enjoyed as well, and we’re excited to continue this program and will probably even repeat lessons because we enjoy them so much! Because it is on DVD you can choose to do however many lessons per week that works for your family. Each lesson varies in length, but we have completed most of them in around 30-45 minutes. We usually do 2-3 art lessons per week.
Overall, I think Home Art Studio is a great program for homeschooling families. It is fun, offers a lot of variety, and teaches children to appreciate fine art.
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