Do you have a student who loves to draw? Then you might be interested in a one-year subscription to the online Drawing Program from Creating a Masterpiece. The program is designed for children and teens. Instructor, Sharon Hofer, teaches art classes out of her home studio and now offers step-by-step video instruction online.
My 16-year-old daughter completed three different drawings, one in each level, during the review period. The lesson videos in each project were very easy for my daughter to follow so she completed each leveled drawing within 30 to 45 minutes, all in one sitting; even though the instructor suggested that students take a break throughout the projects.
In Level One, she completed Lessons in Pencil: Tuckered Out Turtle. This project includes six lesson videos. Students need the following art supplies to complete this project: 9x12 white drawing paper, drawing pencil 6B, and pencil eraser. In this project, my daughter used curved and straight lines to draw the basic shapes. Then she experimented with texture and shading to make this slow, moving turtle come alive.
In Level Two, she completed Lessons in Pencil: Antique Lantern. This project includes five lesson videos in Lesson One; and three lesson videos in Lesson Two. Students need the following art supplies to complete this project: 9x12 white drawing paper, drawing pencil 6B, and pencil eraser. In this project, my daughter learned how to draw glass and make it look transparent while drawing the lantern three dimensional on a flat piece of paper.
In Level Three, she completed Lessons in Pencil: Rocketing through Space. This project includes six lesson videos. Students need the following art supplies to complete this project: 9x12 white drawing paper, drawing pencil 6B, drawing pencil 2B, pencil eraser, and ruler. In this project, my daughter learned how to draw smoke; and how to draw a cylinder to make it look round.
Through out these lessons in pencil, my daughter learned how to incorporate values in a project. Artists want to make sure they have a good value range in their drawing. You always want to have a dark value, a middle value, and a very light value. She also learned how to avoid smearing her project with her hand. When working with pencil, it is important not to allow the side of your hand to touch the paper where you have already drawn. If it does, you will find it smearing and the lead will cover the side of your hand. You will lose the different values of the drawing if you let this happen.
I would also like to talk about the importance of using quality paper. If you use cheap printing paper, you will not be able to erase as well, or get the deep values, as there is no grit on the paper. Also, when you erase on a thin piece of paper, it wrinkles the paper and makes the entire project look cheap. A good quality drawing paper is very important for getting professional results even for the very young artist.
The online Drawing Program from Creating a Masterpiece is a great resource for an online elective for art classes. It will inspire children and teens to create their own masterpiece through simple step-by-step video instruction. Visit the Crew Blog to read what the Homeschool Review Crew has to say about the Drawing Program from Creating a Masterpiece.