Level one consists of online lessons and some printouts. All of the lessons are available on an interface that is very easily navigated. Each lesson has a drop down menu with everything that is included for the lesson this includes any warm up pages, lesson printouts, and a choice of doing the lesson by video or power point presentation for every lesson but Lesson 1. In Lesson 1, the lesson is only available in a power point presentation. Every lesson references the standards from The National Standards for Arts Education: National Standards for Visual Art that are met. This is nice for the families that want to have this information.
Here is a list of the lessons in Level 1:
- Simple Lines (Free)
- Shading Objects That Have Corners (Free)
- Shading Rounded Objects (Free)
- The Czech Cat (Free)
- The Hungarian Insects
- The Haitian Gecko
- The Dragonfly from Ecuador
- The Chinese Dragon
- The Owl from Bali
- The Kitenge Tree Wall Hanging from Tanzania
- The Plate from Nepal
- Four Suns with Four Faces
- The Sheep from Whales
Our family chose to do the video lessons. The videos last approximately 30 minutes. Students are encouraged to listen to quiet music while drawing. We listened to the local Christian radio station quietly. I really like that the kids are encouraged to draw for themselves and for nobody else. There is no right or wrong way to draw! If you draw a line or two that you don’t like then draw some more before deciding if it is not turning out the way that you want it to.
Every lesson starts off with a lesson warm-up. The picture below is a sample of three of the six warm-ups from a warm-up page. Students practice drawing different portions of the picture that they will be working on in the lesson. In the video they are led through the first few lines and then the video is paused for the students to finish the warm up page. My girls did get a bit frustrated that their boxes didn’t look exactly like the sample but I encouraged them to do their best and that is what is important. Remember there is no right or wrong way to draw!
After the warm up students are encouraged to do some short relaxing exercises in preparation for drawing. Then the students are led step by step through the drawing. The video can be paused when needed for the students to finish the portion that they are working on. Then after the drawing is completed the students will color in the picture how they want to, including using the space around the picture. Then the students are asked to reflect on what they worked on. It is all kept in a positive light. For example, how did the artist design the background and how did they the background or how did they make something different than how the bug is found in nature.
The following two pictures are screen shots from two lessons.
Samples of the girl’s completed drawings from one of the lessons.
The supply list for Level 1 is not long. You need colored markers, black fine tipped Sharpie, paint pens, glitter paint, water colors, oil pastels, crayons, and acrylic paint to complete the lessons. If you have multiple students taking the course, some things you can share while others, you will want them to have their own.
ArtAchieve offers a few lesson from Level 1 at no charge. This will give your family the opportunity to try the lessons out. The remaining lessons are affordable and available individually for $4 a piece or can purchased in a bundle for $36.00 (25% savings).
The girls and I have enjoyed the lessons so far and look forward to finishing the lessons in Level 1! These completed pages are a great addition to their scrapbooks.
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