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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Creating A Masterpiece Review #HSReviews #homeschoolart

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   Out of all my boys, Taylor is my one that has always been drawn to Art. He loves creating and has always been drawn to more professional type art classes even at a younger age. So he was pleased as punch to get the opportunity to review Creating a Masterpiece which has multiple levels of Art projects to choose from to fit all ranges of Skill levels. We were given the Monthly Plan for Taylor to work with.

   Taylor likes to take a project and put his own spin on things, a little creative freedom, this is where our local homeschool art class did not suit Taylor as everyone had to do the same thing, He has found that at home art classes whether on the computer or in a book are more suited for him.

   He started with a beginner project but looks forward to progressing into the more advanced levels as he gets back into his art groove, he took a long hiatus from last school year and was just looking to get back into when we were offered the review. He chose to do the Sailing Adventure piece that uses charcoals. Charcoals are something Taylor had dabbled with but was looking to dive a little deeper into using them and using them the proper way.

  When you log in to your account you click the project that you would like to tackle, so for us Taylor started with Sailing adventure. There are several components for each project. There is a picture of what the finished piece should look like, There is a complete list of supplies that you can download and print as well as a shopping link to order the supplies from dickblick.com, we had most supplies and chose to buy the rest at our local art shop as we like to shop in person. This is completely up to you.

 There were 3 video classes for this project all in length 5-8 minutes. The teacher Sharon Hofer is a pleasant, soft spoken woman. Taylor says "very teacherly, in a good way".There were tips for when you are actually drawing, when evaluating your project as well as protecting your project when you are finished. Taylor found these hints particularly helpful, especially when using mediums you are not used to using like in this instance the charcoal.

   Some of the supplies needed for this project were, Drawing Paper, Vine Charcoal, Fixative Spray, Kneeding Eraser. Nothing too extreme or hard to find. I like supply lists like this, straight and too the point. Makes gathering the supplies so much easier in our busy life.  Taylor was particularly drawn to the Sailing Adventure as we just moved closer to the lake and are using many nautical elements to decorate our new home. We can walk to the lake just 3 houses down and across the road. It is a beautiful and calming area and we like bringing those elements into our home.

  These art lessons are set up in a manor that all level 1-5 classes are 3-4 parts, so working on Art just one day a week, each project should take no more than a month. You could easily do Art more than once a week I know we did that when the boys were younger. Being that it is Taylor's Senior year he is trying to keep his workload as light as possible and keep it all balanced along with his job. I like that this is self paced and can be done as often as you want and you just click the next lesson in the project area.

   There are projects for all types of art mediums, as we tried charcoals, there are acrylics, carving, glass mosaics, silk painting and wood burning as well as many others. Taylor is looking forward to continuing with Creating a Masterpiece ans expanding his art supplies as he moves through the courses. I am excited to add more of his art work to our new home..

Monthly Access is $39.99 a month for your whole family to have access to all of the projects, 144+ lessons in all,  they also have a yearly price of  $349 and an individual level price for all projects within a level, this is $119
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