Art is a subject that is often neglected in our homeschool. I would rather teach algebra or writing than art. I think it has to do with the fact that I am not artistic. I would have never passed art in school if it wasn’t for the tests and reports. AJ is very critical of her art and often gets upset when it isn’t perfect, so we often just skip it. When we were given the chance to review the Monthly Plan from Creating a Masterpiece, I thought it would be just what we needed to improve on our artistic abilities.
What is Creating A Masterpiece?
Creating A Masterpiece is an online collection of step by step art lessons taught by artist Sharon Hofer. Each project has video lessons that are broken up into small sections. It is the next best thing to taking an art lesson in person. There are a variety of different mediums to explore for beginners through more advanced artists.
When you purchase a subscription to Creating a Masterpiece you will have access to all of the videos in each level. Some of the mediums covered include:
- oil painting
- wood burning
- silk painting
- and more
The idea is that your child will be creating masterpieces, not just crafty projects.
How We Used Creating A Masterpiece
We decided to start at the beginner level with watercolor. Our first project was an African Sunset.
We were both amazed with the details that we learned. We were able to finish the project in just a few lessons. The directions were easy to follow, and I think that they turned out nicely.
The next project we completed was Floral Medley. This project was a little harder for both of us.
It had more drying time and was a little more open to interpretation. After trying the project a few times, I think they came out okay. AJ is still working on understanding how art can be abstract.
The final project we were able to complete was a lesson from level 1. It was a color pencil project and I expected it to be quick and easy. The Tropical Clown Fish actually took the longest to complete.
The directions were very easy to follow, but there were a lot of steps. The fish is suppose to look as though it was painted even though it was done in colored pencils.
Throughout this project, AJ thought she was doing a horrible job. But once the finished project was revealed she was quite proud of herself.
In the future we plan to try out more painting projects as well as some pastels and charcoal projects.
What We Thought
I knew that AJ and I would learn a few new techniques while using Creating A Masterpiece, but I was surprised at how much we learned. After completing a few projects AJ is a lot more confident in her abilities and excited to try out the techniques that she has learned in her own paintings.
The directions for the projects really are simple enough that a child can understand. One thing I liked was that although the lessons were simple, the instructor didn’t talk down to artists. I think artists of all ages will get something out of this program.
The video quality is great, and it is nice to be able to watch and re-watch the lessons. I was very impressed with Creating A Masterpiece and would recommend it to any artist looking to improve their skills. If AJ and I can create projects that look this nice, I an sure that those with more experience could create something spectacular.