We’ve started the Home Art Studio Kindergarten DVD this year. We are doing this once a week with friends. Before now we really haven’t done more than random art projects, so my kids are really enjoying this. They love getting together with their friends and doing some art together. Because we are doing this with friends I don’t have pictures to post of our art in progress, but here are some finished projects.
So far we’ve done three lessons. In the first one they traced their hands and painted them the primary colours. Then they were to mix two colours together to make a secondary colour and paint the background. My kids loved this so much that they each did more than one! Ladybug (3) She loved the colour mixing and chose to do two secondary colours. 🙂
Skeeterbug (8) He obviously didn’t need any help with his, and ended up making three paintings.
Jitterbug (5.5) He ended up on the other side of the table from where I was helping Ladybug so I didn’t get to help him much on this, either with tracing his hands or directing him while painting. He did pretty good by himself, at least you can tell where the hands are!
The next project was to make a happy sun. We mixed yellow and red and painted a swirly pattern, then once it was dry we cut out our sun shape. We got to glue this week and were introduced to the catchy phrase “Dot, dot, not a lot!” Jitterbug (5.5) He wrote his name right across the top, I blurred it out, that’s why there’s a big ‘J’ there. Love his double smile!
Ladybug (3) She drew her smiley face all by herself (but insisted on using pencil instead of a black texta so it is hard to see in the picture), she even made the little ‘u’ shapes at the corner of the mouth like Ms. Volin does in the video.
Skeeterbug (8) I was hoping that glue wouldn’t be visible once dry but no such luck.
The next one was Van Gogh sunflowers. Which really look nothing like any Van Gogh sunflowers, but that’s perfectly okay. In the video she talked about Van Gogh a bit and showed us one of his pictures. Skeeterbug (8). He was unhappy that he didn’t have a smaller brush for the dots in the background. In the video she added many, many dots and he just didn’t have room using a big paintbrush. He was also frustrated that when he tried to draw the seeds on with a black pencil it tore through the paper a bit because the glue underneath was still wet. He had better luck with a black Sharpie. He can be a bit of a perfectionist, so I was happy that he finished even though he was frustrated.
Jitterbug (5.5) chose not to finish his. It took a lot to get him this far!
Ladybug (3). Her dots became smears in some places. Perfectly acceptable when you are three. I’m lucky she didn’t start painting over the whole thing!
We are using the Kindergarten DVD, so this is aimed at Jitterbug’s age. It’s not too advanced for Ladybug to participate, and I’m surprised how well she pays attention to the video and wants to imitate what Ms. Volin does. Jitterbug varies in his attention span, especially when friends are around, but he seems to be enjoying it. Skeeterbug is obviously above the age range of this particular DVD, but he is really liking it. I don’t mind starting him with this one, since we haven’t done much art before and this way he won’t miss any of them.
Home Art Studio has DVDs for Kindergarten to Fifth Grade. Homeschool Buyer’s Co-op has great prices on these DVDs for shipping to the US and Canada, you can get them for $17.99 per DVD, or as little as $15 per DVD when you buy the set.