Lindsey Volin was kind enough to send me a complimentary package of her art program, Home Arts Studio, an arts program for grades kindergarten through grade 5. I enjoyed watching the second grade dvds with their focus on fairy tales from around the world and learned a lot of different art techniques. Even though the dvds were shot to be viewed directly by the student, I think there are other ways to utilize this fun and instructive art program. I watched them by myself and incorporated many of the projects and techniques into our homeschool lessons. The lessons are ideally taught sequentially, week by week, but I think Ms. Volin’s series could also be a welcome respite and a real life-saver during that week or two in the summer where it does nothing but rain and everyone is going stir crazy. In addition to the video instruction, Ms. Volin also includes pdf lesson plans that can be printed out and also correspond to curriculum standards. This would be priceless for those who are homeschooling in states that require such information.
One thing about the art supplies – they are incredible!! When the package was delivered to our door in January, it was honestly better than Christmas. Everything comes from Jerry’s Artarama, which has always been my personal favorite place to buy art supplies online (and in person, if you happen to be near Raleigh, NC). Their selection is incredible and their prices can’t be beat – especially if you hit a super sale. (For example, when I clicked over to get the link for this post, there was a pop-up offering an additional 25% off and free shipping on orders over $59. You can’t beat that with a stick.) So even though you are able to purchase just the dvds, my advice would be to buy the dvd and the complete art supplies package. If you do buy the whole kit and caboodle, you will have everything you need for 18 art lessons plus extra supplies that will probably last the entire school year. You can find all the grades here. Now go make some art.