Over a year ago I came across Artventure, online art classes for children. Otis (then 4-5 yrs) loved it straight away. While we do a lot of open ended free art at home it's fantastic for the children to be able to independently choose a lesson and learn some really important art skills. The lessons are aimed at primary school aged children however many are well suited to preschoolers too!
Each lesson is presented via a short 8-12 minute video. We simply put one of the laptops on the art table and let the boys go for it. The videos are very clear and you or the child need to pause at specified intervals. You really can't go wrong!
Besides some type of electronic device to watch the lesson all you need is paper, paint, and crayons or oil pastels. Each lesson is rated from one to five in difficulty so it's easy to find a lesson suited to your child's skill level. There is so much variety I am sure each child will find lots of lessons they will enjoy! Otis has been drawing guinea pigs at school so as soon as he saw it he wanted to try the guinea pig lesson.
In addition to art lessons for the younger children, there are lessons for older children too, have a look at this one with the vanishing point or this one with depth and perspective. I honestly do not have the skills or knowledge to teach my children these techniques so I am thrilled to be able to put on a lesson and have the children work on them at home at their own pace.
The lessons really help to take the child's art to the next level. It shows the child step by step what they are capable of and gives them lots of new skills they can use in the future. It gives the children confidence to try new techniques!
Our paint set is the Micador Tempera Painting Station (similar in the US here), although we really missed not having a brown and would definitely like more colours in the future. The paint discs are really long lasting and the colours are vibrant!
Are you ready for a fantastic discount code? You can receive 50% off your subscription by using the discount code HWM2017 here at Artventure!! Artventure also offers free trials if you want to give it a try before committing.