Have you tried something and it just didn’t work for you or your family like you hoped it would? Well, that happened to us. You see, for the first half of school we attended a co-op. My eldest son was so excited! And all in all it was a wonderful opportunity for him. However, it was rough on baby brother. It just interfered with his schedule, which in turn left us with a grump the rest of the evening and sometimes even a sleepless night.
So, I just had to say NO to returning for the spring semester. We just aren’t in the right season of life. We hope to return another year, but until then I had to find some alternatives for our Friday lessons.
There were several reasons, I wanted to test this program out – 1. minimal planning and prep, 2. educational and 3. age level specific.
My son is a huge art kid! I mean HUGE! So, he was jumping at the bit to get started. Now, the lessons to build on prior knowledge, but we didn’t start at the beginning. We actually had snow that morning, so we decided that the Winter Landscape (Lesson 8) would be a lot of fun to try.
About the Project – Winter Landscape
- Time – 2 days to complete
- Main Focus – background and foreground
The first day I gathered all the supplies and started to do the lesson with Ms. Volin. I paused it several times, so my son could catch up. Once he got the snowy hills and cloud on the paper we set it aside to dry.
The second day we finished it up, but I decided to let him watch the whole video first. After watching the full video segment he worked on creating the snowmen and evergreen trees.
How He Did
My son really enjoyed this project, however there were several tasks that he struggled to complete on his own. He had a hard time drawing the trees. To make it easier for him, I told him to draw 3 triangles on top of each other. He also struggled with creating 3 distinct sizes of snowmen. To help him, I cut out 3 white rectangles – one small, one medium and one large. I told him to draw a snowman that would fill each rectangle. Finally, I had to help him cut out the small images. Cutting is an area that he is improving in, but in which he still gets frustrated.
This was a fun project. I would say my son completed 75% of it by himself. I can see us revisiting this, but maybe switching up some elements to make a different season landscape.
Do you have a favorite art curriculum?
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