About ArtAchieveArtAchieve designed their art lessons for children in order to help them be inspired by art around the world, and to enable teachers without art backgrounds to still be able to teach exciting art classes. ArtAchieve isn't just focused on art--they also include mini social studies lessons with their lesson as they explore the part of the world the inspiration came from, dabbling in social studies, science and language arts!
ArtAchieve believes that drawing is a skill just like math or science and that by honing skills, anyone can draw! Their lessons build on the previous themes and always include warm-up pages to break the skills down into bite size pieces again.
ArtAchieve provides online art lessons (PowerPoint or video) with a couple downloadable components (just the drawing samples and warm-ups) and provides the complete supplies lists ahead of time.
ArtAchieve currently has five levels of lessons available that range from grades elementary to adult. They also have some free lessons which you can snag to try them out for yourself. The lessons can be purchased individually or bundled by level. The bundles range $30+ for the 1 year license to any of the five bundles.
We reviewed the ArtAchieve Entire Level II with both of my boys (age 11 and 6).
Our Thoughts on ArtAchieve
|14 lessons in Level 2 featuring 14 countries/cultures|
As with the previous level, Level II introduces the student to some culture and geography through exploring the topic for the drawing. For instance, when we were going to draw the Japanese Goldfish, we had the opportunity to also explore Japanese history using the Cross-Curricular Connections page that went with the drawing lesson. For someone like me who enjoys unit study, I appreciated having all these extra explorations laid out for me--with links! This is a nice extra that is part of all the art lessons with ArtAchieve.
|The Cross Curricular Connections suggestions for taking the Japanese Goldfish further|
The only negative aspect the boys have shared, is that they are tired of the "get ready to do art" portion of every lesson. The same list of reminders. The same relaxation routine. Now they have me skip past it to go straight to the art. It would be handy if there was away to watch that separately from the lessons themselves.
|Working through the practice designs sheet|
Another positive from these lessons is that the student is encouraged to tweak the drawing to fit their desires. So you can change the shape of things, or the location, or whatever fits what YOU want. And the artist just reminds you to think of it in terms of lines being drawn--the parts, instead of trying to do the whole. This made these drawings much easier for my 6 1/2 year old to complete--and the reason why we ALWAYS do the pre-drawing exercises for each lesson, where we practice pieces and lines featured in each creation.
Here are a few of the projects that we have done thus far:
|our three versions of the same fish|
|This cat gave us issues...none of us were satisfied with our results. LOL|
The Sri Lankan Landscape with an Elephant
|This was the favorite project of all we have done|
I have to agree with the boys on the repetition of the "preparing to do art" portions. It was annoying and we always sped the video along. I think that Level II is definitely more difficult than Level I. There were many times I was having issues with my own drawing (ahem. See the Ukrainian Cat). Fortunately, I was able to remind us all that it was okay to not like what we drew. LOL. (just like the artist reminds us)
The boys are kind of put off by the cultural drawings for the animals. They had to reach beyond what they thought of when drawing an elephant, cat, or fish...to accept that people see animals differently when it comes to art. That was a good experience for them.
We have been reviewing the Entire Level II art classes from ArtAchieve over the last few weeks. You have read our thoughts on this product--but what did the rest of the crew think? What are some of the other levels like?
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