ArtAchieve’s Entire Level II currently contains 15 lessons and is intended for ages 7 and up. A one year license for the lessons can be purchased either individually (all Level II lessons are $5 each, with the exception of the last lesson which was just released during the review period and is currently free), as a 3 lesson bundle ($13 each for Level II), or the entire Level II bundle (currently $56.78 for Level II).
Each lesson contains:
- Video Version of Lesson
- Powerpoint Version of Lesson (Note: This is an online slideshow and does not actually require Powerpoint software, so it can be viewed on both PC and Mac devices.)
- Applicable print outs, if required
- Warm up exercise, if required.
The Level II lessons require only basic art supplies, such as a pencil, a fine tipped black marker, colored markers, watercolors, and acrylic or tempera paints. One lesson utilizes chalk pastels, but you can substitute any medium you wish if you don’t have access to pastels.
How We Used ArtAchieve’s Art Lessons for Kids
We started with a few of the free lessons from the “Free Art Lessons for Kids” section of the ArtAchieve website. Monkey enjoyed drawing the Czech Cat, but decided not to color it in, since to him it was perfect just the way it was.
We learned that for us, it worked best to watch the video lesson first as an introduction, without trying to follow along and keep up with the videos pace, then we could use the powerpoint version while we actually did our own drawings. I loved that this lesson began with the “Rules of Drawing.”
These rules were a great reminder to Monkey and were very encouraging when he started to get frustrated with his drawings. He wanted his drawings to look just like the demonstration, but doesn’t have the skills yet, so we were reminding him of these rules quite often.
Each lesson also provides the inspiration for the art lesson, whether it is a piece of jewelry, an architectural element, something in nature, or another work of art. The lessons then discuss the history of the inspiration item. My favorite part of the lessons, and what I think makes ArtAchieve stand out from other programs is that each lesson includes suggestions for cross-curricular connections. You can access these resources prior to purchasing the full lesson (follow this link to the Level II lessons, then click on the project you are interested in to view the cross-curricular connections).
Our favorite lesson in Level II was “The Mexican Mask.” Since this was the project that really pulled Monkey’s interest the most, we decided to use the cross-curricular connections and turn it into a mini unit study. Our local library had many of the recommended books, so we read those and made Pan de Muertos (special bread made for Day of the Dead celebrations). The video link provided is no longer available, but we watched an episode of Elena of Avalor that teaches about Day of the Dead.
This was one of the projects where the drawing portion really frustrated Monkey, so after having him try his best to draw a mask, we made a template using the shapes Monkey wanted, that both boys could then decorate. They were both so pleased with their finished masks!
I tried a few lessons on my own as well. Here are my attempts at creating a pentomino puzzle and a tessellation!
We have had SO much fun using ArtAchieve’s art lessons for kids. Even though Monkey got frustrated that his drawing skills weren’t up to the level he wanted, we were able to make adjustments so that each lesson was still an enjoyable experience. For us, this was much more than “just” art lessons. We had so much fun learning about and experiencing another culture, while also practicing some new art techniques.
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