Along with music, art is one subject area where I have spent little time with the boys. They do a lot of creating, but it has been all child driven so far. When the K-8 program for Spears Art arrived at our house, my boys leapt for joy as there are so many choices to be made.
The product is available on CD with separate pdf files you can access for use. The background files for the teacher, including an article on WHY you should teach art, have extremely beneficial for me. I am NOT what I would consider an artist by any stretch of the imagination although I am beginning to believe I have misled myself to that conclusion.
The curriculum files are broken down by months following the typical school year – September through May. Within each monthly pdf file are lesson plans for all ages as well as the projects for each grade level. In the overall lesson plan is a Bible verse, background for the teacher, suggested art to have the students view, and material to present on the topic.
As for purchasing, there is the option for just the CD with pdf files you can print for $39.95 OR the CD with a printed binder for $134.99. Other products offered through Spears Art Studio include a high school program, calligraphy, and a literature comprehension guide. Samples for all the products are up on the site for those that like to see a bit before purchasing.
We opted to choose projects to match the week we are in for the year. For the second half of October, we studied about colors. All the boys made color wheels one week. The next week the older boys opted to do the goldfish drawing suggested for kindergarten. Since I was modeling for them, I created mine own as well. Drawing and coloring is more therapeutic than I remembered and the process was thoroughly enjoyed by all.
Here’s a slideshow of some work created while using Spears Art Studio:
This is one product with great longevity and you can customize as needed. Since my time is spread thin at times, being able to just pick a project from one of the younger grades for all three boys to do is a fantastic way to adapt the program. The boys have thoroughly enjoyed the weeks we have done so far and look forward to utilizing this curriculum in the years to come.
Disclaimer ~ Our family was provided with this product for the purpose of completing the review as a member of the TOS Homeschool Crew. No other compensation was provided and the opinions expressed are our own.
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