Creating Art with Kids {Homeschool Review Crew}

Creating Art with Kids

Homeschool Review Crew

As a mom of 10 kids age 12 down to under a year I have a hard time getting crafts and art into our homeschool day.  After all, creating art with kids is messy and takes forever.  Or at least that’s what I used to think.  Join us in learning about Creating a Masterpiece online art lessons that we’ve been reviewing thanks to the Homeschool Review Crew.  We received the Monthly Plan which gives us access to all the levels and all the lessons.


Creating a Masterpiece

Working on creating art with kids has been my goal for the past month.  I personally have not done so well.  I’m not artistic at all.  Really.  Truthfully.  So when people talk about how some of my kids don’t draw at grade level I shrug it off because I certainly don’t either!  Stick people.  I can do stick people!!


Right now we’re still working through all the lessons involving oil pastels.  I wanted to work on one type of drawing at a time so that it was easier to manage the art supplies.  I love the oil pastels that I got off Amazon.  It’s a HUGE classroom size box and really perfect for my needs as a homeschool mama.  Oh and guys that’s not an affiliate.  I can’t do affiliates with Amazon due to the state I live in so you’re just getting a tip of advice there.  :)  


Creating Art with Kids


When I knew we were going to be incorporating more creating art with kids in our homeschool through this review I also knew we’d need paper.  Again Amazon to the rescue!  I bought this ream of drawing paper and we’ve definitely been using a lot of it.  I know there are actual art stores out there, but when you live out in the middle of nowhere Amazon Prime is your friend(or is that just me?)!

Our Thoughts

My kids have LOVED using this art curriculum.  I’ve tried a few of the lessons as well and it really is easy to understand and do.  However, I have no artistic talent so I’m not sharing my masterpieces here.  

As the oldest child keeps telling me, “Mom art is communicating just different than writing.”.  And she’s right of course.  Kids who can’t express themselves always through writing can do so in words.  Those who have no artistic talent for drawing(like me) are creative in other outlets.  I love to knit and crochet and sew, etc.  I do have to say that this program is amazing and I’ve even impressed myself with the fact that I did a nice picture.


Creating Art with Kids


My fridge is always full now of gorgeous art pieces and my computer is almost always going with some art lesson or another.  Different kids have lists of which projects they’d like to do next so I have a nice list of all the other art supplies I need to be purchasing.

About the Curriculum

Creating a Masterpiece is online through video instruction.  The goal of the creator, Sharon Hofer, was to guide students in creating excellent artwork on par with kids who were in a fine art school that they would be proud and willing to display.  This program contains step by step instruction to create high quality artwork in the comfort of your own home at your own pace.

There are 15 different types of art or media to choose from.  They include:

  • acrylic painting
  • soft pastels
  • oil pastels(our main focus)
  • sculpture
  • watercolor(our secondary focus)
  • block printing
  • ink
  • silk dying
  • pencil
  • bombay ink
  • colored pencil
  • charcoal
  • glass mosaic
  • gouache
  • balsa carving

With this many areas to choose from there is bound to be something that will interest them.


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Within the art program there are also levels from Beginner, Level 1-5.  There are so many art projects as well.  You’re not going to get bored creating art with kids with this program!

Learn More

If you’d like to learn more about creating art with kids and Creating a Masterpiece please go to the Main Blog Post over on the homeschool review crew blog.  All the crew review posts will be linked up.  Since we all had free reign over what we decided to create you’re going to see a great variety!  Enjoy! 


Creating a Masterpiece

You can also find more about Creating a Masterpiece and their monthly plan subscription by checking them out on facebook as well as their website.



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Homeschool Art Program {TOS Crew Review}

We recently got to review a new to us homeschool art program through the TOS Crew.  This program came to us from ARTistic Pursuits Inc.  We chose to review their Early Elementary K-3 Book One since almost all of my children fit into that age range.  And even the ones that are a bit older or a bit younger were still able to use the program with us.

ARTistic Pursuits Inc. offers curriculum for art spanning from preschool through high school and also a few specialty type courses like sculpture.  A fun fact about this homeschool art program is that it not only teaches art but also some art history as well.  It also teaches about art appreciation and teaches observational skills.  It’s really an all around curriculum with the main focus being on art.


ARTistic Pursuits Inc. Review

I have to admit I’ve never found a homeschool art program that was the perfect fit for us.  I’m not an art person.  In fact, I’m horrible at art.  But this homeschool art program doesn’t require me to be an artist which is very helpful!

This homeschool art program that we received is for Early Elementary K-3 Book One- An Introduction to the Visual Arts.  It has 36 lessons with projects and is written by Brenda Ellis.  I used this book with all of my children ages almost 3-11 years old.  Since we really haven’t done a structured curriculum for art that we’ve loved it seemed a good idea to start everyone at the beginning!  And it saved me having to purchase a different level.  The age level on the book is age 5 and up.  I only have one child under 5 now so it worked well for us.  The list price of this book is currently $47.95 on their website.

A few things I really loved were that most of the art supplies we needed for the majority of projects in this book were ones we already had at home so I didn’t have to go out and try to find art supplies just to do a project.  Of course, some of the projects did require some special supplies, but we were able to skip those until we were able to find the needed supplies.  You can pick and choose how you go through the book without causing major problems.  


Homeschool Art Program {TOS Crew Review}


I do want to mention that the ARTistic Pursuits Inc. website does sell art packs as well.  There are three art packs to choose from for the particular level we used.  

We love how colorful the pages inside our physical book are.  Not only is it full color for the projects we’re working on but it’s full color for the original art work that we’re studying as well.  It’s engaging and definitely captures my children’s imagination and attention.  

The first section is on what artists do.  They compose, they imagine, etc.  It’s a great way to introduce art to a preschooler(or any child) and help them also learn who artists are and what they really do besides just make nice paintings.  There are great discussions and questions for each piece of art and step by step instructions on how to correctly use the technique being taught.  

For the artists imagine section of the book we worked with watercolors.  Not watercolor paints but watercolor crayons.  This was a totally new experience for my kids but they loved it!  Watercolor crayons were something that I did not have around the house so I had to purchase those.  We skipped this lesson until those came and it didn’t cause any problems with our art program.  We did talk about how artists imagine as we went through this section of the book and then came back for a more indepth look and to do the art project.

If you’re interested in seeing other grades and titles from this homeschool art program please feel free to hop on over to the Main TOS Crew Blog where you’ll find reviews of other levels and titles from other crew reviewers.  You can also find ARTistic Pursuits Inc on Facebook.


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Kids Art Supplies {TOS Crew Review}

Kids art supplies seem to be easy to find, but never seem to be what I was really looking for.  I have some children with special needs.  One is currently doing occupational and physical therapy.  One takes speech therapy.  I’ve long wanted to help them paint but couldn’t find paint that we loved.  Enter our latest review from The Pencil Grip, Inc.  This company sent us the Kwik Stix 12 Pk to try out and review.


Kwik Stix The Pencil Grip, Inc. Review

These aren’t normal paints.  They’re stick paints.  Thus of course being called Kwik Stix.  This is a company that I will say has kids art supplies that we can get behind!

It is much easier for hands that don’t grip well to grip a paint stick versus a paint brush.  They may not be able to do as much in the way of fine lines and details as someone could with a brush, but they can still draw out a pretty nice picture!


Kids Art Supplies {TOS Crew Review}


Let’s talk about what the Kwik Stix is.  It’s tempera paint. . . . . but in a stick form!  They have lids and are in a tube format so your child can simply hold it and use it like a marker, but it’s paint.  Kids art supplies at their finest.  I’m good with this.

My kids loved painting with these!  At one point we all shared the paints.  Nine kids guys.  And they shared them nicely because they wanted to be able to use them!  We had to take turns with the colors but it was a lot of fun.  I got some interesting pictures, some gorgeous pictures, and a fun two year old picture.  But the best part, the absolute best part for me as the mom– the paints washed right off my table!!  And off the kids too.  Which is a plus.  A huge plus and gold star for them in my mind.  


Kids Art Supplies


Who would you use these with?  For me, I used it with a 10 year old with poor motor control for her age.  I used them with a two year old who loves to do what the big kids are doing but also loves to make a mess!  I used them with two five year olds with differing abilities.  If there had been more than 12 kwik stix’s in the pack I would have used them with my other older kids as well.  

These kids art supplies retail for $11.99 currently.  This is for the 12 pack like I received.  They dry quickly(in 90 seconds) and are a great mess free way of painting.  Now granted, if your child wants to make a mess with them they still can, but it’s quite a bit less messy than putting paints in cups and giving them brushes.  

Besides the 12 pack of colors we received they also have a set of neon or metallic colors available for purchase.  Or, if we were purchasing, a gigantic set!  They call it a 96 piece class pack.  You get 8 sticks of each color.  With 9 soon to be 10 kiddos who are all or will all be homeschooled that would be more the size of paints we need.  Sometimes it’s hard to find kids art supplies that I can buy in bulk and I was pleasantly surprised that The Pencil Grip, Inc. offered this large package.  It currently retails for $86.40.  

Another item that is key to this company are pencil grips.  We received a sample pencil grip in the package with our Kwik Stix paints.   Take a look at the one we received but definitely look at all the other kinds they offer as well.  I recently went to a homeschool conference where one of the goodies we all received was a pencil grip from this company.  So now I have two!  Before this review I had not heard of this company so it was exciting to see their name getting out there.


Kwik Stix The Pencil Grip, Inc. Review

Make sure to check out their full website as they also have heavyweight pens with built in grips as well as special gripper silverware and other products that are ergonomical and therapeutic.  My favorite would have to be the pop beads which is something I’m currently searching for to help with our Occupational Therapy with my one child.  You never know what you’ll find!

Make sure to take a peek at all the other review for The Pencil Grip, Inc. as well as the Kwik Stix 12 pk over on the Main TOS Blog.   You can also find this company on their website, facebook, twitter, and pinterest.  


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My family portrait

my family portrait

My Family Portrait

I had to share this family portrait that my soon to be 7 year old drew today.  My in laws got the kids three easels for Christmas this year( one per two kids for the older six–babies got wooden toys) and I finally put one together today.  Yes, I did, all by myself. . . . with a Dewalt. . . insert evil laugh. 

Oh wait now where was I.  Yes I put the easel together and B lost no time starting to create art.  She drew a family portrait of our family.  She even put initials above or below each character so we would know who was who.  To give you a clue about how old and such I’ll put initials under the picture with their ages.  B does say she wants to be an artist.  She put shoes, hats and scarves on each person!  My family portrait may just be one of my favorite art works of all time!

Clockwise from top left:
A- age 6
M- age 5
P- age 5
C- age 3
L- age 4
B- age 6(the artist herself)
F- 14 months
M-Mommy(that’s me!) umm I’m really short I guess
Z- 18 months
I’m surprised she didn’t put the dogs and cat on here!