Mom Approved Paints {Homeschool Review Crew}

Mom Approved Paints

Homeschool Review Crew

 

The Pencil Grip, Inc.
Do you like arts and crafts?  I love doing them with my kids!  But I hate the mess.  And because I hate the mess we don’t do them as often as we should.  Lately we’ve been doing a lot of painting using these mom approved paints from The Pencil Grip, Inc.  We are adoring their Thin Stix Creativity Pack that we received for a review through The Homeschool Review Crew.

Thin Stix Creativity Pack

About the Product

This fun pack of 24 colors introduces us to the thin stix kwik stix colors.  We’ve reviewed their original kwik stix before and loved them so I knew these would be just as fun.  These amazing colors are non toxic tempura paint in stick form so they need no water and no brushes.  You simply color with the paint stick like you would a marker.  They dry in 90 seconds so less mess means these are mom approved paints.

 

mom approved paints

 

We got some fun colors in this kit.  There are 24 all together.  While 12 of them are your standard colors there are also six metalix and six neon colors as well.  My kids particularly loved the sparkly colors(metalix) because that was something that they hadn’t had before.  I love how easy they are to use even for my  little toddler guy who thinks he needs to do everything the big kids do.

 

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Our Thoughts

Obviously since I titled this post mom approved paints I approve of them.  They are easy to use and mess free.  For real mess free.  When one of my kids got some paint on the table it easily wiped off which cemented their worth in my eyes.

 

mom approved paints

 

A fun fact is that I have ten kids.  All ten of my kids used these to create their gorgeous works of art.  And the paints are still almost all full.  Which means using them to paint ten pictures did not use much at all.  For us this is amazing.  If we were to use a normal palette of paint we would use the whole thing just for making one set of pictures.  Believe me as we have.  It’s easy to use too much and saturate your paper when you’re using a brush.  When it’s a marker it’s so much easier to control where the paint goes.

 

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That brings us to another point.  These work amazingly for kids who have fine motor control issues.  My gal who has had to have occupational therapy for fine motor can use these wonderfully and is so proud of her pretty pictures.  Using paint brushes does not get the same results for her and often makes her sad that she can’t do what everyone else can do.  This evens the playing field so to say and makes them even more mom approved paints for moms who have kids with special needs.  Or moms who really just don’t like messes(raising my hand here).

 

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Learn More

Want to learn more about Thin Stix and how others have used them?  Check out all the reviews posted and linked up.  You can find them all linked up over on the Main Blog Post on the Homeschool Review Crew blog.  Also make sure to check them out on social media via facebook, twitter, and pinterest.

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Online Art Classes {Homeschool Review Crew}

Online Art Classes

Homeschool Review Crew

I know I’ve said this before, but I’ll say it again.  I’m not an art person.  Drawing is not my strong point at all!  In fact, I’m horrible at it!  That’s why I’m so thankful for reviewing these online art classes from ArtAchieve.  We received the Entire Level 1 online subscription.

 

ArtAchieve
 

An entire Level of online art classes for my kids to use.  Level 1 is geared towards ages 5 and up or people with little to no background in drawing.  This would be me!  And this also encompasses all but one of my school age children.  My three year old is able to do some of these as well even though she is under the age level.  She’s also not the best at it, but it’s the fact she tries that is the best!

I do want to mention that some of the lessons will also list individual age ranks and such.  So for the level one Owl lesson it says for 2nd grade and up.

 

Online Art Classes

 

About the Program

ArtAchieve offers four levels to their online art classes.  They are progressive so Level 1 is the easiest and Level IV is the hardest.  The art supplies needed are easy to obtain and don’t cost large amounts.  Classes are easy to follow and explained well online.  

Some of the lessons contain what is called a Cross-Curricular Connections.  This is additional information that can be used to learn about the object of the drawing lesson.  Such fun!  It allows you to add in and make this a unit study almost.  Literature, history, geography, and music are included in most of these.  As a Charlotte Mason and unit study loving homeschool mom I’m all for these!

 

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Our favorite lesson would have to be the Welsh sheep because we loved all the extras and using this as a unit study.  Plus, we raise sheep so it was close to home for us too.

Though our favorite was the sheep we really enjoyed all the Cross Curricular Connections included with the Owl lesson.  Owls are so fun to learn about and now we can’t wait to the weather to warm up and stop raining so we can go look at them up close!

 

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Our Thoughts

My kids love arts and crafts time.  Even though they love it, it’s still something that I struggle with getting into our days.  Mainly because I’m not good at it and it’s messy.  Thankfully these online art classes don’t require a lot of clean up or prep work.

 

online art classes

 

As you can see from our attempts at the lessons my kids think it’s great fun!  I love watching them learn about art and growing in their art skills.

I enjoyed that he says to be silent while you draw.  Also that it’s okay not to like everything you’ve done.  To me this teaches that if it’s worth doing it’s worth doing well and also that no one is perfect all day everyday.  I love being able to teach some life lessons during school.

online art classes

 

online art classes

 

My youngest who worked on this program is 3.  Obviously, she did not do these correctly or even close to correct.  But she had fun and she is learning about lines and curves while using the program.  Also history!  And music appreciation are amazing things to be learning at age 3.

Learn More

If you’d like to learn more about the other levels of the program or what other reviewers of Level 1 thought hop over to the link up on the Main Homeschool Review Crew blog.  All the reviewers are linking up their reviews there and indicating which level it is so that it’s easier to tell which might interest you.  You can also find ArtAchieve on facebook, twitter, pinterest, google +, and instagram

 

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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!!

Supplies

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.

 

creating art with kids

 

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
D-Daddy
Z- 18 months
 
I’m surprised she didn’t put the dogs and cat on here!