Creating a Masterpiece is a Homeschool Fine Arts curriculum that offers lessons for projects you want to hang, long term on the walls of your home. No childish or juvenile projects that will be stuffed in a box and forgotten about. Over the last month or so, our family has been blessed to work through several of the Level One DVDs from Creating a Masterpiece.
This is a fine arts program designed for school age students – not to be confused with making crafts or simplistic art projects
Level One DVD Set ($179 or $35 each) includes:
- Sunflower Pencil Drawing
- Rainbow Butterfly Silk Painting
- Caribbean Lighthouse Acrylic Painting
- The Turtle Sculpting
- Tropical Clownfish Colored Pencils
- Peaceful Lake Soft Pastels
This set of DVDs contains 24 or more individual lessons contained in six DVDs. Each lesson sets forth sequential steps to complete the art project; each lesson’s instructions may take up to an hour for the student to complete.
If you are like me, you have been looking for a fine arts curriculum for your homeschool that is not childish, that helps students learn the fine tuned skills to creating something you WANT to have hanging on your walls long term. Creating a Masterpiece is a great option for you.
Creating a Masterpiece offers
Fine arts DVDs for several different art mediums ranging from pencil drawing and colored pencils, soft pastels and acrylic painting, to sculpting, and silk painting, with several options in between.
One of the best things about the website is the page that shows you how to find all the supplies for each project in one place. This made is super easy to get what we needed.
Lessons in Pencil Drawing
We started with the Lessons in Pencil Drawing Sunflower DVD. There are seven lessons in this DVD. Though I figured this would be a good DVD to start with, my children really struggled with their sunflower drawings. I believe they had their minds wrapped around perfection. I love the step by step instructions. Each part of the drawing is carefully explained. The students are able to pause the DVD, as needed, so they can work on their drawing before moving onto the next step. As they work through the Sunflower Drawing, Sharon is also working on the drawing step-by-step showing the students how to complete each step. This makes it really nice for the students to see, hear and do, utilizing multiple learning styles with one curriculum, which is great for our family with multiple special needs. As good as her step-by-step instructions were, my children really struggled with this project.
Tropical Clown Fish with Colored Pencils
Our next DVD was the Tropical Clown Fish with Colored Pencils. For my children, this project went much better. They loved seeing a nice ending to their work. Sharon takes the children from the beginning drawing steps all the way through the final shading and coloring to bring shape, depth and life to their Clown Fish drawings. Please note, you will be sharpening pencils like crazy as they do push hard to make the project look like a drawing.
I decided to go off on my own and do a clown fish, and did it in pastels. It turned out really nice. We didn’t have enough pencils to go around, so I decided to try it with pastels. I am happy with the results.
Peaceful Lake, Lessons in Pastel
Our third DVD was Peaceful Lake, Lessons in Pastel. These drawing from my children were amazing. They had a ton of fun with them, and we are so excited to try some more pastel drawings. Again, Sharon does an amazing job going through the step-by-step process of creating a Peaceful Lake pastel drawing. From sketching the layout, to adding color, and shading for depth. She explains various ways to set the project so smearing won’t happen.
Caribbean Lighthouse Acrylic Painting
We are currently in the middle of our fourth DVD, Caribbean Lighthouse Acrylic Painting. Because of the price of canvas, we decided to do a “rough draft” on paper. I can tell you now, that typing paper is not the rough draft paper of choice. Next time we will try card stock.
We have not done the last two DVDs yet. We have had a couple of time consuming unexpected interruptions, such as taking on a bucket calf and a couple of health things, our schedule got mixed up and we didn’t get to it before I needed to get this review up. However, watching the first lesson of each, they are very much like the first four, in that Sharon takes you through each project step-by-step, working through the project with you. As I said previously, this is super helpful for the family with multiple learning styles. It is helpful for anyone really, as we all learn best by experiencing things through more than one of our five senses.
Rainbow Butterfly Silk Painting
My children are extremely eager to do the Rainbow Butterfly Silk Painting. This looks to be a ton of fun, and quite a mess, which makes it all the more fun, right? What a great art project as we head into spring.
Thr Turtle Scupting
My turtle loving five year old has the The Turtle Sculpting DVD sitting on his projects I want to do with Mommy shelf. That is another great bonus to these DVDs, they offer hands on project for you to do with your children, and something that isn’t something childish that will end up in a trunk. These DVDs instill the foundational skills to build great masterpieces that your children will be begging to work through something on their own in no time. I have visions of art being handed to me on Mother’s Day!
What I Would Like to Change
I would like to see with these DVDs, is an order in which they should be completed, when purchased as a set. I figured the Sunflower Pencil Drawing would be first, but after doing a couple of the DVDs, I believe that may not be the proper order. I looked on the website and DVDs and never did see a suggested order of use.
Tips for Using Creating a Masterpiece
When using Creating a Masterpiece with several children, I recommend playing the DVDs on a laptop, so you can have your children at a large table drawing. I figured this out around the third DVD.
Creating a Masterpiece is a fine arts curriculum for the homeschool family. With five levels of difficulty, really you could spend years working through the various projects they offer. You can’t go to an fine arts class for your whole family for $35, however, you can bring it home and enjoy it time after time.
Disclosure: I was compensated for this review. All statements are my honest opinion.
One of my readers will get to pick out a DVD of their choice from the level one set. To enter follow the link below and follow the directions there.