I’ve always loved to draw. Somewhere along the way, I decided I wasn’t good at it because I couldn’t do very realistic drawings or draw people that looked like the people I was trying to draw, so I quit. Homeschooling my children has given me a great opportunity to try different art forms and get back into art. One art program I was given the opportunity to review lately is Beyond the Stick Figure by Sally Stansfield.
The creators of Beyond the Stick Figure believes that every child is an art genius. I’m sure you’ve noticed how much young children love to create. I see this is true with my little girl. I love seeing her enthusiasm for drawing and creating. Is it any wonder? We are all made in the image and likeness of God, the ultimate Creator.
As people get older, however, they often stop making art. They look at art as a gift that they have or don’t. They go through life thinking they just aren’t artists. They want to create something beautiful, but feel defeated that they don’t have that gift. However, art is a skill that can be learned just like any other skill.
How does Beyond the Stick Figure work?
Beyond the Stick Figure is a full-year art program that is available on Teachable. When you enroll, you receive life-time access to the videos. It is self-paced so you can do the lessons whenever they fit into your schedule.
Each of the lessons builds upon the previous lessons. No previous art experience is needed. The lessons begin very simply by pointing out the different shapes used in drawing and sending you on shape scavenger hunts. Then the lessons use these shapes in creating drawings.
There are a few art supplies that are recommended to buy including a Strathmore sketch book and Prismacolor markers. I think high quality art materials can make a huge difference in your art experience. We’ve loved using the Prismacolor colored pencils and look forward to using the markers in the future, but I didn’t buy them for the projects we’ve completed so far. If I didn’t feel like I had already spent my art budget lately, I would have definitely bought the supplies. As it is, we made due with what we had.
Reasons I would Recommend the Program
- The lessons are set up to do daily. They are short so it’s easy to fit them into your day.
- The program can be used by the whole family. I’ve enjoyed sitting around the table with my four-year-old and my eleven-year-old working through these lessons, together. (There is no reason that you need to be present for the lessons, though.) My four-year-old daughter is so excited to be creating art together. She’s a little below the target age for this program, but she has been following along with the lessons. She loves to ask me if we can do art.
- The projects also have been simple enough not to discourage my eleven-year-old son, who has always struggled with fine motor skills and needs confidence in the area of art.
- Beyond the Stick Figure makes art truly open-and-go. I enjoy knowing what to teach for art and not guessing what to teach next. I’m looking forward to continuing this program with my children this coming year knowing that I have art covered.
We’ve only had the chance to review the first part of the course. There are more lessons being released that will cover watercolor, acrylic, 3D and more.
Beyond the Stick Figure is a program built by homeschool moms, just like you, who want the best for their families but know how hard it is to do it all. Learn more about the full course here. You can also see the other courses that are available here.
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