The word masterpiece sounds so sophisticated, elegant and refined doesn’t it. To think that my kids who aren’t natural artists could create something that could hold the title of masterpiece definitely had my attention from the beginning. The fact that I could have my kids work through these projects, at home, by my side, got my full attention. So what is this program, how does it work, and does it stand up to it’s name of having kids create masterpieces? That is what this review will show you, so you can decide if this curriculum is right for your family.
Creating a Masterpiece Monthly Plan is an online subscription service. With your subscription you get access to multiple levels of video art instruction that your whole family can participate in. Any project from any level can be done at any time. With multiple medias used in different projects, you pick the ones that interest you the most.
Start at the level you are most capable.
There are 7 levels you can choose from. Everything from Beginner to Art History.
Pick a project that interests you.
There are many to choose from. Since we hadn’t used the program before we started with the sample lesson which uses soft pastels. This was also a project that allowed us to get started using the art supplies we had at home while the new supplies were being ordered. Honestly, the kids got excited with all the projects that are offered and started making a list of which projects we should work on first.
Gather the needed supplies.
Included with each project is a list of what supplies are needed to complete it. You are free to gather the supplies from any art supply store, or even from around your house. However, if you want to save time, she also gives a link to an online art supply store. This link will directly give you a list of supplies needed for that project and the ability to quickly add them to a shopping cart and check out. Sooner than you could even drive to the store, your supplies will be ordered.
Get started creating art.
Open up the first video of what project you want to start, and with your supplies near by, start the video and follow along. Pretty soon you will have a masterpiece to call your own.
It really is that simple!
How we used this program.
Since our kids and I have not created a lot of big art projects we started at the Beginner level. This level covers projects involving oil pastels, charcoal, water colors, and more. We were able to complete about one project a week. We could have done more if we had chosen to include art in our studies more often during a week. I will say that as you level up in the program, the projects do take longer to complete, so do not be shocked if it takes several weeks or sittings to complete projects.
With this being an online program it might seem frustrating to have to watch the videos on a computer monitor, especially if you are working through these projects as a family. What we did to combat this problem was to hook my laptop up to our T.V. using a HDMI cable. Then I would sit at the computer, get the site set up to the video and relax next to our kids with our wireless mouse propped up next to me. It was just like watching a DVD. Everyone could see and hear what was being taught at the same time. Whenever I needed to pause the video I was able to do so without having to get up.
I would make sure to get out all our art supplies for that project before starting the video. Then when the video started we would pause it after each little step she showed, and the kids and I would work on that step. When we all were done with that step, I would restart the video and again stop after the next step she showed. In this way it was really as if we were working on the project right along with the teacher. If we didn’t understand a step or needed to re-see how she did something, I could just rewind the video.
But does it work?
Yes, yes, yes! Did my kids or my art projects come out looking just like the teachers? No, but overall, for our skill level they came out very well I think. There was one project (the one with the sun, in the images below) that we struggled with a bit. The colors just did not bleed the way the video showed. After completing it the best the kids could I ended up talking to my Mom about it. She mentioned that we most likely did not have enough water on the paper for the colors to bleed correctly. So, we will be tackling that project again in the next few week. Overall things with this program went very well.
The fact that my 8-year-old son who loves being creative but has never really had a knack for art said that there was no way he could create any of the projects. However, after telling him we would be taking things one step at a time and working through the first project he was hooked. He said that he really could be an artist now. I was able to see my little guy go from No Way to Wow!
My 8 Year Old’s Art
My 11 Year Old’s Art
What a great experience for all of us Creating a Masterpiece has been. I learned early on that when I did the art projects with the kids, they seemed to focus more and had a whole lot more smiles (notice I did one less art project than my boys). So this mom dove into art with them. This gave me a nice outlet in the middle of our school week to dig in and get dirty so to speak with my kids. What fun it was! So even though this review period is over I have to say that we definitely will be continuing with this program in the months ahead.