Art Appreciation

This summer we will continue with school: math of some sort, writing, reading aloud and independently, being outdoors (science), and ART!

I am LOVING my replenished PayPal account. I am not spending anymore money on school items than I already have, which has not been too bad, except with excess in my PayPal account. I made two large sales this week, so my account is happy (and I am too!).

I had my eye on something at Homeschool Buyer’s Co-op, and so far I’m very happy with the purchase (after having it but 2 hours!).


I purchased access to Mark Kistler’s on-line Art videos through the Co-op for just $39.95. You can purchase them at Mark’s site for $99 or for just under $40 at the Co-op. No catches really except an activation fee of less than $2. Oh and you can purchase with PayPal, which as I mentioned is what I did!

Here are some drawings done by my 9-year-old son this afternoon. These were his first time to view the videos.

**I might have accidentally gotten sloppy joe sauce on this one while photographing it while eating. Oops!**


He is very artistic, but these are amazing to me! Mark encourages the children to add details and make the drawings their own using shadows, backgrounds, and details that are unique.

Needless to say, so far I’m impressed. You can go HERE to read more about Mark’s lessons and to see the amazing deal at the Co-op, which as always is totally FREE to join.

My only problem might be that some people are “fighting” over who gets to the computer next for a video art lesson!


Meanwhile, I had my sights set on some Draw Write Now books, particularly Book 2 and Book 3, but I didn’t want to spend $10 a book.

To my amazement, I found the two I wanted on e*bay for LESS THAN half of regular price for one book (for both books!) and they are LIKE BRAND NEW. I got them today, just two days after winning the bid (no one else wanted them which was to my advantage!). 🙂


As I predicted, my two 1st graders … well, as of tomorrow June 1st … couldn’t wait to open them up and start drawing. What I didn’t expect was the excitement over writing as well as drawing! Last year’s copywork lessons have reaped some big fruit including patience from my little almost-graduated kindies!


These go along with the history time period we’ll be studying this year as a family, so I’m excited to find them so cheap! (In the back, they do have an *extra* section, which is where Li’l Bro found the airplane instructions.) 😉

Here’s to Happy Drawing this summer!


5 thoughts on “Art Appreciation

  1. Thanks for the tip for the video art class. My 7yo loves to do art and that is a weak spot for me. We’ll have to check out one of the sample videos to see if she likes it. 🙂

  2. I also got the online art lessons through the co-op and have been very happy with the purchase. Have you seen the “How Artist See” series of books? (How Artists See Animals, How Artists See People, etc) I love them for talking about artists, different ways of interpreting the same subject, and then trying our own art on the subject. I got a bunch of them on e*ay super cheap a while back but you ought to be able to get them from a library as well.

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