My kiddos have always loved doing craft projects, but I wouldn’t say that I’m particularly comfortable teaching them about Art theory or history.
Ms. Volin is a certified K-12 art teacher, and has taught in both public and private schools.
The First Grade DVDS have 18 lessons on 2 discs, and they include:
- Paper Roller Coaster
- Rainbow Weaving
- Mission to Mars
- Waterfront Houses
- Proud Peacock
- TV Self Portrait
- Aboriginal Painting
- Mexican Poncho Art
- African Mask
- Egyptian Sunset
- Rousseau Tiger
- Impressionist Landscape
- Chinese Dragon Puppet
- Stained Glass
- Greek Vase
- Korean Fan
- Web Printmaking
- Action Painting
From the website:
This unit focuses on art from around the world! First graders will learn about the visual arts in past and present cultures. They will master important art vocabulary and work in a variety of mediums. Together we will travel around the world, from Mexico to Australia, creating art! Every project is chosen to help develop specific art elements and principles, practice fine motor skills, and teach a little about the culture on which it is based. I know your students will love creating these original works of art!
It is suggested that you watch one lesson per week, but we watched several at a time and the kids chose which craft they wanted to do. They kids and I both liked that Ms. Volin used a number of different art mediums in her lessons. For our future lessons, we’ll follow the suggestion and watch one lesson then do the project.
One of my son’s favorite lessons involved drawing a picture of outer space using oil pastels.
I’ll be totally honest – in terms of the mess factor, this one wasn’t my favorite medium. The kids managed to get it EVERYWHERE, and because it’s oil-based, it takes some work to wash off of them.
As far as the art itself goes, this is a pretty neat medium, and they had a lot of fun with it.
Each lesson focuses on art from a different country. Ms. Volin talks a little bit about the history involved, and clearly demonstrates the art project so that the kids can easily replicate it.
One of the lessons talked about French Impressionistic paintings, and Ms. Volin explained how to tell the difference between impressionistic and realistic paintings. This sparked some great conversation between my 7-year-old and I when we’ve seen paintings in public!
Some of the materials were ones that we already had on hand, but others were ones that we didn’t often use and needed to purchase. A supply list is available so you know what is needed when you purchase the dvd.
The DVD also includes a Curriculum PDF that you can access by putting the dvd into your computer. This curriculum breaks down each lesson and tells you:
- the National Standards met with that lesson
- materials needed to complete the project
- tips for parents
- the step-by-step procedure to complete the project
- a picture of the finished project
These art projects are a lot of fun, and they are presented in an interesting and an educational way. My kids loved watching the video and they loved trying to replicate the projects.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of Home Art Studio 1st Grade in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own, and no monetary compensation was received.