Review and Giveaway For Home Art Studio Art DVDs for Kids

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In the future, the arts won’t be considered that important for kids to learn or participate in on a daily basis. They will be viewed as ‘frivolous’ and ”, losing out to daily memorization of strings of numbers and equations that are deemed more useful for everyday life. Some schools won’t have any art, and will be lucky if they can import an art teacher from time to time with a small, sad cart stuffed with supplies.

Oh, wait! This is already happening! Silly me.

I consider myself fortunate that my kids get art and music each once a week in elementary school. And in middle school, art happens for a short block of time each year, rotating with other unnecessary classes.

Anyway, my point here is that kids don’t get enough art in school, in spite of the wealth of information pointing to its importance, so it’s up to parents to find ways to supplement hands-on creativity.

I think YouTube paved the way for people learning new skills online, and has inspired countless online classes for all sorts of cool creative endeavors, (I love Creativebug). But where do you turn if you want to actually get into the meat of art education with your kids? Maybe you’re a homeschooler, or even an art teacher or parent looking for ideas.

Got ya covered, there, my little art enthusiasts! Take a look at this:

art classes for kids dvd

That smiley art teacher (Ms. Volin) has put together a group of DVDs with gobs of art classes for the K-5 set, and they’re great!

We got a copy of the 1st grade DVD, which (as they all do) includes a pdf of written instructions for each of the projects, art vocabulary terms, and whatever national standards she’s covering. The other part of the DVD is Ms. Volin doing the demos of the projects. She’s awesome. She’s upbeat, fun to watch, enthusiastic about the projects, clear with the explanations. In short, she’s who you’d want your kids to have as an art teacher. (And she can be conjured up right from your computer. Magic!)

We tried the first project on the DVD, which is making paper loopy roller coasters. I chose based on what I wanted to try, because I’m the boss.

Cutting paper strips for a roller coaster paper art project for kids

Wheee! Roller coaster paper art project for kids

It’s always cool to watch your kids absorbed in making art, and Beckett had a lot of fun with the loops, then he took another piece of the construction paper and drew a massively violent, detailed, made-up Star Wars scene. Then he had just as much fun cutting all the roller coaster loops apart with scissors and whisper-screaming, “Helllllllp”.

The second project we tackled was Rainbow Weaving- what a great introduction to weaving for kids!

Watercolor painting stripes for a rainbow weaving art project for kids

Rainbow weaving paper art project for kids

One of the great benefits to art for kids is exploring different cultures through their art, and she includes a few of these projects in the video, as well as some bits and pieces of other types of learning (planets, animals).

Have I sold you? I hope so! By the way, this isn’t a sponsored post, but Lindsey was incredibly gracious to agree to a giveaway of her entire set of DVDs. WHAT?!?! Yep! You can win a set! Go on through the Rafflecopter goodness below, and this giveaway starts right now, and ends next Wednesday. It’s also only open to US folks- sorry you gorgeous foreigners. I still love you.

Here’s Ms. Volin’s site, where you can get some free lessons, check out the really cool galleries of student work, and see more information.

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  1. 03/02/2016 / 7:25 pm

    Art is such an essential part of my children’s day. We are blessed that they are at schools that continue to see its importance. I’m always interested in learning from more people. These DVDs look great!

  2. 03/02/2016 / 8:16 pm

    These sound so cool! I remember making a cross out of burnt matchsticks in 6th grade.

  3. Diane
    03/02/2016 / 9:52 pm

    I made a clay elephant with a little bird sitting on her back. I still have it, over 30 years later….That’s how much I love it!

  4. Kathi
    03/02/2016 / 9:55 pm

    I did the matchstick cross too!
    We did all sorts of projects back in the day – Easter egg puzzles where we worked in teams to make the best piece and see what happened when we put the pieces back together; animal hides from wrinkled paper bags for our Indian Day celebration; necklaces out of apples and potatoes that we worked on for a week because the pieces shrunk overnight.
    And shrinky dinks.

  5. 03/03/2016 / 5:33 am

    This looks like a great program! I loved marble painting in a shoebox as a kid!

  6. Charissa
    03/03/2016 / 7:02 am

    This program looks awesome!

  7. 03/03/2016 / 7:20 am

    I remember copying Van Gogh art specifically the bed/bedroom

  8. Maggie
    03/06/2016 / 6:23 am

    This looks great! We would love to win this! Thank you for the opportunity

  9. MK
    03/06/2016 / 7:33 am

    The papier mache Wise Man I made in fourth grade was mesmerizing….to think you could make something out of a pop bottle, newspaper, and flour paste was inspiring!

  10. Nancy Burrows
    03/06/2016 / 7:36 am

    My favorite craft as a child was to take glass marbles, boil them, and then put them into ice which produced beautiful cracks! We made them into lovely necklaces .

  11. Anna
    03/06/2016 / 7:52 am

    In high school I did raku? pottery and batik.

  12. annamarie dodge
    03/06/2016 / 8:12 am

    I have always made crafts of all sorts from rocks, marbles, matchsticks, popsicle sticks. etc

  13. DD
    03/06/2016 / 8:43 am

    I still have it. It was a “document” describing/drawing my fourth grade life-family, favorite thing to do, favorite thing to eat, how I felt (apparently angry that day with steam coming out of my ears), etc. I never did well with drawing and would love the chance to relive my younger art years. After I would pass the DVD’s on to one of my teaching cousins.

  14. Dana Jones
    03/06/2016 / 8:46 am

    This is so great. When I was a kid, art was my favorite class, and today, it’s still my favorite way to spend my free time. There was this one project where we made the little chains out of yarn, but using our fingers. May e that was finger- crochet. At any rate, fast forward to now, and I have taught my own kids how to make that little chain. We made a long, colorful one to strike g on the Christmas tree. The kids don’t get cool lessons like that these days. Art just isn’t the same in the schools. That’s so sad.

  15. m
    03/06/2016 / 8:59 am


  16. 03/06/2016 / 9:01 am

    I remember using milkweed seed pods and the fluffy seeds in a collage project in the three-year old Nursery school class. Mixed – media has always been my language thanks to two very inspirational preschool teachers!

  17. Kryste Herring
    03/06/2016 / 9:36 am

    A clay ashtray that resembled a boat for my Daddy who still has it to this day (he uses it for change.

  18. Paula
    03/06/2016 / 11:09 am

    I remember being introduced to pointalism when I was in elementary school. I loved it then, and I love still today!!

  19. Amanda
    03/06/2016 / 11:59 am

    Im usually to scared to write comments(maybe shy is a better word) but this is to say THANKS for all the great links you give out in your news letter. I recently started homeschooling my kids and I love the way your art is centralized around your kids! I think art in any form is a crucial part of brain Development. Small motor skills, colors all of it is so important for young’ns and adults. I love sitting down with my kidos and doing fun projects with them. My kids range from 16-7 with 2 in between. They all love art in many forms.
    Thanks again for your ‘stuff’ you make available. Can’t wait to read your book!

  20. Pam Sibbald
    03/06/2016 / 12:05 pm

    When I was 8, my mom let me try her oil paints. I painted a picture of a girl with her cat beside a tree. After I did the background, I painted a Greek key border around it. I really was proud of my oil painting!

  21. peggy
    03/06/2016 / 12:14 pm

    I remember coloring a piece of paper with crayons, then spreading india ink on it, and letting it dry. When I asked my mom, “Why?”, she gave me a coin to scrape off whatever areas of the ink I wanted. It was so cool. She was an art teacher at home as well as in her classes at the local school. Miss you, mom.

  22. Linda
    03/06/2016 / 2:07 pm

    I remember making my own scratch art paper using crayons.

  23. stephanie Morency
    03/06/2016 / 3:13 pm

    I remember making Christmas ornaments every year in school, and the one that stands out the most to me was from 3rd grade. We did not have any access to art classes in school (small, rural area with no funding) so I mostly did crochet and crafts with my Grandma.

  24. Trish
    03/06/2016 / 11:53 pm

    I remembering making a pinch pot with my sisters!

  25. Laura
    03/07/2016 / 5:43 am

    My sister and I always did drawing together. We would pick a letter of the alphabet and just draw anything we could think of. We would also ask our parents which was their fave picture, and they never would choose, how very diplomatic.

  26. Karen H
    03/07/2016 / 9:47 am

    I am a homeschooling mom always looking for art lessons to create at home with my kiddos. I have heard good things about Ms. Volin’s art video lessons from other homeschool blogs. I would like to try one of her DVD’s next year for my kiddos, but winning the whole lot would be awesome!
    Thanks for this offering and good luck to the winner!
    Karen H

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