Thursday, March 30, 2017

Monthly Plan from Creating a Masterpiece ~ A Homeschool Crew Review

When I started homeschooling, I knew I wanted to implement art into our school. Over the years we have done several little art lessons, but a lot of times they don't go into great detail with their instructions. It was fun for the kids because it was art, but it didn't really challenge them as students. I was very excited when I learned that the Monthly Plan from Creating a Masterpiece was up for review. It looked perfect for teaching the kids art, using a large variety of mediums.

Creating a Masterpiece are instructional videos taught by Sharon Hofer, who teaches art classes for hundreds of students out of her home studio. She is a master artist who loves to inspire students of all ages to create their own masterpieces.

This photo is very dear to Sharon Hofer, and showcases that art can be done well at any age!
How does it work?

Logging into your account and getting started on a project is very simple. I love the dashboard of the website because it's very easy to see what class is right for you. Classes are listed in rows according to skill levels. It starts at Beginner and works all the way up to Level 5. You can also access videos according to medium on the side of the dashboard.

Once you decide which project you want to work on, you will click on the picture and it will take you to a page that includes the video and all of the supplies that you will need for that project. I love the option of a pdf download so you can print it out and take it to the art store. If you're wanting to order the supplies recommended by Ms. Hofer, then there is a great option that takes you straight to It sends you to a page that already has everything you need so you just add it to your cart and go! I truly wish that we could have utilized this option, but we were moving and I was nervous about ordering anything at the time.

What projects did we choose?

Our first project that the kids wanted to do was with watercolors. I got my list and headed to the store to grab our supplies. The supplies were easy enough to find and didn't cost a lot at all. I ended up getting watercolors in a tube because I didn't realize she was going to be using the pan set. I don't think it was a huge difference in product, but I did realize that even though I bought watercolor paper, it didn't give us the exact same results as with her example.

Her instructions on the video were clear and concise. She showed the students exactly what she wanted and what she expected from them. She explained things that were happening to their projects as they painted. For example, the flowering effect of the paint if you tried to paint over something that was already dry.

I like how the lesson is broken down into 2 sections. You could easily do this project in one day, but we chose to split it into 2.

The kids had so much fun making their trees with a straw! Who knew that was even possible! They really enjoyed this one, and are already wanting to do another watercolor project.

 Our second project was with colored pencils. I have to say, I had no clue that you could make such a beautiful picture with colored pencils! Again, we didn't have the same ones that were used, but we will be ordering them. Our pencils didn't glide quite as well, but I still think it was fantastic.

With this project, the kids drew and colored a clown fish! They had no clue that they could draw anything, much less a detailed fish. Same with the water colors, the instructions are clear and easy to understand. She gives you plenty of tips to be successful with this project. I honestly think anyone can do it!

We did split this project up because the kids hands would start cramping, but I think this is due to the quality of the pencils. The lessons are split into three, but they are split up even more inside of each lesson. Every part of this project was fun, and we couldn't be happier with how it turned out!

My thoughts ~

This is a wonderful program if you are looking for art lessons that are fun and challenging. Everything is explained so clearly, and shown to the student step by step. My kids had so much fun with the projects that they've completed, and they are excited about the next projects they have picked out. I would recommend ordering your supplies online because it's much easier than trying to go out and find them on your own.

I would definitely give the Monthly Plan from Creating a Masterpiece two thumbs up because I think students of all ages will love it!

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  1. What a beautiful review, and even more than that, what a beautiful display for your masterpieces! I am so proud of your children and I can tell that they worked carefully and slowly through the process. The end result...a Masterpiece! Yea!

    I would LOVE it if your children would send me pictures of all their finished projects as they continue to work their way through Creating a Masterpiece. I would love to know them and be a part of their lives in that way. If they have any questions as they go through the program, just have them email me. :)

    Sharon Hofer, Creating a Masterpiece

    1. Thank you so much for your sweet words! We would love to show you future projects! Thank you for caring so much about your students!!