Creating a Masterpiece – Lessons in Pencil: Sunflower

Creating a Masterpiece - Lessons in Pencil: Sunflower  Art Lessons for your homeschool!

So you all know I don’t have no artistic bone in my body at all!  I am a jellyfish when it comes to art or anything crafty and creative.  So I love to review Art Courses because I truly have no idea what my girls learning styles may be in this area.

Recently my little chix and I had the priveledge of using Lessons in Pencil: Sunflower from Creating a Masterpiece.  My oldest (Roo) is only 7yo so beginning with pencil sketching seemed just right for her.

Creating a Masterpiece - Lessons in Pencil: Sunflower  Art Lessons for your homeschool!

I will admit that when we first started these lessons I was more than a little nervous that I had chosen something way too advanced for Roo.  I truly know so little about art and it does actually make me a little nervous to teach her even a little bit.  But then I started watch my Roo paying close attention to what Sharon Hofer was telling her.  Once she sat down to sketch her first shell I knew this course would be an excellent fit!

Creating a Masterpiece - Lessons in Pencil: Sunflower  Art Lessons for your homeschool!

With the shell Roo began looking at how the lines really were on the shell: not straight up and down but tapered to the bottom center.  Sharon took her through the steps to see how the edges are slightly scalloped and not exagerated.  I was amazed at how quickly Roo really understood how important it was to keep each line proportioned correctly.

Roo must have practiced that shell I don’t know how many times.  In fact I have since then noticed her just “doodling” her little shells.   It makes this Mama’s heart so happy to see her actually wanting to drawing on a daily basis now.

Creating a Masterpiece - Lessons in Pencil: Sunflower  Art Lessons for your homeschool!

Sharon took Roo through several stages of sketching: a sea shell, a rooster, shading, and the final drawing of a sunflower.  Now, I think that the sunflower is a pretty complicated thing to sketch BUT I don’t like to hold her back – she is always surprising me.

Creating a Masterpiece - Lessons in Pencil: Sunflower  Art Lessons for your homeschool!

My proud Roo showing off her first ever sunflower sketch!  The moment she was done she asked me when she could do it all again.  She has become quite the little art critique now and has decided she knows she could so much better!  I love listening to her new passion for sketching thanks to Sharon Hofer and Creating a Masterpiece!

Creating a Masterpiece - Lessons in Pencil: Sunflower  Art Lessons for your homeschool!

I just can not tell you how much I appreciate these art courses.  Roo has always liked coloring but this course has made her feel like she is an artist – which is something I could have never given her.  Sharon Hofer “came into our home” through a DVD and taught my daughter the beginning steps to sketching.  But more importantly she gave my daughter a new passion and love for art!  Roo is now looking at everything and wondering how she would sketch it!

You can find this art course at Creating a Masterpiece:  Website ~ Facebook ~ YouTube ~ Pinterest  This course only runs $35.00 with very minimal supplies that you will need to purchase:  #2 pencil * #6b pencil * A large piece of Drawing paper * a stiff-bristled brush * a tortillon.

But you could enter to win this same course right here on Homeschoolin’ Mama!  Just follow the prompts on the Rafflecopter widget to enter!

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  1. My son does Art 2x a week. I’d love to do this with him!

  2. Twice a week. My lil ones would love this!

  3. Once or twice a week

  4. Once a week, although if it was up to my daughter, we would have them every day! This would be a great prize to win!

  5. My goal is to have Art once a week. This would be great to win!

  6. I love to incorporate art in some form with most of our lessons. This week we learned about Goerge Washington Carver (history), the life cycle of a peanut plant (science), made homeade peanut butter (math/life science), and drew a picture of a peanut plant (art). It doesn’t always work out this neatly, let me assure you!

  7. Julie Jarrard says:

    One of our daughters who loves art the most attends an art class once a week. As a family, we try to do one project/lesson a week. Thanks for the chance to win!

  8. I don’t do it as often as I would like but I have been working on including art in my daily lessons!

  9. Once a week

  10. Not often enough!!! Have grand plans but it seems to lose out. 🙁

  11. I try to do it at least three times a week, but I’m horrible at getting it done because, like you, I am not at all artistic. I haven’t found a program that will work for us, so I’d love to try this one out.

  12. The kids do crafts and coloring, etc every day, but actual specific art is probably only twice a week.

  13. Becky Milstead says:

    We have art once a week.

  14. SMoffitt says:

    The children do art once a week at co-op…and lots of coloring, cutting and gluing at home!

  15. Not very often. I know I should as my daughter loves art, but I’m always making sure that we get the other things accomplished first. By the time that is all done, it seems like it starts rolling into the “getting supper ready” time. 🙁

  16. Um, if you mean letting the kids have free drawing time, we do it every day. Official like art class art lesson…. um, yeah that is something I want to do but have not done yet, much to my girls dismay.

  17. We do art a few times a week but at least once a week we go to a pottery and paint place here for a class they teach.

  18. Andies Freestuff says:

    formal art class. . . cough, um. . . my kids color during my read alouds

  19. We don’t do actual art class right now, but this would be a great way to start!

  20. Nicole M. says:

    Yes we don’t really do “art class” but have painting times or coloring times, also a few art projects here and there. Would love to win!

  21. We haven’t done art classes yet, but this looks like a great program to begin with! 🙂

  22. SunnyKeri says:

    I would love to win this.
    Once a week we use the Lee Ames Draw 50 books. I would like to give Sharon Hofer’s art course a try.

  23. Jenn @ Home is Where... says:

    my kids have an outside art class once a week for part of the year, but I really do need to do more art in the home as part of our homeschooling. I have a new book to do projects with on color, but a video would be awesome!

  24. My 7yr old daughter saw your pics and fell in love with the pictures! We are in S. Korea and will definitely check this program out!!! Thanks for sharing!

  25. April Pachuta says:

    My kids would love this!!!

  26. April Pachuta says:

    We do art almost everyday! My kids would love this!

  27. We do art everyday. I would love to try this 🙂

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