Disclaimer: I received a FREE copy of this product through the HOMESCHOOL REVIEW CREW in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way.
When the opportunity to review Beyond the Stick Figure Complete Drawing Course PLUS 3 Bonus Courses by Beyond the Stick Figure Art School came available, I decided to show my daughter to see if she was interested. We watched the sample video and she was very excited to give it a try.
This program included a three-part drawing course, a pen and ink course, acrylic course, watercolor course, and a 3D design course. Over the last month or so my daughter worked through the first level of the drawing course. This consisted of 15 short video lessons (about five minutes each). While it is designed to be done one lesson a day, we decided it fit best into our schedule to do art 2-3 days per week and do several lessons each day.
The program starts with the very basics of understanding lines, dots, and circles. One thing that seemed insignificant but proved to be really helpful, was that the instructor had the students cut their papers into small sheets. This made the assignments less overwhelming because you had a smaller space to fill. To complete these lessons, we needed a nice set of markers that had both narrow and wider tips and paper.
When I asked my daughter what she thought, she shared, ” All in all, I like the program. She went through each video quickly and it was easy to understand. However, it did take a lot of videos to get to where it felt like we were really drawing.” She felt like it would be a good program for people that are interested in learning to draw but do not have much of a drawing background and recommended it for ages 8 and up. She also mentioned that she was disappointed that she never got to draw something like what was in the sample video, however, she plans to continue the lessons over the summer to see what else she can learn.
We took some time to look through the rest of the drawing program and take a look at the pen and ink course. She is excited to give that course a try and likes the fact that it takes fewer days to have what she felt like was more of a ‘finished product’ than the geometric designs she did in the drawing course.
As a parent, I loved that the lessons were done via video (art is not my strong suit) and they were short and simple. The fact that it started with the very basics and went step by step meant that we didn’t feel left behind or like it was too complicated. However, I do think it might be a bit too simple and broken down for some students. I am excited to try more of her other courses including the 3D design; however, I dislike that I have to mark each of the lessons in the other courses complete before I can move to that course. Once you have marked them complete you can still go back and view them but you cannot move onto the next lesson or course until each one has been marked complete.
If you are looking for a step by step drawing program that is very easy to implement and does not require a lot of parent involvement you might enjoy this program. If your child does well learning one step at a time in small chunks this might be a good fit, however, if you have a child that will be frustrated to not jump right into a big art project this might not be the program for you.
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