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.
I was given the chance to review Beyond the Stick Figure Art School at-home art curriculum. It is a self-paced, lifetime access art course encompassing drawing, ink, and pen watercolor, acrylic, and 3D elements of art.
I was really excited to try out Beyond the Stick Figure Complete Drawing Course PLUS 3 Bonus Courses because I am not an artist. Even though I am not an artist, I want to be able to offer my children the chance at a good art education.
This course is taught by an artist who also was formally educated in art. She also home-schooled her children, which makes it in my opinion a perfect fit for at home art education. Honestly, Beyond the Stick Figure has been such a blessing to our home. Below you will find my review.
Upon receiving instructions for login it was a bit difficult to login because I had to reset my password and I found it not as user-friendly as other platforms are. However, once I finally got in it was easy to navigate.
I was not able to start the course as soon as I had hoped however because there were specific supplies that were needed, and due to the pandemic, I was not able to purchase them locally. They took a while to come in the mail especially on the big island where I live.
I’ve never purchased high-quality art supplies before and after listening to the instructor’s guidance on this topic I am so grateful that I did. I actually own Prismacolor markers and yes they are worth the price. She also explains in her videos to the children the importance of caring for your art supplies.
From the welcome video to the instruction of our first completed art project (which I have included a picture of below): Beyond the stick figure really is all-encompassing art education.
Homeschool Art Education
I have never had any art instruction other than one class in the second grade. It has been on my list for a while to be able to enroll at the community college and take some basic art courses. However, I will not need to now after being able to complete this course.
The instructor teaches not just towards children but has a fine balance between educating the adult as well about art. Her passion for art weaves an understanding of creativity and how all of creation echoes this creative expressiveness through ART and nature.
What I really appreciated about her style of teaching is the short length of videos. Most art lessons are bite-sized and only 5-10 minutes long. The actual implementation of the technique described may take longer. I found the average lesson took us about 15-30 minutes depending on the level of detail.
The instructor encourages not only the specific technique but individual expression at the same time. It’s almost hard to put into words.
Every other children’s art program I have tried in the past has been a specific project with loose instruction. As someone with no art background, I have found it extremely difficult to be able to complete at home art education with my children.
Beyond the stick figure offers a full scope of homeschool art curriculum in an expressive way. It lays the foundation one can build upon artistically as an individual instead of very specific projects.
The only thing I found difficult about the course is that you are not able to go past the drawing part into watercolor for example until every lesson in between is completed.
I am guessing that this is because of the solid foundation of artistic understanding that she is laying for the course. Just as at a college level or high school level art would be taught in this way. However, I am not sure as to the specifics of why you are not allowed to go forward in units and I did not reach out to the company to ask.
It also would be nice to have an easy Amazon list to click into to buy all the art products instead of having to look them up specifically on my own.
My boys are 8 and 6. My eight-year-old has always been artistic if I take the time to get out the supplies and set him up. Once I showed him how to navigate through the course he honestly would sit there and just do a lesson after lesson. He really loves it.
My six-year-old, however, is more of an activity-based perfectionist and did not take to the course as much as my older boy. But, I see in time it will be very good for him because it encourages individual expression.
I really appreciate that the instructor of the course talks about Charlotte Mason’s philosophy in one of her videos. If you are utilizing a Charlotte Mason home education this curriculum is a perfect fit. It is designed to be able to do 10 to 20 minutes of art each day which encourages one’s natural artistic ability to develop and natural love for art.
We are eclectic in our home leaning on Charlotte Mason and I found that this was a perfect complement for multiple afternoons a week. It was also a good break after our morning basket time or table time.
I don’t know if I was more excited about this or my eight-year-old but together we have agreed that we love it. We look forward to continuing through the course and I really appreciate that it is lifetime access. This would be a great investment to purchase in early elementary education and then be able to revisit the entire course late elementary, middle school, and up to high school being able to then get new facets and greater depth of understanding.
I would even encourage just adults for an at-home art curriculum for themselves if they are wanting an easy to follow art curriculum at-home without having to get formal lessons out and about.
I appreciate that the instructor encourages everyone to find their own artist in them.
I have always wanted to be able to do art but often get frustrated because I just don’t know the basics. I’ve never self-studied or self-taught and with Beyond the stick figure I have the confidence now there will be much art in my future and I am so grateful.
With flexible payment plans, and a 30-day refund guarantee you really have nothing to lose. Invest in Beyond the Stick Figure Complete Drawing Course PLUS 3 Bonus Courses for yourself and your family. It is so worth every dollar!
Be sure to check out the other reviews on The Homeschool review crew to see if this is a great fit for your family.