June 13, 2007

GeeArt Update: Lesson 2

group_pose_0001We are officially the #1 biggest GeeART fans on the planet. I'm going to literally break down and cry when we finish our last lesson. I say "OUR" because I am having as much fun as the kids are doing the lessons with them. Even dad is watching the videos with us. He's not such an art fuddy-duddy after all! We printed off the PDF lesson-plans for the first and second lessons and I'm trying to drag out the program so we'll have a lot of it to do during next school year. If you really did this program right, you could even make it in to its own unit study! They have artist cards (three each lesson) and an art gallery of masterpieces that they teach about each session... and if you were really interested, you could go comb your library for more about each artist. You could scour the net for extra artwork by each painter. You could paint a re-creation of each artist's work. Those are things you could add in to make the program go slower if you never wanted it to end (like us). I'm hoping to move soon, so I'm trying to keep myself from these extras right now... however, next school year (which begins in August for us) I look forward to really diving in.

One of the extra perks of GeeART is their Corel Painter Essentials tutorials. Each week the kids are learning things like: how to create digital art, what the different brush tools will do, how to find their tool-bars if the get closed by accident, how to use hot-keys, and how to move your canvas without de-selecting your brush. This information is done in an animated format - through a short movie that helps the kids relate to the characters and understand the concept better. The stuff they are learning will be useful information in any computer program - not just in Corel! Wanna see what you can do with digital paint? Go check out this video entitled, "Speed Painting". It is awesome!

I am amazed at how easily the kids are picking up these new skills and remembering the information they learn. They are genuinely interested in the artwork they see. Some of the things they are creating are just blowing me away. I already knew they were good at drawing... but with these new tools and art lessons by GeeART, they are well on their way to truly exploring art in a way that would be next to impossible for me to provide them at home (without ditching every other subject and spending a ton of time and money on JUST ART). School should not be bereft of good art classes. Every student - no matter how "un-talented" they appear - can benefit from learning about art. Have you been in an art museum lately? The last time I went to one, I saw someone's newspaper in a frame... with a big ink splat of blue paint on it! If that is worthy of hanging in an art museum... surely YOUR kid's stick figures are! Give your babies a much-needed boost in confidence and let Furnace, Tickles and Ruby show them that it is OK to take a risk and CREATE SOMETHING! It doesn't have to look like the Mona Lisa.

Here below are my kiddos lesson #2 'free-time' masterpieces on Corel Painter Essentials (they were not assigned works, they were just for fun after using the Corel Tutorials):



This summer only, you can get the entire homeschool art program (16 great lessons, a ton of PDF projects, all the artist timeline cards, your very own kid art gallery, and Corel Painter Essentials tutorials and license)... all for less than 30$. Click the title of this post or the icon on my sidebar to go see for yourself. They have discounted the program 60%!

Hurry over and start having fun! I'm planning to keep a record in here of each lesson we do and the finished products we create. I'm looking forward to having a lot of artwork to look back on... and a future full of creativity with the kids. Thanks GeeART! We love you Furnace, Tickles and Ruby!

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Kelly Curtis said...

I love your Gee Art. Very talented kiddos!

Anonymous said...

If I purchase this summer, can I use the lessons anytime? That is a great deal!

Sprittibee said...

:) Thanks Kelly!

Mom@hwtk - Yes mam, you can start using it whenever you purchase your license. Your license lasts for a year... so you have a whole year to play, do each lesson, and even do them AGAIN if you want. We have done lesson #2 three times now! :) It is so good that you'll want to watch them over and over.



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