ArtAchieve

ArtAchieve

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ArtAchieve believes that anyone can learn to draw, and that learning to draw is an essential skill.

Drawing is not a skill reserved for special people who have “talent.” Drawing is a skill, just like reading or math is a skill. Each lesson level builds on the skills developed in the previous level.

Our goal is to provide you and your students with an approach to drawing that insures success (e.g, the cat you draw will LOOK like a cat), while leaving plenty of room for creative interpretation (the cat you draw will be YOUR OWN unique cat).

The images for the lessons come from around the world and therefore are a visual tie to geography, history, literature, and other topics. We hope you explore those connections. Five levels are available, for grades K-12. Lessons can be purchased invidually or as a set per level.

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My daughter, 7, loves these lessons. They are easy enough for to go through them herself. She even learns more than just art. It allows me to take a step back and allow her to do her thing.

Grade levels used
  • K
  • 1
Pros
easy to use; almost like a unit study
Do you recommend?
yes
A
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We won several lessons from this company. My kids enjoyed the lessons, they were easy to follow and fun. I liked that they included links that added more learning experiences, like history and geography.

Grade levels used
  • 5
  • 6
Pros
fun, informative
Do you recommend?
Yes
D
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You get a well designed lesson with links for additional learning about the source of the lesson (ex. Kitenge Tree project gives a brief history and offers links to learning more about the batik art form practiced in Africa). My young ones enjoyed the PowerPoint versions of the lessons, but have become even more enthusiastic with the new video versions. To top it all off, Mr. Hoffland loves to see what we aspiring artists have created and even posts it on his site, if we allow. ArtAchieve is a win-win for our family!

Grade levels used
  • K
  • 2
  • 7
Pros
Healthy Challenge for Every Age
Do you recommend?
Absolutely
TF
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We really like this ArtAchieve. The projects are fun and very creative. The process if very helpful and makes learning the techniques easy.

Grade levels used
3
Pros
Fun and engaging.
Do you recommend?
Yes
WD
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Love it!

Grade levels used
5
Do you recommend?
Yes
VJ
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Used a free lesson for a contest. We will be ordering.

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yes
TY
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We tried a sample lesson of ArtAchieve and my girls and my niece really enjoyed the goldfish lesson. My 4 year old wanted to participate but she had a bit of a harder time with the lesson understandably. A few things like keeping quiet while drawing seemed a little unrealistic, at least in my house. But the girls enjoyed it and would have loved it to be a regular part of our schooling.

Grade levels used
  • K
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
  • 6
  • 7
  • 8
  • 9
  • 10
  • 11
  • 12
Pros
easy to follow the directions
Cons
a little harder for the younger ages, but she wanted to participate
Do you recommend?
yes
R
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My daughter has completed 2 of the lessons and wants to do more. She's 6 and can easily follow the instructions on her own. This makes it appealing because she can go at her own pace. I love the directions at the beginning about how there are no mistakes in art. The warm ups are also great.

Grade levels used
  • K
  • 1
Pros
Easy to follow; includes other subjects
Do you recommend?
Yes
A
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I met John at a conference. I was so impressed that I not only wanted to enroll all of my kids but I wanted to take lessons myself!

Grade levels used
K
Do you recommend?
Yes
DM
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I had the pleasure of meeting John at the Washington Homeschool convention a few years back and discovered his fabulous art lessons on Art Achieve. After that, I started teaching a monthly art lesson for our co-op using his lessons. I love that it mixes geography, art, and history all at once. I also love the rules at the beginning of each lesson that help you communicate that there are no mistakes in art. I taught 15-30 kids each month, ranging in age from 4 to 12, and all of them felt VERY satisfied with their work using ArtAchieve lessons. I'm a big fan. :)

Grade levels used
  • preK
  • K
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
  • 6
Pros
fully scripted, step-by-step art lessons
Cons
presented in slideshow format, difficult to print
Do you recommend?
Absolutely!
AK
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We will be using as part of our curriculum this year.

Grade levels used
1
Pros
many different techniques are covered and it starts very basic and seems to get pretty advanced as you go.
Cons
i wish there were more for the very young children
Do you recommend?
yes, i highly recommend
SH
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I have used a few of their lessons and still have one to use that I am saving for her. The details included in these lessons make them flexible for all ages. I enjoy the extra information included and am able to skip over some things and make it enjoyable for my 5 year old.

Grade levels used
  • preK
  • K
  • 1
Pros
More than just art, it is like an entire unit study!
Cons
none
Do you recommend?
HIGHLY!!!
A
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I love this curriculum. Easy to use and great tools for teaching kids about art, integrated with other subjects. My daughter has LOVED the lessons that we have completed.

Grade levels used
  • K
  • 1
Do you recommend?
Yes
JM
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Thank you!

Grade levels used
2
Pros
Fun and educational and brilliant colors make this program a hit with our children ages 5-17 years
Do you recommend?
YES!
T
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My 7 year old has always been a reluctant artist. He feels he isn't good at it so he usually refuses to participate in anything art related. I convinced him to try one of Art Achieves lessons. It gave him the confidence and structure he needed to be successful. The final results have been absolutely lovely. I'm so glad we tried them out and will continuing to use them this coming year.

Grade levels used
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
Do you recommend?
Yes
B
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(Updated: August 17, 2015)

We did one of the lessons from art achieve and really liked it. The steps were very easy to follow. My daughter was very happy with the way her project turned out and had a lot of fun making it.

Grade levels used
  • preK
  • K
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
  • 6
  • 7
  • 8
  • 9
  • 10
  • 11
  • 12
Pros
Easy to follow
Do you recommend?
Yes
J
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With my class, we completed from Level 1: the Czech cat, Chinese dragon, dragonflies, Haitian gecko, and Hungarian insects and the free lessons. A group of students asked if they could work on the firebird from Level 3 which they did. I like how the steps are easy to follow and that it gives students the freedom to complete their artwork their own way.

Grade levels used
  • 6
  • 7
  • 8
  • 9
Pros
Easy to follow, unique artwork
Cons
verbal instructions/explanation would be nice for non-readers
Do you recommend?
Yes
L
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We did the Japanese goldfish and the Cat from level 1. We enjoyed them both and both my artistically inclined 10 year old and my less inclined 6 yr old could enjoy these. It breaks the piece down into workable chunks to make it simple for the kids, but also allows them some freedom in how their picture comes out.

Grade levels used
  • 1
  • 5
Pros
Step by step instructions, variety of options
Cons
No verbal/video instructions
Do you recommend?
yes
SS
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