Beginning Painting Set of 6 DVDs
This is an entire art course in one set of DVDs! Barry Stebbing has been an artist and educator for a long time. His style is relaxed, neat, structured, yet open to the happy accidents that often occur in art. His voice is easy to listen to and he narrates as he is painting and demonstrating. I watched the entire first oil painting lesson and feel I can go get some canvas paper, paints, turpentine, some brushes and start practicing the techniques he demonstrated. Mr. Stebbing begins with the basics and recommends that students be about 12 years old for oil painting. There are 2 DVDs each on oils, acrylics and watercolors for almost 11.5 hours of instruction total. This would be fun to use with multiple kids or even for parents to do along with students. Materials needed are basic, but should be of good quality for beginners to get the best results. Each video tells you what you will need to practice the techniques kids will learn. You can gather your own supplies based on Barry's reccomendations or purchase the boxed set which includes supplies and the DVD set. In general, he suggests that you practice with less costly materials to develop your skills before beginning a real painting.
The whole approach is practical and home-friendly. Even if you are an artsy Mom or co-op teacher, the techniques in his videos are beyond what most of us artsy folks are familiar with. Small kids will need close supervision, but middle grades and up could probably do this program pretty independently. This is a good choice for a family looking for an elective and not wanting to use a structured art curriculum. ~ Sara