Each lesson has a video version and a PowerPoint version from John Hofland. There are also printouts for each project that include warm up exercises and the actual project. The PowerPoint presentations contain 59 slides and the video versions last about 25 minutes. Not only do these lessons teach the student to create artwork from around the world, but they also teach them a little about their origin through Social Studies, Science, and also Language Arts.
John Hofand and his wife homeschooled their children and they have traveled around the world and each lesson is an image they collected on their travels. His drawing lessons will create success. The student's artwork will look like it should with their own designs by utilizing their own artistic liberties.
Lesson 5: The Ukrainian Cat is one of Alaina's favorite lessons. In this lesson she watched the video segment first. At the beginning of the video John tells and shows the students exactly what they need for the lesson including any printouts. He also leads the students in a hand warm up and instructs the students to relax and listen to relaxing music. There are rules for drawing and then John tells the students how he draws the picture as he is drawing. At the end of the video the student should reflect on their artwork they created. The PowerPoint presentation is the same as the video except the words are included in a text box next to the section that was just drawn.
John is very encouraging to the students. He tells them there is no right or wrong way to draw and your artwork will not look just like anyone else's and they will all be unique. He even tells them ways to use lines they don't like later with other details.
This is a great art program for any age. John is so encouraging to the students and he makes sure they understand that the artwork they produce is an original even if they copy a picture.