What to expect for the online art class

Do you want to see a sneak peek of the class?  I hate to spoil surprises but here is a little collage of some of the projects for you!

How do you like the new look of my blog?  It has been in the works for a couple of weeks and it is so fun to see the changes.  I have to thank the talented people at Smitten Blog Designs for all of their hard work.  Feel free to "steal my button" and help spread the word about my class on your blog.

I can't believe the first day of class is in only 3 days!  I am so excited!  I want to thank everyone for their enthusiasm about my class!  I have loved hearing from people all over the country that have been out shopping for art supplies over the last 2 weeks.  I think your money has been well spent!  As we get closer to the first day of this class the number of hits I have been receiving on my site continues to grow.  I am getting anywhere from 700 to 1500 hits on a daily basis.  I am amazed.  I know that many of you are probably wondering what in the world this online class is going to be like.  Well I am going to try to answer some of the questions today.

Q:  Are you going to be using video?
A:  No, though that would be fun I am explaining all of the projects through step-by-step instructions and pictures.

Q: How often will you be posting projects?
A: Depending on the week I will be posting projects Monday through Thursday or Monday through Friday.  We will be learning about 4 elements of art in this class: color, line, shape and texture.  Each week we will focus on one of those elements.  I recommend that you work on art projects a little bit at a time everyday of the week rather than trying to do everything in one day.  Remember to go at your child's pace.

Q: Will the projects be posted for a limited amount of time?
A: Yes, the instructions for each project will be online for 2 days.  After the 2 days are up you will still be able to see pictures of the projects online.

Q: How much will your PDFs costs?
A: I will be selling 2 PDFs, the first one covers weeks 1 and 2, and the second one covers weeks 3 and 4.  You can buy the PDFs individually for $12 each or you can buy the set for $20.  The PDFs will go on sale this Monday.   If you purchase the set of both PDFs you will receive the first set as soon as you order it and you will receive the second PDF automatically through email on Monday March 28th.

Q: How will I receive the PDF?
A: Immediately after you purchase the PDF you will receive an email with the PDF attached that can be downloaded to your computer.

Q: Do I have to buy a PDF to participate in the class?
A: No.  It is just an option if you would like to have a personal copy of the class plus additional bonus projects that will not be seen online.

*I apologize but I realized that I forgot to list the children's books that I recommend to go along with the class on the material's list.  I have chosen one children's book to go with each week's theme.  Of course you do not need to buy these books, they just help to reinforce what the children are learning.  These are the books I recommend:

Color: Mouse Paint by Ellen Walsh
Line: Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson
Shape: It Looked like Spilt Milk by Charles Shaw
Texture: The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

There is also one other thing I forgot to put on the list: marbles.  Sorry, about that I will make sure to go back to the material's post and include those items.

I hope that answers some of your questions, if you have any other questions leave a comment and I will try to answer them.


  1. Love the new look to your website. I was just at Michaels today. Lucy is getting excited! Now, I need to return for the Yes glue. Fun stuff! We can't wait.

  2. Do you recommend getting cups for paint? Little jars? A palette? Do you pour the paint back in the original container after the project? An art smock (what do you like?)? Thanks!

  3. We are excited!! most of our materials are here, and we are planning on purchasing the pdf's. Also our neighborhood has a summer youth camp the parents put together. Would we be able to use the pdf's as part of the art series, or do we need to get additional permission to use them in that setting? We can hardly wait to start (ok i secretly can hardly wait to start my daughter is only 3, but she loves painting with me)! thanks for all your hard work and opening the world of art and art supplies to us (all your descriptions make it less intimidating)....Thank You.

  4. Emily,

    Thank you for your question. I have tried a wide variety of different containers for putting paint in and I think my favorite thing to use is canning jars. I use all different sizes depending on how much paint I will be using and they have lids so I can store any unused paint. I think the art smocks at Land of Nod are cute. Occasionally Pottery Barn sells them too and I love theirs. I also have some I bought at the dollar store and from Lakeshore Learning. My kids also have painting clothes that can get dirty and they don't have to worry about wearing a smock. I hope that helps.


  5. Lori-

    I loved reading your comment and hearing that you have been buying art supplies and are all ready and excited about the class!!! I love it! I am also thrilled that you would like to use the PDF for your neighborhood summer youth camp. Hello, can I move into your neighborhood? It is for purposes such as your youth camp that I created the PDF so please go ahead and use it. Thank you for asking more information about my copyright, I appreciate your thoughtfulness. Through buying the PDF you are limited in that you can only make copies for your own personal use but you are welcome to use your copy as a resource for summer youth camp. If other parents would like a personal copy I hope you would send them to my website. Again, thank you for being so considerate to inquire about that.


  6. I have been following your blog since your guest post on Design Mom. I like the new look, love the cute paintbrush..I'm looking forward to doing some of the projects from your class with my kids. They are a little older than your target audience for this class (5,5,& 7) but think they will have fun anyway.

  7. Amy,

    Thank you for your comment. I think your children (that are a little older than my target age) will really enjoy the abstract paintings! There will be many other projects that challenge them as well. For example we will be doing a self-portrait and a landscape in the first 2 weeks. Older children just take the project to a higher level and it is so fun to see what they create. Thanks for being one of my first followers - you are awesome!