"Are online art classes worth it?"
"I have just signed us up for the 6 month package and am feeling so excited. The 4-week drawing challenge has been such a neat experience, sitting down for a short, directed art lesson with my young kids once a week - I was feeling sad it was coming to an end! This is the perfect way for all my kids (and me) to do an art lesson (not just chose one child) and they're always more enthusiastic and willing to give it a go when I sit down with them. I just LOVE to see everyone's very different creations given the same directive. You have made the course so affordable Kim, it was a no-brainer - I won't stress have to if we're having an off-week or if its only 1 or 2 of us that participate. I so want my kids to grow with a love of drawing and creating that they will take into adulthood, and this course will help me to more easily facilitate it instead of putting 'doing art together' into the 'not-today'/too-hard basket. Thanks Kim, and can't wait to see what you'll have us making over the next 6 months :)" . Michelle Challies, Hamilton, NZ
I'd say this mum hit the nail on the head in her lovely email she sent me (and gave permission to publish) If you have more than one child, and you also love art as well, then good quality online art lessons are going to do you a world of good. When you KNOW you don't have to travel to a studio, KNOW you can work at your own pace, KNOW your kids can come back to them, and take turns using them, and best of all if you KNOW you can trust you art teacher and get in touch with questions, then you're onto something.
There are a lot of companies on the market though, and sometimes it can be hard to tell what kind of actual teaching you are going to get. Will it be follow-along-with-me type of thing, or will it be stretching your children's thinking a bit more, and encouraging them to make free choice in their art, and learn from the lesson but also ADD to it?
In All Smilez video lessons, perfection is not mentioned, but uniqueness is. Problem solving, putting on your own spin on it, and discovery IS. Learning the principals and elements of art in a casual way, while you create and have fun, builds confidence, encourages mindfulness, and if you can get this for your whole family with one enrolment AND get teacher feedback on your art submissions right inside each lesson, you're super winning.
It might also be worth checking if the company you're considering, has a trained teacher who has much experience with kids of all levels. Do they show you common issues and struggles kids have when learning to draw? Do they know how to build you up so that you can feel confident in discovering your own abilities?
If you can get some sample lessons this would give you a good idea. If you can directly contact the actual teacher, this is also a good sign that what you are about to purchase is worth it.
Also check if you get access for the lifetime of the course, or is there an expiry date.
If you have any questions about All Smilez online art lessons, courses, classes, please just email Kim@allsmilez.com. She really cares.
Kim's love of drawing and painting have guided her through all the tough decisions in life, and her passion to help other's know that EVERYONE'S AN ARTIST.