One of the subjects I was really looking forward to offering Satori was drawing lessons. She loves to draw, and I think she’d really take off with some lessons. My plan to use Drawing With Children never materialized, it is just not user-friendly enough.

So I was on Homeschool Buyers Co-op over the weekend, and found Mark Kistler’s Online Art Lessons at a shockingly low price. Through the end of this month, they are offering a Three Year Family Subscription for just $39.60!!! That’s under $7 per year in drawing lessons for Satori and I, under $5 if David participates. (This is 60% off the regular price.)

So I established that it was extremely affordable. Next, I did some research to see if it was worth it. Glowing reviews on the homeschooling forums from the families that used it… The free samples on his online site impressed even my husband. Fun and engaging and actually incorporates many art concepts! The amount of 3-D art instruction you get is amazing, and people say he adds more videos often. Mark Kistler won an Emmy Award for his children art instruction TV show.

The real test would be to see if Satori would like it… I couldn’t wait until morning to try it out with her.

I played his free demo instructions and placed Satori’s little table in front of my monitor in our loft room. We did one of his Mini-Marshmallow lessons, geared for younger kids. Satori wanted to do his Ninja Egg lesson. And here’s her finished drawing! She learned about 3-D drawing, shadows, and horizon lines.

Although his instruction is very cartoony, you can take all the concepts learned and apply it to realistic drawings very easily.

We also did his Balloon lesson. She learned perspective and drew smaller and smaller balloons the further away they are. Again, note the shadow to make it look more 3-D.

I asked her if she’d like to continue these drawing lessons. She said she’d love it! I then clicked BUY on the Homeschool Buyers Co-op and had our online login within two minutes.

Now these are excellent drawing lessons we can EASILY do every week and learn from all the time. Even our cat Kashi loves to watch the videos!