My ten-year-old son is the artist in the family. And by that I mean he wants to be an artist. He’s very interested in drawing and painting, but sadly, neither his father nor I are qualified in the least to teach him those skills.
What’s more, we don’t have any local homeschool art programs that are affordable enough for us at the moment.
Last year, my son got to try the homeschool art courses from Sparketh and he was absolutely hooked. So when we found out that Sparketh now offers portrait style art courses, he jumped at the opportunity to try them.
In just a few days, he had produced his very first portrait – with no formal artistic training! It was amazing to watch. In fact, it actually made me want to try learning to paint myself.
Read on to see how Sparketh’s portrait style art courses work and how you can use them as a comprehensive homeschool art program with your family!
Disclosure: I received access to this program in exchange for this post and I was compensated for my time. All opinions are my own and I was not required to write a positive review.
Sparketh Portrait Style Homeschool Art Courses
Sparketh is an online video art program that offers various courses and projects for kids (and adults) to complete. Each course is broken into short videos that demonstrate exactly how to draw or paint a specific object or person.
As students go through each step, they gradually produce their own works of art.
In addition to their individual art project courses, Sparketh now offers an Art Style Portraits track with several portrait courses in various styles.
As you can see from the list, students can create portraits in Pop Art, Fauvism, Minimalism, and other specific artistic styles. There’s even a manga style course for comic fans!
My son wanted to begin with the Harlem Renaissance Portrait Course. In this project, students look at a snapshot and repaint it in the cultural style popular during the Harlem Renaissance – one of our favorite periods in history.
All he had to do was click “Join Course” and we were off and running!
Learning to Paint a Portrait with Sparketh Homeschool Art Courses
I should note here that we have tried other video art lessons. Here’s what sets Sparketh’s homeschool art course apart, in my opinion:
- The courses are short, which keeps students from getting overwhelmed. The entire Harlem Renaissance Portrait course is only 31 minutes long.
- The platform is very easy to follow. Students can read the supply list before getting started and then decide how much of the project they want to complete that day.
- Individual steps are broken into separate short videos. This is excellent for kids who have attention concerns (like several of our children do).
- The videos show the art instructors as they work. My son was able to pause the video and look directly at what the artist did and then recreate it himself.
Once he’d gathered his supplies (and we didn’t need many for this course), he got started.
The instructor showed him how to begin by sketching his portrait, which he did.
He simply paused the video to catch up and follow the instructor’s work.
Then he moved on to outlining his picture with marker.
As you might be able to tell, he did the sketching and outlining all within one day. I had to make him stop for that afternoon. That’s how much he loved using Sparketh.
Later, he went back and added his watercolor paint and he was done!
I think he might have asked me for help to understand the instruction once during the entire course.
Sparketh is easy enough for a ten-year-old to follow all on his own, so it’s a stress-free homeschool art course for parents. You can just sign your child up for an account and let him or her work through the projects.
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Want to try Sparketh’s Portrait Style Art Courses with your child? Just sign up on the Sparketh website and let your child browse the list to find a project to try!
See how you can use also Sparketh to teach your child to draw in the post below!
Plus, follow my Art Ideas for Kids board on Pinterest to get more suggestions for homeschool art projects!