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Home Art Studio {Grade 5} Review

Our family had the privilege of using Home Art Studio’s Grade 5 DVD art program. This program’s content is meant for one year of art instruction given by Lindsey Volin via DVD. We received the Grade 5 program as a resource in exchange for this review.

HomeArtStudio-spinnerWho is the Art Program for?

  • students in grades K-5
  • busy families with an interest in hands on instruction which can be viewed any time
  • families with multiple aged students
  • parents who want to supplement art programs
  • traditionally schooled students who want some summer fun
  • homeschooling families who want quality art instruction in an affordable format

We worked together on many projects as a family and I let my daughter try out other projects on her own. Both settings were successful. It’s been an enjoyable product! Are you ready for some fun ocean themed projects?

Blog She Wrote: Home Art Studio Grade 5

The first project is a value scale made by using pencil on a strip of paper to make different intensities of the pencil markings on the paper. All four of my children tried this at grades 9, 7, 5, and 2.

Blog She Wrote: Home Art Studio Grade 5


Blog She Wrote: Home Art Studio Grade 5


Blog She Wrote: Home Art Studio Grade 5


Blog She Wrote: Home Art Studio Grade 5

Benefits of Using Home Art Studio:

  • The projects work well across varying ages of students.
  • Works well as group instruction
  • Easy to implement as an independent project for students
  • Cost is affordable at $24.99 per DVD
  • Supply list is readily available
  • Easy, clear instructions with camera angles which make it easy to follow along

Blog She Wrote: Home Art Studio Grade 5

Another group project was the paper collage. The kids made a great clownfish with its anemone in a semi-abstract way. It’s always fun to see how the kids’ art will turn out differently.

Blog She Wrote: Home Art Studio Grade 5

Some Projects & Media Used in Grade 5:

  • paper collage
  • printing
  • tin foil sculpting
  • pencil drawing
  • watercolor painting
  • weaving

Blog She Wrote: Home Art Studio Grade 5

Infused with the directions on the art projects, are facts about the types of art and medium as Ms. Volin introduces a new concept.

Blog She Wrote: Home Art Studio Grade 5


Blog She Wrote: Home Art Studio Grade 5

There is a preview of the Grade 5 DVD which will give you an idea of how the pace and instructional style. In addition, you can find Home Art Studio on facebook. Ms. Volin shares fun projects via the facebook page so be sure to check it out.

All in all, we consider this one a success!

More reviews by fellow Curriculum Choice authors:

Now for the giveaway!

Home Art Studio is generously giving away a full set of DVDs for K-5th grade! The six DVDs pictured at the top. Just follow the instructions in the rafflectoper widget below:
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Heather W blogs at Blog, She Wrote where you can read about her family’s adventures using unit studies with a sprinkling of unschooling and Charlotte Mason style homeschooling. This year they are homeschooling 9th, 7th, 5th, and 2nd grades.

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Homeschooling mom of our Fantastic Four- former middle and high school biology teacher, paper crafter and sewing visioneer, nature lover, and wife to a dashing chemical engineer! This year we are homeschooling 9th, 7th, 5th, and 2nd grades. We strive for experiencing the extraordinary while still being enchanted with the everyday. We are primarily a unit study family with a Charlotte Mason flavor and a sprinkling of unschooling.

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  • JoscelyneHilton April 23, 2013, 6:11 am

    I’m looking forward to learning sculpting techniques with my second grader next year.

  • Anita A. April 23, 2013, 6:58 am

    We would be so blessed to win these Home Art Studio DVD’s! Thank you for the giveaway!!

  • Amy April 23, 2013, 7:04 am

    My daughter would love to try the fairy tale projects!

  • Joanne April 23, 2013, 7:37 am

    I can’t wait to see my children’s artistic creations, and to see them develop confidence as their techniques improve.

  • Liz H. April 23, 2013, 7:58 am

    I like the fact that the cirriculum teaches many different media and techniques. It looks like it would keep the student engaged.

  • Mandy April 23, 2013, 8:12 am

    What a blessing it would be to win! I would be looking forward to ALL of it :)

  • Jaime McFarland April 23, 2013, 8:24 am

    My daughter would love to learn the shading techniques. She would love everything I’ve seen for her grade really.

  • Katrina Hess April 23, 2013, 8:26 am

    This sounds like a really great art program to add to any homeschool!! :)

  • Rebecca Ray April 23, 2013, 8:36 am

    I like the way that each grade level’s dvd is multiple projects around a common subject theme…and I really love the 2nd grade fairy tale theme :-)
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  • Karen April 23, 2013, 8:41 am

    Thank you for this review and the opportunity to win a great giveaway . . . this would help our family immensely!

  • Caroline B. April 23, 2013, 8:57 am

    My daughter loves anything art! This looks perfect for her.

  • Melissa April 23, 2013, 9:13 am

    We would love to try this program out at home as well as at the community art studio where my on works with the art after school program!

  • Emily April 23, 2013, 9:28 am

    I’m looking forward to learning art along with my four children!! This would be so much fun!!
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  • Sara R. April 23, 2013, 9:35 am

    We love that the 1st grade theme is art from around the world! My son will be in 1st grade next year (first year as a homeschooler) and is looking forward to having time to “do art” as it’s his favorite subject. This looks great!

  • thegirlwhopaintedtrees April 23, 2013, 10:06 am

    I like how the principles and elements of art are taught. It’s nice to have someone else do the teaching once in a while:)

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  • Jennifer Unsell April 23, 2013, 10:15 am

    I am most looking forward to learning about the various artists alongside my children, that Ms. Volin teaches about.

  • Marlene April 23, 2013, 10:27 am

    I think we would love all of them!!! LOL but I love how warm and welcoming Ms. Volin is!!

  • Marlene April 23, 2013, 10:33 am

    I subscribed via wordpress (couldn’t get the email feature to work on the feedburner one, and I didn’t have the option to add it to Pulse. :)

  • Emily April 23, 2013, 10:34 am

    I like that skills are built incrementally.

  • Teri P. April 23, 2013, 10:35 am

    We love, love, LOVE Home Art Studio! What I look forward to is seeing the pure joy on my children’s faces when we do art!

  • Christy April 23, 2013, 11:28 am

    I’ve been needing an art program to use with my children. This sounds wonderful!

  • Jenna DeMaria April 23, 2013, 11:44 am

    I am most excited that my kids will be learning art from a real art teacher and I don’t even need to be in the room.

  • Kim April 23, 2013, 12:07 pm

    This series looks so fun!

  • Kala April 23, 2013, 1:28 pm

    My child loves art and drawing, and I am clueless. I would love to have this and see all the wonderful creations she makes. I know her eyes would light up!

  • Joanie April 23, 2013, 1:59 pm

    Very excited to have this resource! We are studying marine biology next year so the year of ocean art will tie in beautifully.

  • Dianne April 23, 2013, 2:14 pm

    I love that the program is self paced. I like the idea that my child is introduced to a lesson a week that builds on the previous lesson. It is not just random projects strung together.

  • Katie April 23, 2013, 4:14 pm

    Looks amazing!!

  • becca April 23, 2013, 4:17 pm

    I would love to win this for my kiddos!

  • Jessica April 23, 2013, 4:27 pm

    That looks like an awesome Art program. Whether I win or not I will definately like to add it to our curriculum next year!

  • Amber April 23, 2013, 4:28 pm

    I think this looks like a great program. I like that I don’t need to have any art background (because I don’t!)

  • nancy s April 23, 2013, 4:29 pm

    there is an instructor and actual art curriculum (i don’t do art) so would look forward to all of it

  • Janet April 23, 2013, 4:46 pm

    The fairy tales program for second looks great! I like that all the supplies are listed one click away. Great idea!

  • crystal April 23, 2013, 4:49 pm

    My oldest son LOVES art! He would be so excited for this!

  • Jodi April 23, 2013, 4:51 pm

    Way cool! Great ideas. This is just what I have been looking for!

  • Sabrina L April 23, 2013, 5:02 pm

    We look forward to being able to just pop the DVD’s in and explore art in a fun new way. We would be so blessed to win these Home Art Studio DVD’s! Thank you for the giveaway!

  • Amanda April 23, 2013, 5:03 pm

    This would be great for all my guys at once!

  • Jessica Claire April 23, 2013, 5:04 pm

    I am most looking forward to having projects all in one place to learn along with my children.

  • Emily R April 23, 2013, 5:06 pm

    I love that our four kids could all do art together!

  • Marshana Gill April 23, 2013, 5:10 pm

    This sounds wonderful! I’ve been searching
    all year for a great program, looks like this
    is perfect for my homeschooler.

  • Leah Wall April 23, 2013, 5:14 pm

    I would just love that the art curriculum includes a DVD – our current curriculum has no DVD

  • Jennifer Dietz April 23, 2013, 5:14 pm

    This would be an incredible addition to our homeschool! It looks amazing!

  • Lisa April 23, 2013, 5:17 pm

    I am not artistically inclined, but would love to be able to teach my daughter. I look forward to having a simple step by step guide to fun projects.

  • Sherri April 23, 2013, 5:31 pm

    Who doesn’t love art? My K & 2nd graders do!!!

  • Hope April 23, 2013, 5:44 pm

    I look forward to having quality instruction we can all learn from!

  • Karen April 23, 2013, 6:02 pm

    This would be such a blessing to us. I am very weak in art and this program looks fantastic!

  • Delia April 23, 2013, 6:22 pm

    Perfect for my Matthew! X

  • Angie April 23, 2013, 6:22 pm

    Sounds like a wonderful curriculum!

  • Kristine B. April 23, 2013, 6:37 pm

    I love the varying age levels this covers – and all the variety in project type, art media used! This would be awesome with multi-aged families like ours :)

  • R April 23, 2013, 6:59 pm

    My artsy DD would love to use this resource (as would mom!) looks fun and easy= fabulous

  • Monica April 23, 2013, 8:36 pm

    We’ve been studying the Master Painters this month, and I like that Lindsey touches on them and uses a variety of techniques and media in her lessons. That’s what my kids love.
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  • Dinah April 23, 2013, 8:40 pm

    We would love to learn some more art technique. My kids love art projects! (I do too:)
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  • Emily @OurAwesomeAdventuresAbroad April 23, 2013, 8:52 pm

    I’m excited to learn along with my kids!
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  • Brandy April 23, 2013, 8:59 pm

    I like two things most: the different themes and all the different art mediums used. Looks fun!

  • ~Kris April 23, 2013, 9:23 pm

    Looks like a FANTASTIC product! Thanks for a great review for the rest of us!

  • Monika April 23, 2013, 9:25 pm

    We would love to have a curriculum this time! We have been going on without one for the past 3 years and now since the kids are finally entering 1st grade and preschool it’s time to follow something specific! I love the variety the program offers and the DVDs are great!

  • Becky Rider April 23, 2013, 10:12 pm

    This DVD set really excites me. My daughter is going to 1st grade and tells us she is an inspiring artist, yet art is not my strong suit. It would be great to have the whole set to let me grow and learn.

  • Trisha April 23, 2013, 10:30 pm

    My six-year-old daughter watched a sample lesson and is now begging for this program!

  • Kat April 23, 2013, 10:36 pm

    Most looking forward to someone who knows what they’re doing teach art techniques on DVD :-)

  • Kristi Leonard April 24, 2013, 3:33 am

    We would love to try out this art dvd set! I have one son who is naturally gifted and we’re all creative and would love to learn more techniques!

  • Desiree April 24, 2013, 10:40 am

    These look like they would be fun and easy to understand. I would enjoy learning along with my children!

  • Tanya Smith April 24, 2013, 10:49 am

    I am not artistically inclined, and I think this program would be good for all my children to have art experience.

  • Katie April 24, 2013, 10:51 am

    Thank you for the review, it was really interesting!

  • Jackie Robinson April 24, 2013, 11:24 am

    This would be an awesome addition to an home education program! I love art and I’m always looking for new art projects for my girls.

  • Amber Smyder April 24, 2013, 11:39 am

    I love how user friendly this program seems to be, and my kids and would have fun learning art together! I have an 11 year old who is intimidated by art but would really connect with this format and these “fun”, non-perfectionistic style projects.

  • Amber April 24, 2013, 12:50 pm

    How cool! My daughters especially love art. What blessing this would be! :)
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  • September April 24, 2013, 1:11 pm

    I think the third grade DVD looks great–principles & elements of art, learning how to analyze famous works of art.

  • LeCricia Shelton April 24, 2013, 2:38 pm

    I am really looking forward to starting this next year! We have done some of her free art projects from her website. She is really good about teaching the history behind her art.

  • Amie April 24, 2013, 5:47 pm

    I love Home Art Studio. I love how easy it is to implement and how great the projects turn out

  • Julie Bernhardt April 24, 2013, 11:26 pm

    I have been looking at these all year! I think what i look forward to most is having my children learn the techniques I cannot teach them…at a level appropriate for each of them

  • Cathi April 24, 2013, 11:46 pm

    I would appreciate having someone who actually understands art teach it to my children.

  • Mariah April 24, 2013, 11:54 pm

    I’m most excited about just popping in the DVD, sitting down, and actually doing art WITH my kids! Looks like a lot of fun!

  • Caryn Block April 25, 2013, 12:34 am

    This is a great give-away! We definitely have struggled to add art to our curriculum. This would be a great addition for our family!

  • Karen April 25, 2013, 8:15 am

    This looks like great fun!

  • Robin Baez April 25, 2013, 8:28 am

    I am going to be homeschooling my children and this would be a great way to help them keep their love of drawing with more guidance then mommy can give them.

  • Eunice April 25, 2013, 10:07 am

    The fairy tale stuff looks fun!

  • joyce April 26, 2013, 2:13 pm

    would love to have these videos as an addition to our homeschooling. i feel so un-artsy; it would be great to have someone who enjoys art actually teaching my daughter how to do some of these different techniques.

  • Stef Layton April 26, 2013, 9:18 pm

    I need all the help I can get – reading art instruction from books is SO hard, I am interested in the dvd teaching – my son is SO artistic and I am SO not.

  • StacyWz April 28, 2013, 9:16 pm

    Looks like a great program, definitely an area I need help in.

  • Kirsten April 28, 2013, 9:51 pm


  • Candace April 28, 2013, 9:56 pm

    My daughter struggles with art. She does not want to do any drawing and when I ask her to do art it turns into a struggle so I would love to have this to help her.

  • Lisa April 28, 2013, 9:59 pm

    This program looks great! I would love to add it to our homeschool. My kids love art and I love that this is something hands on, that they can do together or separately.

  • Laura April 28, 2013, 10:03 pm

    My children all love doing artwork–this would certainly be a wonderful thing to win!

  • Laura April 28, 2013, 10:07 pm

    Even if I don’t win this, this would be a valuable program to include in their curriculum–I look forward to seeing my children learn to use different mediums and about art from around the world.

  • Heidi April 28, 2013, 10:07 pm

    I love a program that I can do with all of my boys at the same time!

  • Jennifer April 28, 2013, 10:07 pm

    I am so excited about this program. The DVD guidance seems like an excellent way to incorporate art into our curriculum. While I am creative, I am not an art teacher, and to have Ms. Volin’s expertise seems wonderful!
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  • Karen S. April 28, 2013, 10:10 pm

    My son loves to draw and paint. I am not an artistic person and this would be fabulous! Even if we don’t win, I’m planning on adding this to the list of possibilities for next year!

  • Megan Vesel April 28, 2013, 10:24 pm

    I love the variety of techniques presented! I would love a chance to learn along with my kids!

  • Sara Larane April 28, 2013, 10:26 pm

    Our four year old loves art and it would be great for him to have a multi year curriculum as he grows older!
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  • Elizabeth C. April 28, 2013, 10:51 pm

    so fun!
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  • Heather April 28, 2013, 10:53 pm

    We have been looking at this program for a couple of weeks. It is great to see another great review! :o)

  • Lindsay @ Bytes of Memory April 28, 2013, 10:54 pm

    I am needing someone to tell me what to do. I am most looking forward to the planning and project picking being done for me and that I can do them along side of my son!
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  • Rachel April 28, 2013, 10:58 pm

    I really need to incorporate art into our homeschool. It’s been sorely lacking. This would help.

  • Carey Jane Clark April 28, 2013, 10:59 pm

    These look like a lot of fun! We can’t get enough of art around here. We’d love to have something like this.
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  • Andrea H April 28, 2013, 11:03 pm

    This looks like a great program for my girls!

  • Kristine Schempp April 28, 2013, 11:03 pm

    I am looking forward to my kids proudly enjoying their own beautiful artwork on display in our home!

  • Crystal Cook April 28, 2013, 11:07 pm

    I would look most forward to being able to do the projects right along with my son. He doesn’t like to do things alone so we do a lot of “do it with me” type things. Art is great therapy for him and it would be great fun to do it together!
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  • Rebecca April 28, 2013, 11:09 pm

    Having a person to help me teach the girls art. Instead of me not knowing I can preview it and then learn with them.

  • Jennifer April 28, 2013, 11:14 pm

    I think art is so important but so easily forgotten so I am super excited about this curriculum.

  • Alicia Charmbury April 28, 2013, 11:25 pm

    Being able to work with my daughter with the Kindergarten program
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  • Rose Koogler April 28, 2013, 11:44 pm

    This looks like a great program. I’m sure I would learn quite a bit myself in participating with my daughter. We would be starting with the Kindergarten classes and working all the way through.

  • Adrienne May 2, 2013, 7:20 pm

    That looks like an awesome program! Too bad I missed it. 😉

    • Tricia May 3, 2013, 3:21 pm

      Adrienne – you missed the giveaway but you can still find it at the website linked above. Wonderful resource and very worth a purchase!

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