This post contains a sponsored review but opinions are completely my own.
I want to share a really clever product with you are going to love, but first you need to reminisce with me for a few short moments. I am going to share something that I have never talked about with anyone.
I wanted to be an interior designer. Architecture had always amazed me, and while in the sixth grade, I privately studied – yes, studied – building plans for homes. So, when I entered college, I decided the necessary course of study would be art.
Prior to college, I never had an art class. So, I sat in Drawing 101 and was completely intimidated by the artists around me. That is when the instructor approached me and looked at my work. She openly criticized me in front of the class because my drawing had lines. Lines.
“Do you see lines when you look at that still-life?” she ranted. “Do you?!”
I was so lost. Almost in tears. And had no idea what I was supposed to do to remove the lines from my drawing.
That was my last art class.
When Art Jam approached me about a review, I assumed this would be a perfect project for my children because they love art. Then, I read that the lessons are optimally designed for ages 12 and up. You can use them with younger children (ages 6 to 11) if you are willing to guide them through the process. But, when I opened the Watercolor Koi project and flipped through the step-by-step instructional guide and watched the art instruction videos online… I heard that instructor’s voice. I felt the sting of trading in my dream for an indecisiveness that was never quenched by a long list of majors.
I had to do this one by myself.
Complete art projects in a jar
Each Art Jam project comes complete with everything you need for the project… and I mean everything. The Watercolor Koi project includes even scissors, pencil, and pen.
All throughout the instructions, you are prompted to watch the videos for additional instruction. The videos are like having a personal art tutor guiding you as you work.
Art Jam – Step by step art instruction
The instruction book includes a brief history of the technique and thorough descriptions of the ingredients needed to complete the technique.
Once you are familiar with the details, the step-by-step directions begin. With each part of the project you have full-color photographs to affirm your progress.
What I love about Art Jam
In all fairness, I have to admit that my children were right at my elbow as I worked and I have plans to work through the other projects with them. (Follow me on Instagram for our continuing fun with Art Jam this week or search social media with the hashtag #ArtJamProjects.) I loved that they were amazed… not by my talent… but by the creative process.
Ordinarily, an art project requires a long list of supplies and an equally long amount of time to gather the materials. With Art Jam, everything you need for the lesson is inside the jar. Aside from drying time between layers of paint, I did not need to get up our of my chair for anything.
Instead of purchasing mass quantities of product (and paying a hefty amount for it) for one project, you get perfect amounts for the lesson. In some kits, you have enough to complete the project twice.
Also, if you want to purchase enough Art Jam kits for a homeschool co-op or birthday party, they are available in bundles through the online store.
Where to purchase Art Jam
If you are local to Louisiana, you can purchase Art Jam projects at various retailers.
For those who cannot make a quick trip to an Art Jam retailer, you can purchase the kits through the Art Jam Etsy shop.
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Art Jam has generously donated 1 of each kit (Watercolor Koi, Oil Pastel Lily, and Mobile) to one Meet Penny reader. To enter, please use the Rafflecopter widget.
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