Paint-by-Numbers Museum Series
Does teaching art appreciation intimidate you? It does me! I’ve confessed before about how I don’t know much about art and how I struggle to teach my kids about art. Well, here is another tool in our arsenal, paint-by-numbers kits!
Now I know what you’re thinking! You’re thinking “Oh Meg! I remember paint-by-numbers from the 80s and I’m just not sure how you can be talking about those! Gag me with a spoon!” Well don’t have a cow and take a chill pill, man…I’m telling you, these things are clutch! (Oh dear. Someone stop me.)
From the website:
“Painting by number is often seen as being simplistic, uninspired, and mechanical. Yet Leonardo da Vinci himself assigned assistants to paint in numbered areas on a work that he had already sketched out. Completing paint-by-number projects helps your child learn to analyze a subject and observe areas of color, and is an excellent exercise in brush control and strokes as they focus entirely on getting the right color in the right spot.”
What you need to know:
-Each kit runs roughly $7-15 on Amazon.
-These kits aren’t going to turn your kid into a master artist but they’re a great way to introduce your child to the masterpieces and painting styles and technique.
-Each kit comes with everything you need! Each kit includes a paintbrush, paint, a canvas, instructions, and a pop-up easel. These aren’t of mediocre quality either, the paint wasn’t watery and the canvas was solid. I’ve come to expect subpar paints in kits like these, but that certainly wasn’t the case with the Museum Series.
-Rather than print the numbers on the canvas, the canvas only has major guidelines. Each kit comes with an instruction page that lists the numbers and color matches.
My kids had a lot of fun with these kits and truth be told, I’m a little jealous that I didn’t get to paint one. We painted inside, we painted outside, we hid paint in the couch (toddlers! Amiright?!), and we also had a good time learning about our chosen artist. My children (9, 11, 13, 17 at the time of this review) found the kits easy to understand and use. It took about 5 minutes from the time they opened their kits to when they started painting.
My 17 year old (who happens to be an art major, though he specializes in costume design and mixed media) took about an hour to finish Starry Night, while it took my 13 & 11 year olds two sessions split over two days to finish. My 9 year old has ADHD and I really wasn’t sure that this would work out for him, but I was pleasantly surprised that he worked in solid 20 minute chunks (that is FOREVER to him!), his masterpiece isn’t completed yet but it will be soon.
We will now have four lovely pieces of art to add to our homeschool room art wall (you know, when I finally get the room clean enough to add art!) These kits are great, really! Take everything you think you know about paint-by-numbers and throw it out, these kits are off the chain and your kids will thank you for them.
Buy it: Paint by Numbers Kits
Parental participation: supervision recommended
Reading Skill: moderate (or have a parent read the information)
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Meg Grooms is a long-time homeschooling mother of 6 children, ranging in age from preschool to married with kids of their own. Always a vagabond at heart, Meg and her family have embraced a slow travel lifestyle and currently call Southern California home. Your guess is as good as hers as to where they’ll end up next.
Meg blogs about secular homeschooling and gameschooling at Homeschool Gameschool.