We are art impaired at the Get Along Household. It’s not that I don’t enjoy trying to make art, but that I just lack that particular talent. In spite of my limitations, I do try to work something artsy in every week or so, just in case one of the kids is less handicapped than I am at these things.
The hardest part of introducing art to my kids, for me, is finding new techniques. Pencil and paper, glue and scissors, I’ve got. We even delve into the wild world of dry pasta and beans from time to time. But who knew there was such a thing as layered wax art?
OK, fine. Lots of people know about this. The lesson included in the package tells me that encaustic techniques go all the way back to the ancient Egyptians. How was I to know that, though? I’m just a hillbilly mommy blogger! Enter Eye Can Art.
Eye Can Art Kits are exactly what they sound like: art that even I can do. In a can, no less! Clever, huh?
There are several different styles of art to choose from, and each can comes with all of the materials you need in order to learn a new way of doing art.
The boys got down to business right away. Oil pastels are their (and my) favorite way to draw. They’re so smooth and vivid and satisfying to use that I work them in wherever I can.
How happy am I to have learned this new way of making pretty things? So happy that I’ve got beeswax sheets in my shopping cart at Amazon. I’d like to try that myself, now that I’ve seen the boys do it. I don’t know if I can top Lightbulb Boy, but I want to play, too! We had two students, so we only got to try one of the projects in the booklet. I’m thinking about how we’re going to do the second project already. As soon as I have enough Swagbucks to buy the gift cards, I’ll order them.
Pros: Well, art! Eye Can Kits are fun and convenient, and all the teaching is in the can so you don’t need to know what you’re doing to get started. Depending on your own skill level and creativity, you get a pretty cool finished product out of it. These kits are a great way to dabble in new things without committing to a lot of materials before you know if you’re ever going to do it again.
Cons: The website says there are enough materials to do it over and over, but there was really only enough to do it twice. While we enjoyed the project, and the pictures are now proudly displayed above each boy’s bed, I must admit that I probably wouldn’t buy this kit with my own money. It’s pretty neat, but it is also a little bit pricey for a frugal homeschool. On the other hand, I didn’t have to pay a teacher, so maybe it is worth it. Flip a coin. I could go either way.
Buy: If you want a quick start to new kinds of art, Eye Can Art is a great product. Eye Can Art Kits can be bought online, and range from $24-$30 in price.
Win: One Get Along Home reader will win whichever can ‘o art she’d like from Eye Can Art.
How to enter: You know how it works by now, surely. Just leave a comment and your name will be in the hat! (Please note that I am on an internet fast until next weekend. All comments will be held in moderation until Sunday, March 24 so that no fistfights break out in the absence of the bouncer. Your comments are going through. They just won’t show up right away.)
Details: This giveaway is open to anyone in the US. This giveaway will be open until midnight, March 24, 2013. The winner will be chosen by And the Winner Is… WordPress plugin. The winner will have 48 hours to respond to my email. If there is no response after 48 hours, I’ll have to choose another winner. Please use a valid email address in your comments so that I can contact you if you win! Please use one email address per entrant, per household, per IP address. The giveaway provider (not Get Along Home) will be responsible for prize fulfillment. Good luck!
Disclosure: I was sent a sample of this product for review. I wasn’t otherwise compensated. Here’s your mommy blogger grain of salt.