In July 2012, Steps4Kids released its Steps4Kids to Draw DVD with approximately 90 minutes of video modeling to help emerging artists learn how to draw shapes, animals, people and things.
For children learning to draw shapes, the “Shapes” section shows how to draw a circle, square, triangle, rhombus/diamond, heart, cube and star. Each shape uses colored graphics to help children learn to identify the shapes as well!
For more advanced artists, the Steps4Kids drawing DVD shows how to draw animals that you may find on a farm, in the house, in the water or at the zoo! (20 total) The “People” track shows how to draw 5 faces, introduces “profiles” and demonstrates how to draw basic clothing. The “Things” track shows how to draw a bike, car, flowers and more!
Each section (Animals, People, Shapes and Things) has “all play” features that enable viewers to play multiple demonstrations at once but also enables viewers to select each item individually to practice their favorite items!
The Steps4Kids to Draw DVD just earned DVD of the Year award from Creative Child Magazine!My kids loved this DVD more than I originally thought they would. The day we received it, one of their friends was over, and all of the younger children sat with their little papers and pencils and practiced drawing many of the projects, and did quite well! The seven year old did the best, but the six year old wasn’t too far behind.
The narrators friendly voice reminded me of being in elementary school art class again, which was always my favorite! She worked at a child friendly pace and if someone fell behind, it was easy enough to just pause the DVD until they caught up.
If you have a child in the age range of 6-10 that’s interested in art, especially drawing, I do recommend this product. As an artist myself, I know that I’d have loved it when I was a kid. Our friend I mentioned earlier actually is a little budding artist, and she begged to take the DVD home with her. We let her of course, and the next time we saw her she was so proud of the drawing skills she’d learned already.
Unfortunately Steps4Kids is no longer available on an official website. I do feel that learning to draw is a fun and important experience for kids, CLICK HERE (Amazon affiliate) to find many other similar drawing DVD programs.