Paint-by-Number Museum Series - set of 4
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With the Paint-by-Number Museum Series, your young artist will get to imitate four very different famous masterpieces: The Eiffel Tower by Georges Seurat, The Starry Night and Sunflowers - both by Vincent van Gogh, and The Japanese Footbridge by Claude Monet.
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 he focuses entirely on getting the right color in the right spot.
Unlike other paint-by-number sets, the Paint-by-Number Museum Series does not print the numbers on each canvas, but rather on reference sheets so your artist can choose to imitate the masterpiece or paint with his own matchless style. Brief illustrated instructions with a snippet about the techniques used by the master artists when creating their works of art will get your miniaturist at the easel fast. Will the results rival the originals? At this price, no. But the attention to detail and the skills developed are sure to set in motion a lifetime of art appreciation.
Set includes four painting kits, each with a 6" x 8" canvas, pop up easel, brush, 6 acrylic paint colors and instructions. Ages: 8+.
Four painting kits:
Made in: China
My children love these kits, and I love the results. They are challenging but doable, and leave room for individual expression. We did this same masterpiece kit several years ago when my older kids were younger, then recently ordered another to do with my younger kids (ages 8 and up) and older grandkids (9 and 11). They entered the results in the creative arts competition at our state fair and all won ribbons for their work.
My daughter absolutely loved painting these! I didn't think she would because usually paint by numbers is pretty basic and 1 color per number, but this one actually taught her how to mix and blend colors as well! The colors are bright and it did take a while to finish. And there are some really small areas, so it took some concentration. It was great to bring out on rainy days. She also loved that she painted on a canvas, not a flimsy piece of paper. She loved them so much, we put them up on the wall!
These were one of my favorite parts of our third grade curriculum. The paintings are detailed and take a few hours. The kids are learning layering texture and various brush strokes to create different effects, and studying fine art very closely while replicating it. There are also videos available on Youtube that you can watch as a painting lesson that go along with these. The finished products are beautiful, and people comment on them all the time. They hang in the classroom and the kids get to be proud of what they created. If there were more of these available on the Timberdoodle site, I would buy them.
So far my daughter has completed Starry Night, which she said was easy and fun! Her finished product looks great!
I loved this curriculum item, but unfortunately it was not one of my daughters favorites. She enjoys being able to create her own art and did not like following the patterns for the paintings.