Problem solving with art? It sounds like a strange combination, at least it did to me, until I was able to apply it myself. When my son made the connection between our recent studies in Leonardo da Vinci and problem solving with art, then jumped in and spent hours working on his project, I knew we had a winner. Think With Art is a new subscription box program that brings art education to a whole new level.
Disclaimer – I was provided with a free box to review. All comments and thoughts are my own. This post contains affiliate links.
Problem Solving With Art – A new approach with Think with Art
A History of Art Struggles
My children are not huge art fans. They definitely do not like anything crafty. In the school system they really struggled with these areas due to dysgraphia and fine motor delays. It didn’t help that the teachers would display the children’s work, without considering how this would highlight their struggles, which lead to bullying at a very young age. We have spent years rebuilding their confidence and self belief.
Creation Crate Connections
So when I was asked by the creators of Creation Crate to try out their new program, Think With Art, I hesitated. I didn’t want to commit to trying a program that my boys might not enjoy making it hard for me to provide an honest review. But, we are such huge fans of Creation Crate, I decided to give it a try and I’m so glad we did!
The box arrived and had a cute little cat image stamped on it. The cat is Mr. Toffee. Inside is a little full colour book, a booklet of blank paper, a pencil, eraser, fan brush, inspiration tags, pencil sharpener (an owl one!), eraser, one sheet of water colour paper, a plastic table cloth, a roll of washi tape, and Crayola water colour pencil crayons.
So I’ll get the negatives out of the way first. Only one sheet of water colour paper doesn’t seem like enough. They say the idea is that kids can sketch and practice in the sketch book, then do a final project on the water colour paper. My kids make mistakes, even if they have practiced, plus we have more than one child. The paper seems like such an inexpensive piece of the box, I wish they had included more sheets. We tried to use other paper (see image below), but the water colour pencils definitely worked the best on the water colour paper.
The washi tape… I have no idea why it was in the box or what it is for! Maybe an extra gift? I would have traded the washi tape for more water colour paper.
The story book should have been edited. We found a few mistakes in the book. Not huge, but basic grammar and spelling issues that should have been caught and corrected.
My art hesitant boys loved this program! My youngest had fun making his picture and seeing what happened when he used the wet brush. He explored colour mixing and liked using the instructions in the book to learn how to draw a cat using simple shapes.
My oldest took it to a whole new level. He decided to incorporate what he has been learning about Leonardo da Vinci, and come up with his own da Vinci style sketches to solve the problem. He even spent the time to develop a storyboard that shows how his invention would work. He created a teleporter!
Keep in mind this is my son that has dysgraphia and struggles with any handwriting activity. He found the concept so inspiring he filled a large sketch pad with images and ideas over a 2 hours period. This is unheard of for him.
Now he didn’t use the box in the way it was intended. He never touched the water colours, instead only using pencil “the way Leonardo did”, but the box provided him with the inspiration. This is such a huge win for him! I’m so thankful for this box providing us with this moment in his education.
I love a program that promotes critical thinking, problem solving and creativity, and Think with Art does that! It inspired both of my boys, and most astoundingly, engaged my oldest so much he spent hours sketching. For that reason alone I would highly recommend the program. Anything that inspires and engages students in STEAM pursuits is a winner in my books!
You can try it out for yourself here and use STEAM5 to save $5.
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