For Christmas we gave Ani an online Watercolor for Kids class – here’s how it’s gone so far! And if you’d like to try it out, use the code JANSSEN15 for 15% off.
When I shared my annual post about what we were actually giving our girls for Christmas, by FAR the most popular item on that list was the Watercolor for Kids class we gave Ani.
The creator of the class, Emily Lex, sent me an email after Christmas to say that more than 150 of you had signed up for these watercolor classes and I was blown away!
Now that we’ve actually started using the Watercolor for Kids class, I wanted to report back on how it’s been.
In a word – amazing.
I would say these online watercolor classes were Ani’s favorite gift she got for Christmas, aside from the lurid teal puffball keychain with a bejeweled fox head that Ella gave her (how is any parental gift supposed to compete with THAT?) and it was the first thing she started using on Christmas afternoon when we came home from Christmas lunch with Bart’s grandmother.
My girls love taking classes, but I strongly believe in not overscheduling my children or spending every afternoon shuttling them around, so online courses that are self-paced are exactly the kind of thing I love.
No strapping everyone in the car, no trying to figure out what to do for 45 minutes before I have to pick them up, and no waking my toddler up from her afternoon nap.
Also, the price on the Watercolor for Kids class cannot be beat. It’s $29.95 for all the lessons and lifetime unlimited access (plus you can use the code JANSSEN15 for an additional 15% off).
There is a supply list included with recommendations for different brands. We ended up buying Ani this watercolor pad and this set of watercolor paints which comes with brushes and they’ve both been great.
I was cleaning up Christmas stuff while Ani did her first lesson in the same room, so I could see and hear the whole thing and I was so impressed! The videos were super easy to follow and Ani was so engaged the whole time.
And when she finished her first watercolor project, I was totally floored by how good it was!
The next morning, when Ella was asking to do her Lettering Class that we’d bought her from the same teacher (the JANSSEN15 code works on this class too), Ani piped up, “You will LOVE your teacher. She is SOOOOO nice.”
Which warmed my heart and made me laugh a little since the classes are all filmed and so she didn’t have any actual interaction with Emily Lex.
The next day, Ani and Ella did two of the watercolor projects together and had the best time working on it and I’ve loved seeing their watercolor art around the house since then (and am saving the best ones to go in their end-of-school-year memory books).
The girls have loved it so much, I’m considering getting them the regular Watercolor class too, that’s aimed more at adults.
If you have a child who is interested in art classes but you’re not ready to commit long term or don’t want to be shuttling around to ANOTHER class, this Watercolor for Kids class is the perfect place to start!
And if you’re one of the many people who tried it out this Christmas too, I’d love to hear what you thought!
Photos by Heather Mildenstein