Course Description

A four week painting and drawing course for elementary and middle school children that introduces the student to a different artist each week: 

Claude Monet, Auguste Renoir, Georges Seurat and Vincent Van Gogh.

Each week you will be able to:

  • critique a piece of fine art
  • have an art history lesson on an artist
  • learn about color theory
    • primary & secondary colors
    • warm & cool colors
    • tints & shades
    • complimentary colors
  • practice stippling, shading, blending and cross-hatching techniques
  • create detailed sketches in your sketchbook (5 per week; 20 total)
  • paint a masterpiece in the style of the artists (4 total)

There is also a 42 page downloadable art notebook that is included with this course.

Check out the sample pages by clicking on this file: Sample_color_theory_pages.pdf

There are 16 video demonstrations that correspond to this course:

  • 4 step-by-step videos showing the student how to paint each masterpiece
  • 4 color theory demonstrations
  • 4 elements of art videos
  • 4 weekly wrap~up sketchbook videos

Here are samples of the paintings the children will create:

Course curriculum

  • 01


  • 02

    Week 1 Georges Seurat

    • DAY 1 The Color Wheel: color theory and sketchbook warm up day 1 pg. 10

    • DAY 2 Art Critique, History, and sketchbook warm up pg. 11

    • DAY 3 Stippling: elements of art; sketchbook pg. 12

    • DAY 4 PAINTING PROJECT: Pointillism Postcards and sketchbook warm up pg. 13

    • DAY 5 Kite: weekly sketchbook wrap~up pg. 14

  • 03

    Week 2 Pierre-Auguste Renoir

    • DAY 1 Tints and Shades: color theory and sketchbook warm up day 1 pg. 19

    • DAY 2 Art Critique, History, and sketchbook warm up pg. 17

    • DAY 3 Shading: elements of art; sketchbook pg. 21

    • DAY 4 PAINTING PROJECT: Shaded Umbrella and sketchbook warm up pg. 22

    • DAY 5 Sailing: weekly sketchbook wrap~up pg. 23

  • 04

    Week 3 Claude Monet

  • 05

    Week 4 Vincent VanGogh

    • DAY 1 Complimentary Colors: color theory and sketchbook warm up pg. 37

    • DAY 2 Art Critique, History, and sketchbook warm up pg. 38

    • DAY 3 Crosshatching: elements of art; sketchbook pg. 39

    • DAY 4 PAINTING PROJECT: Swirly Landscapes and sketchbook warm up pg. 40

    • DAY 5 Windy Day: weekly sketchbook wrap~up pg. 41

  • 06

    Certificate of Completion

    • Congratulations!

    • Certificate


1. How long do I have to use this course?

Once you purchase this course, it is yours to use as often as you would like. You can start and stop a session at anytime. There is no specific time frame needed to finish this class. It does not expire.

2. What age group is this course geared towards?

This course is geared towards children in elementary or middles school. The younger students might need some guidance/help from the parent to have the videos set up (logging in to the website and getting the supplies out). You know your child! For the most part, students should be able to grab their supplies, watch the video demonstrations and complete the art work independently. {Make sure you bookmark this site so your child will be able to sign in!} High schoolers could also use this course to improve art skills or practice these lessons from a different point of view. Parents might also want to participate in these lessons as a fun way to create art together as a family!

3. How many videos are included with this course?

There are 16 step-by-step videos demonstrating how to do each art project (4 color theory videos, 4 elements of art videos, 4 sketchbook weekly wrap-up videos, and 4 painting project videos).

4. Why the name "Yellow Spot: Sun"?

Pablo Picasso, famous artist and Cubist, once said, "There are painters who transform the sun into a yellow spot, but there are others, with the help of their art and intelligence, transform a yellow spot into the sun." 

What a wonderful way to view art! If we take the time to view art in this manner, there is no telling what each of these budding artists can create over their lifetime!

5. If I purchased this course, can I share this course with others?

This course is for use within your immediate family only.  It can not be shared with friends, used in co-ops or classroom settings.

All sales are final.


•sell, reproduce, repackage or redistribute the contents of any resource from Yellow Spot Sun Series in whole or in part, for any reason.

•Host any of my products on your own or other sites

•Sell files to make a profit (print, bind, and laminate to sell to others)

•Transmit or store any of these resources on any other website or another location where people may download it (ex. Dropbox, Facebook groups, 4Shared, etc.)

Marrissa Raimonde

The Art Teacher

Hi there!Ever since I was a little girl, I have loved creating art. But, oddly enough, I thought I was going to be an architect when I grew up, so when I headed off to college that is what I began studying! During my sophomore year of college, one of the art classes I was enrolled in assigned us to work in an at-risk elementary school assisting the art teacher. I was saddened to find out what an at -risk elementary school was but amazed by the enthusiasm and joy the art class brought to the students. It was so much fun working with the kids! This "assignment" ended up changing everything. At the end of the year I changed my major and eventually graduated with a B.S. in Art Education. After teaching in the public school system for a couple of years, I decided to get my M.Ed (Master's degree) in Art Education and began taking classes part time while teaching full time. I taught in the public school system in at-risk schools for seven years, up until my first daughter was born. Now, three kiddos and nearly eight years later, I am homeschooling! Since homeschooling, I have been able to teach several art classes to other homeschooling families and have realized that there is a great need for a quality art education program for homeschoolers. Thus, the idea to offer step-by-step instructions online at an affordable cost to families was born.It is my hope and prayer that these courses will be a blessing to you and your children and that the desire to create will be ignited in each of them that fosters a love of the arts for a lifetime! Sincerely,Marrissa10% of all sales from Yellow Spot:Sun Series goes directly to The Last Well. Check out the link below for more info! The Last Well Donations

Marrissa Raimonde

The Art Teacher


dira reeves

5 star rating

“I truly thought that this class was amazing to work on. I loved not just creating art, but the art history, learning to critique was an added bonus. I highly recommend this curriculum.”

“I truly thought that this class was amazing to work on. I loved not just creating art, but the art history, learning to critique was an added bonus. I highly recommend this curriculum.”

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