Jam Online for Kids – DIY offers a variety of choices for your home school or just for fun. From art to inventions, there’s something for everyone’s taste and interest. We gave it a try. Keep reading to find out our experience and you can decide for yourself if JAM – DIY.org is right for you.
Art is one of those subjects that I find to be difficult to teach now that my kids are older.
When they were younger, anything artsy could work for art class.
It mostly consisted of simply creating a drawing of whatever theme I had chosen for that day.
We drew monsters, houses, 3-D shapes, etc. using free printable guides or online images.
Often times we would practice shading or coloring our sketches and that was about it.
This type of art class doesn’t gel with my teenagers.
They want to actually learn techniques and improve their drawing abilities through instruction from an actual artist, not from mom.
The task of finding a good online art curriculum has been daunting, to say the least. There just aren’t that many choices out there.
It looked interesting and affordable, so we gave it a go.
Here is how it went.
What’s the Cost?
They have a 14-day free trial where you can access all their content for up to four kids.
Turns out, they have more than just art classes.
They offer stuff like Invent Your Own Machines and Host a Minecraft YouTube Video. Plus they add new content often.
JAM has a few different plan options.
Depending on what you need, the cost ranges from $15 to $25 per month.
You can sign up for just one kid or multiple and either one course, or access to them all.
The instruction is all video-based and easy to follow.
Once your student has completed the assignment, they can upload their work to the site for others to see.
They can also look at the galleries of art from other JAM students for each assignment.
Something to keep in mind though is that in order to show progress through each course, your student must upload their assignment to the website.
One of my kids didn’t want to do this, so their progress was never tracked. Not a huge deal, but just something to be aware of.
These courses can be used for a wide range of ages depending on your kids’ interests and skill level.
Some of the content and difficulty levels are for middle to high school-aged students for sure.
The overall theme of the site is fun and gives an impression of being geared towards younger students, however.
Just keep it in mind if your kids think it’s for a younger age group.
Once they get into the content, they will see it’s potential.
Since I was looking for an art curriculum, we focused mainly on the art classes offered, they have three options.
1. Drawing Boot-camp
This is geared more towards beginners and offers some helpful drawing tips.
The instructor is Lauren who is a professional illustrator, she is great and does a good job of explaining her techniques. She teaches shapes, shading, perspective drawing, and more.
My kids enjoyed this course and were able to complete some really nice drawings.
2. Secrets of Drawing
This course is a more advanced course than the Drawing Boot Camp.
We did this one after the Boot Camp course.
The instructor, Hugh, is an amazing artist and a great instructor, he even has a YouTube channel where he offers even more instruction.
This course really digs in deep and shows how to pull off more advanced techniques and focuses on realism.
3. Animate Your Drawings
My kids were really excited to try out this course.
Unfortunately, I wasn’t ready to invest in the equipment needed to complete the course.
If you are looking for an awesome beginning animation course, this is for you.
Students need to be able to draw the same character over and over with the same proportions but in different positions.
While the concept was really cool and interesting, we just weren’t able to do this course.
Other Courses Offered
I decided we would try out some of the other offerings to try to get the full benefit of our one-year membership.
Unfortunately, my kids weren’t interested in any of the other courses.
I did, however, look through the Invent Your Own Machines course and it looked like it had some interesting projects for kids who like to build things. Plus the course uses items you may already have around the house, which is great.
If you have a tinkerer, definitely check this one out.
Just recently, they added a Photography course to the lineup, which sounded interesting.
After looking through it, I wished they had offered it sooner because my kids have already taken a photography course this year.
At the time I am writing this, the class is still very new and currently has four assignments, but they are planning to expand it.
The course offers tips on choosing backdrops, lighting, and subjects.
It also gives tips for photographing pets, which was fun.
It is a basic beginner course for photography so if your kids are interested in getting their feet wet with a photography mini-course, this would be a great starting point.
Overall, Jam Online for Kids – DIY has some really unique and interesting courses for your students to check out.
I wouldn’t use it as a primary art source, but rather a supplemental one.
JAM would be a great resource for extracurricular interests and keeping kids entertained throughout the summer months.
Have you given DIY.org (Jam online courses for kids) a try? Comment below to share your experiences, I’d love to hear them!
Until Next Time…
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