Free Art Class – Thrive Online Art Classes for Kids (with Giveaway)

by Susan


Susan here… I’m so excited to share this review, giveaway, free class & discount code with you because while I was testing out Thrive Art, I truly fell in love with it. So while this post is compensated, as always my opinion is my own. And in this case, I am extraordinarily enthusiastic.

Children are born passionate artists, but how do we help them keep their passion alive and grow as creative individuals throughout their adolescent years?

As a mom of two little girls who still love to color and draw, I worry if they will get enough “art” in their education to keep them inspired. Art classes at school are limited or nonexistent and I personally have no art abilities or skills to pass on to them.

While I can teach them to read, write, add and subtract, I cannot teach them to draw. I can barely draw a stick person.

I remember as a child gradually realizing I wasn’t very good at drawing and becoming scared to try. When we had the choice of whether or not to take art in school at age 13, I didn’t take the class because I believed I wasn’t artistic and I was scared to get a bad grade.

I wonder if I had been given some art lessons when I was in that important age range of 6 to 12, if I might have learned enough to gain some confidence to keep trying to draw and enjoy art. Instead, I got frustrated that I didn’t know how to draw and gave up. I labeled myself as unartistic and never again tried to create art.

Power of Art

We teach our children the basics of all other subjects, but we too often neglect art. While clearly some people are born with natural artistic talent that others of us don’t have, every child can benefit from learning the fundamentals of drawing.

I am so thrilled to have discovered Thrive Online Art Classes for Kids.

Thrive Art

“Thrive is a video-based online classroom where kids develop creativity and confidence through their three level art program. They offer video art lessons that can be taken anytime, anywhere – via laptop, tablet or smart phone.”

My 8 year old Julia and I tried out their Beginner Lessons and we absolutely love them. Theresa, the art instructor and founder of Thrive, clearly explains step by step how to draw a specific picture in each lesson.

Through the video art classes, kids learn the basics of how to draw and they have the opportunity to come up with their own ideas. These fun lessons teach kids to innovate and create.

Special Gift for You – Free Class & Discount Code

Thrive Art Discount Code


Enter to win…

One winner will receive the full Beginner Program and 5 winners will receive the first 2 lessons of the Beginner Program.

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Written by Susan Carraretto, co-founder of 5 Minutes for Mom
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Susan Carraretto and her identical twin, Janice Croze, created 5 Minutes for Mom in 2006. Susan loves all social media, but her top addiction these days is Pinterest. She recently published a children's book titled "The Pest Detectives" which you can download now in digital format for free.

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1 Vague May 13, 2013 at 2:17 pm

Mr. 10 is so frustrated with art. I can only draw objects if I can see a picture of them so I feel like an inadequate teacher. If I win the giveaway, I’m hoping this will help everybody’s frustrations.


2 beth cole May 13, 2013 at 2:50 pm

My daughter would die if I won this. She made me a picture of our dog, Willie, who passed away last year.


3 Sonya Davis May 13, 2013 at 4:45 pm

My 9 year old daughter would love art classes, she has Tourette’s Syndrome and drawing is one of the things that helps with her tics, she is very creative and loves art!


4 Sonya Davis May 13, 2013 at 4:51 pm

Her favorite thing to draw is flowers.


5 Mary Hampton May 13, 2013 at 4:52 pm

The Mother’s Day card my 10 year old made me this year is really cute. It’s supposed to be an issue of TIME Magazine. There’s a “picture” of me on the cover, along with headlines of things important to him. Inside he wrote a summary of his last week in baseball along with a drawing of a scene from a game. I love it because it’s a little snapshot of his life right now. It’s a keeper for sure.

I love the idea of these classes. We just moved; our previous school had a credentialed art teacher and everyone got art class once a week (in addition to whatever their class might do). My son would say that Art was his favorite class before we moved; our new school system doesn’t offer art like that, and I miss it on their behalf. Maybe these online classes would be a substitute that they’d enjoy.


6 jessica May 13, 2013 at 8:35 pm

she made a drawing of me, it was so precious


7 Susan S. May 14, 2013 at 3:18 am

I love the owl that my 7 year old recently drew in art class.


8 Mary Happymommy May 14, 2013 at 8:10 am

My 8 year old drew a picture of our poodle and it is amazing! He’s very much into art and would love to follow a program (I have no artistic talent to speak of to help him out).


9 Anne Lehnick May 14, 2013 at 10:23 am

My son just made a Mother’s Day card for me that had several different kinds of insects on it. I was impressed that he used the right colors and the details he added of each type of insect. He’s only 6, but I’ve really seen his art work improve over the last year. He would love an art class.


10 Charlene S May 15, 2013 at 2:27 pm

A family picture.


11 Jessica T May 16, 2013 at 11:35 pm

My kids are half chinese but my son is quite a bit darker than my daughter. . . when ever she draws them she colours herself peach and me peach, and my husband and my son dark brown. . . it is too cute!


12 April Yedinak May 17, 2013 at 2:34 pm

My oldest daughter made a beautiful dragon picture for me that hands on my bedroom wall.


13 Shari May 18, 2013 at 6:51 am

I love the spontaneous art like a self portrait collage she made last summer that looks so much like her.


14 Stacy Uncorked May 18, 2013 at 6:18 pm

My 10 year old is a phenomenal artist – this would be so perfect to keep those fires burning! My favorite picture she drew me so far is the impromptu sketch for Mother’s Day – she drew me as a mommy dragon with four arms, and her as my dragon child. :)


15 Christine May 18, 2013 at 9:45 pm

I think my 9 year old son could really benefit from this program! He loves to draw but I am so disappointed with the lack of art in his school and can’t find a decent extracurricular program in our area. These lessons look amazing!


16 Christine May 18, 2013 at 9:46 pm

My favorite drawing he made me was he and I riding on a roller coaster :)


17 Tabathia B May 19, 2013 at 12:33 pm

It was a flower and loved it


18 kat May 19, 2013 at 7:43 pm

My fav drawing that my child has ever made for me was of… me :)


19 Janet May 20, 2013 at 8:55 pm

My 6 yr old drew a wonderful cartoon dog and my 4 yr old constantly draws me portraits of me holding flowers. :)


20 Leah Wall May 20, 2013 at 9:54 pm

I framed my favorite one – My son drew a picture of me with him inside my womb – it’s gorgeous and even other people can tell what it’s supposed to be…


21 Shannon G May 20, 2013 at 10:20 pm

A sweet picture for mother’s day: “Have a fairy tale mother’s day!”


22 Joli Lybarger May 20, 2013 at 10:28 pm

My daughter is a beautiful artist with a unique vision. She loves to redraw images from the stories I read her. They are her own perspective, and I love them!!!


23 Melissa Cloud May 21, 2013 at 2:10 am

Love this idea. Thanks for doing this giveaway!


24 Debbie Hunsley May 21, 2013 at 10:49 am

My son made me a wonderful frog. Almost perfect at 6!


25 shannon Baas May 21, 2013 at 12:07 pm

One of the family.


26 Jenn S. May 21, 2013 at 12:28 pm

I always love their self portraits.


27 Annamarie Magee May 21, 2013 at 9:46 pm

The picture with the whole family


28 tina reynolds May 22, 2013 at 12:34 pm

I love the family portraits and one of a windturbine


29 Darlene Jones-Nelson May 22, 2013 at 1:22 pm

I loved my son’s self portrait.


30 Elizabeth Gentry May 22, 2013 at 5:17 pm

My daughter drew a lovely self portrait. I have a picture of her standing beside it and it’s a very good likeness of her. Much better then what I would have been able to do.


31 Lauren May 22, 2013 at 6:53 pm

I love all my daughters’ drawings and paintings … I can’t really pick a favorite!


32 Marissa M May 22, 2013 at 9:14 pm

I love all of them! Can’t pick a favorite!


33 Lenora D May 22, 2013 at 9:23 pm

I don’t know how I’d pick one. Mostly just whichever one they are proudest and happiest about any given moment.


34 Ashley O May 23, 2013 at 12:27 am

I am a sucker for pictures including all them members of our family, even Gargamel our hamster :)


35 Claire May 23, 2013 at 2:19 am

A picture of me and her.


36 Kim Kihega May 23, 2013 at 9:18 pm

She drew a picture of everyone in our family- her brothers, and my parents included, which she normally never does! :)


37 liz l May 23, 2013 at 9:21 pm

my nephew made me a flower


38 Kristie D. May 23, 2013 at 10:48 pm

I love the drawing of all the people in our family. Sometimes it’s good to “color outside the lines.” kristiedonelson(at)gmail(dot)com Thank you.


39 Jason Longwith May 24, 2013 at 11:37 am

Not on in particular. Our oldest, she is 9, is always drawing new things.


40 christina moore May 24, 2013 at 7:21 pm

I have a picture of our family and house that my daughter made,of course we stick people, but it is so cute


41 Emi Pearce May 24, 2013 at 11:36 pm

At Six Flags there was an art booth where they painted the kids hands with paint to make a handprint and then made them into animals. That was the start of the finger painting at our house. Now I buy them paints to use on old plans but none are as nice as the one that they did at Six Flags.


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