When Saige is feeling creative, she can bring out this art set. It includes: An easel with a tray and cup for holding her supplies—it folds for easy storage when she's done! Five faux paint tubes and four brushes that Saige can really hold on to A painter's palette for blending the perfect shade A sketch pad to plan out her paintings, plus a portfolio to store the finished product Five of her paintings on real canvas $48
I bought this set for my 10yo. I was very impressed with the quality of the canvas pictures. The paintbrushes are very realistic and adorable, too. The sketches inside the portfolio book are extremely detailed.
The only complaint I have about it is the easel itself seems a little flimsy. It may just be the particular set I received. I've told my daughter to be very careful with it as I'm afraid the piece at the top could break/come apart easily.
That being said, I'd give the set a A-. It provides hours of play! I think it's a must have for any AG! Just be careful with the easel :-)
As soon as free shipping was available, I immediately purchased this set, as this one an accessory set I wanted, regardless of whether Saige the doll would ever come here or not.
Easel with plastic cup to hold brushes Both pieces are plastic. I am a bit disappointed with how light-weight the easel is. I do agree that with heavy play, it could easily break. The plastic cup has a little notch to stick it in the gap in the easel to attach the cup to the easel.
Five faux paint tubes These are just plastic paint tubes (not real tubes filled with paint) molded so they look like they are in different stages of use. Very cute.
Four Brushes the brush handles are made of plastic. The brush ends are actual brushes with two flat brushes and two round brushes. I am glad of this little detail, as any painter uses of a variety of brush types when painting, and glad AG included this.
Painter's Palette Again made of plastic, already has "simulated" paint blobs on the palette. Cute, but I am not 100% keen on already having paint on the palette. When I paint, I prefer using palette paper over my palette to keep it neat, but to each their own.
A sketch pad Love the sketch pad. Very realistic, made of thin drawing paper. My favorite part of the set.
A Portfolio with Five Sketches I am disappointed the most with the portfolio. It is a file folder more than anything else, rather than a handled portfolio that I commonly use. The sketches are nice though.
Five of her paintings on real canvas I was expecting the paintings to be on a stretched canvas on a wooden frame, but instead the paintings are on canvas panels. Again, just a personal preference. Still they are nice, but if you are not getting the set for Saige specifically, the lack of blank canvases really hurts the set in my opinion. And with all the finished paintings, I would have expected a frame or two to hang them up.
Overall, I give the set a B. It will certainly get used, especially since Saige is now here, but I guess I had much higher expectations only for AG to fail to meet them. I have a feeling the price ($48) really is what it is due to the finished paintings more than anything else, as I cannot justify the rest of the set totaling $48. As soon as I can, I am going to head to the craft store and pick up some blank mini canvases and make some of my own paintings or half done paintings to increase the variety a bit.
Since there aren't any pictures of Saige's painting set, I've decided to add some of my own. Behold, my fabulous graduation present Saige's art set.
The portfolio, sketches, tubes of paint, palette, cup, paintbrushes, and sketchbook. Honestly, I really love the portfolio. Not being an artist or knowing any art majors, I don't know what kind of portfolio they'd actually use, but I thought it was cute.
The sketches included in the portfolio: cowboy boots and a hat, a desert scene, a horse, a house, and galloping horses. My favorite is the desert scene, but they're all cute and look like real sketches. The paper's not at all flimsy and feels like thin cardboard, so it should hold up to some play better than regular paper.
I love the paintbrushes, mainly because they have real bristles instead of just being molded plastic. This is just a comparison shot between them and the ruler from Kit's school set.
The palette and tubes of paint. These are all plastic, but the paint tubes feel more rubbery than the palette. The set only comes with five tubes, so I guess Saige must've mixed the red and yellow to make orange.
The paintings: a horse, a saddle and blanket, a cactus flower, some hot air balloons, and a landscape scene. My favorites are the last three on the bottom row. It would've been nice if AG had made a blank canvas and an in-progress painting just to give the set some variety. The paintings are all different sizes with the horse one being the largest and the hot air balloon the smallest.
Just the back of one of the paintings. Looks like sturdy carboard, thin cardboard, and the canvas material.
The easel before being unfolded. It's all plastic and unfolds easily.
There's a little . . . I wanna call it notch, but that doesn't sound quite right. Anyway, the bottom platform of the easel easily snaps on to keep it from falling down.
Unfolded easel with the notch in the front for the plastic cup. It should hold up to very light and careful play.
Sadie modeling a paintbrush and the palette. I'm not sure how to make her hold it realistically, so for now, it just rests on her arm. Hopefully she doesn't drop it or it'll ruin her dress.
One last shot of everything together. Overall, I give this set an A-. I really like it and it's got lots of great pieces, but I wish it had included a few more things to justify the price.