I first became aware of See The Light through mutual Twitter followers. I was delighted when Pat Holt visited our blog and left a wonderful, uplifting comment regarding my testimony. She asked if we would like to partner with See The Light for a review/giveaway. We love giveaways here! I was even more thrilled to partner with a Christian company producing DVDs that teach our favorite subject.
Art is a big deal in our house. We have a resident artist, Vivian, who dedicates every waking moment to celebrating art. Our son Daniel is also an artist and a gifted musician. In our home we frequently take breaks for art and music if the muse strikes. One of the perks of homeschooling is we can spend as much time as we want studying art, exploring our God-given talents, and growing in our gifts.
We were very excited when our package with our See The Light art project arrived promptly in the mail.
Our package included a DVD with an art project in the style of Wayne Thiebaud, a cool bookmark, and a catalog of their products. My 12-year-old daughter Vivian was excited to start a new art project. She called her friend Julia over to our house to share in the fun. My oldest daughter, Rowena (our only current public school child) was home for Spring Break and was also interested in participating.
To do this particular project, it’s encouraged to have your favorite sweets on hand, for inspirational purposes. We were all too happy to take a trip to our favorite local bakery, Flour Power, to pick up our models.
The girls settled in with their cupcakes, art supplies and watched the DVD on our laptop right in the kitchen. I appreciated the ease of set-up. I didn’t need a vast amount of art supplies or an elaborate space for the project. We were able to set up in a matter of minutes with basic art supplies we had on hand.
The master artist and teacher, Pat Knepley, was engaging and easy to follow as she led the lesson. She explained the concept of “Pop Art” as well as provided a brief history of the movement and a background of the artist Wayne Thiebaud. She displayed and explained some popular examples of Thiebaud’s work in a way that kept my children engaged.
She also provided great step-by-step instructions for drawing their chosen sweet and cutting out their drawing.
Normally this would be a DVD lesson series that you would use over the course of a few days, or even a month if you did art once a week. My daughter Vivian wanted to do all the lessons in one day, so we continued on with the next lesson. In the second lesson, Pat taught specific watercolor skills and techniques like “loading the brush” and creating a “flat wash” for their background. And just as she did in the first lesson, she tied in a Bible truth. While she talked about preparing the brush, she told the story of John The Baptist and how he prepared the way for Christ. As the girls worked quietly to load their brushes with watercolor paint, Pat shared Bible verses. It was a seamless transition from art lesson to Bible lesson. I really appreciated having those truths presented in a new way to my children.
Sadly we had to say goodbye to our friend Julia as her dad picked her up. My oldest daughter also had plans with a friend. Two students down, one left. But we were still very interested in completing the project.
I’m amazed at how easily Pat presented solid art lessons and techniques in a way that spanned age groups and skill levels. The lessons were simple enough for students as young as six or seven, yet there was plenty of information for older more advanced students. This is perfect for homeschooling families with children ranging in ages. Young children can work side-by-side with their older siblings using this DVD curriculum.
My daughter Vivian could be considered our most artistically skilled child and she had struggled with watercolor techniques in the past. Using tips from Pat, she was able to hone her skills and become more comfortable with this medium.
Vivian said, “The teacher is really smart and explains things well. I liked that it was easy to listen to her. She teaches straight-on, doesn’t get off subject.”
As the daughter of a self-professed “rambler” Vivian values direct, to-the-point, teaching.
Vivian also said, “It’s much easier to paint with watercolor now.”
During the final lesson, as Vivian finished her project, Pat presented the story of King Belshazzar in the book of Daniel. She showed Rembrandt’s famous “Belshazzar’s Feast” as she read the story. It was such a sweet time of devotion, quiet as Vivian finished her painting. I loved how easy it was to listen to Pat explain the story of Daniel and the writing on the wall. Children often retain information better if they’re engaged in a quiet activity (like art) while hearing a story.
Vivian’s finished project is beautiful. I plan to frame it and hang it proudly in the kitchen:
We really enjoyed completing this project. I highly recommend See The Light art lessons and projects for any homeschool family looking to add quality art lessons with solid Bible truths at an affordable price to their home studies. This art curriculum is suitable for students ages 6-14 years old.
I plan to purchase more art DVDs from this company in the near future. We LOVED this project! Very well done, high quality, production, in-depth art lessons, seamless transition to a Bible lesson – I could not ask for more.