People are creative. We can see that every day in the inventions, books, conversations, music and arts that make human existence so much more than just scratching food out from the dust of the ground and trying to evade predators. But why are we creative? Christians know that people are creative because the Creator made us in His image, and gave us that same—though comparatively meager—ability to create beautiful and meaningful things in imitation of Him, and for His glory. Most of the art classes I have taken and books I’ve read don’t reflect that fact. I’m happy to have found at least one quality art resource that does!
Of all the subjects that give homeschooling moms the heebie-jeebies, art seems to top the list. Not everybody is an artist, after all. In fact, if my Facebook comments are any indication, very few of us are. I do have one child who shows some talent in that area so far, and I’ll bet I won’t have to teach her anything at all. But I want all of my kids to have a chance to learn the basics of drawing and painting—even those who aren’t so talented. Trouble is, you can’t teach what you don’t know! In our home, we’ve done art history, but there hasn’t been very much art-doing. (Unless you count paper plate crafts, which I don’t.)
We’ve been using See the Light for art class for the last few weeks—just one lesson a week—and I can already see a difference in the way my children approach a blank sheet of paper. The first DVD of the See the Light Art Class series starts at the beginning (otherwise known as “a very good place to start) so the simplest concepts are introduced first. Using materials you probably already have in your school supplies, Master Artist Pat Knepley teaches the basics of drawing—tools, lines, contours, composition—in an easy-to-follow way. The lessons are simple, God-honoring, and short enough to be suitable for all ages. We have all done the classes together, even me! Turns out, I’m pretty good at contour drawing. Maybe I’ll be an artist someday!
Buy: I’m looking forward to continuing this series with my kids! Each DVD is $14.95, or a whole set costs $99. This set is going on my “must have” list. It should probably go on yours, too.
Win: One Get Along Home reader will win a copy of See the Light Art Class DVD 1 (ARV $14.95)
How to enter: Just leave a comment on this post. How do you do art in your home?
Details: This giveaway is open to anyone in the US. This giveaway will be open until midnight, November 9, 2012 (or whenever I remember to close the comments). The winner will be chosen by And the Winner Is… WordPress plugin. The winner will have 48 hours to respond to my email. If there is no response after 48 hours, I’ll have to choose another winner. Please use a valid email address in your comments so that I can contact you if you win! Please use one email address per entrant, per household, per IP address. The giveaway provider (not Get Along Home) will be responsible for prize fulfillment. Good luck!
Disclosure: I was sent a copy of See the Light Art Class DVD 1 for this review. This is an uncompensated review. Here’s your mommy blogger grain of salt.