See The Light Art Class: Drawing Children to Him (Giveaway)

by Cindy on November 5, 2012

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.)

Basics

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! Winking smile

Connect: Find See the Light on Facebook  and See the Light on Twitter for news and product information.

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)

STL Disk

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.

{ 27 comments }

Laura November 5, 2012 at 5:11 pm

We approach art in all kinds of ways, from chalk-on-the-sidealk, to keeping a nature sketchbook, to using lesson ideas from Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain. We also just participated in a global Art Card exchange!

tabatha walker November 5, 2012 at 5:12 pm

we do art with lots of mess :) the more mess the better the art :)

mindy November 5, 2012 at 5:30 pm

I am looking for an art curriculum right now. Looks like I need to give this a try!

Holly November 5, 2012 at 7:16 pm

The white board is always covered with my kids imagination :-)

Kristina Best November 6, 2012 at 7:57 am

We haven’t done any art. Would love to.

Nicole~"I'm staying home with my mom!" November 6, 2012 at 8:47 am

I don’t really ‘do art’ in my homeschool. However, my 10yo daughter is VERY artistic. She gets drawing books from the library (because heaven forbid she actually READ a book), and is constantly drawing and creating. She is my art teacher for my little ones :) I’d love for her to have this, I’m confident she’d love it. Thanks for the chance to win…..but if not, I am pinning this so that I can buy it when I’m able. Thanks for the review!

Monica November 6, 2012 at 9:05 am

we do not do art and i have been looking for a art curriculum. would love to try this.

Amie Logan November 6, 2012 at 9:06 am

We have several drawing books that we use, usually during read aloud time. I’ve seen so much benefit to more structured lessons, but we don’t always make time for them.

Mary Jo November 6, 2012 at 9:09 am

Art is my biggest struggle. I hate the mess. I despise having to come up with ideas. I thoroughly dislike getting involved in projects that never seem to work. I was one of those weird kids who didn’t even like to color. Now I have 3 little girls. Thankfully, none of them take after their mother, but supplying them with ideas is not easy. I have checked out a few books from the library on drawing, since my oldest is obsessed with drawing horses and my second child loves to draw bugs. I also have them draw and color pictures for their journals. Otherwise, art is pretty obscure around here. Drama, on the other hand….. ;-)

Whitney
Twitter: luckystars54
November 6, 2012 at 9:18 am

I usually conduct an art project in correlation with our Science, Geography, or History lessons…I try to do one big, really fun one at least once a week. I am definitely not the most artistic person however, and these DVDs sound like they would really be a welcome addition to our homeschool classroom.

Celena November 6, 2012 at 9:19 am

I struggle with art with my kids. My 14 month old still puts anything and everything into his mouth, so crayons/markers/paint are all out for him. He has no interest in putting any of it on paper, just wants to eat it. My daughter (3.5) loves to draw, paint, color, write, etc. Wish I was more creative in giving her new tools to try or new mediums to explore in.

Jennifer November 6, 2012 at 10:03 am

Whiteboard, coloring, painting, sticker books….art is a struggle for me! My husband loves to draw so he does some drawing with them. We have just moved to a new town and I have a fabulous new God-send of a friend and she was an art major. She just this week volunteered to come and teach art for me!!

Becky M November 6, 2012 at 10:09 am

We have a co-op art class that teaches very basic art. I try to work in other art at home, and I’ve been looking for a better way to do it.

Melissa November 6, 2012 at 10:26 am

We have yet to do a formal art class in our learning but my children have recently asked for it. Thank you for the opportunity to win! I too will be pinning so I can buy if I don’t win :)

Katie H November 6, 2012 at 3:55 pm

I follow the directions _very_ carefully for the projects listed for the curriculum. She’s little, so it’s either a letter or from the story we’re reading. I fell off the art train in 3rd grade (truly no art class after 8 yrs old) so I’m hopeless at it! :)

Rebecca
Twitter: momsmustardseed
November 6, 2012 at 7:58 pm

I have had my eyes on this for over a year! I would love to win it – we just paint, color and follow directions.

Laurie Cassano November 6, 2012 at 10:37 pm

I am looking for a good art curric, thank you!

Angela S November 7, 2012 at 2:46 am

My kids are 6 and 2, and I’m very laid back when it comes to art. We do some art weekly with Classical Conversations. When we’re home, I let the girls color, paint, and build things with clay. A structured art curriculum would be fabulous.

tereza November 7, 2012 at 9:32 pm

I would love to win this. WE are always doing art at our house. I have a DD9 who loves to draw and color. This would be fantastic to take her skills up another notch. thank you for this give away. :)

holly November 8, 2012 at 8:25 am

Would love to win this!

Jennie November 8, 2012 at 8:44 am

I generally incorporate some type of hands-on project with each science and history lesson, call it “art”, and move along. I know this probably doesn’t actually count as art, but before I was a homeschooling mom, I was an engineer, and art is NOT my thing. Needless to say, I could totally use some sort of formal curriculum. I am all about following instructions from a book. ;)

Lisa Joy November 8, 2012 at 1:40 pm

This sounds terrific! My kids (my daughters in particular) LOVE art! I know that we really need to do more of it, if for no other reason than to encourage them to hold onto the imagination and creativity that God has given them. :)

Ticia
Twitter: TiciaAIM
November 8, 2012 at 5:41 pm

Mainly through our lessons, but I’d like to do more…….

Beth Buster November 8, 2012 at 9:49 pm

I have one child that searches out drawing and art how-tos all the time. With the others, I check out art books and we study famous art work. And Colorado lots of replicas.

Steph @ MomKaboodle
Twitter: momkaboodle
November 9, 2012 at 6:07 pm

Usually while I’m putting together a craft project, the kiddos get into all of our supplies and make their own craft….which usually comes out better than what I had planned, anyway! :)

kathy baman November 9, 2012 at 6:57 pm

We use artistic pursuits and do lots of drawing and crafts. Also daddy is an artist so he does lessons with the kids.

kathy balman November 9, 2012 at 6:58 pm

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