Detailed information about the contents of each lesson can be found here. The first four video art lessons focus on:
- Tools of the Trade - Learn the basics of what makes a drawing.
- It All Starts With A Line - Learn about drawing different line qualities and the most essential skill of drawing, contour drawing.
- Contours & Composition - You'll learn some tips to place items in a drawing to get the best results.
- Draw What You See - You'll take a common everyday item - a shoe - as your subject for a completed contour drawing.
In previewing the first four lessons, I was very impressed with the quality of the video, the upbeat personality of Pat Knepley, and the obvious artistic talent demonstrated in her drawings. The drawing instructions were quite clear and I also felt that the pace of the videos was not too fast and not too slow. One of my very favorite aspects of the DVD that I previewed is the seamless integration of biblical truth into the art lessons.
I was completely enchanted by the bonus chalk art lesson included on the first DVD (the DVD with the first four lessons). I literally sat mesmerized and watched chalk artist, Gloria Kohlmann, create an amazing chalk drawing of the three crosses on a hill. Since Easter is right away around the corner, I decided to focus on this art project with my children. While they have had a great deal of work in drawing basics in their art class, chalk art was completely new to them.
Overall, I was quite impressed with this DVD art curriculum. My review is only based on the first four lessons and the bonus chalk art lesson, though, so that must be kept in mind when considering my review. As a homeschool mother concerned with having the needed materials on hand and keeping good academic records, I have a few criticisms of the art program. Again, please keep in mind that I only had access to the first DVD - perhaps these issues were covered in one or more of the later DVDs.
- I would like to have a printable list of ALL of the art materials needed for the entire course. This would make planning and budgeting for supplies easier.
- I would like to have a printable list of the scope and sequence/art concepts/skills/art history topics covered in the class for documentation purposes in our yearly portfolios.
- Examples of student art would be motivational for younger students. Realistically, the drawings of most children will not reach the artistic standard as shown in the videos. I think showing finished drawings/projects completed by children of various ages would allow for a more realistic expectation for many children.
I received a copy of the first DVD in the See the Light Art Class DVD set in exchange for my honest review of the product. No other compensation, monetary or otherwise, was given in exchange for this review.