For review our family received the first DVD in a series called Art Class taught by Master Artist Pat Knepley. The complete series includes 36 step-by-step lessons on nine dvd’s designed to teach kids from a very young age basic drawing.
Not only does this program teach step-by-step techniques through progressive skill building, but it also integrates art history and Biblical truths into the easy to follow lessons. The lessons are just the perfect length to capture younger children’s attention, 10-15 minutes, yet include followup activities for further learning and practice. Best of all, most lessons only require basic supplies such as pencils, erasers and paper.
Art Class Volumes 1-9 can be purchased for $99.99. See The Light also offers Art Class as an online subscription in which four lessons per month (one volume) can be viewed for $10.00 per month.
The dvd that our family received is Volume 1: Art Lessons 1-4 The Basics.
*Lesson 1 Tools of The Trade demonstrates what you need on hand to always be ready to draw.
*Lesson 2 It All Starts With a Line uses an apple to teach different qualities of a line, and contour drawing.
*Lesson 3 Contours and Composition shows how your hands and eyes can be synchronized, and how to place items in a drawing to get the best results through using a couple of apples.
*Lesson 4 Draw What You See uses a shoe to help teach complete contour drawing.
*Bonus Chalk-It-Easy Chalk Art Lesson taught by See The Light chalk artist Gloria Kohlmann shows how to use flourescent chalk and a black light for a cool effect.
Our family also received a dvd with preview clips of the program to view.
So what did we think?
I’ll begin by saying my children were very disappointed that there weren’t more lessons!! They really enjoyed the short, easy to understand instruction. The teacher has a pleasant tone and the lessons are very easy to follow. My five year old Levi and ten year old Taylor both really enjoyed following the directions to draw an apple, two apples, and a tennis shoe. Great for boys and girls! I was really impressed by the results of both of their artwork. While we didn’t have flourescent chalk to create the bonus lesson artwork, they both really loved seeing the result of the blacklight shining on the flourescent chalk creation on the bonus lesson and plan to try it out sometime.
See what my crewmates thought of the first dvd in the series over at the crew blog while you’re waiting on yours to arrive!!
We received this dvd for review purposes as members of the TOS Homeschool Crew. No other compensation was received and opinions are my own.