Friday, April 22, 2011

See the Light - A Review

Product:  Art Class DVD 1

Price:  FREE

Part of a 9 DVD set called Art Class, retailing for $99

To Purchase Free DVD:   Volume 1 or watch online

To Purchase Complete Set:  Art Class
An online subscription is also available for $10/month

Instructor:  Master Artist Pat Krepley

Company:  See the Light - Drawing Children to Him

Age Range:   early elementary and up

Other Products:  A Variety of art DVDs

Course outline of Volume 1: Lessons 1-4  (from the website)

TOOLS OF THE TRADE — Learn the basics of what makes a drawing. Master Artist Pat Knepley demonstrates what you
need to have on hand in your drawing “toolkit” to always be ready to draw.

IT ALL STARTS WITH A LINE — The most fundamental element of all drawing is the line – but not all lines are alike!
Learn about different line qualities and the most essential skill of drawing – contour drawing.

Train your eyes and hands to be synchronized! You’ll learn some tips to place items in a drawing – or “composition” – 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. This is a true test of whether you draw what you SEE or what you KNOW!

with See The Light chalk artist Gloria Kohlmann

In-Depth Look:

We received Art Lessons DVD 1 for review.  I was curious to see how it would work out to have a personal art teacher on our TV.  My children worked their way through the 4 art lessons by  Pat Krepley.  Well, really 1 lesson on what supplies we would need and 3 lessons on drawing.  Then they watched the bonus lesson on chalk drawing by Gloria Kohlmann.

The instructors were pleasant. The video and sound quality were good.  The lessons were short and concise, focusing on one skill at a time.  It was very user-friendly and student oriented.  My children were able to sit down and do the lessons completely on their own.

The lessons on this disc were very basic.  Quite simple.  It didn't challenge my children very much.  But they did the lessons and did them well.  And they learned something along the way.  Besides, as I told my girls, you have to start somewhere.  You start with the basics and work your way up.  This is just the first few lessons of a complete series, that gets increasingly more in-depth.

The chalk lesson was really cool.  The way they shaded the different colors around was so neat.  And the finished pictures looked very nice.

This is a Christian program.  Each lesson has a mini Bible lesson in it.

Like I mentioned before, the first DVD is free for the asking.  It is a good place for a beginner to start.  And since it is free, it is a good way for the parent to get a feel for the program and see if it would be a good fit their children.

Have fun drawing!

Disclaimer: I received this DVD free of charge to review, as part of the TOS Homeschool Crew. The above is just my opinion. Please remember that opinions may, and do, vary.

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