4/22/11

TOS Review: See the Light Art Class DVD

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Vendor: See the Light
Product: Art Class

Format: 36 lessons on 9 DVD's or a monthly online subscription
Ages: Ages 6 and above, or grades 1 and above
Price:  DVD set=$99.99, Online Subscription=$10
Contact information: info@seethelightshine.com
Website: http://www.seethelightshine.com

Art Class by See the Light brings art instruction into your home through a series of step by step lessons.  As members of the TOS crew, we reviewed the first DVD containing lessons 1-4 and a bonus Chalk Art lesson.  Art Class is also available as a monthly online subscription. You can view free online lessons here.

You can click here for access to information covered in each lesson.  Just click on the individual discs for more information about the lessons on that disc..  Alternately, you can click here to download a PDF containing the lesson details for the entire curriculum.

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My Thoughts: Pat is an engaging and energetic teacher whose love of art motivates her to share art with the students.  My 15 year old said “It’s pretty clear that she really loves art.”   I think the best teachers are those who really love their subject matter and are excited to share it with others.  I think my children learned more from Pat *because* Pat’s love shone through.

Even I learned more in watching those 4 lessons then I did in any of my art classes in junior and senior high!  In a college theater design class the instructor stated simply “just draw what you see”.   Sounds easy right?  But I had no idea how to do that. It wasn’t easy for me.  It was frustrating. Pat would agree with my college instructor however, Pat starts by teaching about lines and she teaches you *how* to draw what you see by breaking it down into lines.  Pat even reminds students in Lesson 4 that you must draw what you SEE not what you KNOW and then explains that you may not always see something like all four table legs but you know they are there.  It makes me wonder if my problem was that I was trying to draw what I knew rather than what I saw.

Included on DVD 1 is a bonus lesson: Chalk Art. This is not taught by Pat but by one of the other artists at See the Light.  I did not find this lesson as helpful, nor did my children.  They thought it was “cool” but it didn’t really instruct us on how to really use chalk or how to blend chalk. God gifted Gloria with artistic talent, but we found she lacked the same love of teaching that Pat has. It is possible that other Chalk Art lessons have more instruction.

On the website site, See the Light states that Art Class has “Biblical truth integrated into every lesson."  When I think of “integrated” I think of smooth, seamless transitions where the Biblical truth is woven into the fabric of the lesson and is, perhaps, inseparable from the lesson itself.  In my opinion the Bible verses at the end of each art lesson are contrived and forced. We found them distracting and I believe they actually detract from the art instruction. 

Though I disagree that Art Class, has Biblical truth integrated, it is my understanding that See the Light has integrated Biblical truth in their The Gift of Love DVD and The Crossmaker DVD.  In those DVD’s See the Light weaves art instruction and Biblical truth together.

Although I am very impressed with the art instruction provided in the first four lessons, I will not be purchasing this DVD set for my family.

To read what my fellow crewmates had to say about Art Class from See the Light, click on the banner below.
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Disclaimer: As a TOS Crew member, I received the first DVD of the series free of charge to review. This review is my honest opinion with, hopefully, enough detail as to why I liked or did not like a product so that my readers can make an informed decision. I received no compensation.

See the Light provided me with a free copy of the first disc in the Art Class DVD series. You can also get a free copy of the first disc in the series by clicking here.

2 comments:

  1. I like your definition of integrated...

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  2. Thanks for the review, I did request a free copy :).

    Amy B

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