See the Light Review

I am not an art person, I never have been but I want AJ to learn as much as she can. When I was given the opportunity to review an Art Project DVD from See the Light, I was excited. The first thing we had to do was decide what great project we would like to try. There are a variety of options.

  • Tiffany Window
    IN THE STYLE OF LOUIS COMFORT TIFFANY
  • Repeated Sweets
    IN THE STYLE OF WAYNE THIEBAUD
  • Paper Jungle
    IN THE STYLE OF HENRI ROUSSEAU
  • Pointillism Fruit
    IN THE STYLE OF GEORGES SEURAT
  • Poppy Collage
    IN THE STYLE OF GEORGIA O’KEEFFE
  • Dreams of Joseph
    IN THE STYLE OF MARC CHAGALL
  • Horsing Around
    IN THE STYLE OF EDGAR DEGAS
  • Peaceful Seas
    IN THE STYLE OF WINSLOW HOMER
  • Sunflowers
    IN THE STYLE OF VICENT VAN GOGH
Each DVD focuses on a different topic and instructs you in how to create a masterpiece based on the artist that you are learning about. They retail for $14.99 when purchased separately, $12.50 when you sign up for the DVD of the month club, and $99.99 for a boxed set with all 9 DVDs. These DVDs are recommended for ages 10 and up and will even satisfy the fine art requirement that most states have for high school. While the DVDs themselves are not quite enough to satisfy the fine art requirement, when artist studies, additional projects based on the methods learned, and field trips are added in there should be more than enough hours to satisfy the requirement. (Be sure to check your state homeschool laws to make sure it will work for your needs)
 
See the Light Art Project DVDs are way more than just art lessons. Incorporated into the lessons are biblical lessons along with background information about the artists. You simply pop the disk into a DVD player, sit back and let the instructor teach the lesson. It is presented in a way that AJ stayed engaged and interested throughout the lesson. The instructor completes the project right along with you and provides tips and tricks to make the project even easier. For someone like me who is art challenged, it is perfect!
 
So what did we pick?
 
 
We picked Paper Jungle where we would create a collage. I honestly picked it because I had all of the needed materials on hand and it looked like fun. I had never heard of Henri Rousseau before so I was excited to learn right along side AJ.
 
The DVD was broken down into 4 lessons. During the first lesson “Background: Cutting Trees” we learned about the French artist Henri Rousseau. We were given a few different techniques for drawing and learned about the background of a picture. AJ cut out the trees for her jungle.
 
 
 
The second lesson was “Foreground: Grass and Leaf Shapes” we learned about shapes and spacing and studied a few more of Rousseau’s paintings. This was the longest lesson and involved a lot of cutting. AJ cut out the grass and numerous leaves for her collage.
 
 
In the third lesson, “Focal Points: Flora and Fauna” we learned more about the history of collage and Naïve Art. This lesson also touched on more specific aspects of drawing animals. AJ cut out flowers, fruit, and a wild animal to go in her jungle.
 

 
The final lesson, “The Final Step: Overlapping and Gluing” was where  everything came together. AJ glued everything on her collage and learned about spacing scale and layering.
 
 
Bible verses, character traits, and stories were sprinkled throughout the lessons. In all except for the last lesson I felt the Bible verses flowed very well and didn’t feel too preachy. In the final lesson however, the instructor said a prayer to have God help them to do their best on the projects. I honestly felt that was a little much, but other than that I really enjoyed the format.
 
Overall AJ really enjoyed the See the Light DVD Art Projects. When your 10 year old tells you she is going to add the DVDs to her Christmas list, you know she really liked it. She found the lessons to be fun and informative. I like that they provided a lot of technique and included art history.
 
 
There were only a few minor things that we didn’t care for. Some of the camera angles while the instructor was drawing made it difficult to see. AJ got quite frustrated a few times, but after rewinding the DVD a few times she saw what she had missed and continued with her project.
 
If you are looking for a great art program that incorporates art history, elements, and principles, has step by step directions, and has a biblical foundation See the Light is what you are looking for.
 
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