Most states require a fine arts credit for high school graduation. This can be quite an issue for someone who is artistically challenged or doesn’t have access to outside classes or co-ops.
See the Light’s Art Projects curriculum is just the right fit. By using their DVD curriculum, your child can earn at least 1/2 credit. See the Light also provides a list of recommendations on how to expand this program to equal a full credit.
Earlier this year we reviewed God’s Special Surprise and LOVED it! So, for this review opportunity, we jumped and excitedly picked Horsing Around in the style of Edgar Degas for the horse lovers in our family.
In this video, Edgar Degas’ life and art is discussed along with art principles and elements. Then the student is lead through four step-by-step lessons which produce a horse masterpiece.
1. Draw the horses with basic shape (30 minute run time)
2. Lay the base colors with chalk pastels (27 minutes run time)
3. Add layers of pastels for realistic horses (40 minutes run time)
4. Layer in the fields of color (23 minutes run time)
DVD’s from this series retail for $14.99 and are for ages 10 and up.
Eagerly grabbing paper, pencils and pastels, my 15, 12 and 10 year olds and I sat down to start the first lesson.
Master Artist, Pat Knepley does a wonderful job introducing Degas and giving background information on this artist. My kids and I were hooked.
Then the actual drawing part begins. Even with the step-by-step instructions I quickly realize that I AM IN TROUBLE! When the camera is angled over Pat’s shoulder, I am ok. When the shots are mirror imaged or sideways I struggle to draw.
I know I’m not an artist by any stretch. I also know that the last See the Light DVD we did, I was the one having problems and not the kids. So, I keep quiet. But, shortly thereafter I hear sniffling and a lot of shuffling. Looking up, I see my 10 year old’s eyes tearing up and my 12 and 15 year olds moving around to point themselves in the direction the camera is aimed at in order to get the right perspective to draw.
This is not going well… Drawing horses is tough! But I’m determined not to give up yet.
We start the DVD over again and stop as many times as necessary. (That’s the great part of this program!). Slowly we make it through, but it takes us almost an hour and a half for this first lesson.
I love the company See the Light. I love what (and WHO) they stand for. I love the quality of their products….but, this particular project was just too challenging and in the end left us frustrated and a few of us in tears. We did not continue past the first lesson. It was just too much!