A rt tends to be one of those “expendable” subjects that falls by the wayside in our homeschool – and many others, from what I hear. Considering, however, the effect art has on mood, creativity, and mental function, it really should be considered part of our core curriculum.
(Don’t miss the giveaway at the end of this review of Art Class homeschool art curriculum!)
With all the stuff that we feel that we have to get done during the school day, though, it can be hard to fit in something that seems like it’s just for fun. That’s why I appreciated the short, to-the-point lessons offered in See the Light’s Art Class.
Each lesson in Volume 1 was only about 10-15 minutes long – easy to squeeze into a busy school day. The full, 36-week curriculum consists of 9 DVDs, with four homeschool art lessons each. The first four lessons contained in Volume 1 cover some of the basics of art:
- What you need in your artist “toolkit” – basic supplies, such as a #2 pencil, colored pencils, paper, and a kneaded eraser, most of which you’ve probably already got around your house
- Contour drawing – sketching the basic shape of an object, the first lesson in training your eye to draw what you see
- Lines – thick, thin, straight or curved, lines are the basis of drawing
- Pencil grips – including tips for having a lighter grip on your pencil
- Composition – deciding where objects should be drawn on your page
There’s even a chalk drawing bonus lesson. The only chalk we had was colored blackboard chalk – not quite the same or with the intended results, but still fun to play around with.
Drawing lessons focused on common objects, such as apples and even a shoe.
In each lesson – or “club meeting,” artist Pat Knepley guides kids through the concepts, both showing and explaining to students what she’s doing as she goes along, which should appeal to all learning types. Kids can see, hear, and do the concepts being taught.
At the close of each weekly lesson, kids are given an assignment to practice until the next meeting.
Josh and Megan, ages 12 and 10, were a little put off by the use of phrases like “club meeting” and “boys and girls,” feeling like the DVD was geared toward a younger audience, but even Brianna (17) voluntarily joined in on a lesson or two. While the lingo may be geared toward younger children, the basics of art are the same for everyone.
The thing I really liked about the curriculum is that it’s produced by a Christian company whose desire is to both glorify God and make art relatable to everyone. Each lesson referred back to a Biblical truth and pointed viewers back to a loving, creative Heavenly Father.
Watch the trailer below and see if Art Class might be a good fit for your family.
If art is one of those subjects that has fallen victim to too-busy days at your house or if it falls under the heading of things you feel unqualified to teach, perhaps you’d like to win a copy of See the Light’s Art Class, Volume 1.
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