I can still remember career day in my 5th grade class. We had the cool teacher – she was a bit of a hippy. If we worked quietly, she’d play John Denver albums while we worked. We learned to square dance in her class. And, we had career day. I came dressed in an over-sized shirt and a red beret.
I wanted to become an artist.
I never did become an artist. I didn’t even take art class in high school. (I wish I had since I’ve learned, in the intervening years, that artistic ability isn’t all an inherited trait. It can, to an extent, be taught). Now, however, as a homeschool mom, I get to enjoy art with my kids…and we have enjoyed several Art Projects DVDs from See the Light.
Art Projects for Homeschool Art Lessons
The latest DVD project we’ve enjoyed is Sunflowers, a lesson in oil pastels in the style of, you guessed it, Vincent Van Gogh. You may or may not know that sunflowers are my favorites, so I particularly enjoyed this project.
As a mostly-unrelated aside, the Sunflowers art lessons gave me a great excuse to go buy a really pretty artificial sunflower. Because it was so pretty and so realistic-looking, I decided to just get an entire vase of them. Now, thanks to a couple of 40% off coupons and the Art Projects DVD, I get to enjoy beautiful sunflowers all the time – and my husband is so amazing that he still buys me the real thing from time to time.
But enough about me and my sunflowers. If you’ve seen my previous reviews, you know that each Art Projects DVD focuses on a different artist and a different artistic medium or style. We’ve done: Paper Jungle and the Tiffany Stained Glass project, as well as the cartooning DVD.
A bit unique among other types of art lessons, each See the Light lesson also seeks to point young artists to Jesus Christ by tying each lesson to a Biblical truth.
Because of Brianna’s work schedule and Josh’s serious lack of interest in art (he’s more of a musician), Megan and I tackled this project on our own – you know, mother/daughter bonding time.
Lessons Learned with See the Light Art Projects
Like the other DVDs in the series, Sunflowers has four lessons, each a little less than half an hour in length. Students will learn about art history and the life of Vincent Van Gogh while also exploring concepts such as:
- Layering and composition
- Negative space
- Working with oil pastels
As with the other projects we’ve explored, the materials needed are pretty simple and inexpensive. If you don’t have oil pastels or pastel paper, those will probably be your biggest expenses – unless, you know, you feel the need to buy yourself a vase full of big, beautiful sunflowers, but that’s completely optional.
Megan, typically, is a little disappointed that her projects don’t turn out like she envisioned. However, due to adding new layers of color each lesson, by the time this project was finished, she was really pleased with the way it turned out.
She said that she liked learning the different techniques of using the oil pastels. I think that, ultimately, because you’re layering the colors, this medium may be a bit more forgiving than some of the others we’ve tried.
If you’d like to try the Art Projects Sunflower DVD, here’s your chance! The folks at See the Light are giving away one copy of the DVD to one Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers reader.
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Kris Bales is a newly-retired homeschool mom and the quirky, Christ-following, painfully honest founder (and former owner) of Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers. She has a pretty serious addiction to sweet tea and Words with Friends. Kris and her husband of over 30 years are parents to three amazing homeschool grads. They share their home with three dogs, two cats, a ball python, a bearded dragon, and seven birds.