See the Light (Art DVD) – Review of the Week

by Dawn Oaks on June 5, 2013 · 2 comments

I was just sharing a few days ago about how I would love for the kids to do more enrichment activities over the summer, but didn’t want it to feel like school. They have worked really hard this year on their academics and want them to have a break. Summer should be fun, but this momma wants to know that she has some things to offer when summer fun turns into constant requests to watch TV or play Wii. The last thing I want to see is a mopey kid on the couch during summer break. Our family just finished working with the Pointillism Fruit instructional DVD from See The Light as a part of The Schoolhouse Review Crew. I am so excited about adding this to our arsenal to beat the moments when you hear “Mom, I’m bored.”

What We Received:

We received a physical DVD of the Pointillism Fruit instructional DVD from the Art Projects series. It has just under two hours of instruction broken into four segments that include art techniques, projects, artist profile, and a bit of art history. It is recommended that this DVD be used with those who are 10 years old and up. This product sells for $14.99 on the See The Light website.

There are some common art materials that you must provide. These are clearly presented on both the website and the back of the DVD case. Our projects required:

  • an 11 x 14 sheet of white Britol board
  • small craft acrylic paints in pure hues – white, yellow, orange, red, green, and purple
  • 3 pieces of fruit (real or fake) – red apple, yellow banana, green pear, or orange
  • 50 clean cotton swabs
  • several way coated white paper plates
  • paper towels
  • a pencil
  • a white eraser

What We Did:

When the DVD first arrived, my 14 year old daughter and I previewed some of the video segments. My initial intention was for her to use and evaluate this product, since she has taken some art classes and loves expressing herself through art. After viewing just a small bit, we decided it would make for a great family fun night or two. Because the main project was to do a painting of a sample of fruit using the pointillism technique, we simply made a fruit arrangement.

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We then gathered the family together, got our materials, and started watching the DVD segments and creating. Dad even joined in the fun!

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After sketching our fruit with light pencil lines, we started applying the paint to the outline of each object.

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Then we filled in the center.

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The last step was to use contrasting colors to create the impression of shades and shadows.

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What We Think:

We had so much fun doing this together. The kids learned about the art technique of pointillism as well as a bit of art history. They learned about Georges Seurat and his contributions to this incredible form of art.

As a mom, I loved that I was able to provide art instruction to my kids without being exceptionally gifted in art or having to pay huge amounts for art lessons. Pat Knepley, master artist at See The Light, presents all the art history in a very interesting manner that gives insight into the life of the artist, his inspiration, and examples of his work. She then shares very indepth art instruction on the technique and fundamental art principles while actually completing the project before your eyes.

Our entire family did this as a family fun night. It was not a forced school subject. Our youngest just turned 9. Each of us from our littlest all the way up to Daddy was engaged and was able to accomplish the project without feeling overwhelmed or unable. It was truly a fun night that I can see us reminiscing about in the days to come! What more can a momma ask for!

As a homeschooling mom on a tight budget, I really can see the huge value that is offered through these instructional DVDs that can be purchased for just $14.99. I may just have to get with some of my homeschooling buddies and have us all purchase a few and then swap them around. The toughest part will be in figuring out which one to get next.

Like always, you don’t have to take our word for it. Check out what the rest of my cronies on the Review Crew have to say.

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Anthony A June 5, 2013 at 4:20 PM

Love seeing Farmer Gary join in the fun!

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Dawn Oaks June 5, 2013 at 4:36 PM

It was a fun family night! Would highly recommend these art DVD’s to any homeschooling family. Hope you are having a great summer!

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