See the Light has created Bible Story DVDs, each containing a Bible story told through art, and three art lessons -- a creative lettering lesson, a chalk pastel lesson, and a mixed media lesson. These include:
- The Christmas story (The Gift of Love)
- An Easter story (The Crossmaker)
- Moses (God's Special Surprise -- available soon)
- Paul (Shipwrecked -- available soon)
- Jonah (God's Runaway -- available soon)
We love the art lessons. The first lesson is creative lettering on the word "Glory" with Heidi Shorts. I have some first attempts to share. I say first attempt, because on The Gift of Love, the kids did and re-did and re-re-did the "Rejoice" project, and were really quite good at it after 3-4 attempts.
|William, age 12|
|Thomas, age 10|
|Richard, age 7|
|Trina, age 5, decided to follow her own rules... and rendered this in charcoal pencil|
The picture they worked on is of the empty tomb, with the women approaching it and the angel sitting on top of the stone.
The third lesson is "Cross Hill" taught by Jim Pence. My kids chose to work on this one next, and I'll post some pictures when I announce my giveaway winner. This one is of the empty crosses on a hill with the sun setting behind them, and it uses ink, watercolors, and fluorescent crayon. I particularly loved his tip on keeping plenty of water on hand, and I wish I had seen this before we did a watercolor class a year or so ago.
This is my kids' favorite lesson as they were really drawn to Jim. As a mom of mostly boys, I definitely appreciated having a male artist in the mix.
Dominic ends up feeling absolutely horribly guilty for having constructed the cross that God died on. And of course, the resurrected Christ appears to Dominic days later and forgives him. All of this is illustrated with great artwork.
It isn't that I mind the story, exactly. But I don't like it being introduced as "true." I think if Grandpa had introduced the story as how one boy might have witnessed the true events, I would be okay with it. Of course, my teen was arguing that many scholars think that what Jesus would have carried through the streets was the cross-beam only and other little details.
There are also a number of special features. My favorite involves watching Gloria Kohlmann creating an incredible chalk drawing with music in the background. Next favorite is her creating an incredible chalk drawing and narrating what she is up to as she does it.
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