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See The Light: Art Projects

It’s been awhile since we used any formal art curriculum in our homeschool.  So I was excited for the opportunity to review  Art Projects by See The Light.  

With nine separate titles to choose from, it was difficult selecting one to start with.  Each title is based on the work of different artists…check this out:

Tiffany Windows: In the Style of Louis Comfort Tiffany, Repeated Sweets: In the Style of Wayne Thiebaud, Paper Jungle: In the Style of Henri Rousseau, Pointillism Fruit: In the Style of Georges Seurat, Poppy Collage: In the Style of Georgia O’Keefe, Dreams of Joseph: In the Style of Marc Chagall, Horsing Around: In the Style of Edward Degas, Peaceful Seas: In the Style of Winslow Homer and Sunflowers: In the Style of Vincent Van Gogh

Each title supplies you with about 4 hours of art instruction and project time.  Using this product couldn’t be easier. All you have to do, is collect your supplies, set up and pop in the DVD.  The instructor, Pat Knepley, leads your students along step by step.  Need time to keep up? Just press pause and resume whenever you’re ready.  Toward the end of each lesson, the instructor reads a small excerpt from the Bible while you’re finishing up.  Easy, Peasy!

Wondering about using See the Light’s Art Projects for high school credit?  While the boxed set of 9 Art Projects alone is not quite enough for a half-credit high school Visual Arts course, you could easily add the Cartooning and Bible Stories DVDs to fill it out.  Additionally, if you add an extra project to each lesson, do a research paper or project on a couple of the artists and take a field trip or two to local Art Museums, your high school student could complete a full credit course.

Because we have enjoyed so much time experiencing the beautiful, peaceful waters around the coast of Florida, Peaceful Seas, was the project that caught my eye. Watch as we create a seascape in the style of the great American artist Winslow Homer…

DAY 1 – Set the Scene and Basic Wash

First, we learned to sketch lightly so the lines won’t show through the watercolor paint when we’re done…

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Next we learned to puddle and do a wash for our background…

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Then we made a gradient of dark to light for the background and used paper towels to add some clouds.  (A little difficult to see in this picture.)

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This is our trusted Art Consultant.  She really enjoys our work…thankfully, the paint had dried:

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DAY 2 – Beach Foreground with Salt and Plastic Bag Technique

We worked on the beach in the foreground and learned two new processes.  After doing our wash of the sandy beach, we sprinkled a little salt to change the texture.  I thought the results were amazing!


Next we used a scary dark brown and a little black to create a large rock in the foreground and we smashed a plastic grocery bag on it and let it dry….check this out:004

Cool thing was….each rock turned out totally differently!

DAY 3 – Creating the Water in Watercolor

We learned about the properties of water that we would attempt to duplicate with paint!  (You know, like reflections and motion.) This scared us a little….looking at our pretty blue water and wondering if we’d be able to pull it off!  In the examples by Winslow Homer, he used brown for the reflections of the boat on the water.  I was afraid if I added anything other than blue, I may end up with toxic sludge, perhaps an oil spill, or maybe something that resembled Red Tide.  But so far so good!


We just added our original blue from the wash, a purple and a darker blue!  Then we learned how to add “trees” on the distant shore.  One more lesson to go…can’t wait to see how they all turn out.

DAY 4 – Final Details of the Boat and Shore

On the final day of our project we added the details.  We used white chalk pastel to add a little depth to the clouds and texture to the water, then added in the color on our sailboats.   Lastly, we used the white chalk pastel under the boats to show a reflection of the sail on the water.


Here is a sample of one of our finished paintings:

Not too bad for a first try at watercolor painting, right?

As the kids have gotten older and are now teens, working very independently on their school work, we don’t get to spend as much time working together as we used to.  So the very first benefit we found, was spending focused time together working on our art project.  We all truly had a great time with Art Projects.  I love that the titles are available in individual, 4 lesson units.  No need for a huge outlay of cash to determine if Art Projects will be a good fit for your family.  At just $14.99 per title, it’s definitely worth the try and you get much more than your money’s worth on this one!  (You can get an even better deal if you purchase the boxed set or join the DVD of the Month Club!)

Bottom Line:  We loved it and would highly recommend Art Projects to any family looking to add a quality visual arts program to your homeschool.  It would even be great for non-home schooling families!

Where to find:  You can purchase your own See The Light Art Projects title at:

Ages: 10+

Running Time: 98 Minutes, Project Time: about 4 hours

Price: $14.99

There is a product trailer available on the See the Light website.

Other Products:  Art Projects (Full Year set or 9 Individual Volumes),  Art Class (Full Year set or 9 Individual Volumes), Bible Story art projects,  online art classes, materials, books, gifts, etc. There is also a great resource section on the website with blog, tips, free video lessons, download mini-projects, lesson plans, and line art.

Disclaimer:  Several other members of the Mosaic Reviews team received this project in exchange for their honest reviews.  No other compensation of any kind has been received.

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Artistic Pursuits – Junior High, Book One

We were so excited to be chosen for this review!  Since all of us most of us love to draw and sketch, this was a welcome addition to our schedule!  Before I charge ahead with our opinion, let’s hear how Artistic Pursuits describes this product:

“The Artistic Pursuits program presents both the expressive and the technical aspects of art in an age-appropriate manner. Children are curious and expressive from the start. We work with those interests to teach them to observe more closely. Skills develop as each child observes nature and enjoys the process of creating. Using ARTistic Pursuits, a child carries art tools to locations which both inspire and are chosen by the child. Creating truly personal work gives a child a sense of accomplishment that cannot be attained by copying from a book or watching an adult do it for him. They learn because direct observation is the best teacher when accompanied by an understanding of the foundational elements of art and compositional ideas.”

The 16 units in Junior High, Book One follow this pattern:

Lesson 1: Build a “Visual Vocabulary” – The first part of each unit entails simple exercises to put the principal into practice…understanding the principal, by jumping right in and doing! 🙂 This book’s concepts include: space, line, texture, shape, form, value, line in 3D, visual path, center of interest, balance & symmetry/asymmetry, rhythm, space with & with out depth, perspective, and proportion. 

Lesson 2: Art Appeciation & Art History –  This is an opportunity to see how the concept/pricipal has been applied by great artists and an opportunity to try it out for yourself

Lesson 3: Techniques – learning how to use materials and tools to apply the new concept

Lesson 4: Application – puts it all into practice  

Ok…so here’s another one that we just LOVE! 🙂 

My reluctant artist….Well, he’s still a reluctant artist, but I’m not ready to give up on him yet!   I really believe that as we continue through this book, he will continue to grow in confidence!  I know that as he puts these concepts into practice and learns new techniques, he too will be happy with his finished results.  In the lesson we completed yesterday, he started out frustrated with his beginning sketch.  But once he added some pattern, texture and shading it really made a difference.  (I think his seagull is quite nice…I’m gonna be in so much trouble!)  You just can’t give up too early, right?

My daughter, who is a avid artist, born with a pencil in her hand, loves any opportunity to draw.  She is really enjoying “learning new techniques” to incorporate into her drawings.

I am enjoying doing the lessons right along with the kids!   To be fair, I’m giving you a rare glimpse of one of my sketches….For this lesson, we had to illustrate a story about six blind guys trying to identify an elephant…

We are all looking forward to the lessons ahead and plan to use more ARTistic Pursuits curriculum in the years to come.

Purchase at:


Price: $42.95 (16 Lessons)

Other Products: Pre-School through Senior High Curriculum & Supply Packs

Also Available: Monthly Newsletter – “In the Art Room”, with great tips and ideas for artistic expression

Disclaimer: Members of the TOS Homeschool Crew were given copies of this book in exchange for their honest reviews.  No other compensation of any kind has been received.

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