Where: North Central College, Naperville, IL
When: March 25-27
Showcase your talents.Competition for all three including photography,painting,drawing, vocal,instrument,speech,debate.
Who: Grades k-12.for art and age 7-19 for forensics.
Art is one of those areas you either enjoy teaching, you “outsource,” or you unfortunately avoid as unessential. However, if we simply drop this as an unneeded subject we are doing a disservice to our kids, but private art lessons can be costly and time consuming.
Rather than skip it or offer them a sub-par artistic education, there is a wonderful resource that you can use to teach your kids art within your own home, and, for significantly less than individual art lessons.
SEE THE LIGHT DVDs integrate art and Bible with step by step lessons. They offer three distinct product lines :
ART CLASS – 9 DVD set with 36 lessons to last you a full school year and lay the foundation for great art skills
ART PROJECTS – Take your art skills into specific projects and styles for another year of art instruction
BIBLE STORIES – Five more lessons related to specific stories from the Bible.
You will thoroughly enjoy each of the teachers that come uniquely qualified as artists and as dedicated Christians.
We have personally enjoyed their first sample lessons and I will have a review coming in a few weeks on one of the Art Project DVDs as well. These are great products and essential for no-fuss art instruction that will work across the spectrum of ages.
Check out all the information, their useful resources, and some free tips and sample lessons at their website, http://www.seethelightshine.com
The Biblical narrative depicted through traditional Japanese printmaking techniques.
The Billy Graham Center Museum at Wheaton College presents “Beauty Given by Grace”, a brand new traveling exhibition of Japanese printmaker Sadao Watanabe. Composed of private collections, this exhibition brings together for the first time 50 of the artist’s original stencil prints, calendars, and cards. This special collection of work on biblical themes presents a Japanese artist of critical acclaim, profound originality, and relentless spiritual dedication. The BGC Museum serves proudly as the inaugural venue for this premier exhibit, on display from October 8, 2012 through March 24, 2013.
Sadao Watanabe (1913–1996) converted from Buddhism to Christianity at 17 years old. He expressed stories of his new faith with indigenous Japanese language and style, depicting biblical themes in an East Asian cultural milieu and using a traditional folk art of hand-cut-stencil dyeing, called “katazome”. The luminous works of Sadao Watanabe impart a unique visual legacy to contemporary sacred art. Well regarded in his homeland and in leading art institutions worldwide, Watanabe’s work was created to communicate biblical truth to his culture, be enjoyed by common people, and displayed in ordinary settings.
Info on planning your visit:
Regular Hours of Operation
Monday-Saturday 9:30 AM – 5:30 PM
Sunday 1:00 – 5:00 PM
Closed Thanksgiving Day and
between Christmas & New Years.
No admission charge
Senior Citizens/Students $3
Children (12 and under) $1
An organization known as Creative Communication offers contests in the area of art and writing to students of various ages.
There is no fee to enter and they publish a book (which they then sell) of winning entries. This can be a fun motivator if just working toward a grade or even just to get an assignment finished is getting a little old.
From the coordinators:
We have three contests . . . Each year we have several homeschoolers accepted in our
contests and we admire their impressive work. The following is
information on each contest, if you have any questions please feel
free to contact me!
Here are the websites for more information:
I am not an artist by any stretch of the imagination. I can sometimes appreciate fine art when walking through a gallery, but I cannot begin to draw much more than a stick figure. So, our art instruction for our kids must come from elsewhere. I can handle the macaroni frames of early elementary years, but after that they lose me.
Fortunately, I don’t have to do this on my own.
Product: See the Light Art instruction DVDs
Details: A 9 volume DVD set with a total of 36 lessons taught by Master Artist Pat Knepley. Each lesson takes about 15 minutes and are designed to be watched once a week with follow up activities engaging the student until the following lesson.
What we loved . . .
- Great for beginners of all ages. As I mentioned, I am not an artist, but I enjoy doodling and attempting to make nicer looking stick figures. Well, this DVD series brought us well beyond that. Even just in the first four lessons, which include a lot of introductory material, we all learned some new techniques and perspectives that improved our sketches. We watched this as a group from my kindergartner through my eighth grader and myself as well. Her teaching style seemed a little “young” for my eighth grader, but the content of the teaching itself was suitable for his level. It seemed perfect for my fourth and sixth graders especially.
- Biblical integration. Pat Knepley did a beautiful job of bringing Scripture and scriptural concepts naturally into the lessons. Her passion for art meshes easily with her faith and she shares both in this video series.
- Perfect for once a week use. The 15 minutes of instruction in each lesson teaches a new concept and then gives the students ways that they can practice mastering the technique until the next week’s lesson. My kids really developed a greater enthusiasm for drawing while watching these videos and have spent quite a bit of time outside of what I required of them practicing what she has taught.
- Not a lot of supplies needed. She sticks to the essentials early on. All we needed was pencil and paper. We did also pull out a couple apples and a shoe, and there were other supplies that she discussed, but most lessons all you need is a pencil and paper. I can do that. 🙂
Some considerations . . .
- Full year is costly. For all 36 lessons it would set you back around a hundred dollars. That is a lot of money. However, I did really like this resource and it is probably worth that to actually have an artist in your home teaching for 15 minutes each week. You can’t ask her questions, but you can see her work and watch and re-watch the episodes as often as necessary. And, when you compare the price to a local art class or co-op class you really can’t beat the price.
- Sometimes I felt like she went a little too fast. While most of the time I felt her pace was right on, or even a little slow, when she was adding the finishing touches to her pictures I felt like I looked down to compare it to mine and hers went from a rough contour line drawing to gallery worthy material and I’m not quite sure how she did it with so little effort. I watched it again of course, but realized that good art requires an eye for it as well. We need a lot more practice to get close to her level, and we need to realize that she has spent a lot of time and has a natural ability that allows her to see what she needs to create a great finished product. Some of that is learned, but I don’t know that all of it can be. So, maybe it was a matter of a skill gap not necessarily the speed of her teaching.
- Short lessons. With only 15 minutes to cover the daily lesson, she doesn’t cover much in any one lesson. This is good because you can really take your time practicing one technique or habit at a time, but some kids might get bored having such a small task to work on for a whole week. I would almost like her to show each technique a couple times in each lesson using a different subject each time, but there is enough there to build from for the most part.
- Uses mostly her own art samples. It was encouraging to see her great work as examples and know that we were learning from someone that knew what they were talking about, but we also like to incorporate art appreciation into our art lessons. If we continue with this I would need to continue to seek that out on my own.
See the Light has put together a great program that is really well suited for the beginning artist. If you have struggled to find an easy way to bring a great art program into your home, I would encourage you to check out these DVDs and maybe even take time to give their free samples a try.
For more TOS Crew reviews on this product, check out the TOS Crew blog.
Disclaimer: This product was provided to me free of charge through See the Light as part of my participation in The Old Schoolhouse Homeschool Crew. I received no additional compensation and the opinions expressed here come from my personal experiences and sincere thoughts.
A new season of classes has begun at Esther’s Place in Big Rock. If you have not been for a visit, it is worth the drive. This little shop, that also houses a bed and breakfast type retreat center, has some amazing treasures inside. Natasha has taken the crafts of spinning and felting to a whole new level, while at the same time taking them back to their origins. They raise their own sheep and then take the wool from start to finish to create some amazing pieces. She is truly an artist and will inspire the artist in you as well.
Check out their full line of classes for everyone from children to adults, from beginners to experts.
If you don’t see a class that suits your schedule or interests, give them a call and create something for your group. We enjoyed a field trip out there a few years ago and my children still talk about it.
This is a special class just this weekend taught by a well loved homeschool art teacher . . . Karine Bauch (feel free to check out her personal website as well):
Creative Clay Ornaments – for ages 6-9
Watercolor Cardinal Painting – ages 10-12
Click on the Batavia Public Library calander link below to learn more and find out how to register:
The classes are this Saturday:
10:00-11:30 Students can create holiday ornaments using colorful clay that can be brought home and baked for hardening. Artist Karine Bauch provides design ideas while encouraging individuality and creativity. Registration required. To register please call the Youth Services department at (630) 879-1393.
12:30-2:00 Students can learn watercolor techniques as they are guided by artist Karine Bauch in the drawing and watercolor painting of a scarlet cardinal in a winter scene. Registration required. To register please call the Youth Services department at (630) 879-1393.
Give the library a call if you are available and interested.
The Homeschool Legal Defense Association has a companion organization that comes along side homeschool families during crises and times of unusual financial need. These families might be faced with that unfathomable decision: to provide for the basic needs of their family members, or to continue homeschooling. The Home School Foundation seeks to help families to meet their financial needs and still continue homeschooling.
Right now, HSLDA is using art work from last year’s art contest as a fundraiser for the Home School Foundation. The young artists have donated their work for an auction with the proceeds going to benefit home school families in need.
The following came via email from HSLDA:
Contributions to the Homeschool Foundation for the artwork are tax deductible and will go to support the Special Needs fund.
The auctions end on December 31st, 2009 at 5pm EST.
To view the art and participate, visit:
If you have any questions, please contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
I would encourage you to take some time to view the pieces available for auction, you just might find one that would look great on your living room or home school room wall, and in the process help a home school family in need.
A great way for kids to get some exercise and exposure to team sports is a local gym and swim class.
Park Districts have started offering these during the school day, geared just for homeschoolers. If yours does not already do so, you might want to contact them and see if they would consider it. Many places are glad to put their staff and facilities to good use during some of their regular off hours, for a reasonable price.
Two that already offer various gym, swim, or art classes:
Elk Grove —
It’s time to register for the Elk Grove Park District homeschool swimming lessons and art classes.
- Classes begin January 4th and go through February 25th (8 weeks).
- Registration begins December 1st.
- Swim lessons are $48 per student and art classes are $57 per student.
- You can register by phone at 847-437-9494, or in person at 1000 Wellington Ave., Elk Grove, IL 60007
- Various classes for kids from 3-12 years old.
- Art on Monday and Wednesday afternoons and swim on Tuesday and Thursday
- Call for specific times and registration
Please note that participants must be registered at least one week prior to the start of the class to ensure that the class has enough children to meet the minimum requirements. Classes may be canceled due to low enrollment. Registration is on a first-come-first-serve basis and the registration office will contact you in case of a wait list.
If you have other questions, please feel free to contact the staff listed below:
Art/Special Events Coordinator
Phone: (847) 690-1184
Pavilion Swimming Coordinator
Phone: (847) 690-1406
Also, in Elgin —
Gym and Swim classes (one hour of each, generally grouped by similar ages)
- These classes meet from January 12/13/14 through March 16/17/18 (10 weeks)
- Meeting on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday from 1-3 at The Centre of Elgin, 100 Symphony Way.
- Fees are $54 for residents and $64 for non-residents.
- They tend to be quite flexible with partial enrollments as well.
For more details contact:
Youth and Teen Coordinator
City of Elgin Parks and Recreation
847-531-7017 – phone