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See the Light’s Art Class Volume 1

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See the Light’s Art Class Volume 1

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Welcome to See the Light’s Art Class here at the H.O.P.E. Home School Consulting Blog.  It is a pleasure to share with you the first of nine product reviews of the Art Class series.  Pat Knepley, See the Light’s Master Artist, refers to the Art Class as being the “Yes, You Can Draw Club.”  The series contains 36 lessons along with 3 bonus lessons.  Today, I will talk about the four lessons in the See the Light’s Art Class Volume 1: The Basics during this product review.

Lesson 1 – Tools of the Trade


Often times a budding artist will look at a piece a paper and wonder what to draw.  The empty paper can be quite intimidating.  Pat speaks about how God created something from nothing and refers to Genesis 1: 1-3.  Obviously we are not God and cannot create his masterpieces.  However, we can create our own masterpieces by learning the basics on how to draw.

There are supplies we need to have in our art toolkit.  I like how Pat called it a toolkit.  It makes me think of keeping the tools (art supplies) accessible and organized.  You may want to place the following items in a container since you will need them during the Art Class series.

    • #2 pencil
    • Paper
    • Drawing pencil
    • Charcoal pencil
    • Black Sharpie
    • Colored pencils
    • Crayons (16 pack)
    • White eraser
    • Kneaded eraser
    • Pencil sharpener 

Having the right eraser is important when drawing.  Listen to what Pat has to say.




Kneaded eraser


A kneaded eraser is a fun art tool.  My daughter was first introduced to it by her grandmother.  My daughter will manipulate the eraser as she contemplates her drawings.  You may purchase a kneaded eraser at a craft store or Wal-Mart.  The erasers come in different sizes, are inexpensive and long lasting.




Pat completes lesson one with advice on how to hold a pencil.  There are two grips to use.  The basic grip is for writing and drawing lines.  The overhand grip is for shading.  A number of people are heavy-handed while drawing.  Sliding your fingers back along the pencil will help to draw light lines.




The special message from Pat for this lesson is “The Bible is our toolkit for life.”



Lesson 2 – It All Starts with A Line

You will need a #2 pencil, paper, and an apple to complete this lesson.




Lesson 2 is mainly about learning how to focus on drawing the shape of an apple using a continuous line . . . without looking at the paper.  That is easier said than done and definitely takes practice.  My daughter’s first few attempts of doing this were a bit shaky.  An apple did take shape after several attempts at drawing one.





Picasso did a continuous contour line drawing of Igor Stravinsky.  That must have taken a lot of practice and patience.










Lesson 3 – Contours and Composition


Get out your art toolkit.  This time you will need a #2 pencil, 3 pieces of paper or one large piece, and two apples.



So often students will draw an object at the bottom of the page in an attempt to show the object is sitting on a table.  Pat shows how to draw apples in the middle of the page.  A simple line drawn near the apples gives the impression the apples are sitting on a table.  Without that line, the apples are merely floating in the air.

Pat goes on to explain composition and how to create interest in a drawing.  An example is to place one of the apples slightly forward of the other to create depth.







Using different tools will also add interest to a drawing.  The top picture is drawn using a pencil, charcoal pencil is used on the middle picture, and the bottom picture is drawn with a Sharpie.






Tips for beginners:


  1. Plan your drawing in advance.
  2. Keep the pencil marks light.
  3. Practice using different tools.




Lesson 4 – Draw What You See


This lesson becomes interesting because you need a shoe along with a pencil, paper, Sharpie, and an eraser.

Now, you will begin training yourself to draw what you see rather than what you know.  For example, when at eye level of an object you see its front features.  You know there is a back but you will not draw that portion.




Pat will have you to place a shoe below eye level so you can partially see the inside of the shoe.  Then you will begin drawing what you see.  Use a pencil first then go over the drawing using a Sharpie.

Pat shared a Bible verse from 2 Corinthians 5:7 – “We walk by faith not by sight.”


As you well know by now, I enjoy the See the Light products and the Art Class Volume 1 is no exemption.  It provides budding artists with the foundation needed for future projects.



Angie McFarren, Homeschool Consultant


Pat Holt graciously provided me with a free copy of Art Class 1 in exchange for an honest review.  Please read the disclaimer shown below.

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Angie McFarren

Angie McFarren is a homeschool mom of 1 high school student and graduated another who is now attending college. She has homeschooled them since they were in K and Pre-K. Angie is passionate about homeschooling and enjoys Helping Other Parents Educate. She is a Homeschool Consultant and the author of Educate the Home Educator Crash Course. Angie is also on the See the Light Art Curriculum team.

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