A few years back, God put it on my heart to begin celebrating and spending as much time on Easter as we do for Christmas. The events we celebrate through both of these are equally important for the fulfillment of God’s plan for salvation – and they shine of His Glory! We were using Advent to celebrate our Savior’s birth but what were we doing to meditate on His sacrifice and celebrate His resurrection? Out of that came our “12 Days of Easter.” Every year looks a little different and we’re still working toward the same kind of time and attention that we give during Advent.
This year we began turning our hearts toward Easter a little earlier than we normally do – by using weekly art lessons from the See the Light Crossmaker DVD to begin turning our thoughts toward the coming holiday. We started by watching the presentation of the Easter Story through art, and then each week we sat down to do one of the three related art lessons on the DVD. The kids had fun with watercolor, practiced creative lettering, and explored pastels. (Well, we explored oil pastels instead of chalk pastels because I had the wrong thing!) But we all fun together and we really enjoyed it.
The Crossmaker DVD is one of those in See the Light’s Bible Stories Collection. The Bible Story DVDs begin with a sweet retelling of a bible story through artistic depiction.
- includes 3 separate art lessons that center around the story being told
- uses a variety of artistic materials
- all of them use the fluorescent color pencils or chalk so that once the piece of art is finished, a special “revelation” can be seen under the blacklight.
Spirit-Filled Easter Art
Christ-centered holidays have been important to me for a long time now. But also important is my ever-growing desire to add more art to our week and my long-standing preference to choose Biblically based materials for our school as much as possible. Pairing art with the gospel is a perfect match for us! I challenge my kids to think outside the box and make their art their own, so as we’re doing our art lessons, their brains are thinking. When we were nearly finished with the Creative Lettering lesson with Heidi Shorts, I told the kids that they could decorate around the lettered word on the rest of the paper. They all immediately decided to do an Easter scene – recalling what they know, thinking about how it makes them feel – this all comes out on the paper. I love that. =)
See the Light Shine
See the Light Shine is a company dedicated to making God’s word come alive while teaching kids some art skills. They have a team of skilled artists, including their Master Artist, Pat Knepley. Pat not only has a degree in Art Education but she spends her time teaching art to little kids – and I can tell!
- The kids have no problem following along with her art lessons – or any of the other artists that work for See the Light, either.
- The kids understand, they follow along, and they enjoy it! Even my 7 year old, who sometimes participates in an entire lesson, and sometimes moves on to something else in the middle of a lesson, does enjoy the art projects while he’s doing them!
- Suitable for a variety of ages (even moms), groups or individuals, artistically challenged or artistically talented — the See the Light Team does a good job of walking you through each lesson step by step.
Win Your Own Crossmaker DVD!
Pat Holt, creator of See the Light, is giving away ONE copy of The Crossmaker DVD to one of my blog readers – and it’s easy peasy to enter. Follow the directions through the Rafflecopter app below. (If you’re viewing in RSS or email you may need to click through to find it.) The giveaway opens March 4th to U.S. residents and closes at midnight, March 11th, Central time. You’ll be notified through the email address that you signed up for Rafflecopter with so make sure it’s valid!
Just to clarify, the giveaway includes the dvd but not the Extreme Color Pencils or the Blacklight, both of which are available on the See the Light Shine website. (You can find a complete list of materials needed for all the lessons on the Crossmaker here.)
Even Better with a Discount Code!
If you don’t want to wait, or you don’t win one this time, Pat has given me a discount code for all of my blog readers for the month of March. This code is good for FREE SHIPPING on Crossmaker DVD or any of the Crossmaker Gift Sets (Ultimate, Deluxe or Combo) when you use the code “AMBER.” You can get started making Easter art projects for your holiday celebration right away! Thank you, Pat!
The Fine Print:
**A special thanks to Pat for providing me with a copy to review and a copy to giveaway. Although I was compensated for my time and for promotion, I eagerly reviewed this product because it meets a need and matches our learning and teaching style in our home. I was not required to write a positive review, but we have enjoyed this very much and this review reflects our experiences and opinions. My commitment to my readers, as always, is to provide honest, quality reviews. For more information on my own personal review standards and guidelines, read my page About Reviews.
I have one child that loves to draw. She’s always excited to learn more. The black light idea will really intrigue her.
I think my 5 year old will love EVERYTHING about the DVD! He’s really into drawing and any kind of art lesson will be a huge hit in our house!
Just the encouragement and watching someone who can actually paint/draw (I can’t!)
They would totally love the black light part of it!!
I don’t know who would love it more – my eight year old budding artist or my artist hubby!
My Lil Man LOVES to draw pictures and make art work. This would help me channel his creativity in the right direction. I love this whole idea!
My kids did the projects on a different See the Light DVD and loved working with these materials!
My daughter tried out one of the See The Light DVD’s and loved it. Very simple to follow and great stories in them as well.
I don’t think there is anything they wouldn’t like. My kiddos love art!
My children would LOVE this! And it’s something we could share with others!
probably that they wouldn’t have to follow Mom’s crazy drawing and sketching but someone who knows what they are doing!
She loves any kind of art….
My boys love to draw, paint, sculpt. They would love this DVD. They are visual learners.
My son would enjoy practicing drawing. He is working on his fine motor skills and loves to imitate drawing.
This looks very cool. Art is one of my least-favorite subjects to teach. Maybe this is what I need…
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My children *love* art videos; it’s how they learn best! 🙂 Thank you!
I have 2 kids who love art but I am not artistic so this would be great for us.
My son loves to draw! He would love these lessons. Even I would love to try it. Thanks for the chance to win.
My kids love art. This would be perfect for them!
What a great product–my kids would love it! They took professional art classes last year, but it’s no longer in our budget. This would be fun!
Thank you for the giveaway. My children would love to try these art lessons
This is an amazing program. I have always wanted to use this with my kids.
My daughter loves the See the Light art video series, so I’m sure she would love this too!
My boys would love the story part the most.
My 7 yr old loves art, but I have never tried a dvd instructor before. I think she’d love this!
My son loves Art. What a great addition this would make to our homeschooling program. I also try and add something of “true” meaning in his Easter basket.
We just discovered these DVDs last week and plan on ordering the Art Class set for next year. This one is a wonderful way to incorporate Easter into our daily work!
I’d love to celebrate Easter this way with my kids!
This would be great for my kids to do and I know they would enjoy it.
Our family loves art time… I have 3 kiddos who would each love everything about Crossmaker DVD lessons!
This looks very interesting! Thanks! My kids love art.
This would be great to enhance what Jesus did for us on the cross to my kids.
My son loves to draw but I am completley un-artistic! I think this would be a great way for him to learn some drawing skills while learning more about Easter from a real artist!
I have several artist children and I think they would love this. My husband is an artist, but not me. I’m lucky I can draw stick figures, lol. Thanks for the great giveaway!
My kids would definitely be excited about the way the lessons use the blacklight and extreme pencils, but they’d also love the drawing lesson itself. At 7 and 6, they’re really starting to get into drawing.
I would love to win this for my kids! We don’t have an art curriculum right now so this would be an amazing addition to our hs.
I can’t wait to try this as a whole family!
My children love anything to do with art and this looks so cool!
Would love to have this!:)
What a blessing. Thank you for hosting this giveaway Would be exciting to win it!
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