Monday, June 3, 2013

Schoolhouse Review: See the Light -- Tiffany Windows

For we are all GOD's Masterpiece.
                                             Ephesians 2:10
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I absolutely, positively know that there is an artist inside each one of us.  How could there not be?  After all, we were designed by the MASTER ARTIST and made in HIS image.  See the Light inspires students of all ages and abilities to find their inner artist and create masterpieces of their very own.  A Christian art curriculum, See the Light is simply perfect for homeschool families.  We've had the privilege of working through the Tiffany Window Art Projects lesson, and my kids have enjoyed every second of it.  I can't wait for you to see their beautiful art work (do I sound like a proud mama, or what?).

Recommended for ages 10 and up (and used by my Princess and Boy Scout who are 12 and 14), Tiffany Window Art Projects combines modern technology (DVD lessons taught by Master Artist Pat Knepley) and old-fashioned technique (beautiful stained-glass windows by famous artist Louis Comfort Tiffany) to share a bit of  art history, art appreciation, and hands-on art to bring about a new appreciation for art of all kinds to both you and your children.  The DVD is divided into 4 different lessons, each lesson running between 21 and 29 minutes long and followed by your students putting what they've learned into practice.  

There are 10 Art Projects DVDs -- 9 of them focusing on different famous artists and different art techniques/mediums and the 10th one focusing on Cartooning skills.  Each of the DVDs cost $14.99 or you can purchase the boxed set for $99.99.  You can use each of the Art Projects DVDs for a month's worth of art class.  (These DVDs are beautifully done and I can't wait to order the Horsing Around DVD lesson for my horse-loving Princess.)

So, how did the Tiffany Window lesson work for us?  Instead of telling you how it worked, the best thing I can do is SHOW you.  I'm so excited to share.

We began our formal study of Louis Comfort Tiffany by gathering all of the supplies (shown in the picture to the left)  that we would need to complete the project.  Lucky for us, we had everything required on-hand and my kiddos were eager to begin.   After bringing all of their materials to the table, the Boy Scout set up the computer and turned on the DVD.

Pat Knepley begins the Tiffany Window lesson by sharing with her students that you should always start by observing.  The Princess and the Boy Scout did just that -- and settled in to watch the video lesson.  Now, I mentioned earlier that you can easily use each DVD for one month of art lessons, but my kids were having none of that.  They decided that they would work on the Tiffany Window project each day for a week and complete their "stained glass" art by Friday.  (I love watching them learn.  That's sheer joy for a mama's heart.)

Through the video lessons, they were introduced to stained glass and the art and style of Tiffany and were shown marvelous examples of stained glass found in everyday life.  We talked about some of the more beautiful stained glass pieces we have observed and all agreed that some of our favorites are found in the depiction of stories from the Bible that we've seen in local churches. 

While sharing the history of the art technique being discussed and helping students understand the styles presented, Mrs. Knepley teaches students how to plan their compositions and walks them step-by-step through completing their sketch using the Rule of Thirds.  After they have completed their drawings, students are taught about color composition and how to use the markers for different effects on their masterpieces.  They learn how to use the wide side of the marker, as well as the thin tip,  and how to blend each step of the way.   Here are a few pictures from the works-in-progress of the Princess and the Boy Scout:

Finally, students are taught how to complete the stained glass window effect.  The final results are breathtaking.  We adhered ours to the dining room window so that the sun can shine through them and we can enjoy them every day. 

And the very best part?  When they finished the DVD lessons, they didn't just quit and consider it done. 

Oh, no -- they used what they learned through the Tiffany Window Art Projects DVD as a starting place for creating even more.  

Working through the lessons sparked creativity and inspired them both to be master artists.  They are continually working on new masterpieces and enjoying themselves in the process.  I couldn't ask for anything better than delight-directed learning taking at Long Leaf Academy.  Why don't y'all join us?  Check out See the Light today and find the perfect project to jumpstart your Master Artists as well.  Anything that will draw my children closer to JESUS is a winner in my book.

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 I was given the opportunity to use and review Tiffany Window Art Projects by See the Light as a member of the Schoolhouse Review Crew.   You can check out the Crew Review and see what other members of the Schoolhouse Review Crew thought of this and other products as well (or just click on the banner below.)


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