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In the spirit of full disclosure, I will admit that I had pangs of envy during Advent when some friends had the chance to review The Gift of Love DVD from See the Light. That envy is now banished as our family has had the opportunity to review The Crossmaker.
Sadly, they did not enjoy the story part of the DVD as much as I hoped they would. The story itself was not the disappointment. Instead, they wondered why there was just the showing of illustrations for the story. To me, that made perfect sense.. this is coming from a company promoting art education. Therefore, I would expect the images to reflect it. I found the illustrations lovely and fitting the story. And, a reminder from me had them thinking of other times they watched a story told with illustrations from a book instead of animation.
However, I can say that once they moved into the art lesson portion, they were hooked. We decided to watch the video demonstrations once to see what was being taught. Part way through their viewing of an illuminated version of the word ‘Glory’, the boys jumped up to get their art supplies and start making their own. So, with supplies in hand, they watched that segment from start to finish a second time. We do not own a black light or the colored pencils that respond to a black light, so they just used regular colored pencils.
This mama thinks they did a good job. (R’s is the cut out one, sitting below P’s.) And, they are trying to do similar things with other words.
The challenge in the house was to get them to walk away from the DVD and do other schoolwork. That did happen and they are looking forward to finishing the art component this next week.
Here’s what you get on the DVD:
THE EASTER STORY: Dominic, the son of a carpenter, finds himself drawn into the unforgettable trial of the man called Jesus. Share in this amazing adventure that takes Dominic from Christ’s crucifixion to a place of redemption, and a face-to-face meeting with the risen Christ.
See The Light chalk artist Gloria Kohlmann draws her stunning interpretation of the Easter story.
1. ART LESSON! GLORY! See The Light artist Heidi Shorts teaches on the art of Creative Lettering
2. HE IS NOT HERE! HE IS RISEN! See The Light Art Club Master Teacher Pat Knepley leads budding young artists in a step-by-step drawing lessons using chalk pastels. Plus, create your own black light reveal!
3. THREE CROSSES ON A HILL. See The Light’s Jim Pence gives a tutorial in water colors as young artists discover The Joy of Art
* REVEL in original contemporary music performed by “Breathing Room” recording artists Jan Roper
and Kevin Dukes while watching Gloria Kohlmann draw her remarkable art expression of the Easter Story.
* WATCH and HEAR the plan of salvation, clearly and creatively presented as you have never seen it.
* HEAR See The Light chalk artist Glory Kohlmann’s commentary as you watch the Easter scene being created.
* MEET the See The Light team.
You can purchase The Crossmaker DVD from See the Light for $14.99. They also offer a music CD or a bundle package that includes a black light.