Art Projects - Horsing Around

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Art Projects - Horsing Around

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In the style of Edgar Degas!

Watch and Produce Your Own Masterpiece
in 4 Step-By-Step Lessons with Master Artist Pat Knepley!

HORSING AROUND is the seventh in a series of ART PROJECTS that advance skills and learning as students complete wonderful works of art in the style of a variety of famous artists.

HORSING AROUND includes an in-depth Art History focus on the style of Edgar Degas, explores related Art Elements and Art Principles, and uses a variety of media. Biblical integration is woven into every single lesson!

HORSING AROUND is geared for ages 10 +. The 4 lesson DVD runs approximately 2 hours, but the student should allow approximately 3 to 4 hours to complete this fabulous work of art!

Synopsis of each lesson:

1. Draw the Horse with Basic Shapes (30 minutes)

2. Lay the Base Colors with Chalk Pastels (27 minutes)

3. Add Layers of Pastel for Realistic Horses (40 minutes)

4. Layer in the Fields of Color (23 minutes)

Materials Needed to Complete the Project

• An 11 by 14 piece of pastel or charcoal paper in tan, grey, light blue or pale green -- not white!

• Set of chalk pastels (at least 16)

• Old rag, dampened

• Tissues

• Cheap aerosol hairspray

• Pencil

• White eraser

Great Resource

Review by Grant Us Wisdom (Posted on 7/22/13)

We love art around here, well actually my children love art. I enjoy looking at it but am not very creative when it comes to thinking about what we can do. The "Horsing Around" DVD is much more than an art lesson, it incorporates art history, bible, and the actual "how to" art lesson.

It was perfect for Little Princess since she loves art, and really likes horses and ballerinas. This DVD had all three although it was the Horse the art lesson was on. The children learned to draw a horse and use pastels appropriately. Details like why it is not o.k to blow away the dust from the chalk pastels on the drawing were explained and the proper way of getting rid of the extra dust was given. They also learned about Edgar Degas, and several Bible verses. I think the Bible verses are my favorite part.

The day we received the DVD we actually just sat and watched the entire thing at once. I think viewing it without having their materials out to distract them helped them focus on the video and ask for clarification on what they did not understand. On another day they sat down and watched the first two lessons. They were able to draw the horse in pencil, although neither was too excited about their finished product. They later told me that this had been there practice and that they were going to try again later. That is why you don't see any of their pictures posted. :-)

One thing I found interesting is that before they returned to drawing the horse again they sat down with the same material they needed for the horse project and drew and colored in Ballerinas. Since Edgar Degas focused on both horses and ballerinas, I found their choice quite appropriate having learned this about Degas on the DVD.

One other aspect of the DVD lesson that I appreciated was the way that Pat Kneply (Master Artist) and DVD Art teacher provided the instruction. She was easy to follow and basically spoke as if the students were in the same room with her. Both of my children enjoyed this very much and actually giggled whenever they answered one of her questions.
Love horses, love this lesson

Review by HorsesRUs (Posted on 2/2/13)

My kids love horses . They love the idea of horses, they devour books about horses, they are thrilled whenever they get to ride a horse. We'd tried some of the other Art Projects, and my teens were challenged by the projects, and learned. Same is true for this one, but - - - each wanted the final result framed! I call this project a BIG HIT!

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