Friday, March 25, 2011

Review and Giveaway: The Crossmaker DVD

UPDATE: This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to the winner, Sarah! I used to select the winner.
About The Crossmaker DVD (Ages: Story 3+ Art Lesson 6+)
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.

This DVD includes three art lessons:
1. 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.

Easter (I like to call it, "Resurrection Day") is approaching. I was thankful for an opportunity to review The Crossmaker, a unique DVD that explores the resurrection account through interactive art. A grandfather told his grandchildren about a crossmaker named Dominic. Dominic witnessed Christ's death on the cross made by his hands and felt so ashamed and sad but an encounter with the risen Christ changed everything. We enjoyed the story; however, the camera movement is shaky and takes away from the flow of the story. The chalk drawings that are used to depict the story are well done. I love the three art lessons taught by 3 different art teachers. They demonstrate and explain very well. It's easy to follow their step by step instructions. There's a cool surprise for you to see in each art work. I also enjoyed watching Gloria Kohlmann draw an Easter picture with chalk while listening to beautiful worship music performed by Breathing Room (Jan Roper and Kevin Dukes). Very soothing and inspiring! You can also hear Gloria's commentary as you watch her creating that spectacular Easter scene. She made it look so easy and fun :). Another great bonus feature is a presentation of salvation using art. It's clear and simple for kids to understand. I'm quite impressed with See The Light. I really like their motto ("Drawing children to Him"). They make art enjoyable, doable, and Biblically relevant. I'm not good at art so this is great for me to use in our homeschool :). Check out The Crossmaker DVD, 150 minutes of wonderful Resurrection content, perfect for celebrating Easter with your kids in a creative way!

Website: (“SEE THE LIGHT” Curriculum is being offered for free for a limited time!)

GIVEAWAY: You can win a copy of this DVD. 
To Enter : Please leave a comment sharing a Bible verse or a quote about Jesus's Resurrection or letting me know which art curriculum you/your kids like and why. Please also make sure to leave your email address or your blog address so that I will be able to contact you if you're chosen as a winner (randomly). This giveaway is open only to US residents.

Deadline: April 15, 2011 at midnight (Pacific time)

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  1. 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
    13 But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethern, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrw not, even as others which have no hope.
    14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.
    15 For this we say unt you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.
    16 For the Lord himself shall descend fsrom heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:
    17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.
    18 Wherefore comfort one another with these words.

    We use Lifepack Drawing Basics with Thomas Kinkade. It has the DVD that walks you through every step.

    my email is
    Sarah H.

  2. We have a fine arts curriculum woven into our unit study, which is called "Learning Adventures". We ordered some art and music materials from Rod and Staff last year, but they never sent them, so I don't know if I like them or not!

    The first posted scripture is what we based our music selection on for our worship service this week and what I was going to post! We were led to songs that went with that scripture like: Just Over in the Gloryland, Mansion Over the Hilltop, This World Is Not My Home, Joy in the Journey, Unclouded Day, Glorious Day, and I'll Fly Away.

    Romans 10:9 "That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe
    in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved."

  3. 1 Peter 1:3-5
    3Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you, 5 who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time.

    We currently do not have an official art curriculum. I have used various books from the library and from another home schooling mom who's children are older. Would love to have this to use : )

  4. 1. Following you on twitter now.
    2. Retweeted your tweet about the giveaway.
    3. Following blog by Google Friend Connect.
    4. I "Like" See The Light on Facebook.

  5. (10) that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death, (11) if, by any means, I may attain to the resurrection from the dead. Phil. 3:10,11

  6. I retweeted your tweet about this giveaway. I'm penneymarie there.

  7. Jesus saith unto him "Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed; blessed are the that have not seen, and yet have believed."


  8. I like See the Light on FB: Cindy Dyer

  9. John 11:25
    Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me will live even if he dies."

    Lafittelady at gmail dot com

  10. Tweet!/Lisa_Blogs/status/55819970986246145

  11. Matthew 28:5 The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. 6 He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay.

    steffanie771 at hotmail dot com

  12. We have used a lady that lives in our area and two years ago my oldest attended an Art camp for week long classes in art during the summer. I do not yet have a formal curriculum but would like to start something in the fall. My oldest will be entering 3rd grade, then I will have a 1st grader and 4 yr old preschooler.

    One of my favorite hymns is "He Lives" because He is alive today!!! Praise the Lord.

  13. We have been using Draw Write and Now . Good starting point for us with no skills on art.

    John 11:25-26

    Jesus told her, I am the resurrection and the life. Anyone who believes in me will live , even after dying . Everyone who lives in me and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this, Martha?

  14. Romans 10:9-10

    that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes to righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made to salvation.

    One of my favorite songs is Travis Cottrell's version of "In Christ Alone." Just awesome!!!

  15. We haven't used art curriculum yet, but I am hoping to get some for next year.

  16. We've been using Artistic Pursuits for the past couple of years but just purchased Art Class from See the Light after testing out their first dvd. My kids from ages 4-10, did very well on the lessons and especially loved one of the chalk art lessons that we test out too. I love that it's on dvd format so I can refer back to it as needed and it's not an online membership type program that I can't download and save for later use or future children. Thanks for the chance to win the Crossmaker dvd!

  17. Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your path straight. Proverbs 3:5-6
    Thanks for the chance to win! This looks like a great addition to our homeschool.
    cheekybeans at att dot net