CHRISTMAS STORY & (3) ART LESSONS: Rejoice, Away in a Manger, Portrait of Mary! The Gift of Love is a Christmas story, artfully brought to life through the captivating expressions of chalk-art, music and drama. approx. run time 143 minutes
Through my kids' youth groups in the past, there have been special performances with a chalk artist, with a story being told while the artist works. The story portion of this DVD was very much like those performances. While the narrator speaks, completed chalk art is used for the graphics, intermixed with snippets of artist Gloria Kohlmann working on a final scene. At the end, the final picture is displayed with black light. The story would appeal to very young children. At only 10 minutes long, it would be perfect for quieting children at the end of a Sunday School class.
There are three art lessons by three different artists. The first is on Creative Lettering, the second a manger scene with colored pencils, and the last on contours of the face with chalk to make a portrait of Mary. Each lesson incorporates the Christmas message into the lesson. My personal favorite was the Creative Lettering lesson. The techniques in the lessons would be best for ages 6 and up. The lessons vary from approximately 20-40 minutes long.
This DVD tells a magnificent story in a simple presentation. Creative kids will enjoy learning some drawing techniques through the three lessons as a fun Christmas activity. You can learn more about the DVD at www.seethelightshine.com.
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