I recently came across the opportunity to review Drawing Unto Him, by Jesse Ruffin. Always up for new art curriculum, I was excited to give it a shot.
One of the first exercises was familiarizing the boys with various art pencils, what they do, how they look on paper. We were fortunate to already own a nice set of art pencils that my mom gave to Brianna after taking an art class, so we did not have any special expenses, but you can purchase the "drawing kit" with curriculum, pencils, and sketchbook for only $29.95. If you already have supplies, the most cost effective option would be the PDF version of the curriculum, which you can download to your computer for $14.95. The book version is $24.95 without supplies.
What I really like about this book is that it's more than an art program, it's also a Bible study. Each of the lessons centers around a gospel theme, with scripture reading, application, artistic parallel, and prayer. Each lesson is several pages long, and can easily be spread out over multiple days.
After learning about "still life" drawings, Eli was inspired to draw the Kleenex box.
In this exercise, we used little boxes on the side of the page to come up with thumbnail sketches of ideas to show that Jesus is the light of the world. Then we chose one to enlarge in color.
There are a lot of techniques in this book that were helpful for us to learn, that will transfer well to other future art programs. I hope that author Jesse Ruffin comes out with a book for younger children. I think he's onto a neat idea with the combination of art instruction and Bible study. If you're looking for a high school level art and Bible study curriculum, I hope you'll check out Drawing Unto Him.
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