Eclectic Homeschool OnlineVisit EHO Lite
An easy to navigate site for those just
starting out
or planning for the next school year.

EHO Advertiser.
Eclectic Homeschool Curriculum Fair
Find homeschool resources by all the top publishers.
Subscribe to the
EHO Newsletters

EcleticHS Discussion List
Eclectic Homeschool Newsletter
Support Group Leaders
Feel free to post any part or all of our EHO Newsletter to your email or snailmail lists.
Our information sheet is available for handing out to your members.
Publishers
To submit your resources for review, please read our review guidelines.
Make a Donation to EHO
Summer Reading - books for all ages.
Featured Resource
Shop Amazon - Help Fund EHO
Homeschool News
Our Staff Blogs
Search the Web from EHO
HomeschoolCopyright.com
Join the Campaign


How Great Thou Art I and II DVD
Reviews Index
 

How Great Thou Art I and II DVD

Printer Friendly Version

Publisher: How Great Thou Art Publications
Author: Barry Stebbing

List Price: DVD: $39.95

Ages: 15-18 Years

Reviewed By: Heidi Pair

 

Even when textbooks are designed to be used as a stand-alone teaching aid, I almost always consider any DVD supplemental materials that are available. I find the benefits of having the additional help far outweighs the additional cost. I am not always available to immediately sit down and explain lessons, and having a ready-to-go explanation moves things along without my student waiting for me. Furthermore, it is helpful to have the lesson presented from another perspective, and in the case of art, a perspective with much more talent that I could provide myself! Having reviewed the How Great Thou Art I and How Great Thou Art II drawing texts, I definitely was interested to see how the supplemental DVDs worked with the texts.

The How Great Thou Art I & II DVD is a three DVD set covering 4½ hours of instruction. There are over 100 lessons in all. Each DVD lesson features Mr. Barry Stebbing, the author and artist of the texts, briefly explaining the concept taught in the lesson and then demonstrating the exercise.  

The lessons are often started off with an inspirational quote of some sort or perhaps with still images related to the lesson. Next, Mr. Stebbing explains the lesson using the pages from the text. Mr. Stebbing then explains the sketching exercises detailed in the lesson and performs a few examples for the student to watch. While each DVD lesson is only two to three minutes long, the instruction is clear and sufficient.

The very first thing my son said when asked what he liked about the program was that Mr. Stebbing “is a very good teacher.”  My son appreciated the very thorough instruction. He said the concepts were explained well and slowly. This gave him confidence that he could accomplish the objectives of the lesson, even though he is not particularly artistic.

It is important to note that the DVD lessons incorporate both texts and intermingle lessons between the two.  A single DVD lesson usually includes lessons from both How Great Thou Art I and How Great Thou Art II. If you do not have both texts, the DVD lessons will be more difficult to follow. 

While I usually focus on the quality of instruction, I felt the DVDs could use a little improvement in presentation. I am not one for a lot of bells and whistles, but the mid-1990’s feel took a bit away from the DVDs. However, a more pressing issue calling for an update was that in most cases, the page numbers given in each DVD lesson did not follow the actual page numbers in the texts. It is clear that the texts were revised and updated at some point, changing the page numbers, and the DVDs are using the older texts. Adding to this issue, the DVD lesson numbers do not match the text lesson numbers, since the DVDs combine the lessons of the two texts. For example, “Lesson 10” in the DVD is not Lesson 10 in the texts, causing some additional confusion. Sometimes Mr. Stebbing would say something like, “See Lesson 30 in text II” to clarify, or the text’s lesson number at the top of the page would be visible in the DVD. However, this was not the case for every DVD lesson. 

My very linear thinker already had difficultly jumping back and forth between books, even though the same concept was being taught. Having incorrect pages numbers did not make this task any easier. He would have much preferred a single text with lessons that followed the DVDs exactly.  

Even with some of these issues, I still felt the DVDs were definitely worth using; it just took some getting used to the format and organization of the lesson. Also, it would be best to purchase the DVD set when you are just starting out the drawing program, rather than upon completion of one text, since both texts are incorporated into the lessons and essentially making one program out of the two texts.

Overall, I felt the How Great Thou Art I & II DVD set was definitely a worthwhile supplement to the textbooks. The DVD lessons helped keep some consistency in our homeschool’s art instruction, and having the additional explanation was appreciated by this art-challenged mom.

More Information
Available From: How Great Thou Art Publications
Address: Box 48 Mc Farlan, NC 28102
Phone: 1.800.982.DRAW (3729)
Website: https://www.howgreatthouart.com/
Email:
Other Notes:
 

Add Your Own Review

 
Heidi Pair
Heidi Pair has been homeschooling for ten years. She is mom to two busy teens, a homeschool support group leader, and founder of Pear Educational Products. When she isn't teaching, chauffeuring, or coordinating, she enjoys relaxing with a good book, writing for her blog, or just hanging out with family and friends.
Copyright © 2012 Eclectic Homeschool Association
 

blank

New Homeschool Resources - Visit the Eclectic Homeschool Resource Center for more discounted resources.

About EHO | Masthead | Financial Info | Contact Us | Writing for EHO | Get Your Product Reviewed
Linking to this site | Advertise| Submit a Site | Reprinting Articles | Reviewing for EHO | Privacy | Search

This website is Copyright ©1997-2010 Eclectic Homeschool Association, All rights reserved.
This site was authored by Beverly S. Krueger. All contents belong to the Eclectic Homeschool Association or the original authors. Reproduction of this World Wide Web Site in whole or in part is prohibited without permission. All rights reserved. Trademarks may not be used without permission of the trademark owner. Details about our reprint policies are available.

Publishers: Tammy Cardwell, Jean Hall, and Beverly Krueger are the only persons authorized to make product requests on behalf of the Eclectic Homeschool Online. If you receive requests from any other individuals in our name, please do not comply.

The staff at EHO try very hard to answer all our mail. We have had many of our responses to email returned as undeliverable. We also delete unread a great deal of spam. If your email message header sounds like it is spam, it will be deleted. "You Should See This!" or "Have I got something great for you" are examples of subject lines that would be deleted unread. If you use 'EHO' in the subject line it will not be deleted unread. If you have not received an answer to your question, please resend your email. We usually have a delay of 1 to 2 weeks in answering email because of the number of requests we get. Those wishing to request links to our site should read our linking page before writing us. All our resources are posted online. We do not mail information to postal addresses.

This Site Uses the Following for Website Services:
VISIT LFCHOSTING.COM!

OpenCube CSS Menu

XIGLA - Absolute Banner Manager

Scripture taken from the New King James Version. Copyright © 1979, 1980, 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Thank your for vising the Eclectic Homeschool Online, we hope you found the resources to make your homeschooling journey easier.

homeschool information