I have always convinced myself that the ONE subject that I could do without any formal book was art. I can handle a few craft projects every now and again, right? Perhaps this is because when it comes to buying curriculum, by the time the 4 R's are covered, along with a few other essentials like history and science, the school book money envelope has long since gone empty. Well, though I managed to sneak a few art projects in every now and again, they were certainly fly by the seat of my pants and certainly not with any regularity. And in truth, I really didn't know what I was doing when I WAS doing them. Then, I had the chance to review an art curriculum designed for homeschoolers called ARTistic Pursuits. I can see now that 'fly by the seat of your pants' isn't the most conducive homeschool strategy for any subject...ART included.
|Pinch Pots! Oh boy, did they love working with clay!|
|Our barns~ by Andrew!! :-) ~age 8|
The book I received was ARTistic Pursuits Book 1: Introduction to the Visual Arts; designed for Early Elementary Grades K-3. In it were 36 lessons, each written in thoughtful, clear and simple terms which, when read aloud lasted about 5-10 minutes. Because I have four children who ALL love to do art, I read the lesson aloud to the table of eager listeners. The lessons were so clear and easy to follow, though, that a student capable of reading could very easily work independently.
|A smug gal by Adele'~ age 5|
|Judah with his pocketknife (of course) by Judah~ age 3|
|OKay, so this is disturbing, I know. But the boy has a one track mind, I tell you and with Penny going to deliver in just a few short months, there is nothing to be done about it. By Andrew~ age 8|
|By Corynn (with a heart, like Mama)~ age 10|
In order to get an overall idea of the book (and because that's how I roll!) we skipped around the different lessons (which do not need to be given in any particular order) to do lessons using a variety of different mediums. We used pencils for pencil sketches, markers, watercolor pencils, paint, soft pastels and clay. I just got the oil pastels to do next weeks' lesson and recently caught the children salivating over the spankin' new box.
|Sunshine Bunny by Andrew|
|Spotted Bunny by Corynn|
|Bunny with a flower by Adele'|
|Blue Bunny by Judah|
Other Artistic Pursuit books available for Early Elementary K-3 are Book 2: Stories of Artists and Their Art (K-3) (This one looks so cool!) and Book 3: Modern Painting and Sculpture. For Elementary age grades 4-5 there is Book 1: The Elements of Art and Composition and Book 2: Color and Composition. They also have a Preschool Book and (hot off the presses!) some incredible looking books on Sculpture, geared for ages 11- 18. Check them out!
Each book is $47.95 and can be used for all your students (throughout your whole homeschooling career!) since all the projects are done outside of the book.