Thursday, May 1, 2014

TOS Review: ARTistic Pursuits


ARTistic Pursuits is a comprehensive homeschool art curriculum that was developed for students in preschool through 12th grade.  The curriculum was designed to teach both expressive and technical aspects of art, while encouraging student involvement in the creative process.  Each grade level consists of a variety of art lessons that promotes creativity, art history, art appreciation, and art techniques by using real art materials and tools. 

We had the opportunity to review one of the three Early Elementary K-3 level books.  


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Recommended for ages 5 and up.

$47.95

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Early Elementary K-3, Book 3: Modern Painting and Sculpture introduces the student to modern art, explains why it is different from earlier art, and explores how to create meaningful art. 

There are 36 lessons with a total of 92 single-sided pages.  Each lesson is intended to be completed in one week.  

Early Elementary K-3, Book 3: Modern Painting and Sculpture-Contents

There is a detailed materials page, which uses color codes for specific art materials.  It was very convenient to have the color code on each project page with a specific list of materials needed.  


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Each of the 36 lessons consists of three mini-lessons.

The first page of each lesson introduces an artist or a movement and explains how the ideas of the artist or movement are different from earlier artists or movements. 

In Lesson 5, Claude Monet is introduced and the girls learned that he wanted to study how light affected the colors of objects.  Therefore, he painted the same object at different times of the day and in different weather conditions.  This new way of paining became the Impressionist's Method.  

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The second page of each lesson includes a work of art by the featured artist or movement along with a brief explanation.  In addition, there are several questions to help encourage the student to observe the artwork more closely and to discuss the details of the artwork.

In Lesson 5, the girls viewed three different artworks of the Rouen Catherdral by Claude Monet.  Each artwork was painted at a different time of the day.

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The third page of each lesson is the project page, where the student creates an original piece of art.  At the top of the page, there is a color-coded list of materials needed and detailed instructions.

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In Lesson 5, the girls were encouraged to paint an outside object during different seasons.  Izzie, 7, painted a tree in the spring and Mac, 5, painted a tree in the fall.


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The girls really enjoyed completing numerous art projects during the review period!

In Lesson 1, they were introduced to the Impressionist Art Movement.  During this movement, artists began painting ordinary people and everyday life.  They were encouraged to paint a person that they knew.  This was their first time painting with Gouache paint!  

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In Lesson 8, they learned more about Claude Monet and his interest in the surface of water and reflections.  During the project, Izzie learned how to create reflections in the water by using a technique called resist.

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What did I like about Early Elementary K-3, Book 3: Modern Painting and Sculpture?

1.  I can successfully teach my girls art at home with very little knowledge of art and without hours of preparation.  It was extremely easy to add this art curriculum into our homeschooling schedule. 

2.  It's non-consumable, which saves me money!  I can reuse the art curriculum in the future.  The consumable materials were easily purchased at a local craft store.  
3.  The soft-bound comb manual is neatly organized with detailed instructions for each project. 

4.  My girls are being exposed to modern art in brief lessons, which is the perfect amount of information for their ages, followed by age-appropriate discussion questions.  In addition, each lesson introduces an artist or movement with a colorful piece of art created by the specific artist or movement.

5.  The girls are creating meaningful art, using a variety of art techniques, while learning about art history. 

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In conclusion, I would recommend Early Elementary K-3, Book 3: Modern Painting and Sculpture from ARTistic Pursuits for children in kindergarten through third grade.

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If you are wanting to purchase the consumable materials from ARTistic Pursuits, there are Art Supply Packs for each book.

Early Elementary K-3, Book 3: Modern Painting and Sculpture-Art Supply Pack

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