About ARTistic PursuitsARTistic Pursuits Inc. is an art curriculum company believing that all children are able to understand the concepts of art, and enjoy putting ideas and visual images on paper. They are committed to helping children become observant in our world and to be able to work creatively in it. They are determined to offer parents and children a quality art education presented in an easy to understand format for both the teacher and child and gear their books towards the homeschooling community.
Through their program, they encourage children to look at the expressive and technical aspects of art according to their age level. The goal is for the children to be able to be free to explore their world however they see it...not the way that adults think they should see it! There are no "rules" or "boundaries" in the art lessons--no small boxes or limitations. ARTistic Pursuits is all about letting them color outside the lines!
ARTistic Pursuits offer curriculum for Preschool to High School age making it easy for you to find a curriculum just right for your school age child.
The latest release from ARTistic Pursuits Inc., is a re-release of their K-3rd grade art instruction collection--this new collection WITH video lessons replaces their previous 2013 editions. These books include text lessons with picture study and video lessons on how to use the art materials. Each book comes with a DVD and a Blu-Ray for your convenience.
The following books are included in this collection:
Vol. 1 Art for Children, Building a Visual Vocabulary
Vol. 2 Art of the Ancients
Vol. 3 Art of the Middle Ages
Vol. 4 Artists that Shaped the Italian Renaissance
Vol. 5 Art of the Northern Countries, Renaissance to Realism
Vol. 6 Art of the Impressionists
Vol. 7 Art of the Modern Age (coming Summer 2018)
Vol. 8 Art in America (coming Summer 2018)
Each of these books is available for purchase alone, or with an art supply pack which will provide you with all the supplies needed to complete the book's projects.
Our Thoughts on ARTistic Pursuits
A few things that I was impressed with right away with using this product: it was hardbound, thin, and the DVD/Blu-Ray were attached inside the book! Previous copies of ARTistic Pursuits curriculum has been a thick book which can seem intimidating. This book was visually engaging and I was eager to dive in. The pages are also a glossy print with full color images. All the video lessons are clearly labelled and the DVD pulls up a menu with each of the video lessons labeled for easy navigation.
|Love having both of these right in the book|
|Nothing fancy---right to the point and easy to navigate|
|each of the video lessons is clearly marked|
I dove right in the book--beginning with reading the introduction to the Medieval World and then watching Video #1 for Lesson 1 with my youngest (age 7). This video shows us how to cut, weave, and paste paper strips on a paper loom...a skill that is referenced throughout the book. The student is encouraged to learn this skill before moving on to the actual project for Lesson 1 (a woven paper crown). I loved how the video began with an "actor" doing something from the era as an introduction.
|an introduction to the medieval world|
|Clear directions for the art projects|
We have been working through about 1 lesson per week and are gearing up for our next video lesson which will teach us about Panel Painting and using watercolor crayons!
Here are some photos of some of the projects we have worked on...
|Weaving two animals together|
|Paper Mosaic Tractor|
I am personally looking forward to the sections all about textiles! I think he'll enjoy doing the stitching portions of these!
These books are smaller in size than the ones they are replacing (one that I have reviewed in the past actually), but they are just as excellent. I also find that the addition of the video lessons really adds to the program. You will still need the same supplies, but the book is smaller and hardcover, making it easier to store.
This program is incredibly easy to follow and very very interesting! I still recommend it to anyone desiring to teach multiple elementary grades at one time with interesting art projects. Although we will be setting it aside the rest of the summer, we will probably be adding it in to our school year this fall.
Want to Know More About ARTistic Pursuits?For the last several weeks, we have been reviewing Art of the Middle Ages from the ARTistic Pursuits Art Instruction Books with DVD and Blu-Ray series from ARTistic Pursuits Inc.. There were several other books in this series that my review crew worked on and I hope you will check out their reviews as well.
We have really enjoyed this series. I like the extra aspect of having the video lessons. I also like the LENGTH of this book and think it is much more doable for families. Once again we reaffirm our love for ARTistic Pursuits!