My children love art and for some reason I am not as good about doing art as other subjects. So when I had the chance to do a review for art, I jumped at the chance! Part of my hesitation is not really knowing HOW to teach art. Artistic Pursuits clearly states their philosophy and explains HOW they teach art! Their curriculum begins with preschool and extends all the way through high school.
I selected Artistic Pursuits Grades K-3 Book two – Stories of the Artists and Their Work. This book contains 32 lessons – each with its own project. And the best part – it is non-consumable – I can use it over and over!
Things I love:
- Each lesson has a painting for the children to look at and analyze
- The lessons teach how to do the various methods – it gives very detailed instructions on how to prepare the water colors and then use them. It is great for the children to read it or be told from the book – not just Mom telling them what to do.
- The lessons teach about an artist and then give the children a similar project to create themselves.
- There is great variety in the projects without requiring a ton of supplies
Some of the artists taught about are Michelangelo, Raphael, da Vinci, Rembrandt and more! Then using the lives and works of these artists, projects are assigned which include painting with watercolors, drawing with oil pastels, printmaking, modeling and mixed media. For convenience, the website even has supply kits so you are sure to have all the supplies you need.
Even my children that are older than third grade have thoroughly enjoyed the various projects. In fact, I started the curriculum while they were gone and they were insanely jealous. So from then on we have had to include everyone. What a great resource for a reasonable price.
Please visit Artistic Pursuits for more information.
*Disclaimer: I was given a complimentary Artistic Pursuits Grades K-3 Book Two curriculum for the purpose of facilitating my review. No monetary compensation was given. All opinions expressed herein are unbiased and not influenced by the developing company or its affiliates in any way.*