I love to incorporate art into our homeschool when possible, so I was super excited to get a chance to do a review for ARTistic Pursuits, Inc. Since I would be using the curriculum with my kids in grades 7, 9 and 12 we chose to go with High School Book One The Elements of Art and Composition. My kids have had the opportunity to work with many different mediums in art, but have not spent a lot of time on drawing, mostly because their mom doesn’t have much experience with it. This means I was excited to learn this, and that is always a plus as a homeschool mom. Not only do they feed off of my excitement, but I also enjoy class time and look forward to it. Since I am a sculptor, my kids often get discouraged when we work together and they feel their projects do not measure up. Well, this does not happen when we draw together. 🙂 We had fun drawing together as a family and learned that we may need more practice.
We received High School 9-12, Book One, The Elements of Art and Composition by Brenda Ellis for review. Focusing on the elements of art and principles of design the students are assigned something to draw for each lesson while they are learning these important topics. Topics such as space, line, texture, shape, form, value, balance, rhythm. This helps them to incorporate these elements into their own drawings. In each unit the students learn about building a visual vocabulary, art appreciation, art history, techniques and application. Scheduling 2 classes per week you will finish in 36 weeks with 1 credit in Studio Art.
I purchased the Art Supply Pack from ARTistic Pursuits that went along with our book.
The pack included:
- drawing pencil set of 12
- vinyl eraser
- metal hand held sharpener
- Canson Sketch pad 9″x12″ 100 sheets
- Charcoal pad 9″x12″ 32 sheets
- assorted size pack of vine charcoal
- jumbo (tree) stick vine charcoal
- package of compressed charcoal
- paper blending stump
- chamois 5x5
- kneaded eraser
- Real Artist Real Art cotton tote bag
I was impressed with the quality of the materials in the pack and glad that I purchased them to go along with our study.
The lessons focused on European artworks and taught us to see how the artist sees. Studying the artwork of the masters was very interesting and encouraged us to try new techniques. For each assignment we learned what to focus on and learned a variety of techniques to achieve what we observed.
I was impressed with the method of teaching art in this book. This book would be wonderful to further develop your skills, practicing everyday, learning more and more about composition as well as learning from famous artists. This curriculum definitely encourages students to draw, with interesting assignments to help them hone their skills as well as develop new ones. We definitely improved our drawing skills by drawing more with the ideas laid out in this curriculum.