Once again we have been blessed to review ARTistic Pursuits. If you remember from about a year ago, we used Elementary 4-5, Book One. This time we were able to review Elementary 4-5, Book Two: Color and Composition, which concentrates on learning art skills while using watercolor pencils.
Let me just start by saying I am not an artist. Neither are my kids. As a matter of fact, if I could just skip art instruction I would, but like most kids, mine really do enjoy art. For that reason I do try to incorporate art and art appreciation into our school year.
So far ARTistic Pursuits is one of the few art programs we have found that we all like. Divided into four day lessons, this program is thorough, informative and easy to use. The first day of each lesson is Building a Visual Vocabulary and focuses on a child's real world experience for drawing. The second day introduces an artist with Art Appreciation and Art History. This day shows you a picture of that artist and tells you a little about the artist and the picture. There is another art activity for that day that is in the same theme that you just read about. The third day is titled Techniques. Here you will learn how to use various tools and materials while creating another piece of art. The fourth and final day of the lesson is called Application. Here the project tends to encompass all of the techniques you have learned for the week.
Book 2 consists of subjects like the color wheel, tinting and shading, direction and movement, front and back point of views, buildings, figures and more. There are a total of 16 units, with an evaluation sheet at the end to help you in assigning a letter or number grade to your child's projects if you so desire.
What did we think? Just like before, we thoroughly enjoy using ARTistic pursuits. I love how it combines not only art instruction but art history as well in an easy to use format. The kids like the projects. But let me tell you- watercolor pencils are not as easy as they seem. Even momma struggled a little. One thing I did find out was that while the samples they show from other kids are probably suppose to inspire you, two of my kids seemed to be disheartened when their projects did not measure up in their eyes. We did have to spend some time talking about how everyone had different strengths and weaknesses, and that not everyone's pictures were going to look the same.
Elementary 4-5, Book Two: Color and Composition can be purchased for $47.95, and is recommended for ages 9 and up.
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The TOS Crew had the opportunity to review several different books in this series including the newest on Sculpture which is getting rave reviews. If art is your thing, I would recommend you check out what others had to say as well about that product and more!