Sunday, March 8, 2009

Artistic Pursuits

As part of the TOS homeschool crew we were sent one copy of Artistic Pursuits Art curriculum. Never heard of Artistic Pursuits? Neither had I. Artistic Pursuits was written by Brenda Ellis, a homeschool mom herself!  So, you better believe that she has taken into account not only the need of the student, but also the needs of the homeschool parent/teacher. She has created curriculum for students from Preschool through High School. So, no matter what age your student there is a curriculum available.

I was sent their curriculum for Grades 4-6 Book One, The Elements of Art and Composition. This book is a spiral bound soft back book. I will tell you one of things that first caught my eye was the fact that the supply list was short... and simple.... Here is an idea, these are the supplies needed for Units 1 through 7:

 2 Ebony Pencils, 1 metal pencil sharpener, 1 vinyl eraser, 1 sketch pad for drawing.

Wow, I like that. I even have all of those things in my house ALREADY!!! Through out the year, there are some additional supplies needed, however, rest assured, they still are simple and just a few.

In the "Getting Started" section Mrs. Ellis takes time to address both the parents and the student. In the parents section, explains how to use the curriculum to be used in One Full School Year. However, you also have the ability to use it as it fits your family. I, also,  really liked how she spoke to the students. The information was easy to understand, yet not dumbed down for them.

Now here is the best part of the curriculum, it is written to the student. It is written so the student can complete their work without the parent directing every assignment. They can sit down read the section and follow the instructions. While I was involved with what the kids were doing, they wanted me to see all that they have accomplished, versus me setting out the assignment. We both really enjoyed that!

Some of the things that will be covered in Book One are; Space, Line and Shape, Texture, Value, Form, Form using Value, Local Value, Contrast, The Shapes of Natural Forms, Edges and much, much more. As you can see from this list, Mrs. Ellis breaks down each area into small enough chunks for the student take that information, and really learn it.

If you have been searching for an art curriculum, please visit Artistic Pursuits and check out their sample pages and see if it is right for you and your family.

Happy Artistry!

1 comment:

  1. I have to admit, at first I was not sure of it, but I am really liking it a lot. We got the Grade K-3 An Introduction to Visual Arts to review.

    It has been a great way to introduce great artisitc works along with adding in my kids own creative flaire. I can not wait to try some of thier other books.