My kids love when it's time for art lessons in our homeschool day! ARTistic Pursuits is a company we are familiar with as we have used several of their products over the years. You can read my previous reviews here:
WHAT IS ARTISTIC PURSUITS?
ARTistic Pursuits offers a comprehensive curriculum for art instruction which includes art history, art technique, and art instruction. There are books for every grade level from Kindergarten through 12th grade. There are eight volumes for Kindergarten through 3rd grade which focus on the history of art in sequential order. There are two beginner level Art Cores for Upper Elementary, an intermediate level Art Core for grades 7th and 8th, and an advanced level Art Core for 9th through 12th graders.
WHAT DID WE RECEIVE?
For this review, we received Painting with Watercolor Pencils, Art Core 2. These hard-cover books are full-color and come with a DVD containing the video lessons. You can also stream the video lessons online, which is what we did. Art Core 2 has 9 units:
- Primary Colors
- Secondary Colors
- Tertiary Colors
- Complementary Color Pairs
- Neutral Colors
- Color Tint
- Color Values
- Monochrome Colors
- White Space
- watercolor pencil set of 12 or more (we bought Prismacolor)
- plastic or vinyl eraser
- hand held pencil sharpener
- 40 water color paper sheets 9x12
- #8 round brush
- 1/4 inch flat brush
- small mop brush
- plastic T-square
- drawing compass
- Art Materials: Video Instruction - Your child will watch a 6-10 minute video lesson. This video gives step by step directions on the art instruction. The videos show your child how to achieve the technique being taught. The entire art project is completed, sometimes in time lapse, so your child can see exactly what they need to do. Then your child is instructed to make their own piece of art.
- Creativity: Building a Visual Vocabulary - Your child will read the page in the textbook and study the topic of the unit. Your child may be instructed to watch another video or to complete an assignment.
- Art Appreciation and History: American - Your child will be shown a piece of artwork from an American painter. They will read about the artist and then use the techniques they've learned about.
- Master Lesson: Assimilating Knowledge and Skills - Your child will create their own work of art, applying what they've learned in the unit and using a variety of technique - still life, landscape, and photographs.