Wednesday, December 7, 2011

ARTisitic Pursuits TOS Crew Review

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      Once again we have been blessed by being part of the TOS Crew. My boys had been attending an Art class once a month but it just isn't enough. So when we were chosen to review ARTistic Pursuits I was so excited for my boys. ARTistic Pursuits is THE Curriculum for Creativity. "A Comprehensive Art program designed to involve the student in the creative process while developing observational skills."
  The Philosophy of ARTistic Pursuits is...
At Artistic Pursuits Inc., we believe every child can understand the concepts of art and enjoy the process of putting ideas and visual images on paper. We're committed to the goal of helping children become visually aware of the wonderful world we live in, and be able to work in creative ways within this world. We offer parents and teachers a simple way to give children a quality art education that will prepare them to meet creative challenges in their future endeavors.

     The boys love Art and love to be creative but I want them to have the true foundation of an Artist so that they are doing things the right way when it comes to composition and the elements of Art. ARTistic Pursuits has a creative curriulum for all ages from preschool through senior high. We chose Junior High Book One, The elements of Art and composition, by Brenda Ellis. My boys that I used this program with are in 7th and 9th grade and it was the perfect fit for us. You would want to make sure that you looked over the choices and picked the best fit for your unique family.

        Upon choosing our Curriculum of choice we were sent a supplies list that included various tools we would need for our course to be successful. This was wonderful as it allowed us to gather the materials before our book arrived at our home so when it came we were all set to jump right in and be creative. Many of the items we already had on hand and a couple we were able to pick up at our local dollar store, so if money is tight like it is around here, especially at this time of year. You can be a little frugal where you can.  The list is split into Semesters so You only need to gather a few supplies at first and look for sales on the other items that you will need further down the line. If you find easier to one stop shop or you do not have access to a store for art supplies you can go ahead and order an Art Supply Pack through ARTistic Pursuits themselves. Prices vary on the supply packs based on which level book you are working with.
  Our list was this:
First Semester
2 each-Drawing Pencils HB,4B
1-vinyl eraser
1-metal pencil sharpener
1-sandpaper block
1- sketch pad
1- wire (aluminum or light weight types)
Second Semester
1-pen or marker pad
1-waterproof drawing ink black
1- brush,round #8
2- pen nib, #101 Imperial or similar nib
1-pen holder
Additional Items
drawing board,wire cutter or pliers,modeling clay

    When our book arrived at our home, I was pleasantly surprised that it was a large spiral bound book with a protective clear cover on top. This is well worth the investment of  $42.95. Especially since the books are non consumable so you will enjoy using them over and over for years to come with your other children.

    The boys immediately wanted to get started so we adjusted our school schedule and added in a block of time on Mondays Wednesdays and Fridays. They were so excited to let their creativity flow and begin learning the foundation of Art. There are a few introductory pages and tips about getting started and then it was onto our first lesson. The title of this lesson was Space, the area of the paper that you draw onto. Not only did we learn the elements of Art but also a bit of Art History as well. Also Art culture from other countries. We found it all quite fascinating. We are currently on Lesson 3 How to Develop Observation Skills Through Contour Drawing. There are 64 total lessons in each book as each Lesson has sub lessons that delve deeper into the area of teaching for that sections. The boys are following along quite nicely and after we compete this Semester we are going to create an art portfolio to keep all of their work in. I have been looking on Pinterest for ideas for this.

   Artistic Pursuits has won a vast array of awards in the homeschooling community, including repeated first places in the Practical Homeschooling Reader Awards, Favorite Fine Arts Product from the 2010 Homeschool Crew, and first place in the art category in the Excellence in Education awards

    Each of the Artistic Pursuits books follows a similar format, addressing composition, art history, and media at an age appropriate level. Students receive both art instruction and plenty of hands-on projects, while moms have the lessons broken down for them in every detail.

  I know we are looking forward to moving on to Junior High Book 2 next Fall and maybe you are in the market for new Art Curriculum as well.  So if you find yourself overwhelmed by the sheer task of teaching Art or you feel that more Art is needed in your current curriculum like us then this may be just what your family is searching for. Please visit ARTistic Pursuit's website to find the book that is the perfect fit for you and for more information so that all of your questions may be answered.

Read what the Crew members had to say about the various levels they received for review and as always thanks for stopping by and I hope this has helped you decide on an Art Curriculum for your homeschool family.

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