Friday, May 2, 2014

ARTistic Pursuits Moving from Paper to Constructing 3-D Art Schoolhouse Review Crew Review 2014 #homeschoolart #hsreviews #hsmommas

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ARTistic Pursuits Review

   What happens when you have an Art Curriculum that your kids just cannot get enough of? You get more, that's what! My sons quickly fell in love with ARTistic Pursuits when we reviewed it the first time, so you can imagine their delight when we got to review it a second time. So a third time, which is this time, my sons practically flipped head over heals. This time though we moved from paper, drawing, painting and sketching and expanded our Art horizons by going 3-D. We were given one of the brand new books Sculpture Technique: Construct, there is also another new one that we are sure to try next called Sculpture Technique: Model.
ARTistic Pursuits Review
ARTistic Pursuits Review

    Let's start with the basic information, Sculpture Technique: Construct is geared for students 11-18, my boys being 14 and 15 were smack in the middle of this age range and did fantastic with it. The book, is just like all of the ARTistic Pursuits books, meaning they are comb-bound notebook style that lay flat nicely on the table for easy viewing while working on projects. This book is 83 pages full of hands on ART. Selling for $47.95 some may find this pricey but let me tell you , I being Miss Frugal Fran would buy it in a heartbeat. Coming from me that is saying everything. This is not a book that your kids will get through in a week, and they will also just do one project per unit and be done with. Your kids, as mine do, will go back time and time again. My boys still use the first and second books we received. They go back for inspiration and refreshing of the techniques.

  One of the nice aspects of the Sculpture Technique: Construct book is you can work out of sequence, this is wonderful if your kids are like mine and have a particular interest to get them started and excited and then they can continue in any direction that they would like to go. We started with Unit 4 Creating Volume with Wire, this was different than anything the boys had ever done so they wanted to start with it first. I have worked with wire but had never made a dimensional project. The boys started out learning about the properties of wire and different gauges, we learned that the higher the number the thinner the wire. This took Taylor some time to wrap his head around. He's my logical thinker and too him this just did not make sense. Alyx was ok with it as he works with wires and things when he does electrical work, he he already had this down pat. There were only a few things we actually had to have for this Unit so it was a great one to start and the least messiest in my opinion. We had to go and get Armature and Sculpture wire, 16 gauge and 128 feet in length. Now I did this times 2 since I have 2 boys working on the projects. It may seem like a lot but when you start wrapping it and shaping it, it's really not as much as it seems. I tend to use coupons and head to Michael's or JoAnn's for my supplies as it really helps stretch the Art budget. We also needed long nose pliers and wire cutters, which we already had. There was discussion of contour and how to go about forming your wire with your tools to get the wire to take the shape you have in mind. The boys quickly learned this was no easy task. It takes patience and determination to obtain the final result you are looking for.  As the Unit moves on they introduce using multiple colors of wire to obtain a greater effect, like Alyx made a car and he added racing striped and colored wheels. Taylor made a dog and it has a red collar and a blue eye. It is so amazing to see their personalities come out in their art work. It truly lets them shine.
ARTistic Pursuits Review

   You not only learn to construct your own sculptures but you also learn about the Artists that were famous for the work they did with the same materials. So you get a bit of Art History as well. If you were to complete the entire book and log the hours you could count this as 1 Art Credit for High School transcripts. This is important to us as both boys are in High School now and we are keeping careful track of all the credits needed to graduate. Alyx would like to graduate early so he is being very intense about credit calculations. At the end of every unit there is an evaluation form, kind of like an exam, where they can self evaluate what they learned in the unit. This is helpful for the boys to reflect on what they have learned and to make notes of what they still may need more practice with.

  The other units covered in the book are Unit 1: Creating Form in Papermaking, Unit 2: Creating Planes in Cardboard, and Unit 3: Creating Motion with Papier-Mache. Then of course the unit we did, Unit 4: Creating Volume with Wire. We are starting Unit 1 on Monday and will be going out to get the other things needed such as a paper-making mold kit, this will be used to make our homemade paper. Some of the items for Unit 1 we already have such as a bone folder, a spray bottle(this we found at the dollar store) and tacky glue and construction paper. I got a great deal at the convention last weekend on our construction paper. I also picked up an old blender at the Salvation Army for blending our paper pulp. You do not have to do this but I like having tools specific for projects not mixed up with my kitchen appliances. Yes I may just have a touch of OCD. Really though you can use yours or like me pick one up for a couple of dollars. My boys are anxious to get started on our paper making adventure next week. I will be sure to let you know how it goes and post some pictures, so be on the lookout for Wordless Wednesday posts you never know when the boys next creations will be spotlighted. My pictures I took of them doing their wire projects were inadvertently deleted off my SD card. I will take some more and get them added in this weekend. We have to go visit my parents to get new pictures as the boys are always giving their latest masterpieces away to family and friends, I love watching how proud they are when they give them as gifts and here the recipient exclaim how talented they are.

  ARTistic Pursuits has really helped my boys blossom as Artists and I have even learned some things right with them along the way. I love being able to give my boys a fully enriched Art class right from the comfort of our home. This is not an arts and crafts book by any means this is true ART education. Fully faceted from beginning to end. Teaching all aspects of the topic of Art in each unit. This is not boring but hands on and lends to the kids excitement about getting creative and producing a project to be proud of and fit for gift giving.

   Do you have a budding Artist in your homeschool, do you want to teach art but are not a creative, artsy mom? If you have answered yes to either of these questions then you have found the answer to your Art class prayers.

    Start with the one we received or one of the other art books from any of the titles below... for students as young as preschool or as old as High School, there is an art book for everyone.
The Way They See It (Preschool)
Early Elementary K-3, Book 1: Introduction to the Visual Arts
Early Elementary K-3, Book 2: Stories of Artists and Their Art
Early Elementary K-3, Book 3: Modern Painting and Sculpture
Elementary 4-5, Book 1: The Elements of Art and Composition
Elementary 4-5, Book 2: Color and Composition

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