Once in a great while you will come across an art program that is so easy-to-use, open-ended, and brimming with all sorts of exciting possibilities that you just want to use it yourself. This was certainly the case with ARTistic Pursuits when I first reviewed it. The basic philosophy of ARTistic Pursuits is to combine what it defines as the four essential areas, or categories, of art into a short, easily manageable and flexible lesson. The first category is Elements of Art, or "what art is made of" which include what we would think of as the basics of the actual drawing (line, shape, color, etc.). The next is Composition, or "how art is arranged" (balance, proportion, space), third is Media (variation), and finally, History (becoming familiar with different artists, styles, and periods). This seems like a lot to cover in one program, but ARTistic Pursuits does it surprisingly well and very naturally. The early elementary (K-3) level covers these same four areas in each lesson, but in a less in-depth and more informal manner. The whole series has been revised for 2013, and each volume now features 36 lessons (previously 32). You'll notice a slight shift in grade levels (books previously
Ah, the joy of block printing...the carving of the block, the feel of the squishy ink, the roll of the brayer, and the infinite number of copies you can print - even in different colors. No art experience would be complete without a little unit on block printing! Design your holiday greeting cards, plaster the world with your special message, or put your own rubber stamp ideas to the block. Better than using potatoes, sponges, or clay to block print, as your designs will be permanent, storable, and reusable.
Choose a brayer size to fit your block. This is an economy hard rubber brayer with a "back rest" to allow you to lay it down without getting ink on your surface.