ARTistic Pursuits Early Elementary K-3 Book One 3rd ed - Introduction to Visual Arts

ARTistic Pursuits Early Elementary K-3 Book One 3rd ed - Introduction to Visual Arts

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ISBN: 9781939394019
Grades: K-3

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This book is sure to delight young children with over 185 colorful illustrations and great Master paintings. Lessons capture each child's interests and imagination while introducing the fundamental principles of the visual arts. Parents read a simple ten-minute lesson with their child that includes art appreciation. The topic is pointed out in a full color work of art by well-known Masters like Rivera, Chagall, De Hooch, Van Gogh and more. This time is followed with a project that allows children to immediately apply their new knowledge of the subject, while creating works of art from their own experiences and observations, making each piece produced personal and unique.

The first section covers the activities artists engage in when making art (composing, imagining, looking, etc.,) how to use the materials of an artist (watercolor crayons, pastels, pencil), and the various types of subjects artists work from (landscapes, people, still-life, etc.) Activities broaden children's awareness of the world they live in. The second section of the book covers the elements that artists use in two-dimensional and three-dimensional work such as shape, form, line, and color. The third section is a comprehensive study of ancient art as children are introduced to different kinds of art that we see such as art in caves, pyramids, cathedrals, and more. This section covers early cave paintings and figurines from Jordon to tapestries and book illumination of the Middle Ages. Children's ideas about art are greatly expanded as they learn how ancient cultures used art. The hands-on projects help them remember what materials the culture used or the major ideas of the culture. This book provides lessons for the completion of thirty-six finished drawings, paintings, and sculptures.

Category Description for ARTistic Pursuits K-3 (3rd Edition):

The 3rd edition of the K-3 level is made up of three books, which together provide students a chronological overview of art history along with art lessons. The 2018 edition, which is a series of 8 hardcover books, is the most updated edition of the program, but this edition is still available and has some format differences. This series is comb-bound, and covers art history through three books. The 2018 series also incorporates video lessons and features larger reproductions of art masterpieces.

Book One teaches young students what artists do, what they see, and how to interpret these in light of ancient to medieval art, including cave paintings, palaces, pyramids and cathedrals. Book Two guides young artists through the Gothic, Renaissance and Romantic Periods. Book Three continues the journey, covering Impressionism and Modernism (both European and American) through painting and sculpture. As the following volumes are a continuation of the first volume, I would recommend that users begin with the first volume, particularly as it explains a lot of basic art concepts that are not revisited in much detail once you hit the appreciation lessons.

Category Description for ARTistic Pursuits:

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. Each volume features 36 lessons and the Upper Elementary, Middle School, High School and old edition of Elementary volumes are comb-bound to lay flat.

Upper elementary, middle school and high school levels of ARTistic Pursuits are divided into two books each. The first book focuses on drawing including line, texture, form, shape, value, etc., while the second book focuses on color (tinting, shading, mixing, etc.). As an example, let’s look at the high school program. In the drawing portion of the program, the book begins with a lesson on observation and imagination, challenging art students to “see creatively”. This starts them off on the right foot for drawing scenes and objects which they will be doing extensively. From there it moves into line, texture, shape, form, value, and contrast, covering each of the basic “Elements of Art.” The other half is devoted to the elements of composition, including balance, rhythm, depth, and proportion (learning much of this in the context of the human face, figure, and clothing). The materials needed for the drawing portion are relatively few; pencils, charcoal, erasers, and drawing paper. Book 2 dips into color, tinting, shading, complementing, and mixing and also implements composition, in the context of emphasizing size, value, color, etc., and adds watercolors to the list of supplies.

The K-3 level is made up of three books, which together provide students a chronological overview of art history along with art lessons. Book One teaches young students what artists do, what they see, and how to interpret these in light of ancient to medieval art, including cave paintings, palaces, pyramids and cathedrals. Book Two guides young artists through the Gothic, Renaissance and Romantic Periods. Book Three continues the journey, covering Impressionism and Modernism (both European and American) through painting and sculpture. As the following volumes are a continuation of the first volume, I would recommend that users begin with the first volume, particularly as it explains a lot of basic art concepts that are not revisited in much detail once you hit the appreciation lessons.

The lessons are structured similarly throughout the program, although progression through concepts is slower and more bite-sized at lower levels. The first portion introduces the concept, gives a short discussion on its importance, and offers an introductory activity for the student to start thinking about it. The next section is based on a reproduction of a masterpiece that demonstrates the concept being learned. This gives students the chance to simultaneously learn the concept and see how the great artists used the same elements in their work. The other half of the unit is where the “how-to” is brought in. For example, in the high school unit on form, the how-to part of the lesson concentrates on using a light source to produce the desired effect in a three-dimensional drawing, using a simple snowman to illustrate the effects under various light sources. The student is challenged to find a simple object to study (and draw) under different lighting situations. Finally, we reach the last part of the unit, culminating in a project. Brief but clear instructions are given, along with a list of needed materials, and a few hints; and then you’re on your own. Pick up that pencil and cut loose! This open-ended approach offers nearly unlimited room for creativity on the part of the student, as far as what to draw and how. He or she is reminded not only to concentrate on the concept learned, but also to continue to use all the concepts previously learned (this is exemplified by the many examples of student work displayed in these lessons). Projects at the lower levels are more likely to include simpler activities like drawing a picture from a photograph, and also use less complicated (and messy, incidentally) supplies, such as watercolor pencils rather than the pan watercolors used in the Senior High level.

From a teaching standpoint, the lessons are easy to use. You can read the lessons together, or teach from the textual lesson given. The discussion questions are all included in the book, but you are by no means limited to those if you both really get into an artwork or style. Because the art reproductions are included right in the books, you don’t have to search the library or internet for examples to use. The projects are well-thought out with a lot of potential for creativity, and require mostly common arts and crafts supplies. However, because the lessons in each book expose students to a variety of different mediums, you will need to have a variety of art materials on hand, and specifically recommended ones are listed after each level.

While the format is similar throughout the program, the emphasis on specific artists and periods varies. In the high school level, the emphasis is on European artists, including: Da Vinci, Raphael, Toulouse-Latrec, Monet, Renior, Picasso, Vermeer, Van Gogh, Cezanne, and Constable. The middle school level focuses on World Art, while the Grades 4-5 level examines American Art. Grades K-3 cover art history from ancient to modern. I would suggest using the levels in the titles below as a general guideline. Young students (upper elementary) who are very artistic and already fairly skilled will likely get more out of the middle school level than the Grades 4-5 Level. Regardless of the level you choose, you will want to start with the first book to lay the foundation of art basics before you jump into more advanced concepts.

All in all, this is a flexible, user-friendly program which seamlessly blends art history, art technique and exposure to different media. At the same time, it keeps the subject understandable for beginning artists and more experienced ones alike. Though the format is fairly simple, it will spark excitement and creativity through each lesson, especially as the student progresses and surprises even herself with her new skills. I’m confident that any student interested in art at all will enjoy the variety, the use of different mediums, and the practical art appreciation, and the open-ended projects.

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I thought it looked like fun and something to occupy the kids over the summer without adding to our school load in the fall and winter.
Patricia M on Jun 16, 2022
NICOLE F on Jul 27, 2021
I thought it looked like fun and something to occupy the kids over the summer without adding to our school load in the fall and winter.
Patricia M on Jun 16, 2022
Trying something new.
Corinna S on Jul 28, 2021
NICOLE F on Jul 27, 2021
Recommended by Cathy Duffy!
Diana B on Feb 9, 2021
I read reviews and this program looks to be perfect for my elementary home-school daughter.
Sandy H on Sep 3, 2020
This was recommended by Bookshark and has wonderful reviews online.
Melissa C on Aug 29, 2020
I used this years ago with my oldest kids, and my youngest is really into art.
Andrea M on Aug 17, 2020
It was recommended to me by my homeschool group coordinator.
CEANDREKA C on Nov 28, 2018
for art projects for my kids
Melissa M on Apr 4, 2018
Homeschool Art Curriculum
Jessica H on Mar 16, 2018
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Danielle R on Jan 25, 2018
It is part of a complete and comprehensive art program that I will be able to use for more than one child at a time because it is set up for different ages.
April R on Aug 13, 2017
Read reviews and heard this program is wonderful. Looking forward to using it!
Lisa B on Jul 12, 2017
art appreciation for elementary homeschooler
Karen H on Jun 8, 2017
Recommended by fellow homeschoolers on a FB group
Christine W on May 9, 2017
Looks fun and a great introduction to art for all of my kids.
Janelle P on May 5, 2017
Heard great things and anxious to give it a try.
Brooke R on Mar 30, 2017
I purchased this because it is a 36 week art curriculum to go along with the timing of our other curriculum. It also fits my style of teaching and interest. I have several kids that are different ages and I was looking for an art curriculum to work through with all of them. This allows me to move forward to the next book without having to find something else to use for art when we finish the first book.
Sarah S on Mar 23, 2017
These art books look great when we had a chance to look at them at one of the conventions!
Katherine K on Mar 7, 2017
An excellent art curriculum
Northport on Nov 16, 2016
home school art curriculum. Good reviews & nice variety of art mediums
clayton z on Sep 20, 2016
Recommended in the book A Well Trained Mind
Angela B on Sep 14, 2016
After recommendations from friends, and a look at this curriculum (which incorporates art history and art appreciation with art techniques), we decided to purchase this book.
Shannon P on Aug 18, 2016
I am very excited to be teaching art with this curriculum this year! I tried just doing various crafts last year and it wasn't the best approach, I think this will really help a lot!
Shannon W on Aug 6, 2016
I chose Artistic Pursuits Early Elementary K-3 Book One 3rd Ed - Introduction to Visual Arts because this looks like a good art curriculum for my kindergarten student. It appears to cover everything from art history to creating actual pieces of art.
Fran T on Aug 5, 2016
meets classical educational approach and recommended
Diana J on Jul 12, 2016
Excellent homeschool reviews. Comprehensive and easy to implement. Fits our classical model well. Will be using level 1, book 1 in a co-op class of 1st-3rd graders.
ALISSA on Jul 7, 2016
I saw it was suggested by Susan Wise Bauer in The Well-Trained Mind.
Rebecca H on Jul 1, 2016
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Jennifer W on Jun 22, 2016
I really want to teach my kids to express themselves and create their own art. I think this will help guide them and teach techniques without learning to copy others work.
Rebecca P on May 31, 2016
"We're going to use these as more formal art lessons. The contents appears to go through history and we'll use it in conjunction with Story of the World. I like how she has a way of organizing supplies into 4 boxes. "
Jennifer D on May 23, 2016
It's received many good reviews. My kiddos are wanting to learn and create more art next school year.
User on May 12, 2016
Needed a solid fine arts program for children and I to enjoy together. Not mindless crafting.
Janel B on Apr 28, 2016
recommended by a friend; i'm so intimidated by Drawing with Children and i'm really excited about this
Jaime B on Apr 11, 2016
I chose this book to guide me in one-on-one art lessons with my Kindergartner. It was recommended by a friend and fellow homeschool mom.
Kati S on Jan 12, 2016
We just finished the first (preschool) book, and while I wasn't sure about it at first, my daughter ended up liking it, so I thought I'd try the next in line. I like how they plan on introducing different art mediums, too.
Melanie L F on Nov 9, 2015
I have not used this before and it was recommended on the Ambleside forums for a solid art program.
Betsy F on Oct 1, 2015
Trying something new.
Corinna S on Jul 28, 2021
Recommended by Cathy Duffy!
Diana B on Feb 9, 2021
Do you have to do Elementary 4-5 Books 1 and 2 in order or can we start with the painting first if that is more interesting to my student?
A shopper on May 23, 2023
BEST ANSWER: I think you can just do painting first.
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Rated 5 out of 5
Great for the non artist parent!
This is a great program. It has artist appreciation along side a project. I'm doing this with my 5 and 8 year old and they both enjoy it and like the lessons, you could probably use it from 4 to 10 years old. I'm am not artistic so this is a great way for them to learn some techniques!
July 12, 2021
1 year ago
Rated 5 out of 5
very good
I like that there is very little planning to do. You just read and the children look at the other children's pictures to also come up with ideas to draw/color.
April 21, 2020
over 3 years ago
Rated 4 out of 5
Perhaps better for age 6+
I have been working with my 4 (almost 5) year old with this book and it is too advanced. (I think she is a fairly typical child, but I don't know.) She doesn't have the ability to do things like sketch seashells or leaves. I would suggest this book for children over the age of about 6.
December 12, 2017
over 5 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
My children love this! I was worried it might be too basic for my very artisticly talented 3rd grader but she loves it and does it right along with her little sister. So glad to have found something that focuses more on fine art rather than crafts.
October 28, 2017
over 5 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Just what I was looking for
I was looking for an art curriculum that taught "real art" but was at a level my kids would enjoy, understand and appreciate. For this crafty but not artistic mom, it's perfect. A bit pricy but definitely worth the investment. We sometimes do a lesson more than once just because it reinforces the concept.
September 26, 2016
over 6 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Fun and engaging art curriculum
I am using this with 2 children - K and 3rd grade. My kindergartner gets a little bored in the beginning, always eager to get to the actual art making. My 3rd grader really engages with the famous art pieces, and enjoys learning more about the process. We are only 4 weeks in, but so far I am very pleased with this!

I also chose to buy the art supply kit for this here on RR. It was so convenient buying everything at once, and it was a good price, too!
September 13, 2016
over 7 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
I ordered Artistic Pursuits and am very pleased with the idea of it In a child friendly way this curriculum introduces kids to famous artists The book asks children to observe and answer questions about famous pieces of art Art projects for the kids are creative and doable These are real artistic endeavors not just crafts Artistic Pursuits is a 9 book series that can be used from elementary through high school so I'm beginning it while my kids are young I want to use the entire series over time! The only change I would make to this book: because of it's cost it would be nice if it was presented in a hardcover book with glossy pages Instead it has sturdy pages and plastic comb binding It's ok but I like this book so well and wish it would come in more quality form to match its quality content
June 24, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5
Our co-op is using this as their art instruction method and my children just LOVE it! It is very integrated and the student learns about an artist method and gets to do a project that the lesson highlighted As a Charlotte Mason-er I love the fact that they are being exposed to real-world artist and examples of fine art as well as getting to produce their own unique creations Even those who don�t know how to teach art will enjoy and be able to succeed with this!
July 30, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5
I came across this program a year ago while looking for a way to teach my children art It is very easy to use as all needed materials are listed for you I believe Rainbow also sells all of the needed items at a discount which saves you a lot of money and you don't have to go searching in an art supply store My children have thoroughly enjoyed this program We have gone through the entire book doing some of the projects multiple times They enjoy looking at the art prints which are included and have learned about different artists and art techniques I also liked that they used several different mediums such as watercolor crayons pastels and clay giving the children confidence in producing their own artwork This book is a tremendous value and it is one that you will want to hold on to We are preparing to buy the 2nd book in this series for the upcoming year We are all very excited!
June 26, 2010
Rated 5 out of 5
The Artistic Pursuits program has been one of the highlights of our school year! We used Book 1 (K-3) for our 4- 6- and 9-year-old children and all three of them enjoyed it and learned a lot Doing our art class was always something they looked forward to with much enthusiasm! This book is a splendid way to introduce children (and adults) to the world of art Not only does Artistic Pursuits teach art methods it also teaches art history and appreciation in one handy book The first book for K-3 is �An Introduction to the Visual Arts� There are three basic units titled �What Artists Do � �What Artists See � and �Where We Find Art� Within these three units there are 32 lessons covering various topics such as landscapes portraits still-lifes photos sculpture stained glass mosaics cave art tapestries illumination nature and pottery The front of the book contains a list of materials and a brief introduction to acquaint the teacher with the program Book 1 for this level includes 17 fine art reproductions with art ranging from ancient times to the middle ages These are great for teaching the history of art in a simple and engaging manner�the book even includes discussion questions for each picture to help the students and teachers look for detail and experience the art to a greater extent This was great for us because although we have always loved to look at art we have sometimes missed out on the deeper meaning and the details which can be so interesting For example when studying a reproduction of �I and the Village� by Mark Chagall the book includes questions like �Do you think the artist had fond memories of the place where he lived?� and �Does the painting tell you what things were important to the artist?� Sometimes the questions ask the students to look for something in particular in the painting and our children always enjoyed that challenge�it was like playing �I Spy � only with great art reproductions In addition to the fine art reproductions Artistic Pursuits also includes samples of children�s art I thought this was a great idea to boost the students� confidence and encourage them to be willing to try new things�instead of seeing art done only by professionals they see and appreciate art done by children their age and they think �Hey! I could do that!� The lesson itself can be read from the book by the parents or independently by a third-grade or older student The text is appealing and well organized The text explains all the steps of used in creating art such as observing imagining communicating remembering images and using shape line color The only teacher prep required is gathering materials for the art projects These projects are presented in a step-by-step format with colorful images to help explain the techniques to visual learners This program works great in multi-age classes�the lessons and directions are so clearly laid out that older students could even teach the lessons to their younger siblings The only criticism I have about this book is that the paper is not very durable for a book that has to be handled over and over In spite of that small complaint we all love using Artistic Pursuits and will use it again The price is reasonable considering that this book is all you need to provide one year of art history appreciation and methods for your students This is a great program for helping your children to become happy confident young artists!
May 27, 2008

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