ARTistic Pursuits K-3 Volume 1: Art for Children, Building a Visual Vocabulary

ARTistic Pursuits K-3 Volume 1: Art for Children, Building a Visual Vocabulary

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ISBN: 9781939394217
Grades: K-3

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Volume 1 lays the foundation for the K-3 program. Although examples of art masterpieces are included in this course, the emphasis is on learning to understand art and what artists do. Lessons in this volume introduce composition, mixing colors, understanding form and shape, drawing shapes, composing and drawing a still life, observation, drawing figures (people and animals), and portraits. Art media introduced includes watercolor crayons and oil pastels. Many of these lessons are similar to the first 21 lessons in the 3rdedition ofARTistic Pursuits K-3 Book One.

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This art instruction book for early elementary students is the starting point for a delightful adventure in art history. Lessons introduce children to the vocabulary of art in innovative ways that produce clear understanding and encourage learners to apply the concepts to their own ideas and interests. Children learn what artists do and what they see as they explore still lifes, portraits, figures, animals, and landscapes. Included are twelve text lessons featuring artworks by the masters and six video lessons featuring art material instruction. Lessons include projects where children work with watercolor crayons, oil pastels, colored paper, and more.

Category Description for ARTistic Pursuits K-3 (2018 Editions):

If you have previously been a fan of the ARTistic Pursuits program but felt hesitant about guiding your students through the art projects, you will appreciate this update to the curriculum, which now features video instruction of many of the projects. If you already loved the program and felt comfortable with the art projects, well, you will love the larger, crisper art reproductions, the improved photos and visuals, the lovely hardcover format, and the simplified text. The approach to teaching art is the same, and much of the content is similar when comparing the 3rd edition spiral-bound books to the new 64-page hardcover 2018 editions. Art instruction, art appreciation and art history is effortlessly blended together into a comprehensive art program that stands on its own, or, because of the more topical breakdown of topics, can be easily paired with any study of history that you choose. ARTistic Pursuits author, Brenda Ellis, plans to revise the entire program in the next several years, with the K-3 portion of the revised program available now, and new versions of the upper grade level books released in the next two years.

The 2018 series of ARTistic Pursuits for K-3 features 8 hardcover books in all, each packaged with both a Blu-ray and a DVD disc. Each volume contains 18 lessons (each with projects), designed for one semester. Twelve of the lessons feature masterpieces of art and six of the lessons feature video instruction. Although not every art project is featured on the accompanying DVD, the projects on video have been carefully chosen to introduce teacher and student to a new art medium and show techniques for working with that medium. For example, in Volume 2 the second video is on how to roll a clay slab and then create a human figure from the slab. Subsequent clay projects throughout the rest of the book utilize some of the same techniques that were taught in Lesson 3. If you need to go back to that video and relearn the technique, you can. If not, you are ready to apply the technique to the next project, especially with the helpful full-color photos of the steps of the project found in the book. Some fun additional content is also included on video, such as explanations of art terms or concepts and even visual field trips to places like clay mines (also from Volume 2). Brenda Ellis demonstrates the video projects and explains the steps as she works through them. In most of the video projects, you are looking over her shoulder to watch her hands at work. Brenda is joined by Ariel Holcomb, a fun and enthusiastic host who introduces the artistic concepts or materials at the beginning of each video.

Volume 1 lays the foundation for the K-3 program. Although examples of art masterpieces are included in this course, the emphasis is on learning to understand art and what artists do. Lessons in this volume introduce composition, color, understanding form and shape, drawing shapes, composing and drawing a still life, observation, drawing figures (people and animals), and portraits. Art media introduced includes watercolor crayons and oil pastels. Many of these lessons are similar to the first 21 lessons in the 3rd edition of ARTistic Pursuits K-3 Book One. Volumes 2-8 journey chronologically through art history from Art of the Ancients in Volume 2 to Art in America in Volume 8. Volume 8 features all new lessons and focuses on learning to draw. The


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. 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


Primary Subject
Art/Crafts
Grade Start
K
Grade End
3
ISBN
9781939394217
Format
Hardcover
Brand Name
Artistic Pursuits
Weight
1.2 (lbs.)
Dimensions
11.31" x 8.69" x 0.44"
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Looking for an art program that offered understanding of art terms and history.
DANAE M on Jul 9, 2021
The program comes well recommended. I'm hoping it can be used decently well by all the ages of children I have!
Curtis R on Nov 6, 2020
Looking for an art program that offered understanding of art terms and history.
DANAE M on Jul 9, 2021
My child is interested in art and I like how this book married art and history together. This isn't just a book of skills but teaches an appreciation of the entire outlook of art.
Autumn N on May 27, 2021
The program comes well recommended. I'm hoping it can be used decently well by all the ages of children I have!
Curtis R on Nov 6, 2020
2 kids can use together. hoping it's easy for kids without a lot of time on my part.
Heewon A on Nov 1, 2020
I've read good things about this art curriculum and I like that it teaches about art and is hands-on.
Elena D on Sep 14, 2020
I liked as an initial resource to start and wanted to segway into the other books that are linked to history.
Paula on Jul 6, 2020
I was looking for art curriculum for my son and this looks awesome. I want him to do art but also learn about art along the way.
Jessica H on May 5, 2020
tried the sample video with my children. They enjoyed it so much we are going for the full version.
Charity P on Jul 10, 2019
My children tried the sample lesson and really loved it
User on Jun 21, 2019
I have looked through this curriculum and I have an art background and love that this is easy to use and already organized!
Danielle B on Mar 28, 2019
I just really like this curriculum. It teaches mechanics and also some art history.
Kristen P on Jul 8, 2018
I purchased this program because I want my daughter to actually learn (hands on) about various art techniques. I am also hoping this curriculum will help to spark an interest in art for my daughter. She is six years old and has never expressed an interest in art. Over the years all of the coloring books, crayons, constructions paper, paint, etc. have gone unused. I also have zero artistic knowledge or talent, so I figured getting a more in depth program would be essential.
Shannon on Jun 28, 2018
My children love art, and this program was highly recommended by the Sonlight homeschool community.
Matthew C on Jun 13, 2018
I have heard great things about this curriculum
Molly E on May 17, 2018
My child is interested in art and I like how this book married art and history together. This isn't just a book of skills but teaches an appreciation of the entire outlook of art.
Autumn N on May 27, 2021
2 kids can use together. hoping it's easy for kids without a lot of time on my part.
Heewon A on Nov 1, 2020
My kids are upper middle school, will this program work for them? They have little art experience.
A shopper on May 13, 2020
BEST ANSWER: I have a fine arts degree & I love this program. It teaches the student to “see” the way an artist does. The first book Building A Visual Vocabulary lays the foundation with composition, shapes, landscape, still life, portraits & more. These are elements important at ANY age level. Normally not taught until middle school. My children are elementary & learning this early. I believe this would work for middle school. There is one project that seems more elementary (folding) but you can modify that. You would just expect more detail & I would discuss more with a middle school student after they have done their work. You could even branch off & look at the artisothry feature in greater detail & more of their works of you wanted to add more. Hope this helps!
About how much time does each art lesson typically take to complete?
Heidi on Apr 30, 2020
ARTistic Pursuits K-3 Volume 1: Art for Children, Building a Visual Vocabulary
ARTistic Pursuits K-3 Volume 1: Art for Children, Building a Visual Vocabulary
ARTistic Pursuits K-3 Volume 2: Art of the Ancients
ARTistic Pursuits K-3 Volume 2: Art of the Ancients
BEST ANSWER: It will vary depend on the lesson and the interest of your child. Some lessons are more involved than others. Shorter lessons might be 20-30 minutes but if your student is really enjoying themselves with a more elaborate lesson, they could be immersed for an hour. It is a very well put together program and well worth the time! The art supply bundles available take a lot of the guesswork out of preparing lessons as well. I would highly recommend the whole series. We love it!
How many total lessons are in each volume of the 2018 edition?
User on Mar 30, 2019
BEST ANSWER: There are 18 lessons in the 2018 K - 3 Volume 1
Does this volume come with the supplies?
User on Nov 2, 2018
BEST ANSWER: The item at this link does not include any art supplies. However, we do carry an art supply bundle to accompany this text. That bundle can be found at this link:

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Great art unit for early elementary and beyond
Enjoy blending of art appreciation with art. I like the short instructional videos. If you want to go beyond basic crafts to learning techniques and art vocabulary, this is a good program. I wasn't confident enough to teach it on my own, but this is a complete unit program, down to a list of supplies needed. The kids like it.
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