ARTistic Pursuits Early Elementary K-3 Book 2 3rd ed - Stories of Artists and Their Art
This book focuses on the lives of artists who left the world with a vision that has awed and inspired others for generations. Using colorful illustrations and works by Master artists like Giotto, Michelangelo, Rembrandt, Vermeer, and Turner, this book tells the stories of individual artists within major periods of art from 13th century late Gothic to the academy artists of the 18th century. Projects encouraging creativity include watercolor painting, oil pastels, printmaking, and mixed media.
This book is a continuation of the ancient art history section of Artistic Pursuits Early Elementary K-3, Book One, An Introduction to the Visual Arts and it can be used independently. The introduction to each lesson helps children see a relationship between their own lives and that of the artist. Parents simply read the text and allow their child to ponder the similarities. The fictional story adds details and focuses on points for which the artist and his art are remembered. The story incorporates known facts about the artist's life in a way that appeals to young minds. This ten-minute lesson is followed by a project related to the story in which the child works with materials in a variety of ways. The following lesson features a work of art by the Master artist and children interact by answering focused questions related to the artwork. This activity is followed by a project related to the artwork. Printmaking is covered over several artists and periods and is a favorite art technique for children of this age group. This book provides lessons for the completion of thirty-six finished drawings, paintings, and prints that are both original and wholly the child’s own. Comb-binding, 85 pages, 36 lessons, 175 illustrations.
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