Rigid Wrap Plaster Cloth 4" x 180" w/ header
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
Do you like working with clay and papier-mache, but they take too long to dry? For a vast array of smaller projects, try Rigid Wrap - it's a roll of plaster gauze perfectly suited to making masks, jewelry, small sculpture, and much, much, more. Non-toxic and safe, it can be used with kids of all ages. For everyone with kid-sized patience, it's quick-drying. Pop it in the microwave for 30 minutes or less to dry - and then paint or finish with any product you desire.