Cray-Pas Junior Artist Oil Pastels Set of 25
These creamy, student-quality oil pastels are favorites of many young artists, and also recommended for use in Artistic Pursuits. The bright colors are highly blendable and will not crack or flake.
Intensely colored and long-lasting, Cray-Pas Junior Artist pastels are used in classrooms worldwide for introducing young artists to the creative process. Specially formulated for easy color layering and blending, these oil pastels achieve oil painting effects without the mess of actual oil paint. Many teachers prefer them over ordinary wax crayons because they provide a wide range of effects and techniques for skill development.
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