Compressed Charcoal Sticks (4 Assorted Sizes)
This package contains four charcoal sticks about ¼" x ¼" x 3" for drawing. Charcoal sticks may be used as they are, or you may break them into smaller pieces for your convenience. Use the flat edge for broad strokes, or sand the stick to a fine point for detailed work. Create bold lines, or use a tortillion to smudge and blend. Erase with an extra soft vinyl or rubber eraser.
Please note that two 4B Drawing Pencils (#39145), two HB Drawing Pencils (#39146) and two 2H Drawing Pencils (#43651) are needed for this course.
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