Artistic Pursuits Grades K-3 Book 1 (3rd Edition) Art Supply Bundle

Artistic Pursuits Grades K-3 Book 1 (3rd Edition) Art Supply Bundle

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Category Description for ARTistic Pursuits K-3 (3rd Edition):

The 3rd edition of the K-3 level is made up of three books, which together provide students a chronological overview of art history along with art lessons. The 2018 edition, which is a series of 8 hardcover books, is the most updated edition of the program, but this edition is still available and has some format differences. This series is comb-bound, and covers art history through three books. The 2018 series also incorporates video lessons and features larger reproductions of art masterpieces.

Book One teaches young students what artists do, what they see, and how to interpret these in light of ancient to medieval art, including cave paintings, palaces, pyramids and cathedrals. Book Two guides young artists through the Gothic, Renaissance and Romantic Periods. Book Three continues the journey, covering Impressionism and Modernism (both European and American) through painting and sculpture. As the following volumes are a continuation of the first volume, I would recommend that users begin with the first volume, particularly as it explains a lot of basic art concepts that are not revisited in much detail once you hit the appreciation lessons.

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. Each volume features 36 lessons and the Upper Elementary, Middle School, High School and old edition of Elementary volumes are comb-bound to lay flat.

Upper elementary, middle school and high school levels of ARTistic Pursuits are divided into two books each. The first book focuses on drawing including line, texture, form, shape, value, etc., while the second book focuses on color (tinting, shading, mixing, etc.). As an example, let’s look at the high school program. In the drawing portion of the program, the book begins with a lesson on observation and imagination, challenging art students to “see creatively”. This starts them off on the right foot for drawing scenes and objects which they will be doing extensively. From there it moves into line, texture, shape, form, value, and contrast, covering each of the basic “Elements of Art.” The other half is devoted to the elements of composition, including balance, rhythm, depth, and proportion (learning much of this in the context of the human face, figure, and clothing). The materials needed for the drawing portion are relatively few; pencils, charcoal, erasers, and drawing paper. Book 2 dips into color, tinting, shading, complementing, and mixing and also implements composition, in the context of emphasizing size, value, color, etc., and adds watercolors to the list of supplies.

The K-3 level is made up of three books, which together provide students a chronological overview of art history along with art lessons. Book One teaches young students what artists do, what they see, and how to interpret these in light of ancient to medieval art, including cave paintings, palaces, pyramids and cathedrals. Book Two guides young artists through the Gothic, Renaissance and Romantic Periods. Book Three continues the journey, covering Impressionism and Modernism (both European and American) through painting and sculpture. As the following volumes are a continuation of the first volume, I would recommend that users begin with the first volume, particularly as it explains a lot of basic art concepts that are not revisited in much detail once you hit the appreciation lessons.

The lessons are structured similarly throughout the program, although progression through concepts is slower and more bite-sized at lower levels. The first portion introduces the concept, gives a short discussion on its importance, and offers an introductory activity for the student to start thinking about it. The next section is based on a reproduction of a masterpiece that demonstrates the concept being learned. This gives students the chance to simultaneously learn the concept and see how the great artists used the same elements in their work. The other half of the unit is where the “how-to” is brought in. For example, in the high school unit on form, the how-to part of the lesson concentrates on using a light source to produce the desired effect in a three-dimensional drawing, using a simple snowman to illustrate the effects under various light sources. The student is challenged to find a simple object to study (and draw) under different lighting situations. Finally, we reach the last part of the unit, culminating in a project. Brief but clear instructions are given, along with a list of needed materials, and a few hints; and then you’re on your own. Pick up that pencil and cut loose! This open-ended approach offers nearly unlimited room for creativity on the part of the student, as far as what to draw and how. He or she is reminded not only to concentrate on the concept learned, but also to continue to use all the concepts previously learned (this is exemplified by the many examples of student work displayed in these lessons). Projects at the lower levels are more likely to include simpler activities like drawing a picture from a photograph, and also use less complicated (and messy, incidentally) supplies, such as watercolor pencils rather than the pan watercolors used in the Senior High level.

From a teaching standpoint, the lessons are easy to use. You can read the lessons together, or teach from the textual lesson given. The discussion questions are all included in the book, but you are by no means limited to those if you both really get into an artwork or style. Because the art reproductions are included right in the books, you don’t have to search the library or internet for examples to use. The projects are well-thought out with a lot of potential for creativity, and require mostly common arts and crafts supplies. However, because the lessons in each book expose students to a variety of different mediums, you will need to have a variety of art materials on hand, and specifically recommended ones are listed after each level.

While the format is similar throughout the program, the emphasis on specific artists and periods varies. In the high school level, the emphasis is on European artists, including: Da Vinci, Raphael, Toulouse-Latrec, Monet, Renior, Picasso, Vermeer, Van Gogh, Cezanne, and Constable. The middle school level focuses on World Art, while the Grades 4-5 level examines American Art. Grades K-3 cover art history from ancient to modern. I would suggest using the levels in the titles below as a general guideline. Young students (upper elementary) who are very artistic and already fairly skilled will likely get more out of the middle school level than the Grades 4-5 Level. Regardless of the level you choose, you will want to start with the first book to lay the foundation of art basics before you jump into more advanced concepts.

All in all, this is a flexible, user-friendly program which seamlessly blends art history, art technique and exposure to different media. At the same time, it keeps the subject understandable for beginning artists and more experienced ones alike. Though the format is fairly simple, it will spark excitement and creativity through each lesson, especially as the student progresses and surprises even herself with her new skills. I’m confident that any student interested in art at all will enjoy the variety, the use of different mediums, and the practical art appreciation, and the open-ended projects.




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Art/Crafts
Grade Start
K
Grade End
3
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I chose this art supply bundle to go with the Artistic Pursuits book, and this bundle was less expensive than my purchasing all of the supplies myself individually from two other websites even with my coupon codes.
Jennifer H on Aug 17, 2021
Appreciate buying a bundle of art supplies to accompany book without having to chase after individual items. Very convenient!
Jane M on Oct 23, 2020
I chose this art supply bundle to go with the Artistic Pursuits book, and this bundle was less expensive than my purchasing all of the supplies myself individually from two other websites even with my coupon codes.
Jennifer H on Aug 17, 2021
Trying something new.
Corinna S on Jul 28, 2021
Appreciate buying a bundle of art supplies to accompany book without having to chase after individual items. Very convenient!
Jane M on Oct 23, 2020
I want everything in spot I don't have time to hunt the items down for each lesson. Time is money I might be able to get it cheaper if I by one by one but the amount of time needed is just to much.
Emmaline E on Sep 14, 2020
I love that everything I need is in one bundle! It saves me so much time.
Andrea M on Aug 17, 2020
Art supplies at an affordable price
Carol D on Feb 18, 2020
I priced these items out on Amazon and the amount was a lot more then the kit through this company for the exact same items. So amazing deal...and would highly recommend going this route!
Erin C on Jun 19, 2019
I already purchased the book, and I was feeling pretty overwhelmed with the materials list until I stumbled upon this bundle. I'm so impressed that it actually includes the brands that the curriculum recommends so I know they didn't just pick the cheapest stuff they could find.
Julie W on Jul 21, 2018
This bundle has everything we need for Artistic Pursuits K-3, and it's a great price!
Matthew C on Jun 13, 2018
It was better priced than any where else on line as well as in town.
shannon m on Jun 1, 2018
I was looking for a more comprehensive art curriculum for my soon to be 1st grader as she does not like to just draw and color. She enjoys being more creative and I had heard good things about this curriculum.
Andrea G on Apr 24, 2018
Have a creative daughter; she loves this program!
Natalie M on Jun 8, 2017
Art appreciation for elementary
Karen H on Jun 8, 2017
Wish list for my daughter, who does home school with her kids.
JoEllen D on May 10, 2017
Recommended by "The Well-Trained Mind"
Donetta W on Dec 19, 2016
An excellent art curriculum and it is helpful to be able to purchase all of the materials needed to complete the curriculum in one convenient art supply bundle.
Northport on Nov 16, 2016
To go with the curriculum.
Amy S on Aug 25, 2016
I chose Artistic Pursuits Grades K-3 Book 1 (3rd Edition) Art Supply Bundle for the convenience and affordability.
Fran T on Aug 5, 2016
Convenience
Christina S on Aug 2, 2016
Purchased program at convention in Phoenix
Marilyn K on Jul 29, 2016
meets classical educational approach and recommended
Diana J on Jul 12, 2016
I saw it was suggested by Susan Wise Bauer in The Well-Trained Mind and you all had the best price.
Rebecca H on Jul 1, 2016
Goes with the book
Laura H on Jun 20, 2016
To accompany the ARTistic Pursuits K-3 book 1
User on May 12, 2016
To go with the curriculum
Holly B on Apr 13, 2016
I liked that all the supplies were included to do the ARTistic pursuit lessons.
Amanda W on Mar 7, 2016
it got really good reviews
bella z on Sep 24, 2015
Trying something new.
Corinna S on Jul 28, 2021
I want everything in spot I don't have time to hunt the items down for each lesson. Time is money I might be able to get it cheaper if I by one by one but the amount of time needed is just to much.
Emmaline E on Sep 14, 2020
Does this come with the artistic pursuits book?
A shopper on Mar 24, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Nope. The book and the supply pack are separate purchases. The art pack is great, though; everything's there, so you don't have to go all over an art store trying to find the right supplies, and you can just open the book and start your lessons. We've gone through the early years book and the first regular one, and are just starting the second, and we've really enjoyed them. I wasn't sure at first whether I'd want a "fancier" program (videos, etc.), but this has turned out to be simple and effective, and fun for both of us.
Does this come with a draw string bag?
A shopper on Mar 23, 2017
BEST ANSWER: No, it doesn't. It does provide all the art supplies needed for the Artistic Pursuits Grades K-3 Book 1 course but does not include the actual course.
I am teaching two children. Will I need to buy a second supply kit or are there enough supplies for both?
A shopper on Nov 30, 2015
BEST ANSWER: This is what Artistic Pursuits says on their website in answer to that question: "For grades K-3 many have chosen to purchase one tote for two students, while others get one for each student. It really depends on whether you feel your children will be able to share the sets of colored materials. The watercolor crayons will last a long time, so it is not a matter of quantity, but a question of using them at the same time. Specific information is given on the Art Supply Pack pages. We suggest for grades 4-12 that you get one art supply pack per student. Students this age will want to keep all of their own drawings in their own sketch pad and they will use up most of what you find in the tote while doing the assignments."
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Rated 5 out of 5
Great price, quality materials
This has everything you need to do the 1st artistic pursuits book. I did buy an extra brush and pencils since I have 2 kids doing it together. Great price, and great quality supplies! I'm glad they have it all together so i don't have to hunt for all the recommended supplies!
July 12, 2021
Purchased
7 months ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Much easier than going to the craft store and hunting for every item I needed.
October 8, 2018
Purchased
over 3 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Best resource ever.
We love the resources that come in the kit I priced things individually and you really do save a lot. And not cheap quality items either.
May 7, 2018
Purchased
over 3 years ago
Rated 4 out of 5
Great art curriculum
My daughter loves to draw and enjoys being creative on paper. I simply don’t. This curriculum has allowed me to be confident in teaching her the arts in a way that doesn’t hinder her love for art because of my lack of artistic skills.
December 6, 2017
Purchased
over 4 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
High quality art supplies and included everything we needed for Artistic Pursuits. This was a great deal too!
October 28, 2017
Purchased
over 4 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Great bundle
We're enjoying it so far. Haven't used the clay yet.
October 15, 2016
Purchased
over 5 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Art supplies
I'm so glad that RR offers this art supply bundle. It's cheaper than I could find elsewhere, and is so convenient being able to buy it all together like this. Everything seems to be good quality, too.

We are using this with 2 students, so purchased an additional paintbrush and an additional pad of watercolor paper (though I'm not sure we'll need the latter).
September 13, 2016
Purchased
over 5 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Makes life easier
This bundle makes using Artistic Pursuits a cinch! Everything is gathered and you are ready for an art lesson! Thanks so much Rainbow Resource for putting this together!
August 29, 2016
Purchased
over 5 years ago
Rated 4 out of 5
Conveniently gathered
It is very convenient to have all the supplies gathered to implement the curriculum. But Note this did not come with the text book...it is supplies only. I must have missed that on the product discription.
July 21, 2016
Purchased
over 5 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Awesome and fun!
Makes teaching art easy for anyone that's not artistic!!
November 11, 2015
Purchased
over 6 years ago


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