I don’t have an artistic bone in my body, so art instruction is definitely something I need help with. We were so lucky to discover the ARTistic Pursuits Art Instruction Books with DVD and Blu-Ray series from ARTistic Pursuits Inc.
For this review, we received Art for Children, Building a Visual Vocabulary which is the first book in the ARTistic Pursuits Art Instruction Books with DVD and Blu-Ray collection. This hard bound book includes 18 lessons, 6 of which are video lessons included on the accompanying DVD and Blu-Ray discs (both discs contain the same material).
Throughout the course of the program students are introduced to what an artist is, what an artist does and the vocabulary involved in the artistic process.
- Art for Children, Building a Visual Vocabulary (Volume 1)
- Art of the Ancients (Volume 2)
- Art of the Middle Ages (Volume 3)
- Artists that Shaped the Italian Renaissance (Volume 4)
How We Used ARTistic Pursuits Art Instruction Books
This program is pretty much open and go, other than gathering the necessary art supplies. For the first few lessons you will need a few basic household items as well as watercolor paper, a watercolor brush, and a set of watercolor crayons. I had never heard of watercolor crayons before, but I was able to find the recommended brand easily on Amazon.
The lessons are quick and fun. You start by either watching a video lesson or reading the lesson in the book followed by completing the project yourself. The text lessons include prep notes for the parent as well as tips for adapting the lessons for group instruction outside the home (such as a co-op or school environment).
The lessons begin by introducing the over all concept (composition, color mixing, landscape, imagination, etc), then demonstrate that concept using the work of a famous artist. The lessons also include examples from art instructor, Brenda Ellis, as well as from other children.
My favorite aspect was that while each lesson had an objective such as painting a scene from your day or your favorite object, there wasn’t a specific project that you were trying to duplicate. We’ve used other programs in the past where you were basically “copying” the painting that the teacher had created rather than making your own art. These types of lessons always created issues when Monkey’s project differed from the instructor’s. He became discouraged and felt that he could never be an artist unless his turned out exactly the same. With the ARTistic Pursuits lessons, the boys had complete control over how their projects would look.
I liked this art program. I really liked using the watercolor crayons. It is super cool how once you mix it with water it turns into paint! I’m really proud of all the art I made. My favorite was the Artists Imagine lesson – I imagined the coolest creature! It is a snail with green elephant legs! I learned the most from the video and project about identifying and mixing colors. The videos were pretty fun to watch, but actually doing it myself was the best part!
We have enjoyed using Art for Children, Building a Visual Vocabulary and look forward to continuing our art instruction with the other books in the series. Both Monkey and Booger enjoyed the lessons and ended each lesson with a sense that they too could be artists.
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