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As a child, I loved art so I was excited to review the Artistic Pursuits Inc., Middle School 6-8 Book One, The Elements of Art and Composition to use with our family for art instruction!
What is the Artistic Pursuits curriculum?
The Artistic Pursuits Inc. curriculum consists of a spiral-bound book that can be used as a full art curriculum.
The art lessons are divided into 16 units that cover different elements of art. Each unit has four lessons that cover vocabulary, art history, techniques, and applications. I especially enjoyed the historic art pieces from the past. The middle school book one that we used highlighted many artists from the orient. That was very interesting since I was not familiar with most of the art pieces highlighted. The art piece along with the culture of the artist is discussed. Each lesson has one “challenge” which is a sketch or study. You can see in the picture below one of the challenge sketches my son did.
The only items you will need are pencils and some other art supplies depending on what book you use.
What did we think
I loved just looking at all the different art pieces. The pieces selected were beautiful. They weren’t to hard to copy if required by the book.
The other thing I liked about the book is that I didn’t have to worry about pictures in the book. So many times I flip through an art book and discover that I cannot show it to my kids because of the human art studies. You can see in the picture below how Artistic Pursuits displays the human figure.
The techniques presented in the lessons were easy to follow. You can see in the picture below an example of instructions for different art techniques.
Overall I really liked the Artistic Pursuits Inc. curriculum. It is easy to do at home one child or even with a group of children. You can use the curriculum straight through or you can even choose which units you would like to focus on. If you are interested they are also offering online videos for beginning art instruction. The blog with free video lessons for beginning drawing students is at https://artisticpursuits.mykajabi.com/blog. This is a 16-week summer series that is featured each summer.
Artistic Pursuits Inc. has many other art curriculum books that other families used so be sure to visit the Homeschool Review Crew to read more views.