Artistic Pursuit Art Curriculum Review

Disclaimer: I received a FREE copy of this product through the HOMESCHOOL REVIEW CREW in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way.

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 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.

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How to turn around your childs education


I just came across this video that made me think twice about why and how I homeschool.  It is similar to a lot of the talks Sir Ken Robinson has over at Ted talks.  This talk is called  “Stop Stealing Dreams” by Seth Godin.

Why do you Homeschool?  Chances are that you homeschool in part to give your children a good education.  But did you know:

“Large scale education was not developed to motivate kids or to create scholars.”

“If we give kids the foundation to dream, they will figure out the grammar and the history the minute it helps them to reach their goals and make a difference.”

You can download Seth’s book for free at this link.

What do you think?  I don’t totally agree with everything Seth says, but I think has does have some good points.  So for now I will keep using google but I will also keep making my kids learn spelling words.

Educational Applications: iSchool Initiative

Just came across someone who is promoting the educational value of the iPad.  Check out their rating system for Apps in education.  They really put some thought into it.

Educational Applications.

From thier website:

The iSchool Initiative was formed by Travis Allen in 2009 when he received an iPhone for Christmas. He began to use his iPhone in class as a learning tool and was told by his teachers that it was not an educational device. Travis believed there was tremendous potential in the device as a educational tool and formed a concept around mobile learning.


Why the iPad is Good for Homeschooling

    I remember one of the first computers I used at school was the Apple IIc. I think the school even purchased it using points from box tops.  While you probably can’t get an iPad with box tops,  Apples website does say that Homeschool teachers qualify for education pricing.  The discounts not much considering anybody can get a refurbished iPad for $429 right now.  To some the cost still seems high for a tool that currently can only be used to supplement your current curriculum.  Even though the price is high I believe there are still some pretty good reasons to get and iPad for homeschooling.  Here are some of the reasons I came up with. 

  •  There are a lot of educational apps – a are free or less than $5.00
  • Apple has a history of working with education
  • The iPad it the best tablet for the money (or until a good Android tablet comes out)
  • Homeschoolers are not tied to traditional classrooms.
  • The iPad is more suited for families than institutions.
  • You can control content with your own iTunes account
  • Homeschoolers customize school to each individual child’s learning style.
  • The iPad makes learning fun
  • You can do school on the sofa or outside.

Feel free to add any additional reasons in the comments below.