It is hard to believe, but we are into the second semester of Homeschool for our High Schooler- The time is just flying by!
We recently completed Unit One, of the Senior High, Art curriculum ARTistic Pursuits by Brenda Ellis. The kids are enjoying it and are doing really well with it. I am actually using it with both my 7th and 9th Graders and it is one of Ashlynne’s 2nd Semester Electives for her 9th grade Term.
Since we school “year-round” and this is actually intended to be an entire year of Art Classes (2 classes per week) we will continue to use it in our Summer Semester as well before we move on to “Book Two”. The website actually includes information on how to assign credits for this curriculum! (Hurray and Many Thanks “ARTistic Pursuits” for making my job so easy!)
We are so excited to have discovered this curriculum through the Old Schoolhouse reviews (TOS Crew). Last year our Homeschool Art Teacher retired and my creative kids have missed Art Class!
This curriculum is so inexpensive compared to what we paid for Art Classes. Each Book is $42.95 and covers 32 Weeks of lessons with Two Classes per week. My son (7th Grade) even mentioned to me that he felt that he was doing even better than with the Art Classes and that his drawings were looking more realistic since they started to use the Artistic Pursuits book. My Daughter and Son both love going at their own pace and not having to draw whatever the rest of the class is drawing. (The little rebels -lol!)
This Art curriculum is perfect for Home Education Programs, because it is intentionally “self-teaching”. The book is written to the students, but includes information for the parent as well. The content is wonderful and includes Art Vocabulary, Art Appreciation and Art History (which go along well with our Charlotte Mason style Picture Study), as well instruction in Technique.
Several things set it apart, in my view from other Art books that I have used in our Homeschool. For example, the author discusses composition thoroughly in the beginning of the book, including important tips on observation and the elements of Art but doesn’t stop there, she then begins bringing those things into the student’s assignment, so that they may practice the application of them in the lesson.
It is a very integrated program and includes “hands on” activities that the students can do either together with their family, or completely on their own. I really appreciate the way the book appeals to naturally creative students, and yet the lessons are designed in a way that will bring out the creativity of each child in a very non-intimidating format. The inclusion of student’s works of art, is a wonderful touch!
Another thing that I found refreshing about the book is that the author doesn’t assign a specific picture for the student to draw. Instead, she encourages them to use their creativity and make their own drawing from “still life”, or draw a portrait. She doesn’t give them a dragon picture to copy, rather she encourages the use of imagination by giving the students a paragraph to read about St. George and the Dragon and then offering suggestions for their subjects, and resources for them to find models for their drawings. She gives enough guidance for the student who wants a very specific assignment, but leaves room for the student to create their own subject from those guidelines. They enjoyed the opportunity to be invested in their Artwork themselves and willingly spent extra time to get their creations “just right”.
The topics covered in Senior High – Book One are:
The Elements of Art
Contrast and Unity
Depth by Overlapping
Depth by Position and Size
One and Two Point Perspective
Proportion of the Face
Proportion of the Figure (modest, in case you were wondering :)
Drawing of Clothing, Fabric and Drapery
All of the above topics are integrated with Art History and feature the study of European Works of Art. Every Lesson is short, but just packed with information. My kids are enjoying this and are learning a lot.
I am recommending that you check this one out:
Thanks for letting me share about our new “Art Classes” ! :) Merit K
Note: I was sent Senior High Book One of ARTistic Pursuits Art curriculum in order to use it with my family in our Homeschool and let you know how we used it and to blog about my opinion of the value of this product. No other compensation was given.