Among homeschoolers, ARTistic Pursuits tends to be a commonly named curriculum for art with good reason! In the past I had the opportunity to review ARTistic Pursuits for early elementary students so I was already aware of the high quality this curriculum offered. When the opportunity presented itself to review Elementary 4-5 Book One: The Elements of Art and Composition, I couldn’t wait!
Just this year, ARTistic Pursuits updated, revised, and expanded their art books. The new edition has 16 units, each with 4 lessons. Each of the 4 lessons includes a lesson on observing the environment with respect to a specific art topic, a picture of a work of art from an American artist, making an original piece of art using a new technique or material, and then an application of the new techniques and topic for a final project. The Elementary 4-5 ARTistic Pursuits book is written to the student. There is a mix of pictures of techniques, master works, and each final project page includes an example of a student’s art. For a full year’s curriculum, it is suggested that art should be scheduled twice a week for at least an hour of class time. The materials list and table of contents for Elementary 4-5 Book 1 is fairly short and can be found here. As techniques are introduced, the book shows diagrams and examples of the techniques to help students understand what is being asked.Butterfly was my primary tester. She had been taking art lessons for the past year and a half but unfortunately her teacher decided to retire from teaching so she could pursue her own art career. Given the choice, Butterfly would spend all her time doing art and never do anything else. She likes a lot of freedom to create but also likes to learn new techniques. I really hoped that ARTistic Pursuits could provide her with some of the instruction she craves but allow for plenty of free expression.
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