I first discovered the Artistic Pursuits art curriculum at a homeschool convention last Spring. I almost bought it to use this school year, but I had already gotten a few other things (read: spent my allotted budget), so I hesitated and then didn't end up ordering it. When I found out that they would be one of the vendors on the list to review, I was bananas excited! I could have possibly done some shameless begging to be on the list, but we won't talk about that. Bygones. Regardless, I am glad I was chosen because I was not disappointed.
Artistic Pursuits offer 10 different curriculum levels spanning from PreK to High School and they also offer a corresponding art pack available for each one except the PreK level. We were chosen to review the K-3 Book 2. Here is a description of it from the Artistic Pursuits website:
This book is sure to delight young children as they make connections with artists from the past. It focuses on the lives of artists who left the world with a vision that has awed and inspired others for generations. Using colorful illustrations and works by the artists, this book tells the stories of artists from the 13th century late Gothic period to the academy artists of the 18th century. Children explore painting in watercolor, tempera, oil pastels, printmaking, sculpture with paper mache, and mixed media.
|Watercolor painting of our house|
While there is very little teacher preparation required for the program, unless you buy the art pack that corresponds to your book, you have to get your art supplies ready for the activity. We are pretty well stocked in art supplies, so we had everything needed to complete the projects (or close enough) that we did. If I invest in other books, however, I would make it easier on myself (I am a selfish being.) definitely purchase the art pack. I have a feeling that their supplies might be a higher quality than some of what we have and higher quality art supplies produce nicer products. Just a fact. Plus, you get a tote bag. I love tote bags.
**This is a new feature of my reviews. I thought it might be interesting to get a 6 year old's perspective on the products since she is the one also using it. I will, however, maintain my editing rights.**
"I think that the program was fun! I think it was awesome! Today my Mom twisted out my top tooth."
Short and sweet...and completely off topic at the end. See? Editing will be needed.
If you are considering an art program for your homeschool, give Artistic Pursuits a look. Each book is $42.95 and the art packs range from $45 - $92. You can order from their site, by phone or by mail and they offer a 30 day money back (minus shipping) guarantee.
*Disclaimer: As a member of TOS Homeschool Crew, I received a copy of Artistic Pursuits K-3 Book 2 in exchange for my honest review. No other compensation was given."