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Artistic Pursuits Review

My seventh grader, Allie loves art, so we were very happy to be able to review Artistic Pursuits!  We received Junior High Book One (Grades 7-8).  It was just right for her level.  Each lesson is written for the student to be able to complete independently.  Allie was able to jump right in when we received it!  For the first semester there are minimal supplies needed.  Here is the list: HB and 4B pencils, eraser, pencil sharpener, sandpaper block, sketch pad, and wire.   Further in the book it introduces ink and a brush!

Lesson books from Preschool to 12th grade are available here.  Each level is $42.95.  Artistic Pursuits also offers art supply kits for each level.  The supply package for this level is $57.00.  Prices vary by age level.  The book is a soft cover comb bound book containing 89 pages.  Each book is non consumable, saving you money if you have more than one child!  Artistic Pursuits offers a Money back guarantee if you are not happy with your purchase.

  • Preschool children enjoy kids art activities that encourage exploration of art materials and their world.
  • Kindergarten and Elementary art instruction combines art history with hands-on art projects.
  • Middle School and High School art students learn about artists, art history, and art techniques in both drawing instruction and painting instruction.

The author, Brenda Ellis recommends 2 (1 hour) lessons per week- making this book 32 weeks ( a full school year). She also states that since this is child led, to not limit them to 1 hour if they are working on a project.   She has written the curriculum to be very flexible, you can easily do more lessons a week if desired.  We have used it about 3-4 days a week.

From the Junior High Book One Table of Contents:
The Elements of Art
Space, Line, Texture, Shape, Form, Value and Line in 3 Dimensions
Visual Paths in Line, Center of Interest, Balance-Symmetry, Balance-Asymmetry, Rhythm, Space Without Depth, Space With Depth, Perspective and Proportion

The same 4 concepts are taught for each of the 16 units.

  • Building a Visual Vocabulary
  • Art Appreciation and Art History
  • Techniques
  • Application

We really enjoyed this easy to use art curriculum.  Allie has learned a lot from the first few units!  She is able to share what she has learned through Artistic Pursuits with the co-op art class.

The TOS Crew reviewed all levels of this curriculum.  See what others are saying here.** I received  a copy of Artistic Pursuits Junior High Book One in exchange for my honest review of it, with no additional compensation.


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