We had the opportunity to review another great book from ARTistic Pursuits Inc. ; ARTistic Pursuits Art Instruction Books with DVD and Blu-Ray. We used the first book in the series: Building a Visual Vocabulary. We had used another book from ARTistic Pursuits many years ago but it was for older children. Here is my review of the Junior High Book Two. We liked using that book, but I didn’t had any experience with this company’s books for younger children. I was excited to try this with little ones. This book has been so great for my 7 year old daughter, Evie. We have all liked it, but she LOVES it!!!
I have to say I’m in love with this book and can’t wait to use the other ones!
- Art of the Ancients
- Art of the Middle Ages
- Artists that Shaped the Italian Renaissance
I was a little hesitant to do this review since there were a few art supplies that I would need to purchase. I had never heard of watercolor crayons. But after a small Amazon order and a trip to Walmart I had all I needed for the whole book for three children and really didn’t spent that much.
These were with the water colors. We all love them, even my art major college son.
Here is another project we did. There is a chapter about construction paper folding. This is Evie’s dog. She added some watercolor crayons because she now uses them for everything!!!
We received a nice hard cover book with dvd and blue ray discs. The book is 64 big full color pages. There are six video lessons and the book has so much more information for each video lesson and other suggested projects.
We started with lesson one which is watercolor crayons. We watched the video and drew a picture with the crayons on watercolor paper. I wasn’t sure we really need the special paper, but it made a huge difference in the finished product. The paper is textured and is thicker than regular paper. Definitely worth it. The book then takes the lesson further with famous works and artists. I love how the students begin to identify things like subjects, composing, color, lines, spaces and so much more!
Here are the video lesson titles:
- Watercolor crayons
- Identify and mix colors
- Construction Paper: Cut
- Construction Paper: Fold
- Oil Pastels
- Draw Shapes
The youngest in our family is now 5 and we can leave a few more art supplies within arms reach of kids. Mine have all enjoyed being able to access these new supplies and create when the choose. I’m so glad to have been introduced to these fun new products and techniques. They have been presented in a way that the kids can duplicate the techniquse on their own without much help. This will be fun to keep going in this series and see where their creativeness takes them!
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