We love ARTistic Pursuits Inc. here, so we were thrilled to receive another volume of K-3rd Grade Level, Volumes 1-8. This time we received Art of the Modern Age, K-3 Vol. 7 . We have enjoyed everything we have tried from ARTistic Pursuits. In 2011 we reviewed a Middle School level, this was our first introduction to this company and have loved it ever since. Last summer we reviewed Volume 1, Building a Visual Vocabulary. This was a great introduction for my then 1st grader to begin her love of art. Evie is now in 2nd grade and LOVES to do art projects. She loves to learn and try new things. We specifically picked Volume 8 because it has Vincent Van Gogh. She learned about him in a Dr Who episode and he has been her favorite artist ever since.
I love how easy it is to implement each lesson. The first one is a video lesson. The DVD and Blue Ray are in pocket inside the front cover of the book. We watched the video and painted this with acrylic paints.
Lesson 2 is about Paul Cezanne. It explained he was the father of modern art. He did not like Impressionist painting and wanted to do something different. It describes how his techniques were quite different than other artists of the time. He liked still life paintings. The next page shows his Still Life with Milk Jug and Fruit (1900). We learned that he outlined in blue and looked at all the beautiful shading. Then Evie painted her own bowl of apples with acrylic paint.
Lesson 3 is about Georges-Pierre Seurat, he used little dots of pure color that looked like many mixed colors from a distance. We learned he had a short life, but had a big influence on artists of the Modern Age. Evie wasn’t sure about using dots in her painting, but she did use the technique suggested to add her apples in the tree. I was super proud when she realized we didn’t have brown, she quickly mixed green and red and kept on painting.
Lesson 4 is the lesson she had been waiting for, Vincent Van Gogh. We learned about how he loved to admire color in nature and how he thought about his art more than eating meals. The painting instructions are to make a painting with acrylic paint using dashes. Evie is still working on that one. The dashes are a little intimidating to her.
Lesson 5 is Paul Gauguin. Lesson 6 is the next video, then lesson 7 on Picasso. Lesson 8 is a video introducing foil modeling. Lesson 9 is Modigliani, lesson 10 is Duchamp-Villon, lesson 11 is Kandinsky and Lesson 12 is Marc. Lesson 13 is another video as is lesson 14. Lesson 15 is about Bruce, lesson 16 is O’Keefe, lesson 17 is the last video and lesson 18 is about , Benton.
If you do one lesson a week you can do two books in a year. I like how flexible these books and lessons are. They are quick to put together and Evie loves them. I love that she’s learning art, artists and history all in one short lesson. Perfect!!
I love that after Volume 1 you can pick any historical period you would like. We picked this one because of current interest, but next year we will be learning about the ancient world. I’m looking forward to adding Volume 2, Art of the Ancients to our growing collection.
Here are all the Volumes for the K-3rd grade level:
Art for Children, Building a Visual Vocabulary, K-3 Vol. 1
Art of the Ancients, K-3 Vol. 2
Art of the Middle Ages, K-3 Vol. 3
Artists that Shaped the Italian Renaissance, K-3 Vol. 4
Art of the Northern Countries, Renaissance to Realism, K-3 Vol. 5
Art of the Impressionists, K-3 Vol. 6
Art of the Modern Age, K-3 Vol. 7
Art in America, K-3 Vol. 8
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Many other families on The Homeschool Review Crew had the opportunity to review ARTistic Pursuits also. Many of them used the same book I chose and many picked different one. Click on the graphic below to see how everyone used it and what they thought.