We began adding in new curriculum recently. Homeschooling three kids with three different learning styles can be a challenge, but it’s such a blessing. When I was presented with the opportunity to review ARTistic Pursuits, K-3 Book One, this was perfect with my kids.
You’ve probably read about my love for the Charlotte Mason method of learning. One thing Charlotte emphasized and encouraged was art. However, Charlotte and I never had the pleasure of meeting. Art was one of my favorite subjects in school, but I wasn’t very good at anything relating to art. Some people talk about this artistic bone in their body. I think I’m missing that one. Somewhere down the road I must have realized how terrible I was at all things artsy and walked away. Well, then I had children and decided to home school. I am the worst at teaching Art! I don’t like messes, I’m not creative and my horses look like something with stick legs. That pretty much eliminates any artistic pursuits unless my hubby is here.
When this review became available, I jumped at this well-timed opportunity. I want to introduce my boys to art and give them every chance to succeed in finding their hidden talents. Besides, I figured this would also help me to uncover my creativeness and maybe, just maybe, my horses will look like horses.
About the program….
The program is impressive! There are several mediums the boys would be using and, quite honestly, we were all excited. We had most of the materials here. Most of the materials were still in the box or rarely used because, well, my horses look more like turtles with stick legs.
The book is laid out in three different sections:
- What artists do (the process and materials that artists use)
- What artists see (color mixing, dimension, and various other skills such as collage)
- Where to find art (This explains about art being found in various places, including around the world!)
We opened the package and jumped right in. We decided to add in this curriculum twice a week to start out. It gave the kids enough time to understand and complete the lessons but not take over our other studies. The kids really enjoyed the program and my horses are starting to look more like horses, sort of. The joy about homeschooling is that the kids can take extra time to learn a skill without being ushered along to the next class or subject.
The entire program laid out perfectly and easily understood. The book was incredibly helpful in teaching and helping the kids understand art. The book is broken down simply.
- A lesson/discussion
- Activity which helps to expand the lesson. You could be asked to go on a nature walk. You could also be asked to play toy instruments.
- The master artist studies. Here your kiddos will be shown artwork from various historical periods!
The book contains 36 lessons. You could elect to spread this out more than I did to stretch it out the entire school year. The curriculum is as flexible as you would like it to be.
We really enjoyed this curriculum and I plan to continue using this for all my kids. It makes teaching Art for us non-artistic folks a breeze!
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