Friday, May 13, 2016

ARTistic Pursuits Inc. Review: Early Elementary K-3 Book One

ARTistic Pursuits Inc. Review
Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of Early Elementary K-3 Book One from ARTistic Pursuits, Inc. through Schoolhouse Review Crew in exchange for an honest review.
My sons and I have been having a blast using the art curriculum from  ARTistic Pursuits, Inc.  We got a chance to review the  Early Elementary K-3 Book One, and I was delighted to see that it included not only ideas for art projects, but also lessons on fine arts as well.  ARTistic Pursuits, Inc. has art curriculum for grades preschool through high school! The Early Elementary K-3 Book One is designed for children, ages 5 and up and in grades Kindergarten through third grade.  It comes with 36 lessons, and is full of colorful illustrations and wonderful directions on how to apply the art.  Your child is introduced to materials such as how to work with watercolors crayons, oil pastels, ebony pencils, and self-hardening clay just to name a few.

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Lesson One, Page One

Each lesson starts out with a one page reading from the adult, which is estimated to take about 10 minutes. There are comprehension questions asked afterward, to reinforce critical thinking skills and also to help learn new vocabulary and art appreciation. The second part of the lesson is then working on the art project in correlation to what was read to the child. The book is also broken down into three different sections. The first section teaches what materials, activities and subjects an artist uses. The second section of the book is dedicated to the element of design the artist uses, such as two or three dimensional. The third section covers the art of ancient civilizations such as the ancient Egyptians, Greeks and Romans.

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Lesson One, Page Two

My sons and I are studying ancient Greece right now, and we found four amazing projects in this book that we can apply to our homeschool lessons for ancient Greece.  One of the lessons we went through, taught us the importance of manuscripts. Important manuscripts were made out of wood or leather and highly decorated (even with jewels!) to show the importance of what was inside. I read the lesson to my sons, and then there were questions to answer before they got to the art project. They learned that the illustration they were looking at (Missal with Virgin and Child, Evangelists and Saints) had the disciples depicted as a bull, lion, eagle and the head of a man. They loved this, because it was kind of like an Eye Spy game where they had to look to find the correct thing in the picture. The boys then got to design their own book covers out of construction paper, paint, stickers, glitter and some craft jewels. They had such a blast doing this!

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I have many people on my Mom's side of the family who are excellent artists, and I can already see my oldest also has this gift. (My youngest has a music gift from his Daddy's side of the family!) Early Elementary K-3 Book One was such a blessing to our family to encourage his creativity in art, and to have my youngest embrace art appreciation as well. I love that they are able to learn about artists like Van Gogh in a way that they can understand, and at a level where they can make the artwork. There are step by step directions and a list of what materials you will need to complete the project, and that makes it easy to prepare for the lesson. I enjoyed how this book had lessons in the ancient civilizations, and how we were able to incorporate this into fun and educational learning opportunities.  I would highly recommend this art curriculum to any homeschool parent or classroom teacher.  It is a wonderful way for not only children to gain art and history knowledge, but also for adults to learn interesting facts and techniques.   

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Kelly

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10 comments:

  1. Glad to know there are a lot of tools we can use for homeschooling now. It used to be taboo, don't you think?

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    1. Hi, Lux! Definitely used to be, but there are so many resources now it can be almost overwhelming. I love companies like this one, who find a way to make a subject like art interesting and fun. Thanks for commenting and hope you have an amazing weekend :)

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    1. So true, Mother of 3! We're really enjoying all the learning lessons and projects in this book. Thanks for commenting and hope you have a wonderful weekend :)

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  3. Looks like so much fun. I am all for arts education. Thanks for sharing on #FridayFrivolity

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    1. Hi, Audrey and thanks for stopping by from #FridayFrivolity! This was so much fun to learn more about art and history! Thanks for commenting and hope you have an amazing weekend :)

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  4. Wow, that looks like a fun book! Thanks for sharing your review at the Family Joy Linky Party!

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    1. Hi, rlo and thanks for stopping by from Family Joy Linky Party! It really is an amazing book. It's fun being able to do the artwork and understand where it came from. Thanks for commenting and hope you have a wonderful week :)

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  5. it was such an interesting subjects you have there...I always love Greece..looks like you all have fun :)

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    1. Thanks, Indah! This book has been a lot of fun in our homeschool art studies! Thanks for commenting and hope you have a wonderful week :)

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