For the past few weeks, the kids and I have been enjoying special art lessons with from ARTistic Pursuits Inc. Their new ARTistic Pursuits Art Instruction Books with DVD and Blu-Ray is a wonderful DVD/book combo that together makes for an outstanding art program.
We received the Art for Children, Building a Visual Vocabulary book for review.
I’m going to be totally honest with you. I am not the fun mom that does art projects all the time.
Seriously. Glitter makes me cringe.
Getting everything out, battling an anxiety attack as I watch the itty-bitty pieces of paper, pieces of broken crayons, and other unidentifiable bits hit the floor, and then having to clean everything up is not my idea of fun.
That being said, I am happy to declare that the new ARTistic Pursuits books do utilize the fun stuff, but not at a debilitating level! There is just the right balance of fun and instruction for this glitter-phobic mom to not start hyperventilating when the kids ask to do a lesson.
Art lessons for the young
The hardback book includes eighteen lessons on basic art concepts and videos that accompany six of the lessons. There is both a DVD and Blue Ray included so you can use whichever one you have a player for. We used the BlueRay since that’s what we have.
The lessons that have accompanying video are only one page in length because the teaching is done on the DVD. The rest of the lessons are three pages in length with prep notes, the lesson, and the instruction.
The book begins with a list of art supplies you’ll be needing. It’s pretty short and not too expensive. Most of the items are things you probably already have.
The complete list is:
- watercolor crayon set
- oil pastel set
- two Ebony pencils
- vinyl eraser
- watercolor brush
- watercolor paper pad
- drawing paper pad
- construction paper
- school glue
- glue stick
See? Mostly things you already have. We ended up having everything on the list. Thankfully, I had picked up some watercolor crayons at our last IAHE convention earlier this year, so that worked out nicely.
Simple lessons, great artwork
The lessons are very concise and easily fit into your homeschool day. We ended up doing one lesson per week.
All of my littles participated (ages 2, 4, 6, and 7) at varying degrees. The older ones paid more attention to the actual art/history lesson while the younger ones just enjoyed arting. And yes, that is a word.
Usually on Wednesday afternoons, after our tea party, we settled down with our supplies and spent a good hour exploring the world of art.
The lessons are quick reads and the instructions are clear and easy to follow.
Extra help and guidance
In the back of the book, you’ll find objectives and templates needed for the different lessons. I love that this is a simple, yet straightforward art curriculum that could really be used by anyone wanting to teach their young (elementary aged) children the basic concepts of art.
I look forward to seeing the rest of the books in this series. I bet they do a great job of building on these foundational concepts. Because there is really not much prep, the supplies are easy to come by, and the mess is never that much (!!), I’d call this an excellent art and highly recommend it for all.