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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Product Review: ARTistic Pursuits

I was so excited to be chosen to review a product from ARTistic Pursuits curriculum. Written for homeschool or independent study, these books are so student friendly that anyone, experienced or novice, will feel comfortable producing original and expressive works of art.

We have tried many art programs in the five years we have been homeschooling. The trouble we always run into is finding a program that we can continue throughout the year without it becoming a burden and an added stress to our already full homeschooling day. Since I have no formal art training myself, it is also important that the books are simple enough for even the artistically challenged to follow.

The books cover preschool to 12th grade and gradually increase in difficulty allowing plenty of practice for your student to master and understand concepts. I received the book:
ARTistic Pursuits, Grades K-3 Book Two, Stories of Artists and Their Art. It focuses on the lives of artists who left the world with a vision that has awed and inspired others for generations.

Using colorful illustrations and works by the artists, this book tells the stories of artists from the 13th century late Gothic period to the academy artists of the 18th century. Children explore painting in watercolor, tempera, oil pastels, printmaking, sculpture with paper mache, and mixed media. It retails on the website for $42.95

Masterpieces created by my artists after Lesson 1.

In addition to the wide array of books, the company also offers art supply packs. These packs contain all the art supplies you will need to complete the program with one student. K to 2 pack that would be necessary for the book I received cost $92 plus shipping.
Click here to view all the art packs for sale.

Lesson 2 masterpieces

What worked well for us:

**Lessons were clearly outlined and structured making it easy to know what to do, how to do it, and when to do it.

**The book that we received was written to the student, meaning that little to no preparation from me was necessary.

*The lessons were fun and engaging for the students to complete. The stories inspired their imaginations, making them excited to create their own masterpiece!

Lesson 3 masterpieces

What was difficult:

*The supply list was pretty specific and some of the items were kind of pricey, especially considering I had three artists to buy for. For the purpose of this review, I used products that we already had, which are not artist quality. If I decide to add this curriculum to our schedule, I would need to buy the higher quality materials to ensure that my young artists are receiving the full benefit from the program.

*Although the program is non-consumable, it is a pretty pricey investment for an art program. It is cheaper than art lessons, so that is a bonus.

My students complete the fourth lesson.

With cost being my only real (minor) complaint, I would definitely say that this is a program that we are considering adding as a permanent part of our homeschooling schedule. The ease of use, rich content, and the artistic process far outweigh the added expense of the books and quality materials.

Disclaimer: As a member of the TOS homeschool review group, I received Book 2 from ARTistic Pursuits free of charge in exchange for an honest review on this blog. I received no other compensation.

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