Artistic Pursuits, THE Curriculum for Creativity, has been around the homeschool block since for over a decade. Because we do a lot of art in our little corner of the world, including my teaching it for co-op, I was eager to see what the revised edition of Artistic Pursuits High School had to offer. While Artistic Pursuits offers curriculum for pre-school through High School, we reviewed the High School 9-12, newly revised workbook. The cost is $47. 95 and you'll need to plan on purchasing any art supplies you don't have on hand.
The manual is comb-bound, which means it lays flat, which is a bonus if your student is using the book as a reference while they are creating art. It is a 92 page workbook that covers 16 units with full color illustrations, art reproductions and excellent graphics. Each unit is divided in to 4 lessons that includes:
1) Building a visual vocabulary- for instance, space, line, texture, shape, form, value, composition, etc.
2) Art Apprecitation and Art History- the topic of the unit is discussed using the work of a master artist
3) Techniques- students apply the techniques using materials and tools to create an original work of art.
4) Application- Students do a final project incorporating the new techniques using a variety of references.
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I love the lay-out. It is professional, clean and organized.
I love the start of each lesson with vocabulary- I only wish that there had been a glossary included.
I loved the art appreciation lessons- terrific! and the pictures included were crisp and lovely. I wish they would expand this to it's own separate book and then make one for each history cycle!
My 12th grader had done most of the assignments in the book- some of them multiple times already. He was really bummed when the book arrived, he'd spent some time perusing it and discovered that there probably wasn't much new included for him. That being said, he did disappear with the book on his own a few times, honed some techniques and read all of the art appreciation/history sections.
At times it seemed like the lessons were rather disjoint. In other words the assignment didn't always fit with the lesson. This left us a bit baffled because the rest of the program boasted such excellent organization.
Overall, there is a lot packed into this very accessible and exceptionally affordable program. If you are not motivated, or don't have access to a good quality art program, Artistic Pursuits is the place to start. An excellent program for co-ops and classroom teachers as well- simple, affordable, accessible.
Content- very good
Organization - very good
Presentation - excellent
We used the 3rd edition High School book 1., appropriate for art experienced older elementary students (Flower, 5th grade, did several of the lessons) through high school. The Book cost $47.95. - See more at Artistic Pursuits
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