I have always had a love and passion for art and (I'm pretty sure) my kids have followed suit. So, we were all excited at the chance to review Art for Children, Building a Visual Vocabulary, a part of the ARTistic Pursuits Art Instruction Books with DVD and Blu-Ray from ARTistic Pursuits Inc.
The Art for Children book is just 1 volume of currently 4 in a series. This series is intended for Grades K-3, which worked perfectly for us because I have one going into Kindergarten and another going into 3rd grade.
While I did expect the instruction to be simpler (for lack of a better word), I don't think it was too difficult for the age range...relatively speaking. I actually like that this curriculum encourages children to pursue art more in-depth. It's more advanced than the art you'd expect to see in elementary school but not so far out that children can't grasp it.
You'll get a list at the beginning of the book with all the supplies you'll need to complete the lessons. I didn't have anything on the list *sigh* but I was easily able to find everything we needed on good 'ol Amazon. The list is actually pretty reasonable. You'll need:
Ok, so I did have a few of the things on the list, like scissors, glue, paper, and erasers. Looking at it now I actually had most of it but, oddly enough, I didn't have watercolor crayons or pastels. Anyway, they were reasonably priced on Amazon, so it wasn't a big deal.
One of the REALLY cool things about this art curriculum is that it comes with video instructions. You get both a DVD and Blu-Ray copy of the instructional video. I just thought this was the neatest thing and, apparently, so did my girls!
They enjoyed watching the instructional video and even watched each lesson 3 times before starting their piece. It would seem they share my fascination with watching the art unfold before you. I mean I watched Bob Ross faithfully at the age of 6. Who doesn't love Bob Ross though? Anywho, it brought a smile to my heart to watch them as we shared this moment. Just look at their faces...that's legit!
This was the end result of their first lesson. They had to choose some of their favorite items from their room and then draw and color it as they saw it. First, they drew the outline and then colored with water-soluble crayon.
All I want to know is, how did I not know about water-soluble crayons before now? It's a thing people...and they're awesome! They're essentially a regular crayon but when you add water to it...it's like watercolor! What?! That just blew my mind. As much as I love art, I was a little hurt it took me this long to hear of these. Better late than never though.
In lesson 3, we learned about the use of imagination as artists. They got to see a piece from 20th Century France titled, The Birthday, 1915 by Mark Chagall. My girls liked the "silliness" of this piece and had fun identifying where the artist used his imagination.
This was the end result of lesson #3. They used their imagination to add to a special event in their lives. They both chose Dija's 7th birthday. There was a magician. She said this is what she imagined it would've like if magic was real lol.
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Until next time,
Hi there! My name is Brittany..help meet to T.J. and mom to 5 little blessings. My passion lies in helping other women to see their value through the eyes of their creator. Be Encouraged...YOU are a Good Thing!