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Friday, April 16, 2021

Homeschool Review Crew: Our Review of ARTistic Pursuits

I received this complimentary product through the Homeschool Review Crew.

     Art has always been a huge part of our homeschool. We enjoy drawing, coloring, painting, sculpting, and creating wonderful little things for our home.  We were so happy to have the chance to review a wonderful little art book for you. We were given the K-3 Vol. 8 Art in America from ARTistic Pursuits to work through and review.  We really had fun learning some new techniques and watching Brenda Ellis give tips on the videos.  She is a wonderful teacher and artist! 

     We were given the book, DVD, Bluray, and online courses of this resource.  We mainly used the book and online courses since that is what we have set up in our school area.  My daughter Hope, who is out of the age range of the book, still had fun with it and learned a few new things as she went through the lessons.  

     Brenda gives you a list of the supplies you will need for this course and they are 
  • Prismacolor Colored Pencils
  • Ebony Pencils
  • Eraser
  • Pencil Sharpener
  • Drawing Paper Pad
  • Ruler
  • Compass with Pencil
  • Construction Paper
     We had most of these supplies already on hand because like I said, we love art.  These supplies are not expensive but work very well.  

     K-3 Vol. 8 Art in America is geared towards children in those grades but can be used by anyone.  It is designed to activate thought and creativity as you complete each lesson.  It doesn't make things difficult.  It is very simple to follow. My daughter created some great little pieces of art as she went through the lessons.  Some were copies of what was taught, others were sparks of creativity brought on by the lessons.  

     The video lessons and lessons in the book include:
  1. Drawing is Moving
  2. Drawing a Good Line
  3. Identifying Light and Dark
  4. Colored Pencils
  5. Layered Colors
  6. Ruler and Compass
     The book also includes wonderful lessons on artists like Arthur Davies, Rembrandt Peale, John James Audubon, Walter Ufer, and more.  You will see their creations and learn how to draw some of them.  

     My daughter said she enjoyed watching the videos and reading the book.  She said Brenda has a soothing voice and keeps your attention throughout each lesson.  She said the new thing she learned during these lessons was layering colors.  She said she has always wanted to know how to do that correctly and Brenda helped her learn how to it well.  Here is an example of that. 

     Hope is typically a very shy and private young lady, but she is allowing me to share some of her art with you today.  She says she has learned shading and contrast during these lessons and much more.  Here is just some of what these lessons have sparked her to create on her own. 

     Personally, I think they are great and I think these lessons were a great resource!  If you have students in these grades or just students who want to learn more techniques in creating works of art, I encourage you to check out these art books and lessons.  

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ARTistic Pursuits Drawing

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