Wednesday, April 22, 2015

ARTistic Pursuits - The Elements of Art and Composition


ARTistic Pursuits Review

Hey neighbors!

We have a really good art curriculum we recently reviewed to share with you.  It is High School 9-12, Book 1:The Elements of Art and Composition from ARTistic Pursuits.  This book is recommended for grade 9-12 and is Book One in the series.  The second book is Color and Composition.  I sure would have loved a course like this when I was younger as I doodled all the time!

ARTistic Pursuits Review

Both of my youngest daughters (14 and 17), enjoy drawing.  I suppose it is because we have spent so much time together drawing, coloring and such, but both have an interest in learning more about pencil drawing.  So when we were offered this course I jumped on it.

We had most of the needed supplies, but I recommend you prepare ahead of time.  For the first semester you will need:
1 - Drawing Pencil Set (from 2H to 4B
1 - Vinyl Eraser
1 - Metal Handheld Sharpener
1 - Drawing Pad (Make sure it is a good quality of paper, as this makes a difference.)
The second semester requires a few other supplies, but you can start out with these.


Plan on having 2 classes a week, approx. one hour for each class.  Since I have an interest in drawing, I read through each lesson I assigned.  By doing this, I was able to follow along and see what they understood and what they needed more help with.




The units are broken down in easy to follow lessons.  Each Unit starts with a word description and pictures that show what they are talking about.  For example when covering space in a drawing, they have an example with arrows pointing to the spots they are describing.  The next lesson is Art Appreciation and History.  Here art work of the masters are shown and the student will see how they used that specific technique in their work.  Techniques is the following lesson.  Here is where they will learn to use their their materials and tools to create their own work of art.  Application is when they will take what they have learned in the previous lessons and do a final project.


This Artistic Pursuits book covers Space, Line, Texture Balance, Composition and many other topics that will assist your student in drawing well.  I personally want to get to the "Proportion, The Face" and "Proportion,   the Figure" because that is an area I always have trouble with.  It is near the end of the book, so I will wait patiently until we get there.

What did we like?  We really like that the lessons are easy to understand, and they do not assume you know everything.   For example, the first lesson challenges you to see more and perhaps see from a different perspective.  They describe how different family members focus on different things on a trip and how that focus will affect the way you view things as you start to draw.

So, if you have a budding artist in your family, or perhaps a more advanced artist, be sure to visit the ARTistic Pursuits site and see what they have to offer.  They do offer a sculpting course.   The Crew members reviewed some of their other books, so be sure to click on the link below to see what they thought.


ARTistic Pursuits Review



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