I’ve always been good at arts and crafts. I’m talking about construction paper, glue, glitter, scissors — I mean, I can make anything out of a cardboard box, but when it comes to teaching actual art techniques, I am at a loss. That is why I was excited for the opportunity to review another volume in the series K-3rd Grade Level, Volumes 1-8 by ARTistic Pursuits Inc.
This series is a four-year course designed for grades kindergarten through third grade, completing approximately one book per semester. Each book focused on a specific period of art history:
- Art for Children, Building a Visual Vocabulary, K-3 Vol. 1
- Art of the Ancients, K-3 Vol. 2
- Art of the Middle Ages, K-3 Vol. 3
- Artists that Shaped the Italian Renaissance, K-3 Vol. 4
- Art of the Northern Countries, Renaissance to Realism, K-3 Vol. 5
- Art of the Impressionists, K-3 Vol. 6
- Art of the Modern Age, K-3 Vol. 7
- Art in America, K-3 Vol. 8
Each volume has 18 lessons, which is perfect for one art lesson a week for a typical 18 week semester. You can choose to start at the beginning and work your way chronologically through history, or pick and choose which ones are most relevant to your studies. Each lesson studies an artist or artistic technique. You look, learn, and ask questions, then your student is directed through a video lesson or visual text lesson to mimic the artist and/or technique.
A Materials page can be found in each volume, listing out exactly what supplies you need for the lessons in the course. Most are fairly common items that you may already have. Occasionally, there are specific art materials like gesso or plaster cloth, which I easily found at Walmart. For your convenience, ARTistic Pursuits, Inc offers art supply packs for each volume that comes with everything you need!
The Product: The Art of the Modern Age
As we are studying the 20th century in history, I chose to review review Art of the Modern Age, K-3 Vol. 7 in the series. This volume focuses mainly on painting with acrylic paints and sculpting with foil and clay. With 5 video lessons and 13 text lessons, this was a great addition to our history studies. These are the artists covered in this volume:
- Van Gogh
Besides learning about artists and some art history, students are able to practice some of the techniques and learn A LOT about patience and perseverance. One of my favorite lessons was studying Seurat and pointillism and using pencils to make colored dot art. My kids especially enjoyed learning to blend colors on a palette.
Artists At Work
We really enjoyed this art curriculum. The kids liked exploring new techniques and loved to see their finished masterpieces displayed proudly around the house. I love that my kids are learning art history and how to identify different techniques and are beginning to really talk about the art they see.
Once I gathered my materials, the lessons were really open-and-go. We could read and discuss the lesson’s objectives and/or just watch the video lesson.
As I like to overlap as many subjects as I can so we can more fully explore a given topic, I loved how I could choose art lessons that were relevant to what we were already studying. I found this Quick Guide helpful to choose which volume would most closely match our current studies:
Have you tried any of the volumes in K-3rd Grade Level, Volumes 1-8 by ARTistic Pursuits Inc.? If so, I would love to hear about it in the comments below. Check out my review of Art of the Middle Ages, K-3 Vol. 3 Check out other great reviews of this series by clicking on the banner below.
Till Next Time,