Monday, March 15, 2010

artistic pursuits

Let’s be clear up front. I can’t draw stick people. However, I do have a child who loves to draw and who would prefer to submit all his writing assignments as graphic novels. For him, Artistic Pursuits is a terrific program. As part of the TOS Crew, we were sent Artistic Pursuits Junior High, Book Two. (The boy has art as a co-op class and had already covered the lessons in book one.) We purchased a variety of supplies used in the program: pastels, special pastel paper, kneaded erasers and more. But oh, it was worth it. The boy is learning from this, for sure. The only problem we have in implementing it is his desire to do everything perfectly the first time. (This is not limited to art and is an ongoing issue for us.) The lessons challenge him and he can’t execute each piece as it is shown in the book. He is too quick to see that as a failure rather than part of the learning process. Ugh. We are working on that.

Artistic Pursuits is written to the student, so it’s OK that it isn’t my strongest subject. Each lesson (in our book, at least) incorporates lessons in art history and art appreciation, as well as the craft itself.

View sample pages and included lessons online. (Book Two includes: Unit 1 Hue and Intensity, Unit 2 Primary and Secondary, Unit 3 Monochrome, Unit 4 Complementary Pairs, Unit 5 Neutrals, Unit 6 Warm, Analogous Colors, Unit 7 Cool, Analogous Colors, Unit 8 Color Applications, Composition, Unit 9 Balance in Color, Unit 10 Parallel Rhythm, Unit 11 Converging Rhythm, Unit 12 Space with Little Depth, Unit 13 Depth, Unit 14 Viewpoint, High, Unit 15 Viewpoint, Low, Unit 16 Emphasis, Evaluation Sheet, Bibliography.)

Junior High books are $42.95 each, plus supplies.


We received a book for review. I was not compensated. My opinions are my own

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