My grandmother was an artist. She’d travel and paint and make amazing pieces that still live on in her family and friends homes today. That being said, I did not receive the “artistic” gene. In fact, I once felt inspired to paint during a worship service at church and painted a small picture. The first time my boyfriend-now-husband came over to my house, he saw my artwork, and asked me if one of the kids I babysat made it for me… I said yes…
So, homeschool art class in the Kulick house hasn’t been incredibly exhilarating. I love to let my kids explore and create, but when it comes to art, I have very little guidance to offer them. When I heard about ARTistic Pursuit Inc. through the Homeschool Review Crew, I was really excited to check out K-3rd Grade Level, Volumes 1-8 to learn with my kids! As soon as it arrived, my entire family [yes, even daddy] wanted to jump in!
We started with a class perfect for our kindergarten and 1st grader, Art for Children, Building a Visual Vocabulary, K-3 Vol. 1. The course comes with a text book, DVD and Blu-ray, and is composed of 18 different lessons with 6 accompanying video lessons. Each lesson has a theme such as “Artists See Shapes.” The theme is carried through into art activities and even incorporated into art history in a way that’s practical for little learners. My four-year-old particularly loved the way the lessons were titled and she instantly began to identify herself as an artist- taking special note of what the artists do.
Our first lesson included a video, which provided special instructions that were relevant for the following three lessons in the book. We learned how to properly use watercolor crayons (something I didn’t know existed!), and saw a demonstration of how the first activity was completed. Watching the lesson made my job as homeschool mom extremely easy, I was able to sit back and learn too!
After the video, we set up our work area and were excited to get to work! We each found an item that was special and practiced finding the lines to create it on paper, here are a few of our masterpieces:
Our favorite lesson so far has been, “Artists Observe.” It provided a wonderful opportunity for my kids to explore nature, observe the world around them, and then create paintings of what they’ve witnessed. The activity partnered with art history as the children get to experience, “In Flanders Field” by Vonnoh and practice their observation skills with the artwork.
One of the things that truly sets ARTistic Pursuit Inc. apart is the love and passion that’s poured into this curriculum, it’s truly contagious! My kids are asking to do "art class" all the time, and this mama is even getting a bit more confident with a paint brush! We’re looking forward to continuing Art for Children, Building a Visual Vocabulary, K-3 Vol. 1, it’s truly a complete, easy-to-use, and engaging art program!
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