Tuesday, March 12, 2013

ARTistic Pursuits: Early Elementary K-3 Book Two (Schoolhouse Review Crew)

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 Product: Early Elementary K-3 Book Two: Stories of Artists and Their Art by Brenda Ellis

Vendor Contact Information: ARTistic Pursuits

Age Appeal: Kindergarten-Third Grade

Format: Paper cover, Comb-binding Book (ISBN 978-1-939394-02-6, copyright 2013), Non-consumable with 85 pages, 36 lessons, and 175 illustrations

Price: $47.95 (supplies purchased separately)

ARTistic Pursuits Early Elementary K-3 Book Two: Stories of Artists and Their Art by Brenda Ellis focuses on artists from the late Gothic period to the 17th century.  Some of the artists included are Cimabue, Limbourg, and Anguissola.  The projects include watercolor painting, oil pastels, mixed media, and printmaking.  

A parent reads the lesson, which will either be a fictional story or a study of a work of art by the artist then the student will do the following project.

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Our Experience:

My children usually love working on art projects and learning about artists.  ARTistic Pursuits was a perfect fit for them. 

We would spend one day reading the lesson, discussing what we learned, and answering the questions.  The following day the children would work on the project.  I would read the project to them and let them work on it themselves.  It would take them around an hour to complete their project, depending on how much effort they were putting into it.

What I Liked:

  • The children were excited and always asked me to do to a lesson.
  • The detailed text about the artists and their work.
  • The amount of instructions for each art project.
  • The list of supplies in the front of the book and how they were broken down into groups.
  • How my children learned about the artists, their techniques, and some of their artwork.

What I Disliked:

  • The price of the book was something that may not fit into our school budget. 

What B (boy, age nine, officially in third grade) Liked and Disliked: This book is perfect for art lovers.  There are so many projects.  You get to learn about all sorts of different artists.  This book is perfect for gifts.  You do need a lot of watercolors.  Not many of the things involved oil pastels,but you do need some oil pastels.  I really like ARTistic Pursuits.  I think it would be perfect for kids my age.  And kids not my age.

What C (girl, age seven, officially in first grade) Liked and Disliked: I like to do art.  I think that ARTistic Pursuits is good, because you get to learn about other artists.  Getting to do art is entertaining, because it is fun.  I like painting, but the book has too many watercolor painting projects.  We had to buy a lot of paints.  It’s good for kids my age.

Momma would definitely recommend!


Disclaimer: I received a free copy of ARTistic Pursuits Early Elementary K-3 Book Two: Stories of Artists and Their Art through the Schoolhouse Review Crew in exchange for my honest review.  I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way.  All opinions I have expressed are my own or those of my family.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations.  All links were current when posted.

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