Artistic Pursuits

Artistic Pursuits Homeschool Art Curriculum is an award-winning  kindergarten, elementary, middle school, and high school homeschool art curriculum.

This homeschool art curriculum is designed specifically for homeschoolers.

With curriculum for students in preschool through high school, Artistic Pursuits is designed to be student-led, independent art instruction.  

Since all of the books are non-consumable, a one-time purchase will serve to teach art to the entire family.

Once your child can read well, she can work through Artistic Pursuits independently.

In this homeschool art program most of the curriculum is written directly to the student with hardly any preparation time required. Which makes it so much easier for the child to become engaged in the activities.

There are no pre-required skills.  Artistic Pursuits involves the students in the creative process and gives them choices in every lesson, so there is a constant state of interest and anticipation built right from the very first lesson.

Basically a piece of art is taught, explained, studied, and then a project is assigned. All you need is the books and good art supplies.

Pros of Art Curriculum

  • Covers art appreciation, art history, artists, and skills. This curriculum is a very hands on way of learning.
  • Preschool children enjoy kids art activities that encourage exploration of art materials and their world.
  • Kindergarten and Elementary art instruction combines art history with hands-on art projects.
  • Middle School and High School art students learn about artists, art history, and art techniques in both drawing instruction and painting instruction.
  • Written for homeschool or independent study
  • Fun art lessons teach both the expressive and technical aspects of art.
  • Printed in full-color with illustrated instructions and samples of student artwork.
  • Each book has a list of art supplies required both at the beginning and within each lesson.
  • Combines art appreciation with art instruction and interesting art projects
  • It is offered in 4 levels.: K-3rd, 4-6th, junior high, high school.

Kindergarten through 3rd grade

Books at the K-3 level introduce children to the visual arts and view art through history. Colorful illustrations, art appreciation, and projects are made specifically for for young hands and minds.

  • Written to the student - No teacher preparation is needed
  • Complete art history - Examining works of the Great Masters
  • 32 projects in each book include drawing, painting, printmaking, and sculpture.
  • Easy organized system for handling materials
  • Sharp color images printed on bright heavy-weight paper, soft bound.
394019: ARTistic Pursuits, Early Elementary K-3 An Introduction to the Visual Arts ARTistic Pursuits, Early Elementary K-3 An Introduction to the Visual Arts
By Brenda Ellis
394026: ARTistic Pursuits, Early Elementary K-3 Stories of Artists and Their Art ARTistic Pursuits, Early Elementary K-3 Stories of Artists and Their Art
By Brenda Ellis

Overview of Books
for 4th through 12th Grade

Book One at each level provides an overview of drawing, covering the elements of art and composition.

Book Two at each level provides an overview of color theory and composition.

  • 64 lessons in each book.
  • Art Appreciation and Art History included
  • Techniques and demonstrations on use of materials
  • Sharp color images printed on bright heavy-weight paper, soft bound
  • Learn technical skills while creating original works of art.
  • Each book contains a supply list
  • Students create a final project using the tools and techniques studied and learned throughout the unit.

 Grades 4, 5, and 6

205541: ARTistic Pursuits, Grades 4-6 Book One, The Elements of Art and Composition Grades 4-6 Book One, The Elements of Art and Composition
By Brenda Ellis; Daniel D. Ellis, ed.

Art elements and principles such as shadows, source of light, shading, texture, and balance are taught. Students develop observation and application skills.

205555: ARTistic Pursuits, Grades 4-6 Book Two, Color and Composition Grades 4-6 Book Two, Color and Composition
By Brenda Ellis; Daniel D. Ellis, ed.

Introduces students to color theory and explores American art and artists.

Junior High

205520: ARTistic Pursuits, Junior High Book One, The Elements of Art and Composition Junior High Book One, The Elements of Art and Composition
By Brenda Ellis; Daniel D. Ellis, ed.
205531: ARTistic Pursuits, Junior High Book Two, Color and Composition Junior High Book Two, Color and Composition
By Brenda Ellis; Daniel D. Ellis, ed.

Senior High

205500: ARTistic Pursuits, Senior High Book One, The Elements of Art and Composition Senior High Book One, The Elements of Art and Composition
By Brenda Ellis; Daniel D. Ellis, ed.

Students apply the elements of art as they learn about balance, rhythm, depth, perspective, and proportion. Most work is done with drawing pencils and charcoal.

205517: ARTistic Pursuits, Senior High Book Two, Color and Composition Senior High Book Two, Color and Composition
By Brenda Ellis; Daniel D. Ellis, ed.

Students learn hue, value, balance, rhythm, and intensity and study principles related to color. Watercolors are the primary media.

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