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

ARTistic Pursuits, Elementary 4-5 The Elements of Art and Composition
By Brenda Ellis / Artistic Pursuits Inc

Allow your student's artistic side room to flourish with Artistic Pursuits! Requiring no expertise or experience, students will benefit from a complete overview of the artistic process from concept to creation. Developing observational skills important in art while involving students in the creative process, Artistic Pursuits is a full-fledged art program that teaches art history, the elements of art and composition, and media and technique while encouraging students towards creative expression.

The "Elementary 4-5" series of books introduces children to the visual arts and art in history through colorful illustrations and fun art projects. Elementary 4-5 Book 1 focuses on the elements of art (space, line, contrast) and composition (balance, depth, proportion).

Each Book 1 lesson fills five pages that follow the same format. The first page, "Building a Visual Vocabulary," explains the topic and makes connections to real world experiences. The second and third pages focus on American Art Appreciation and History as students apply new observations and learn about artists and the time they lived in. The fourth page covers techniques and how to use the materials and tools of art. The project is the last step, and includes pictures that other students have completed as well as a list of materials needed. Projects include adding value to a drawing, using hatch lines, creating silhouettes, drawing a variety of textures, and more.

Late Elementary books are written directly to the student and are designed to be completed independently. Lessons take one hour at minimum; two classes per week are suggested in order to complete the curriculum in a year.

A list of all required materials is provided at the front of the book. This revised and expanded 3rd edition offers additional art instruction specific to art materials and techniques used by artists. In addition, these 3rd editions now include four additional lessons (now 36).

92 pages, comb binding with plastic protector-cover. Elementary 4-5 Book 1, Grades 4-5.

ARTistic Pursuits, Early Elementary 4-5 Color and Composition
By Brenda Ellis / Artistic Pursuits Inc

Allow your student's artistic side room to flourish with Artistic Pursuits! Requiring no expertise or experience, students will benefit from a complete overview of the artistic process from concept to creation. Developing observational skills important in art while involving students in the creative process, Artistic Pursuits is a full-fledged art program that teaches art history, the elements of art and composition, and media and technique while encouraging students towards creative expression.

The "Elementary 4-5" series of books introduces children to the visual arts and art in history through colorful illustrations and fun art projects. Elementary 4-5 Book 2 focuses on color (tinting and shading, primary and secondary colors, neutral colors) and composition (rhythm, figures, interiors).

Each Book 2 lesson fills five pages that follow the same format. The first page, "Building a Visual Vocabulary," explains the topic and makes connections to real world experiences. The second and third pages focus on American Art Appreciation and History as students apply new observations and learn about artists and the time they lived in. The fourth page covers techniques and how to use the materials and tools of art. The project is the last step, and includes pictures that other students have completed as well as a list of materials needed. Projects include adding drawing using a model, adding value to different colors, creating photographs, drawing a variety of textures, and more.

Late Elementary books are written directly to the student and are designed to be completed independently. Lessons take one hour at minimum; two classes per week are suggested in order to complete the curriculum in a year.

A list of all required materials is provided at the front of the book. This revised and expanded 3rd edition offers additional art instruction specific to art materials and techniques used by artists. In addition, these 3rd editions now include four additional lessons (now 36).

92 pages, comb binding with plastic protector-cover. Elementary 4-5 Book 2, Grades 4-5.

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

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

Middle School

ARTistic Pursuits, Middle School Color and Composition
By Artistic Pursuits Inc

Allow your student's artistic side room to flourish with Artistic Pursuits! Requiring no expertise or experience, students will benefit from a complete overview of the artistic process from concept to creation. Developing observational skills important in art while involving students in the creative process, Artistic Pursuits is a full-fledged art program that teaches art history, the elements of art and composition, and media and technique while encouraging students towards creative expression.

The "Middle School Grades 6-8" series of books introduces students to the elements of art and composition as well as art history through full-color reproductions of artwork and enjoyable hands-on art projects. Middle School Book 2 focuses on color pastels (monochrome, complementary pairs, color application) and composition (rhythm, depth, high and low viewpoints).

Each Book 2 lesson fills five pages that follow the same format. The first page, "Building a visual vocabulary," explains the topic and makes connections to real world experiences. The second and third pages focus on Art Appreciation and Art History as students apply their new observations and learn about artists and the time they lived in. The fourth page covers techniques and how to use the materials and tools of art. The project is the last step, and includes pictures that other students have completed as well as a list of materials needed. Projects include landscapes, portraits, taking photos, mixing various textures, drawing life objects, and more.

Middle School books are written directly to the student and are designed to be completed independently. Lessons take one hour at minimum; two classes per week are suggested in order to complete the curriculum in a year. 32 lessons.

A list of all required materials is provided at the front of the book. This revised and expanded 3rd edition offers additional art instruction specific to art materials and techniques used by artists.

92 pages, comb binding with plastic protector-cover. Middle School Book 2, Grades 6-8.

Highschool

ARTistic Pursuits, High School The Elements of Art and Composition
By Artistic Pursuits Inc

Allow your student's artistic side room to flourish with Artistic Pursuits! Requiring no expertise or experience, students will benefit from a complete overview of the artistic process from concept to creation. Developing observational skills important in art while involving students in the creative process, Artistic Pursuits is a full-fledged art program that teaches art history, the elements of art and composition, and media and technique while encouraging students towards creative expression.

The High School Grades 9-12 series of books provides an in-depth look at the elements of art and composition through a comprehensive text. High School Book 1 focuses on the elements of art, including space, line, value, proportion, and texture by giving students projects centered on drawings and paintings that use graded pencils, charcoal, and different types of brushes .

Each unit includes four lessons that provide varied approaches to the subject. The first lesson, "Building a Visual Vocabulary," explains the topic and makes connections to real world experiences. The second lesson focuses on Art Appreciation and Art History as students apply their new observations and learn about artists and the time they lived in. The third lesson covers techniques and how to use the materials and tools of art. The fourth lesson provides application through a hands-on project, and includes pictures that other students have completed as well as a list of materials needed. Projects include drawing life objects landscapes, portraits, and more.

High School books are written directly to the student and are designed to be completed independently. Lessons take one hour at minimum; two classes per week are suggested in order to complete the curriculum in a year. 16 units with 4 lessons in each unit.

A list of all required materials is provided at the front of the book. This revised and expanded 3rd edition offers additional art instruction specific to art materials and techniques used by artists.

92 pages, comb binding with plastic protector-cover. High School Book 1, Grades 9-12.

ARTistic Pursuits, High School Color and Composition
By Brenda Ellis / Artistic Pursuits Inc

Allow your student's artistic side room to flourish with Artistic Pursuits! Requiring no expertise or experience, students will benefit from a complete overview of the artistic process from concept to creation. Developing observational skills important in art while involving students in the creative process, Artistic Pursuits is a full-fledged art program that teaches art history, the elements of art and composition, and media and technique while encouraging students towards creative expression.

The High School Grades 9-12 series of books provides an in-depth look at the elements of art and composition through a comprehensive text. High School Book 2 focuses on the elements of art, including space, line, value, proportion, and texture by giving students projects centered on drawings and paintings that use graded pencils, charcoal, and different types of brushes.

Each unit includes four lessons that provide varied approaches to the subject. The first lesson, "Building a Visual Vocabulary" explains the topic and makes connections to real world experiences. The second lesson focuses on Art Appreciation and Art History as students apply their new observations and learn about artists and the time they lived in. The third lesson covers techniques and how to use the materials and tools of art. The fourth lesson provides application through a hands-on project, and includes pictures that other students have completed as well as a list of materials needed. Projects include mixing secondary colors, painting objects while using a sample, adding contrast, adding overlapping elements and objects, and more.

High School books are written directly to the student and are designed to be completed independently. Lessons take one hour at minimum; two classes per week are suggested in order to complete the curriculum in a year. 16 units with 4 lessons in each unit.

A list of all required materials is provided at the front of the book. This revised and expanded 3rd edition offers additional art instruction specific to art materials and techniques used by artists.

92 pages, comb binding with plastic protector-cover. High School Book 2, Grades 9-12.

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.

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

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