Sunday, February 24, 2013

Creek Edge Press - Art and Artists Task Card Sets

Art and Artists Task Card Sets I, II, and IIII started researching the company Creek Edge Press over a year ago. Creek Edge Press Task Card Sets is what really caught my eye. This looked like a very interesting way to have kids follow a scope and sequence in a chosen topic, research it, then write summaries and create projects about the information they learned. The task card set that really excited me was, Art and Artists Task Card Set. You see, my daughter Grace is very artistic. She wants to work in the field of art as an adult. I am currently trying to fill her world with all things art, working on her strengths and passions as much as possible. When I contacted Amy Kate Hilsman, the author of the product, she graciously sent me the Art and Artist cards to review.

A little background about the task card system will begin this review. The task card approach of learning leans heavily on three methods of education: Classical, Charlotte Mason, and Montessori. Many of the assigned tasks are open ended which encourages the child to research and think. The instruction booklet states, "The focus is on investigation and the experience of discovery." Some students may feel overwhelmed with this approach and need an adjustment period to get a handle on how it all works. Something I found was that in the beginning I had to sit with Grace and show her the process and how to actually "do research". As time has progressed she is doing more and more on her own. Amy Kate recommends placing the task card in the learning environment with all the needed materials. The task cards are meant to be used one per week, but can vary according to your child's ability and schedule. Amy Kate states, "Most 3rd - 12th grade students should be able to complete 95 - 100 percent of the tasks independently." I will now move on to the actual product.

The Art and Artists Task Card Sets come with three sets of task cards and instruction guide. This package currently retails for $36.00 and will cover three years of art instruction for elementary through the high school student. There is even enough material for a high school student to use as a fine arts credit on their transcript. Each set is comprised of 32 cards which theoretically will cover 32 weeks of art instruction. The first set of task cards is an Introduction to Art. Topics included range from painting to photography and everything in between. The second set of cards is an Art History Survey, while the third set is Featured Artists. Below I have included an example card for each set.
Task Cards Pack 1

Task Card Pack 2

Task Card Pack 3

Here is a list of the types of tasks you will find in the sets:
  • Encyclopedia research
  • Further reading
  • Define
  • Internet activity
  • Map Work
  • Ongoing Art and Projects
  • Picture Study
  • Summarize
  • Posters
  • Collages
  • Lists
  • Timelines or Book of Centuries
The guide book that is included with the cost of the cards is invaluable. All the information for implementing this in your home is in detail. Also included are lists of needed books, supplies and recommended resources. In the very back of the guide book is High School objectives if you wish to give this work a fine arts credit for your student. 

I am so excited to be using this with our daughter. Using this product for the full three years I feel she will have a great background in art. Currently we use the product 2-3 days a week and are able to get through one task card in that time frame. When I was in school I didn't really have the opportunity or interest to study a lot of art. I feel so blessed to be learning alongside my daughter with this program. Anyone who has ever wanted to put together their own comprehensive art study can now stop and go purchase this one. All the work is already done for you at a great price. Three years of art study for $36.00 plus shipping. 

Please go visit Creek Edge Press and see all the wonderful products they offer.

Disclaimer: Creek Edge Press graciously sent me this product at no cost to me for my honest review. All opinions are mine. I am disclosing this in accordance with FTC regulations.

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