Many of my readers know that we are an art family. My daughter and husband are both artists and we teach art classes in our fine arts Cooperative. In the past couple of years I have had the wonderful opportunity to review products from ARTistic Pursuits, but those have always been on the high school level. This go around I was blessed with the opportunity to review something on the elementary level, Elementary 4-5, Book 1: The Elements of Art and Composition with my three 5th grade tutoring students. They loved the idea of implementing art every day for the review process.
The Elements of Art and Composition book is comprised of 16 lessons and the book has a total of 92 pages. We received a spiral bound book for the review. The first ten lessons revolve around the elements of art while the last six deal with composition. In the getting started section the parent will find an art supply list, an overview of how each lesson works, and what the parents and students need to know before beginning the art lessons. A table of contents and samples of the lessons can be found on the main page of Elements of Art and Composition.
Our supplies for the first few lessons of the book consisted of: ebony pencils, sketch pad, vinyl eraser, and a metal pencil sharpner.
There are four main sections to each unit: Building a Visual Vocabulary, American Art Appreciation and History, Techniques, and Application. I would highly recommend looking at the sample pages mentioned above to get a better look.
We used this for Art Monday - Wednesday each week. I would estimate that each lesson took us 20 - 45 minutes depending on how interested the girls were on each day. I have two girls who love to draw and a third who is gaining more and more interest in drawing as we have progressed throughout the year. I sat down with the girls to read and instruct each lesson, but this book is written directly to the child and could easily be used independently. During the review period the main sections we were able to cover dealt with space, line and shape, texture, and value.
The girls enjoyed most the drawing activities. I loved the art appreciation and history and the way it was weaved into each drawing lesson. I love Charlotte Mason methods and appreciated getting to study full color paintings by American artists throughout each unit.
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