by Brenda Ellis. Publisher: Artistic Pursuits Inc. Comb-binding, 95 pages, 36 lessons, 185 illustrations. ISBN: 978-1-939394-01-9, January 1, 2013 3rd Edition
This book is sure to delight young children with over 185 colorful illustrations and great Master paintings. Lessons capture each child's interests and imagination while introducing the fundamental principles of the visual arts. Parents read a simple ten-minute lesson with their child that includes art appreciation. The topic is pointed out in a full – color work of art by well-known Masters like Rivera, Chagall, De Hooch, Van Gogh and more. This time is followed with a project that allows children to immediately apply their new knowledge of the subject, while creating works of art from their own experiences and observations, making each piece produced personal and unique.
The first section covers the activities artists engage in when making art (composing, imagining, looking, etc.,) how to use the materials of an artist (watercolor crayons, pastels, pencil), and the various types of subjects artists work from (landscapes, people, still-life, etc.) Activities broaden children’s awareness of the world they live in. The second section of the book covers the elements that artists use in two-dimensional and three-dimensional work such as shape, form, line, and color. The third section is a comprehensive study of ancient art as children are introduced to different kinds of art that we see such as art in caves, pyramids, cathedrals, and more. This section covers early cave paintings and figurines from Jordon to tapestries and book illumination of the Middle Ages. Children's ideas about art are greatly expanded as they learn how ancient cultures used art. The hands-on projects help them remember what materials the culture used or the major ideas of the culture. This book provides lessons for the completion of thirty-six finished drawings, paintings, and sculptures that are both original and wholly the child’s own.
Lesson One, Page One:
As you read the first page of each lesson your child will be introduced to major concepts relevant to the subject of art. In this lesson children learn that artists put together things that they see. The exercise on this page allows the child to express his or her ideas and make connections with the information. "My kids have already looked at (the book) and, with their highest compliment, declared it to be 'cool'. Exactly what I have been looking for in 10+ years of homeschooling." C.B., Homeschool Mom
Lesson One, Page Two:
The topic of each lesson is shown in a work of art by the masters. Text and questions guide children in exploring the picture further while engaging them in a search that is enjoyable and opens their eyes to more information. Allow your child to answer freely and interject your own observations. "The discussion questions seem perfect for engaging such a young audience." - A.B., Homeschool Mom
Lesson One, Page Three:
The first paragraph on the project page invites children to think about the ideas presented in the lesson and to apply those ideas to their own life observations. Provide the art supplies. Allow children to create original works of art. This page includes information and illustrations on how to use the materials as new ones are introduced. Student Gallery shows how another child filled the assignment and inspires young artists. "The program seeks to teach children what art is, and encourages them to produce artwork. But it does not force a child to reproduce adult art or to participate in boring, redundant activities. Especially at the younger level, we found the lessons were quick, simple, and interesting for the kids and parents."-M.M., Homeschool Mom
Lesson Nine, Page One: New lessons introduce children to the elements that real artists focus on when they draw. Here children look at outlining shapes by using lines. Students select a photograph of a subject for their pastel work. Student work is shown at the bottom of the page.
Lesson Nine, Page Two: The lesson is followed by instruction on using a specific medium. Here children work with soft pastels on dark paper. Children will use this information while making an original work of art using a photograph. Look at the previous page to see how a student accomplished this technique in a picture of a kangaroo.
Lesson Twenty-eight, Page One:
Art is more than just a picture on a wall. Lessons in the art history section expand children's ideas about what art is and where we find it. Read the text to your child, introducing an ancient civilization, their art and their society. "Mrs. Ellis uses a conversational style of writing that is so appealing to younger children, yet her curriculum never "talks down" to them nor does it go over their heads!" J.T. Homeschool Mom
Lesson Twenty-eight, Page Two:
Read the text on Greek art to children as they look at a cup by a Greek master. Questions guide children to see more within the art. Upon closer view children will discover that the smiling face is a shield and that there are many creatures within the painting on this cup. "I love your approach to art history and that the children are getting a rich education through your materials!" H.K. Homeschool Mom
Lesson Twenty-eight, Page Three:
The text encourages children to create just like the culture they studied. The project gives children an opportunity to try their hands at pottery using air-dry clay. They paint their pot just as the Greeks did. Provide the art supplies and allow children to create from their own ideas. Four easy steps show children how to make a pinch pot and decorate it. Student work is shown throughout the book in the Student Gallery. "I love the fact that your program actually TEACHES art." T.C. Homeschool Mom
The contents page lists lessons that explore real art concepts in ways that young children can identify with and learn from. Take time to browse through the topics covered in this book.
ebony pencils, soft pastel sticks, oil pastels, watercolor crayons, colored paper craft, self-hardening clay.
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