by Brenda Ellis. Publisher: Artistic Pursuits Inc. Comb-binding, 85 pages, 36 lessons, 175 illustrations, ISBN: 978-1-939394-02-6, January 1, 2013 3rd Edition
This book focuses on the lives of artists who left the world with a vision that has awed and inspired others for generations. Using colorful illustrations and works by Master artists like Giotto, Michelangelo, Rembrandt, Vermeer, and Turner, this book tells the stories of individual artists within major periods of art from 13th century late Gothic to the academy artists of the 18th century. Projects encouraging creativity include watercolor painting, oil pastels, printmaking, and mixed media.
This book is a continuation of the ancient art history section of Artistic Pursuits Early Elementary K-3, Book One, An Introduction to the Visual Arts and it can be used independently. The introduction to each lesson helps children see a relationship between their own lives and that of the artist. Parents simply read the text and allow their child to ponder the similarities. The fictional story adds details and focuses on points for which the artist and his art are remembered. The story incorporates known facts about the artist's life in a way that appeals to young minds. This ten-minute lesson is followed by a project related to the story in which the child works with materials in a variety of ways. The following lesson features a work of art by the Master artist and children interact by answering focused questions related to the artwork. This activity is followed by a project related to the artwork. Printmaking is covered over several artists and periods and is a favorite art technique for children of this age group. This book provides lessons for the completion of thirty-six finished drawings, paintings, and prints that are both original and wholly the child’s own.
Lesson Three, Page One: Found at the top of the page is an introduction which helps children to see a relationship between their own lives and that of the artist. A fictional story adds details and focuses on points for which the artist and his art are remembered. Giotto's childhood story is passed down by Giorgio Vasari, and artist and historian writing in 1550, in The Lives of the Artists.
"My son enjoys the stories of the artist’s lives, and is very enthusiastic about completing his projects…I CAN teach art, I just needed a good guide!" -C.L. Homeschool Mom
Lesson Three, Page Two: The story is followed by a sentence in bold type, restating the point for which we remember this artist. Information in boxes cover topics of interest during the artist’s lifetime such as, What is a Craftsman? What is a fresco painting? What is a Book of Hours? What is the Renaissance? Where did Renaissance colors come from? Did the printing press change art? etc. "I got my book and all I can say is wow, wow, and Wow! Your chronological lessons fit so perfectly with our history..." -B.W. Homeschool Mom;
Lesson Three, Page Three: After reading the text, which ties the previous information into the project idea, show children the illustrated steps for the project. A box is color coded to match art materials groups shown at the front of the book, for easy handling of art materials. It tells parents what art material group will be used for this project. Allow children to work freely as they explore their own ideas within the context of the project. The Student Gallery shows how other children filled the assignment and inspires young artists. "My girls are thoroughly enjoying your art lessons - it is their favorite subject!!" -S.S. Homeschool mom.
Lesson Four, Page One: The story lesson is followed by an art appreciation lesson. Read about a work of art created by the artist. Here we learn that the blue color used lavishly within this painting was more expensive than gold, making this picture a magnificent sight in the eyes of those who first saw it. Questions guide the child in exploring the picture further. We often only notice the primary figures in a painting. Questions engage children in a search that is enjoyable and opens their eyes to more information. There are no answers provided because this activity is not about getting the right answer, but about expressing their own opinions through their own observations. "We've been paying triple the cost of your materials for a local art class that doesn't cover what you provide. My ... budding artist is very excited to start this material." -S.H. Homeschool Mom.
Lesson Four, Page Two: Read the first paragraph which ties the project into what the child has just seen in the art by the master, Giotto. The box informs parents of which art material group to use, as referenced on the Materials page at the beginning of the book. Provide the art supplies for the student. Allow the student to create freely. In this project children will explore what fresco was like as they paint onto a plaster covered piece of hardboard panel. The Student Gallery shows how other children filled the assignment and inspires young artists. "Your program actually teaches art. It’s not another one of those craft books that gives you cutesy ideas for projects." -T.C. Homeschool Mom
Lesson Five, Page One: New lessons feature a variety of techniques for using watercolor paint or printmaking methods. Students also gain a working knowledge of the color wheel.
The contents page lists each featured master artist and artwork title, which is the centerpiece for each project lesson. Take time to browse through the Pre-Renaissance, Renaissance, and Academic artists in this book.
Materials Introduced: pan watercolors, oil pastels, printmaking, stamping, mixed media.
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