High School 9-12 Books One and Two

The Elements of Art and Composition; Color and Composition

ARTistic Pursuits®


High School Books, Introduction Video


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High School Book One

The Elements of Art and Composition

Book description: Ages 14 and up

This book provides high school students with an in-depth look at the elements of art and composition through a comprehensive text designed to engage them in the creative process as they produce original drawings using graded pencils and charcoal. High school students can begin this book without prior knowledge of art and work independently without the need for parental instruction. The organized content and conversational tone is equally engaging for both the novice and the more experienced art student. Students learn how to see the world like an artist as they are introduced to topics such as space, line, texture, and value. Each unit is crafted for focus on one art element while exploring the topic in four unique ways.

Students explore their world in engaging studies designed to strengthen observation skills as they learn about the creative process. The student gains insight about artists and movements in Western art. Art appreciation lessons show how each element is used through the study of art from European masters like Leonardo da Vinci, Durer, Raphael, Tintoretto, and more. Technique and application pages allow skills to develop naturally, as the student works independently. The unique feature of the book is the way students learn from its pages, choose a subject to draw from their own environment, and then easily apply the new information to their own art. Four special assignments show how artists combine elements of art and broaden the student’s experiences with art materials. The book provides content for a full credit with the completion of sixty-eight finished drawings in pencil and charcoal media that are both original and entirely the student’s own. Upon completing the course, students will be prepared for a college art-related course with a thorough knowledge of the foundational principles of art.

Media Introduced: drawing pencils, vine charcoal and compressed charcoal.

List Price $47.95




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Our price is the Manufacturer's list price for these items.

Price: Supply Pack for High School Book One $78.00 + SHIPPING - Priority Mail, Box A $13.50 each pack.




 Cover for the ARTistic Pursuits book, High School Book Two: Color and Composition

ARTistic Pursuits, High School Book Two:

Color and Composition

Book description: Ages 14 and up

This book provides engaging instruction for the high school student who wants to paint and be creative along the way. The organized content and conversational tone is equally engaging for both the novice and the more experienced art student. Students find to their delight that they are asked to select their own subjects to paint as they study topics such as tinting hues, color intensity, complementary hues, balance, rhythm and more. Each unit is crafted for focus on one color theory principle at a time while exploring the topic in four unique ways.

Students explore their world in engaging lessons designed to strengthen observation skills as they learn about the creative process in the first lesson of each unit. Art appreciation lessons show how color is used through the study of modern European masters like Van Gogh, Marc, Picasso, and more. Students gain insight about artists and modern movements in Western art. Technique and application lessons allow skills to develop naturally as students work independently without the need for parental instruction. Four special assignments show how artists combine elements of art and broaden the student’s experiences with art materials. The unique feature of the book is the way students learn from its pages, then choose a subject from their own environment, and apply the new information to their own art. The book provides a full credit for the completion of sixty-eight finished paintings in watercolor that are both original and entirely the student’s own. Upon finishing the course, students will be prepared for a college art-related course with a thorough knowledge of the foundational principles of color in art.

List Price $47.95




Photo of the High School Book Two art supply pack

We have chosen the Cotman Sketchers Pocket set because it is handy to use indoors or out. If you would like to spend less, and are not purchasing our pack, then Prang set of 8 colors is a moderately good set. Our price reflects the manufacturer's list price.

Price: Supply Pack for High School Book Two, $102.00 + SHIPPING; Priority Mail Medium Flat Rate Box $13.50 each pack.






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