From the start, we've had one simple goal; to develop experiences in the visual arts that allow children to create original works of art. We believe that this happens when children learn the process of working from direct observation of source materials, which allows them to choose the subjects that matter to them. Husband and wife team, Daniel and Brenda Ellis developed the widely popular ARTistic Pursuits program starting with a drawing book for high schoolers in 1999. Public interest in a teaching method that did not rely on copying-the-adult-model was high and people asked for other grades. During the next 15 years Daniel and Brenda taught students of all ages in both public and private schools and libraries, along with homeschooling their own children. The projects for their books were tested in these settings before being released as ARTistic Pursuits books. Brenda studied childhood development in the visual arts and made sure that the lessons fit the ages being taught. She does not believe in a one-size-fits-all solution for art education. What developed was the first homeschool art curriculum to introduce the elements of art and composition in a formal way; as well as the first curriculum to introduce the creative process into a teaching method. These foundational concepts were key to the growth of the company, now reaching beyond a hundred thousand users, and established ARTistic Pursuits as a staple in homeschool art instruction.
"Every child can understand the concepts of art and enjoy the process of putting ideas and visual images on paper. We're committed to helping children become visually aware of the wonderful world they live in, and be able to work in creative ways within it." - Brenda Ellis
Brenda Ellis, author and illustrator, has over twenty-five years of experience in all aspects of teaching K-12 art. She is an honors graduate of the Kansas City Art Institute, where she met her husband, Daniel, who is also an artist. They homeschooled their three children, now graduates, while developing the award-winning ARTistic Pursuits art curriculum for homeschoolers, founded in 1999. Brenda has provided children with art classes in a variety of venues, including private schools, public schools, her private home, and Denver Public Libraries.
Daniel D. Ellis, graduate of the Kansas City Art Institute and co-developer, speaker, illustrator, and web designer for Artistic Pursuits Inc. has over thirty years of experience in the fine arts, which includes testing new art materials and teaching 1-12 art, photography, and art history. He and his wife, Brenda, homeschooled their three children, now graduates, while developing the widely popular ARTistic Pursuits Series for homeschoolers, founded in 1999. Daniel’s artworks include local landscapes of the Rocky Mountain region and figurative paintings. He currently resides in Northglenn, Colorado with Brenda and family in a household where creativity never stops.
Ariel N. Holcomb, daughter of Daniel and Brenda, speaks at conventions on topics that help moms put art into their homeschools. She has over ten years of experience cultivating skills and confidence in kids ages 3-18 through creative and performance arts instruction. A homeschooler herself, Ariel graduated from Metro State University with a B.A. in Theatre Performance and is currently pursuing her M.A. in Marriage and Family Counseling from Liberty University. Ariel has worked for ARTistic Pursuits since 2008 and appears as the video host in new volumes released this year. Her passions include cultivating the value of arts education in all areas of family and professional life and supporting parents in empowering their children through creative arts.
Nate Ellis works behind the scenes in sound tech for our new video lessons as well as producing and selecting background music. You'll also find him handling shipping and manufacturing of our product. He makes sure your books and videos get out our doors and on their way to yours!