This article is in collaboration with ARTistic Pursuits Inc.
Teaching art can be intimidating but with the collection of Art for Children books (K-3rd Grade Level, Volumes 1-8) from ARTistic Pursuits Inc., homeschooling art is no longer difficult. There are 8 hardcover volumes for PK to 3rd grade from an introductory volume to editions that explore ancient civilizations, the middle ages, and more. So there is sure to be a perfect volume for your homeschool.
The video lessons (provided on Blu-ray and DVD) introduce your children to the art materials (from watercolor crayons to pastels) and the book lessons provide historical information regarding Master artists such as Vermeer and Master works like The Creation of Adam.
Art for Children, Building a Visual Vocabulary, K-3 Vol. 1
Vocabulary terms and techniques important to your budding artist are presented. These will aid them in future lessons. From using watercolor crayons to oil pastels, your children will build their vocabulary to become future artists.
Art of the Ancients, K-3 Vol. 2
A look into the ancient civilizations that developed around the Mediterranean Sea is the focus of Volume 2. The use of pastels and clay is presented as children learn about the art of the Near East, Minoan, Etruscan, Egyptian, Greek, and Roman civilizations.
Art of the Middle Ages, K-3 Vol 3.
There are a variety of artistry methods introduced here such as using paper to create textiles and collages. Utilizing needlework and weaving, children will examine art as exhibited in religious institutions like monasteries, churches, and basilicas. The study of tapestries and stained glass is also presented.
Artists that Shaped the Italian Renaissance, K-3 Vol. 4
By examining master artists with such recognizable names as Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, and Raphael, students learn how these and other artists shaped the Western World through their art. In these lessons, there is an emphasis placed upon using new art methods with watercolors, fresco, scratch art, and oil pastels.
Art of the Northern Countries, Renaissance to Realism, K-3 Vol. 5
After studying the Italian Renaissance, you and your children can study the beginnings of Realism that was started in the Northern Countries of Europe. Your children will learn and practice their art skills by creating works like monoprints, prints, and oil pastel paintings.
Art of the Impressionists, K-3 Vol 6.
During the Industrial Age, artists were making new choices and so can your children as they learn about how Impressionism changed the view of nature and form. From a video lesson on Opaque Gouache (a type of watercolor painting) to a text lesson on the new palette of colors available to artists like Monet, students will explore the art world using painting, sculpture, and oil pastels.
Art of the Modern Age, K-3 Vol. 7
Looking at master works from the 20th century, students will have a “tasteful introduction” to the modern world of art. Reviewing artists from around the world, students will work with acrylic paints and sculpt from foil and plaster. Artists included in this volume include Cezanne, Van Gogh, Picasso, O’Keefe, and others.
Art in America, K-3 Vol. 8
Volume 8 is perfect for 8- to 10-year-old art students who are learning to draw from real-life source materials such as pets, toys, and the like found around their homes. Video lessons include the teaching of how to draw a good line, using colored pencils, and layering colors.
Thank you to Kristen H. of A Mom’s Quest to Teach for writing this introductory article.