Bringing you up to speed on our progress with the Artistic Pursuits series following my In Pursuit of Art and fine Art: an update posts. We have almost completed a second school year with the program. In particular, here is what the kids have been using:
- K-3 Book 2 : Stories of Artists and Their Art (for Kindergartener)
- Gr 4-5 Book 1: The Elements of Art and Composition (for 5th grader)
- Middle School Book 1: The Elements of Art and Composition (for 7th grader)
- Senior High Book 2: Color and Composition (for 11th grader)
- (12th grader is doing a Photography I class with The Potter’s School)
The K-3 Book 2 happens to be a resource included in our Tapestry of Grace (TOG) Year 2 program this year (Middle Ages to Colonial America). My Kindergartener and I tackled our Renaissance studies using the projects in the Stories of Artists and Their Art book. Some of the artists we read about for art or TOG are: Giotto di Bondone, the Limbourg brothers, Jan Van Eyck, Leonardo da Vinci, Michaelangelo, Raphael, and Anguissola. The first slideshow has some of my 6 year old’s artwork chosen from the piles of “art” he has produced this year!
The rest of the children do their art quite independently. The Artistic Pursuits books are written to them with complete instructions and illustrations. The projects are very doable especially since I make sure they have all the materials they need in an art box of their own. I’m usually just there to help them when they can’t come up with an idea for a project or to give them feedback on their work.
The next two slideshows have works by my 5th and 7th graders. Both the younger ones are doing the Elements of Art and Composition levels and thus have mostly sketches. I don’t find my 5th grader doing art as much as the other children. However, she has been busy working on her Apologia Astronomy lapbook (for a later post) among other school work she prefers to do.
Doing art is a contagious activity among my children. When one of them decides to do art (usually the oldest since she is completing an art credit for high school), the rest of them follow. More often than not, they also do a project out of one child’s book and so they share lessons. It is not unusual to overhear my 6-year old conversing with his 16-year old sister about texture or shading in their art.