Art has always been a fun subject in our house, my son begs to do art. We weren’t really using a curriculum for art, I would find fun looking projects online and we’d do them until we got to try one of the books from ARTistic Pursuits Inc. We got to do the Art of the Ancients in theK-3rd Grade Level, Volumes 1-8 in the series. This particular book is volume 2. It came with a book and a DVD to watch lessons. In the book we not only got to learn about different art techniques but we also got to read about different ancient civilizations and the way they did art. The pictures were colorful and bright, the stories interesting. My son said he loved how glossy the pages were and you could tell it was high quality.
The supplies you needed were all listed and the DVD had step by step lessons on how to work with each medium. It was a lot of fun to see my son enjoy learning and following along!
My son’s favorite medium to work with was pastels. There were other projects where you could work with clay but he enjoys anything remotely close to coloring so for this review I will be showing projects he did using pastels. The first project was to draw something with four wheels. The book showed a picture of a fire truck and that was what my son chose to draw. We read the text, watched the video lesson and he got to creating!
He had so much fun doing it he actually begged to do more that day! He was excited to learn about art and history rolled into one!
The next lesson we did was lesson 7. Here he had to draw animals in our environment. We first read about the animals and plants in Ancient Egypt. As with our first lesson we watch the DVD then my son got to work on his own art.
The last project I’m sharing for this review is lesson 12. We had to trace a silhouette of my son. He was so happy to be a “model” for his art project. We giggled and joked because I’m not that great at art and the tracing looked really funny. We read how they did this in Italy and watched our lesson, so we knew what to do step by step.
This lesson was our personal favorite because of how it turned out. It gave our family a few giggles and we bonded over trying to out do each other in tracing.
There are many other great projects to do throughout this book and the history lesson provided for each only adds to enrich what the children are learning. My son has only ever worked with pastels once before this and chooses to usually draw with a pencil, he has gotten pretty good too! However, this book, the DVD and stories have caused him to expand his knowledge of different art media and we have ordered more supplies! We are working in pastels, clay, and watercolors now!
Although these are art lessons your children are also going to learn about history with this volume in the series. Some of the other volumes cover the Middle Ages, Modern Age, Impressionist and more! This series is very well done! It is a fabulous addition for any homeschool art class! If you’d like to learn more about Artistic Pursuits and their products head over to their website: https://artisticpursuits.com/. If you’d like to hear what other homeschooling families think of the curriculum click the banner below:</center