Art is often one of those subjects that if we don’t make a plan to do it, it will just never happen. It’s so easy to incorporate in our schedule (or at least it was during the early elementary years) but I admit, it is also one of the first to be dropped if we are running out of time.
But I really, really don’t want to miss teaching art. I loved art when I was in school. And I’ve heard that many public schools have had to drop it so that makes it even more essential for me to teach it. Art should not be forgotten. I want my children exposed to all types of art. I believe it teaches them to see the beauty in everything around them. God was, and is, an artist. Just take a look at the sunset. Or a flower blooming. Or even a baby. We are each made in His image. He was the first, and best, sculptor.
Here are some my recommendations and what we have used:
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This is a great introduction to the great artists, just as the title suggests. You learn a little about the artist, his style and then you do art using the same method/style. The book is presented in chronological order. At the front of the book, it lists each artists’ name, time period, style, level of difficulty and preparation time required.
Another art curriculum that I have used is Artistic Pursuits. I have used some of their levels, but not all. There are multiple books available, covering grades Pre-school all the way up to high school. I am currently using Artistic Pursuits, the Element of Art Composition: Junior High Book 1.
Here’s a sneak peek inside.
The Schoolhouse Crew did reviews last year on Artistic Pursuits, so be sure to check those out. I will tell you that keep watching that site because pretty soon you will see reviews of the newest books – Construct and Model.
And last but certainly not least, Chalk Pastels.
I was a little late to the fan party on this book. This is the only one we have used so far but I can’t wait to try the others. My kids loved using a new medium and I loved that it was easy to obtain, and keep, all the supplies on hand.
Do you incorporate art in your studies? Do you have any favorites to add to my list?
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