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Artistic Pursuits

Publisher: Artistic Pursuits
Author: Brenda Ellis
Review last updated: November 2014

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Artistic Pursuits

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Artistic Pursuits is a series of courses that covers art appreciation, art history, artists, and skills. The emphasis on each area shifts from book to book. Throughout the lessons, students work on their own projects with various art media. While there is an underlying Christian worldview, it isn’t overtly presented until the junior and senior high level in articles about artists and the cultures of their times.

Written for students in preschool through twelfth grade, there are twelve books in the series. Designed to work in either homeschools or classrooms, the books are labeled for a range of grade levels, so you might even be able to use one course for most of your children....

....Books are printed in full color with illustrated instructions and examples of student artwork. Each book has a list of required art supplies both at the beginning of the book and within each lesson. Students work with a variety of art media, shifting to more difficult art techniques at upper levels.

Each book should take about one school year to complete. The books for kindergarten through third grade each have 36 projects which works out to about one project per week. For grades four through twelve, there are 68 projects per book. Following are descriptions of the courses that are available.


The books in this series really don’t repeat themselves even though they sometimes treat the same topics. Each level approaches an element of art at a different level and with different examples and applications. There is a real synergy that builds from book to book, so it would be ideal if you could work through the entire series.

Students are exposed to many different art media over the years....I also appreciate that from the Grades 4-5 Book and up the author has students use real art supplies most of the time rather than tempera paints, crayons, and other media often used in schools....

Even though books are written to students, parents will need to work with students in the K-3 Books, reading aloud, leading discussions, explaining the instructions, demonstrating techniques, and assisting as needed. For Grades 4-5 and Grades 4-6 Books, students might be able to work more independently. Even if students are able to work independently, they are likely to benefit greatly from working alongside at least one other student so that they can inspire each other and share their work.

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  • Artistic Pursuits Book 1 Grades 4-6 2nd Edition

    Artistic Pursuits Book 1 Grades 4-6 2nd Edition

    Artistic Pursuits Book 3 Grades K-3 2nd Edition

    Artistic Pursuits Book 3 Grades K-3 2nd Edition

    Artistic Pursuits Grades K-3 Book 2 Stories of Artists and Their Art

    Artistic Pursuits Grades K-3 Book 2 Stories of Artists and Their Art

    Brenda Ellis

    Artistic Pursuits Book 1 Grades K-3 2nd Edition

    Artistic Pursuits Book 1 Grades K-3 2nd Edition

    Artistic Pursuits Book 2 Grades 4-6 2nd Edition

    Artistic Pursuits Book 2 Grades 4-6 2nd Edition

    Artistic Pursuits Book 1 Junior High 2nd Edition

    Artistic Pursuits Book 1 Junior High 2nd Edition

    Artistic Pursuits Book 1 High School 2nd Edition

    Artistic Pursuits Book 1 High School 2nd Edition

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    • Suitable for: group/family or one-on-one but also for independent work for older students
      Audience: grades K-12
      Need for parent/teacher instruction: varies by age and ability
      Prep time needed: moderate
      Teacher's manual: N/A
      Religious perspective: secular but reflects an underlying Christian worldview

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