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Elements of Art and Composition, Grades 4-6
Artistic Pursuits is a new curriculum written by a husband-wife team, both working artists, who are also homeschooling parents. Their curriculum has been specifically written with homeschoolers in mind, and manages to avoid the twaddle of so many other so-called “art programs” that just provide mindless crafts. The Artistic Pursuits program provides exercises in observation and teaches the elements of art, color, and composition using the great masters. Thus it begins with the building blocks, the tools used by all artists to create art, and proceeds sequentially. Each text comes with 16 lessons, each lesson utilizing several projects to teach the principles involved. The explanations are clear and simple to understand, and the reproduction prints used with each text are included. Unlike Barry Stebbing’s curriculum, the art concepts are taught from a secular viewpoint. The elementary curriculum uses American art masterworks.