ARTistic Pursuits {Curriculum Review}

We all have subjects that we struggle to fit into our plans. Often, they are subjects that either don’t interest us or that we are not very good at. One of those subjects for me is art. A couple years ago, we took an art class with some friends from church {taught by one of the moms}. We’ve also had a few art themed classes at co-op. That’s all the art we’ve done. Until Sculpture Technique Model from ARTistic Pursuits Inc.

What is ARTistic Pursuits?

ARTistic Pursuits is a comprehensive, hands-on art curriculum for all ages. They have curriculum for Preschool (3-5 year olds), Early Elementary (K-3), Elementary (4-5), Middle School (6-8) and High School (9-12). They have also just released two new books – Sculpture Technique Model and Sculpture Technique Construct (with Sculpture Technique Carve coming soon!) The sculpture books are designed for middle and high school age children.

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We received the Sculpture Technique Model book to review. It has 83 pages and is comb-bound. It’s broken up into three units – Creating Mass with Putty, Creating Scale with Clay and Creating Surface with Fiber. Each unit focuses on one element of sculpture and one medium. The units can be done in any order.

Each unit includes a short study on a real-life sculpture and artist that shows the element being taught. Following that study, there are three to five subjects per unit (for a total of 12 projects in the book) that teach the use of the medium while focusing on the element being taught. Following the projects, there is a unit evaluation which includes a number of questions regarding the element and working with the medium.

How Did We Use ARTistic Pursuits?

Our first order of business was to choose which unit we wanted to work on first. Bug chose to work with clay, so I set about ordering the supplies. The curriculum doesn’t provide any of the supplies – it is only the book. ARTistic Pursuits does provide supply packs for some of the grade level books, but they also have their supply lists available on Blick Art Materials and many of the supplies can be found on Amazon or your local craft store. There is a supply list at the front of the book, but I found that it wasn’t complete and ended up having to order an additional supply after we got started.

Once we had our book and supplies, I had Bug read about the study on the element of sculpture – scale. We discussed the sculpture presented in the book to explain scale. Then we went over the Material Properties pages. We checked out our tools and discussed the basic instructions and clean up.

Then it was time for the first project! The first project in clay was the Pinch Method. The book explained the method and showed some examples for inspiration. I tried to have Bug read through and do it himself, but it was just too much for him to process without getting hands-on with it. So I read him all the instructions first and then walked him through the process. After he figured out what he was doing, I let him complete his project in his own way.

[Pictures of the Final Project coming just as soon as Word Press allows me to upload my photos!]

After the project had time to dry, he got to paint it! This part had to wait a while as we needed to order some gesso which was not listed on the original supply list. He wasn’t sure he wanted to paint it, he liked the raw red color. But I convinced him to at least try painting this one just to see how it went!

What Did We Think of ARTistic Pursuits?

We only got the one project completed due dry time and the need to order the gesso, but we will definitely be working on the rest of the clay projects! I appreciate how open-ended it is. There is no “you must create this” but more “this is how you use the material and here are some pictures for inspiration”.It’s also easy to incorporate into any type of schedule. If you want to be working on art daily, you can easily make multiples of the projects or make more than one project at a time while you wait for the others to dry. It can just as easily be used just once a week as an addition to Fun Friday.

It’s also easy to incorporate into any type of schedule. If you want to be working on art daily, you can easily make multiples of the projects or make more than one project at a time while you wait for the others to dry. It can just as easily be used just once a week as an addition to Fun Friday.

The book is a little wordy for my middle schooler to fully understand on his own with no art background, but it would probably be easily understood by an older child or one who has done some art {or maybe my kid just can’t follow written direction well?} I had no problem understanding it and then re-wording {if necessary} so that Bug understood.

Bug really enjoyed the chance to use clay. I would not have had the guts to just buy the clay and let him play with it. ARTistic Pursuits gave us both the knowledge to use this medium and not be afraid of it! He’s already looking forward to trying the putty and fiber when we finish the clay unit!

My only issue is the before mentioned supply error. I haven’t checked the other units’ supply lists, but I will definitely be doing that before placing my supply order!

The Review Crew got the chance to review all the different ARTistic Pursuits books. Go check out what they thought about them!

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