You may remember that my daughter reviewed the Senior High Book 1, The Elements of Art and Composition, and that Botanist Boy reviewed Middle School 6-8 Book 1, The Elements of Art and Composition, previously. This time I was looking forward to Little Bit having a turn.
We went with color and composition this time, since we already have two levels of the elements and composition, which Little Bit can use later.
ARTistic Pursuits believes every child can understand art concepts. Each book presents both expressive and technical aspects of art, and is written in a conversational tone to the child. All grade levels are covered, grades PreK through high school.
The Elementary 4-5, Book Two Color and Composition contains sixteen units; each unit is divided in to 4 lessons: Vocabulary and Creative Exercise; Art Appreciation and Art History; Techniques; and Application. Each lesson is short, only one or two pages. And each lesson provides an exercise to do. The color wheel is introduced, and expanded upon. So the student is learning to mix colors, using the medium of watercolor pencils and water.
Some of the artists your student will learn about are: Albert Bierstadt, William Penhallow Henderson, Maurice Prendergast, Winslow Homer, Mary Cassatt, to name just a few.
table of contents and supply list here.
I like how clear and concise the lessons are written. I think they explain things well. But Little Bit struggles with receptive-expressive language disorder, and it seems like the lessons just went "right over his head."
For example, one lesson he was to draw a landscape. Well, this is what he put on paper instead.
I appreciate how each unit incorporates art appreciation, art history, art vocabulary, and technique. While I think this level, or the concepts, may just be a bit over my son's comprehension level, I think the typical fourth or fifth grader will do just fine with this.
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Be sure to check out the other reviews by my Crew mates, to learn about all of the levels; then you will be able to determine which level will best suit your child.
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