by Brenda Ellis. Publisher: Artistic Pursuits Inc. Comb-binding, 92 pages, 36 lessons, 216 illustrations, ISBN: 978-1-939394-03-3, January 1, 2013, 3rd Edition
This book explores ideas that help students understand why modern art looks so different from earlier works and guides them to create meaningful art from their own experiences and ideas. Focus is given to those artworks and movements that had great influence on our culture. The artists featured give positive and creative messages in their art making this a tasteful introduction to modern art that is perfect for young students.
This book is a continuation of the art history section of Artistic Pursuits Early Elementary K-3, Book Two, Stories of Artists and Their Art, and it can be used independently. Parents simply read the text, while engaging their child in the discussion questions provided beside the Master works by Degas, Monet, and others. Children use traditional methods for creating sculptures: modeling, carving, and construction, as well as modern techniques: assemblages and land art. Tasteful works are introduced in discussions of movements like Fauvism, Cubism, Futurism, and Expressionism. Rather than mimicking images, a practice with little content, children learn about the ideas that caused modern art to thrive and make pictures that explore those ideas as they relate to the child. The author includes a helpful section for parents explaining the larger context of modernism so that parents are enabled to judge modern art for themselves and can guide their children through the maze of modern images and motives. This book provides lessons for the completion of twenty-four finished two-dimensional works on paper and twelve three-dimensional sculptures that are original and wholly the child’s own.
Lesson Seven, Page One: The first page of each lesson introduces the child to an artist or a movement. It emphasizes how the ideas of the artist or movement were different from those of the past. As you read the text feel free to interject your opinions and allow your child to share his. In this lesson children learn that Camille Pissarro loved the new materials and ideas put forth by the Impressionists and encouraged many artists to paint in those ways. The focus within this book is on the significance of the art and ideas behind it.
Lesson Seven, Page Two: Each lesson includes a work of art by the featured artist or movement. The questions engage children in a search that is enjoyable and opens their eyes to new discoveries. “This is a fantastic curriculum! The book is laid out very well and the lessons are fun and very easy to follow." -TOS Homeschool Mom Reviewer
Lesson Seven, Page Three: Read about the project to your child. Provide the art supplies listed in the Materials box. Allow your child to create an original work of art. This page includes information on making original stamps and then using those stamps to make “dabs” as seen in Pissarro’s landscape. "One of my favorite things about this art program is that pictures of the different art projects that the child will be doing for that lesson are included in the book, and they are done by other young children just like my daughter. My daughter really loves that because it gives her a realistic example…"TOS Homeschool Mom Reviewer.
Lesson Thirteen, Page One: Children are introduced to the three traditional sculpture methods of construction, carving, and modeling within the Impressionist Painting and Sculpture section of this book. This is a two page lesson in which children are introduced to the topic, view the artwork, and evaluate it by answering the questions. Here children learn why this sculpture of a ballerina shocked the public when it was first displayed.
Lesson Thirteen, Page Two: On the project page children are shown how to model a 3-dimensional figure in modeling clay. Materials needed are listed in the box on the page. The Student Gallery shows an example of a modeled figure created by a child. "I love the artwork that has resulted from using this book! I think that is the best way to judge an art curriculum. If the kids are having a blast creating and the creations are treasures that I want to store for years…well it’s a good thing…This is not baby stuff. (I’m) proud to display everything they create while studying art with ARTistic Pursuits." -H.R. Homeschool Mom
Special feature lessons show students how to use gouache paint in a variety of ways using both round and flat brushes. "It is refreshing to find a program that offers the basics of art instruction and art history in a self-guided manner while encouraging individual artistic expression." J. U. Homeschool mom and bookstore owner.
The contents page lists lessons that explore the artists, art movements, and artworks that changed how people viewed art in the twentieth century. Carefully selected topics feature concepts that children can identify with and learn from. Take time to browse through the topics covered in this book.
Materials Introduced: gouache paint, oil pastels, modeling clay, plaster molds, plaster forms, soap carving, and more!
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