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Archive for May 19th, 2011

In contrast to my previous post, where we follow a step-by-step art project to mimic the project, Artistic Pursuits is the creative art program that we use that specifically doesn’t encourage conforming. This program has books that cover preschool all the way up to grade 12. We finished the Pre-K book last year and are in K-3 Book 1 – An Introduction to the Visual Arts. The projects we’ve done so far mostly have us working with watercolor crayons, oil pastels, ebony pencils, and pastel sticks. Other mediums include colored paper craft and clay.

Since we haven’t done any Artistic Pursuit lessons almost all year long, we did two in the past week. I’d love to do several lessons per week this summer and finish Book 1 in time to start Book 2 this fall. Each lesson usually is shown in 1-2 pages. This lesson covered “Artists Make Landscapes” and we looked at an example from Paul Cezanne. (One of the complaints about AP is that the art prints are too small. That’s okay, we cover art appreciation more fully with Meet the Masters.)

We were to sit outside and draw the landscape with oil pastels. Satori started really good coloring in the hills and snow-covered mountains in this picture, but she saw how sloppy I was doing my picture and then she hastily colored in the rest. Oops.

Our second lesson was “Artists Use Photographs”. The example shown was a Degas painting where he got inspiration from a photograph of ballet dancers. We flipped through magazines and books until we found a photograph that inspired us. This lesson had us using watercolor crayons. Love these, I would love to have more.

Satori drew a Portuguese Man-o-war, one of the creatures that fascinate her. Again, I might have ruined the picture by suggesting she lightly layer some black on the edges to give the water some interest. I don’t think she knows what “layer” means. I should just keep my mouth shut!

I found a cute little frog with vibrant colors that I couldn’t resist drawing/painting.


This will be our third project from The Usborne Art Treasury book. We love this book because the projects turn out to be colorful, unique artwork that you’ll want to hang on your wall. They’re so much fun to do.

Of course after finishing, Satori did want to frame it, but we ended up with a project that wouldn’t be framed easily.

We wanted to do their Monet project, so we started out with a review on who Monet was. Satori already knew this through our Meet the Masters lesson we just did, so she was anxious to get to the actual project.

The Monet art project of the book was “Layered Lilies” using tissue paper. The book gave sufficient instructions as well as a colorful visual to see how it might turn out.

Tearing tissue paper into narrow strips was easier than I anticipated, as long as you tear just one layer at a time. Within ten minutes, we were swimming in a sea of cool blues.

We then took our glue sticks and glued the strips of tissue paper to make the watery pond. We layered them on to simulate Monet’s layers of colored paint.

Had we followed the book directions, we were supposed to get our lilypad and flower circles by tearing them around a glass jar bottom, but that didn’t work for us. Neither did a paper puncher. So I just cut circles to make our lilypads and flowers. Satori glued them on.

And here’s our finished “Layered Lilies”!