There is not really actual art or drawing instruction in Artistic Pursuits, at least not in the first few books yet. Take our lesson last week, “Artists Make Portraits”. You can click to see the lesson larger. They talk about a famous painting that includes a portrait, show a sample by another six year old, and then it’s all up to the child. There is usually one little tip on using the art materials or something like that.

So we find a picture that Satori can use for a portrait. This is David and myself. 🙂 We really need to get more family portraits, but that’s beside the point.

After setting Satori loose, I can see that some intervention might come in handy. Luckily, she was a good sport about the whole family bursting into giggles after seeing her first try. I asked if she wanted me to show her a few things. She said ok, as long as she doesn’t have to draw a nose, since she can’t draw noses.

I not only walked her through making passable noses, but pointed out the shape of the eye, trying to make it look a tad more realistic. Daddy has a wide mouth so I thought it would be funny to have her draw a big mouth, hehe, some things I cannot resist. But I showed her how to draw the shape of a lip and include some space between the upper/lower teeth. We drew some individual hairs to add texture.

End result? An improved portrait of her mom and dad! One thing Artistic Pursuits did have her start was to make sure she includes some sort of background. Here you see purple fireworks upon a pink background.

We only had 15 Caran d’Ache Neocolor II Water Soluable Pastels to choose from, I think she did a pretty good job. A bit of water, and we have a painting!

We have her first try on the back side of the finished portrait, and we all still can’t stop laughing. 😀

We still enjoy Artistic Pursuits. Satori doesn’t do well with following cookie-cutter art projects, so this is perfect. Hopefully a little guidance from Mom won’t hurt now and then.

Next lesson we’ll do tomorrow is to paint a Still Life. We made Daddy buy his ladies a colorful bouquet assortment. These flowers will also come in handy as we’re studying flowers in REAL Science Odyssey this week. I’ll blog about that next week.