Dec 072011

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again; I am not the most artistic/creative person you will meet.  And, unfortunately, at times it seems like my kids got that dreaded gene.  Every now and then, it seems like they may have gotten an artistic gene from my hubby… so there is hope.

Honestly, though, I really don’t care if they ever become ‘good’ at art.  Whatever that means.  I try to just teach them that art is art to the person that created it and if someone else appreciates it too, then that great.  If not, that’s okay too.

I had an art teacher in elementary school that wasn’t the nicest when it came to students’ art.  I remember being criticized by her.   So, it is important to me that my kids art never gets criticized.  Even by their siblings.  And, my kids are really great about not criticizing each other’s art.  They just ask each other what they have drawn and let the other one explain it.  Afterwards, there is no, “It doesn’t LOOK like that!”.  Only support.

Anyway, I was excited when given an opportunity to review ARTistic Pursuits.


We reviewed the K-3 Book 1 (the second book pictured above).  What I love about it is that it teaches kids about famous art and then encourages them to create their own with that same style.  And, because I’m the only one teaching them, I get to praise them the way I feel they need it.  And there are no criticisms, for not doing it ‘properly‘.

ARTistic Pursuits is available from preschool to senior high grades.  It is written with the student in mind and there is very little (if any) prep work required by the teacher/parent.  There are 32 projects in each book, so it is good for a full year’s worth of art lessons.  They will learn about famous artists and learn how to do a little of their own!  I really do love it!

Information at a glance:

What is it? ARTistic Pursuits

For whom? Preschool to High School students

Price? $42.95

Did we like it? YES


The kids have loved their art time with ARTistic pursuits.  And I look forward to finishing up the book and moving on to the next one!

Check out what my fellow TOS Crew members thought of it!



Disclosure: I received a copy of the book mentioned in the post to facilitate this review.  I was not required to write a positive review.

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    I love art… and so do the kids! This would be a great structured art book as opposed to my whimsical swirly doodle art all the time lol!!! Gotta check this out!!



    I could have written this post. I too don’t care so much about art and had teachers who really turned me off. The only difference is I have a daughter who is amazingly artistic and I really must teach art. Thank goodness for Artistic Pursuits!


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