Artistic Pursuits: Review {Giveaway}

I enjoy art.  I’ve enjoyed art since I was a child.  When I was pregnant with our sixth child, I took a smattering of art lessons, just enough to show me what I didn’t know.  I do not have much time to pursue art these days, but I have wanted to equip my children with the knowledge that they need to pursue it if it is something that they have an interest in.

We have been searching for an art program since our children were young and until last year were unable to find a program that fit our needs.  It needed to teach the children the basics of art theory without simply instructing them in how to draw pretty pictures in someone elses style and it needed to be something that the children could work through on their own (or nearly on their own).

Last fall we found Artistic Pursuits and have been thrilled.  The books are written to the students, requiring little teacher direction, they teach the basic principles of art  and incorporate appropriate practice giving the children the tools they need to improve upon the artistic talents that God has given them, while allowing them to maintain their own personal artistic style.  Artistic Pursuits also incorporates art appreciation and art history as well as observation skills, color theory and technical instruction in multiple media.  This is truly a complete art program.

Artistic Pursuits offers books for preschoolers all the way up through high school students.  Our family was given Junior High Book 2 (color and composition) and Senior High Book 2 (color and composition) to review.  Both books follow the same basic format, teaching art two days a week.

An Artistic Pursuits unit:

Each unit begins by introducing a new art concept (hue in both the Jr. and Sr. High  color books) and has activities that help the child recognize that concept in their environment and create art that reflects their new knowledge.

Next the students are introduced to how a master artist has used this concept in his/her art.  This lesson also includes some history about the example artist and the culture in which they live.  The student once again takes their new knowledge and applies it to a piece of their own work.

The students are then taught specific techniques that make it easier to render the concept that they are learning in the media with which they are working.

Finally the student takes all of the information that has been introduced throughout the unit and applies it by completing a final project.

Junior High: Book 2- Our experience

The Jr. High book instructs the student in the use of both chalk and oil pastels as they progress through their study of color.  Kaitlin (12) worked with this level.  Kaitlin is our child who has always been frustrated with art. She has just never been happy with the results that she produced.  After a few lessons in the junior high color book she came to me and said, “Mom, thank you so much for getting this book for me.  I’m really happy with my drawings.”  This was a first for her.

Kaitlin's first attempt with pastels

Kaitlin's first attempt with pastels

This book is a wonderful tool to teach your child about color using pastels.  There is a lot of technical information about using pastels and pastel paper in addition to color theory and applying that theory in practical situations.

Senior High: Book 2- Our experience

Just as the Jr. High book teaches and uses pastels, the Sr. High book teaches and uses watercolor in order for the student to expand their understanding of color.  Amber (13) and I both decided to work through this book, although Amber has progressed a lot farther than I have.  Once again Artistic Pursuits has delighted us with the step-by-step instructions and activities that encourage better observation and provide a knowledge to really create art.

Amber's first (and still unfinished) attempt with watercolors

Pros:

  • Terrific instruction in the basic principles of art.
  • Teaches children in a way that allows them to use it to improve ALL of their drawing endeavors.
  • Includes art appreciation and art history taught in conjunction with the concepts and principles that the children are learning.
  • Introduces many different media and techniques over the course of study.
  • Parent doesn’t need to know anything about art in order to use this program.
  • The books are non-consumable and can be used for multiple children.
  • Books include student examples from regular kids, so your kids can see what a child their level can be expected to produce.

Cons:

  • My kids get very involved in their art projects and tend to spend a lot of time on them.
  • Some of the supplies can be expensive.

Our family has also been using the K-3 grade: Book 1  and 4-6 grade: Book 2 since last fall.  The K-3 book introduces children to many different media and experiences in art and the 4-6 book focuses on basic drawing and shading techniques.  We have been delighted with all of the Artistic Pursuits products that we have experience with.

Each book of Artistic Pursuits is available for $42.95.

Better yet win your choice of AP books!

Giveaway is now closed.  Congratulations to Sheri for winning the AP level of her choice.

To enter:

  • Leave a comment telling me something about your (or your kids) experience with art.

Bonus entries:

  • Tweet about the giveaway.
  • Post about the giveaway on your blog.

Please leave an additional comment for each bonus entry.  Open to U.S. residents only.  Giveaway will end Thursday, March 25 at midnight.

Our family was given the Jr. and Sr. High Artistic Pursuits books in exchange for this review and giveaway.  All opinions are mine and I was not otherwise compensated.

This post is included in the Homeschool Curriculum Review Roundup.

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227 Responses to Artistic Pursuits: Review {Giveaway}
  1. Jennifer A
    March 19, 2010 | 9:49 am

    Hi! My kidss love crafts of all kinds. But in particular my 10 year old is the budding artist. She loves all mediums, especially water colors. We have her art hanging all over the house! Thanks for the contest. Jennifer

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  2. Debbie Griffin
    March 19, 2010 | 10:03 am

    We are more the crafty kind of family than true art, but I so appreciate this review. I’m seriously going to look into this for my 8 year old who is truly interested in art of all kinds!

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  3. Bekah H.
    March 19, 2010 | 10:05 am

    What a great giveaway! My two oldest (6 & 5) LOVE arts and crafts. It’s fun to see them try new things in their drawings!

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  4. angela
    March 19, 2010 | 10:06 am

    My little girl loves all things arts or crafts! She has enjoyed exploring new mediums this past year. I think her fav right now is oil pastels. We often turn her art work into books.

    AP looks great for my little artist (and momma too!)

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  5. Roger & Crystal Hicks
    March 19, 2010 | 10:07 am

    My almost 7-year old loves to draw. Horses, flowers, etc. and she wants her drawing to be as realistic as possible. Lately we’ve been covering the Civil War in history, so a lot of her drawings lately have been of soldiers, regimental colors, and the cavalry horses.

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  6. Aubrey
    March 19, 2010 | 10:09 am

    My older two girls (older is relative, they are 4 & 3) love to draw and color. Particularly the four year old. She spends a lot of time drawing pictures and we never have a shortage of her art work around here. We would love to win one of these books, I think it would really encourage her! Thanks for the opportunity!!

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  7. Kath
    March 19, 2010 | 10:09 am

    My 6 year old loves to draw and design and says she wants to be an artist when she grows up! She recently spent her own hard earned money on the Fashion Angels Fashion Design Sketch Portfolio book and every spare minute designing. The K-3 book would be just right for her.

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  8. Megan Volmer
    March 19, 2010 | 10:10 am

    This is definitely a program I will be looking into. Art always seems to go by the wayside in our homeschool though my kids are always making something with material, ribbon popsicles sticks etc. My 7 year old is showing an artistic bent. I would love to win one of these books. I am a regular reader and love your blog and love your hamburger bun and yogurt recipes and have made them more than once.

    Blessings to you.
    Megan

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  9. Luci
    March 19, 2010 | 10:12 am

    We have four children, ages 8, 6, 4, and 20 mos. We have studied artists for several years using Higher Up and Further In’s blog ideas. We have tried to teach art instruction, but it’s SO much more difficult when the teacher is not an artist. The books sound wonderful most especially for my 6 y/o who received art supplies for his birthday but needs help using them. He is so creative!

    Thanks for the posting the giveaway!

    ~Luci

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  10. Alene
    March 19, 2010 | 10:14 am

    No one else who comments could possibly need this resource more than I!!!
    My children have been so COMPLETELY DEPRIVED when it comes to art. We don’t “do” art. We don’t “do” crafts. My big skill is cross-stitch. I set myself to learn that years ago, because I KNEW I could at least count. :-)
    I hate leaving my children as handicapped in this realm as my DH and I are; I would love a tool to help me at least give them some exposure to and understanding of the world of art!

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  11. Debra
    March 19, 2010 | 10:23 am

    My middle son loves art… everyone else kind of tolerates it. Artistic Pursuits is one way that everyone seems to feel reasonably successful. It’s great for the art-lover, and great for the art-inhibited too. :) I just wish I could afford to get all the books!

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  12. Leah Killian
    March 19, 2010 | 10:27 am

    My kids love art :-) I think it comes from having a mother who works in the arts industry. We have a closet dedicated to art supplies, and it is available 24/7. Any time they want to pull out paints, crayons, etc- they are encouraged to :-)

    It is great!

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  13. Tristan from the Crew
    March 19, 2010 | 10:29 am

    We love playing with art supplies (and we love Artistic Pursuits!). My kids current favorite is all things related to paint.

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  14. Courtney
    March 19, 2010 | 10:46 am

    This program sounds great- I like the student directed aspect. Art is always something I want to do, but with 8 kids, it sometimes will turn into a mess bigger than I can deal with and so often we tend to avoid it. :(

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  15. Kim
    March 19, 2010 | 10:47 am

    We have done the preschool level this year and LOVE LOVE it! I hope to be able to add it to my curriculum choice for next year….perhaps I will be the lucky winner!

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  16. Phyllis
    March 19, 2010 | 10:48 am

    Art has become a way of life in our house. We have been learning about art through history and making pieces of art to reflect that. We also have times when we just get out materials and become creative. I think it is important to teach kids how to correctly use REAL materials.
    -Phyllis

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  17. Michelle
    March 19, 2010 | 10:48 am

    I love art, but haven’t done well in teaching it to my kids. We’ve tried various curricula but have stuck with none so far. Thankfully, the kids like to draw on their own, so at least we have that! Artistic Pursuits looks wonderful.

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  18. Paige
    March 19, 2010 | 10:53 am

    I would love to have this for my daughter, a freshman. My younger boys love all things art and lessons for the younger set are easily found for free on the web. Finding lessons for high school has been more of a challenge, I looked at Artistic Pursuits at the beginnning of the year, but passed due to cost. I would love to win this, Thanks for the opportunity Kimberly.

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  19. Rebecca
    March 19, 2010 | 10:56 am

    We are using the preschool book this year and want to move on to book 1 next year. It has been a lot of fun for my daughter and I. I love the creativity this inspires in her. She is not art motivated naturally so this has helped a lot. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  20. Jennifer S
    March 19, 2010 | 11:01 am

    My kids love doing ar – but because of my lack of creativity and fear of art supplies (= mess), their experience does not go beyond crayons, markers and colored pencils. I would love to expand their horizons a bit…

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  21. Kristina Transue
    March 19, 2010 | 11:11 am

    I am planning on using this curriculum next year. With two babies in the house this past year, I am afraid Art was reduced to watercolor painting, markers, crayons, and a few projects requiring glue and scissors. I look forward to “teaching” art this next year, and this is the best program I found. I think the reviews have been outstanding and I hope to cultivate the love of art in my children. I believe that even if they don’t have a true talent for art, their skills can be developed. Either way they will obtain an appreciation for the skill required in art work.

    Thanks for offering the giveaway . . . hodling my breath!

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  22. Mistee
    March 19, 2010 | 11:17 am

    We have not done much with art, but are trying to change that and many other things about our school this year (I wish we could afford to switch to Sonlight!), so I would love to win one of these and I’m sure my children would be so excited. :-)

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    Kimberly @ Raising Olives Reply:

    Mistee,

    If you’re serious about Sonlight there are many less expensive options than purchasing the whole package (I actually never do that).

    If you purchase the Instructor’s Guide, you can buy used or borrow from the library most of the other books the program requires.

    We will be purchasing Level 6 in a couple of weeks. I have the list of books that I need and have been searching for them at yard sales and used book shops over the past year or so. (I’m not organized enough to use the library, but have had friends that have done that successfully. I’m a habitual late book returner. :( )

    Also, remember that Sonlight retains a lot of it’s value. I don’t sell mine because I have more kids coming up that will use it. However, a friend of mine says that if she buys it NEW she can get 80% of her cost out of it. If she buys it used, she can recoup almost all of her cost.

    I know that God will provide the BEST curriculum for your family.

    Have you looked at Ambleside Online? Much of their resources are free and we use a lot of their suggestions and ideas. It may be something else to look into.

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    Mistee Reply:

    Thank you for responding Kimberly! From reading your blog, I really respect you and have appreciated seeing your kind replies to other commenters. I was hoping you might have one for me about Sonlight. :-)
    I was not aware that we could buy just the Instructor’s Guide; I thought it only could be purchased from Sonlight with a package, so that’s great to know that is not true.
    A friend told me about Ambleside, and I have printed off a bunch of the “getting started” things and booklists and schedules. I saw a lot of the books can be accessed online, but wouldn’t that be a lot of ink and paper to print them off? Reading off the screen is an option, but wouldn’t that be a lot of time in front of the computer? And only one person could read at a time… I am a bit overwhelmed with it all. I am very used to traditional textbooks, (but am seeing many problems with how we have done school for the past 8 years)and really have a hard time wrapping my mind around how to transition. For instance, how do you do math in 15-30 minutes a day?!?! And, what about high school? My oldest is entering 9th grade in the fall and wants to be a missionary doctor. I don’t want to make things too lax and mess up her chances for college. On the other hand, I’d love for her to have more time for reading and writing (which she loves) and physical activity (which we all need). I also want to do more together and make sure they’re really learning, not just getting through the lessons. Any suggestions welcome, but if you can’t, I understand. Life is busy with a lot of little people. :-)
    Thanks again for your reply. I hope you feel better soon.

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    Kimberly @ Raising Olives Reply:

    The difficulties that you mention about Ambleside are some of the reasons that we haven’t gone that direction. I just think that it is a good program and can be VERY low budget.

    I’m going to reply to the rest of your questions via email.

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    Mistee Reply:

    Thank you. I look forward to hearing from you. :-)

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    Kimberly @ Raising Olives Reply:

    Since The Deputy Headmistress answered many of your questions and I still have sick kiddos, I’ll try to quickly answer here.

    I don’t yet have a child in high school. Our oldest will be in 8th grade this coming year.

    I think that going through either Ambleside or Sonlight will thoroughly prepare your kids for whatever God has called them to. Well, that and prayer for guidance. I firmly believe that God gives parents special guidance as they seek to raise their children.

    I also feel that moving away from textbooks is almost always good for kids and families.

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    Mistee Reply:

    Thank you. It sounds like we should switch. Now for all the book-finding…:-)
    I hope they get better soon. Some of mine are sick too.

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  23. Melinda
    March 19, 2010 | 11:18 am

    what a wonderful giveaway… the problem is there are so many trying to win!!! I would love the grades 4-6 book one. I have seen these, and am seriously considering them soon! If I don’t win, I’ll have to invest…
    My oldest doesn’t enjoy art, he’s too mathmatically minded! The girls and the younger kids all love it. I haven’t found a good fit for them yet, fot art lessons. We different things, they love to draw and color, and doing crafts is very enjoyable. My oldest joins, because he can’t draw, and always feels badly about it…

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  24. theresa
    March 19, 2010 | 11:24 am

    I was never interested in art an art class with Barry Stebbing a few years ago. My oldest daughters (now 14 and 11) have always been able to draw and do the color theory thing much better than me, but after that class, I bought some colored pencils, an art journal and have enjoyed drawing. Of course, my family finds humor in my work, but it is fun and relaxing. We have an ‘art cabinet’ with supplies available for the children to use whenever the creative ‘bug’ bites. Scisors, glue, crayons, pencils, markers, paint, play dough, scrapbook paper,ribbon, etc. along with some idea books to spur on those creative juices. We started a club called Crafting for Charity where we gathered weekly others and learned new skills in art and then gave them away. We decorated cakes, learned macrame, knitted hats for cancer patients, made lap quilts for elderly. etc. We love artsy stuff now!

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  25. Stephanie
    March 19, 2010 | 11:26 am

    My six year old loves to paint, he goes on sprees and paints for most of his free time for days at a time.

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  26. Mrs. White
    March 19, 2010 | 11:29 am

    My children have used the Thomas Kinkaid DVD lesson and enjoyed it. I’d love a chance to win this.
    Blessings,
    Mrs. White

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  27. Virginia Lee
    March 19, 2010 | 11:31 am

    I have no artistic abilities at all, but my 4 1/2 year old son loves art. Problem is he gets frustrated when he cannot draw what he sees in his mind and have it look like that on paper. I would love to be able to know how to help him age appropriately develop his artistic skills. Maybe Artistic Pursuits would fit that bill. Their preschool book looks like it has wonderful dialogue I can learn from to help my son focus on what he needs to look at in a painting or in the natural world and then age appropriate projects he can do to apply those skills. Thank you for the giveaway!

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  28. Dena
    March 19, 2010 | 11:33 am

    We have enjoyed using the K-3 book of Artistic Pursuits. We would love to try another!!! Thanks!

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  29. kelly cooper
    March 19, 2010 | 11:38 am

    We are just in the beginning stages of art. I am sort of at a loss for how/where to start. we have some basic book and the kids love to draw and so we are there: beginning drawing. =0) This would be great to have! Kellyc

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  30. Virginia Lee
    March 19, 2010 | 11:41 am
  31. Debbie
    March 19, 2010 | 11:58 am

    My girls, ages 4 & 2, are crayola artists right now. =) We all love to color – and they have taken their art to the walls, their dressers, even the bedroom door. I haven’t had the heart to remove any of it because they are so creative. When my 4 year old wrote her own name on her dresser and then claimed her 2 yr old sister had done it, I could only think of the days when they’ll be grown & gone… =)

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    Kimberly @ Raising Olives Reply:

    We also have art on way more surfaces than I care to relate. I’m very thankful for Magic Erasers!

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  32. Andrea
    March 19, 2010 | 12:15 pm

    My 5 yo son attended an art class afterschool (I’m probably the only non-homeschool reader you have; but fascinated), but it was taking away from his outside recess time, which he just couldnt stand. He’s interested, but oh how I need more help in channeling that interest. Sounds like this could be the ticket! :)

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    Kimberly @ Raising Olives Reply:

    I think that we may both be surprised at the number of non-homeschooling readers of Raising Olives. I want to do a survey soon and find out who really reads. :)

    I’m glad that you’re here!!

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  33. Kelli
    March 19, 2010 | 12:42 pm

    After graduating with a degree in art, I thought a knew a lot :) But when as a newlywed I began teaching art lessons to some of the girls in our church, I realized I had a lot to learn, especially about teaching children. I tried a couple different books, but was never satisfied with the material/method. This sounds really interesting, and I’m glad I know about it for my children!

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  34. Katey
    March 19, 2010 | 12:51 pm

    I tweeted…now I am going to go blog this…Looks like an awesome curriculum. We haven’t done much more than painting rocks or drawing self portraits

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  35. Cathy
    March 19, 2010 | 12:58 pm

    My experience with art is limited to public school art class, which for the most part was fun and I enjoyed it immensely, BUT I’m not thoroughly equipped to teach my children, who are EXTREMELY interested in art so I’m always looking for ways to promote and encourage their interest, learning and skill building in the area of art and art appreciation. Thanks for the giveaway entry! I’ll be checking out their site regardless. Thank you for the post!

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  36. Wendy
    March 19, 2010 | 1:15 pm

    Art has always been one of our treasured activities. The children love to sit for hours at the table drawing entire books. I saved some of these for them to look at as adults.Art really came to be a blessing when our oldest son,Christian, broke his femur and was in a body cast for 3 months. We could wheel his wheelchair to the table sideways and he could hold a brush out and paint…for hours. He did every paint by number we could get our hands on, then started doing his own designs. The other little ones were of course inspired and joined in. Clay was also good…he could sculpt easily and create toys for a day, then start over the next day. We have never done pastels. Love the pictures of your daughters work with this program!

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  37. Tiffany K
    March 19, 2010 | 1:15 pm

    Both my children love doing art projects. My 5 year old son in particular is very creative and loves any sort of project. I have been looking for ways to encourage this without spending tons of money on art lessons. We’d love to win this!

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  38. Bonni
    March 19, 2010 | 1:16 pm

    We’ve had blank journals since the children were 2 or 3 that we took along everywhere! When there was ‘free’ time in the car, or waiting somewhere, I encouraged them to draw! These books look great! Thanks for the chance!

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  39. Kate
    March 19, 2010 | 1:34 pm

    I use pastels and paints to get images out of my head onto paper or canvas. My favorite project, though, was painting a bedroom with a giant tree and all kinds of animals under, in it, and around it! I can’t wait to pass this creativity along to my sweet little firstborn baby, Olivia and her future siblings!

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  40. Tina
    March 19, 2010 | 1:43 pm

    I have one child who is very artistic and loves anything to do with art. Every year at Christmas my family sends her art stuff. I would love to be able to have this curriculum to help develop her skills.

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  41. Tina
    March 19, 2010 | 1:45 pm

    I tweeted. twitter.com/merlimom

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  42. Dawna
    March 19, 2010 | 1:50 pm

    Hi Kimberly,
    My eight year old and two year old boys love art of any kind. Whether drawing, painting, or creating with glue, glitter, sand, feathers and such my boys imagination is splashed all over our home (and some permanent expression is on our table). This curriculum looks awesome and while winning a free copy would be a blessing i will definitely be ordering Artistic Pursuits for our curriculum. Thanks for sharing! – Dawna –

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  43. Lisa @ Simplified Saving
    March 19, 2010 | 1:50 pm

    Both of my girls love art. On our recent trip to Disney World, both girls chose the Magic of Disney Animation drawing class as their favorite thing we did in all of the theme parks! We’d love to have one of these books!

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  44. Jennifer
    March 19, 2010 | 1:52 pm

    This year I have an art co-op in my home for the sole purpose of making sure I do art with my little ones. Art is the first thing to go with time gets tight. We have actually done a lot with the small class of K-2.
    Jennifer in IL

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  45. Heidi
    March 19, 2010 | 1:53 pm

    We have tried some art DVD’s with success, but I’m always looking for something else too!

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  46. Melissa
    March 19, 2010 | 2:13 pm

    I love doing art with my boys (ages 9 and 11 3/4). :) We do simple things — crafty projects. I would love for them to have some art theory and art history.

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  47. Helen
    March 19, 2010 | 2:17 pm

    Our experience with art has been limited so far by a lack of supplies and the fact that I just don’t know where to start. This curriculum looks great!

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  48. Heather
    March 19, 2010 | 2:30 pm

    Our daughters did crafts for hours each day this winter. We were snowed in and it helped our preschoolers to pass the time.

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  49. Grace Munoz
    March 19, 2010 | 2:54 pm

    Hey Kimberly!
    I love that you found this and are doing this giveaway. I feel that it is so important for children to be exposed to the arts that you gave me the inspiration to blog about it and your giveaway. My oldest is in love with music and my youngest is still looking for his niche. However, I would love to begin nurturing their artistic side in drawing as well just for healthy development. they are 2 1/2 and 1. Oh! BTW, my blogs go directly to my tweets =)
    thanks again and good luck to everyone!

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    Kimberly @ Raising Olives Reply:

    A second entry for Grace. Thanks for blogging about the giveaway!

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  50. Kim
    March 19, 2010 | 2:56 pm

    These sound great! All of my eight children love to create. My 15yo daughter yearns for some classes, but we have never found ones that work for us. Everything she has learned has been from books. She’d love some new material to study.

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  51. MomStarr
    March 19, 2010 | 3:49 pm

    My oldest has been going through one of the books. I am interested in getting more of them.

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  52. Cheri
    March 19, 2010 | 4:57 pm

    Wow – we love Artistic Pursuits. My 2 youngest are working through K-3 Book one and love it. We definately will want k-3 book 2 next year! I am not very talented in art, so this is great for the kids – plus me! :)

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  53. Andrea
    March 19, 2010 | 6:08 pm

    this review is so timely, my 5 and 3 yr olds are loving everything about drawing now and are using it to express so many things that they are learning. I’m at a loss as to how to teach them … will definitely look into this program :)

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  54. Stephanie
    March 19, 2010 | 6:14 pm

    My daughter would love this and my stepson would be over the moon if we had any of these books in our house.

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  55. Myra
    March 19, 2010 | 6:54 pm

    Thank you for this review. Art seems to be easy to leave out if that is not the mother’s bend so having a well laid out program is a good idea. It is important for the kids to have some practice at art – if for nothing else than to impress their own kids down the road! It can also be an avenue of joy for moms, even if they don’t get around to it until the kids are grown!

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  56. Hillary
    March 19, 2010 | 6:55 pm

    I remember being a girl of about 6 or 7 and taking an art class one summer. It was held at the park, under a pavilion. I remember my mama dropping me off. The first time I went somewhere alone–so grown up. My mama still has some of the things I drew in that class. I have not done any formal art lessons with my children-9 and younger. I would love to see how Artistic Pursuits fits our family.

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  57. JulieJ
    March 19, 2010 | 7:18 pm

    My 8-year year old daughter loves art. We have enrolled her in the city’s art program. This would be something should would really enjoy.

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  58. Joy
    March 19, 2010 | 7:38 pm

    Elaina is in Pre-K and her favorite “center” during school is writing and art. She has learned so much and makes such wonderful pictures! I know that she’d love this and learn so much from it. Thanks for the chance!

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  59. Nicki
    March 19, 2010 | 7:39 pm

    This looks awesome! I have a naturally artistic 13 year old, but she needs some direction. I would love to have the junior high program for both of my girls to use. Thanks for the review!

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  60. jeana
    March 19, 2010 | 8:41 pm

    I have been searching for great art lessons and saw these online last week. I was so excited and decided that I would use this for our son. I have yet to order it, but would love to win! Thanks for the chance!!

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  61. Hannah
    March 19, 2010 | 8:51 pm

    So exciting! My 10 year old is crazy artistic and picks up technique very naturally. He loves those how to draw books and is really good at looking at a picture or object and recreating it on paper. This would be an excellent curriculum for him.

    Blessings!

    Hannah

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  62. Elizabeth
    March 19, 2010 | 9:12 pm

    My three girls and I love to create art, but I have never used an art curriculum with them. This looks like something I would love to try!

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  63. LisaE
    March 19, 2010 | 9:12 pm

    Thanks for the review. In the past I have purchased quite a few of Barry Stebbing’s art books but my kids just don’t want to work in them. I think they are put off by the juvenille-looking drawings. I found a high school copy of Artistic Pursuits on my shelves that I purchased for one of my older daughters years ago. After looking through it and the samples on the website, I am hopeful that this will be a better fit for our family. So for next school year I’m going to order the junior high and 4-6 grade for the kids and maybe work through the senior high one myself! :)

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  64. Amy
    March 19, 2010 | 9:49 pm

    I am afraid of messes, home made play-dough is our art & I need to drastically expand it!

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  65. Susan
    March 19, 2010 | 9:56 pm

    Art is king in this house! There are few days when art supplies aren’t strewn from here to there and everywhere. I think God is using it to illustrate that I have no control–not really. I would be delighted to try this curriculum with my kiddos! Thanks!

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  66. happyheartshelpinghands
    March 19, 2010 | 9:58 pm

    Our kids are 6, 4, and almost-2, so “ART” for us right now is almost always messy. My kindergartener would love to do ‘artsy’ things all day long, so I’m happy to know about this program, as I hope to do more ‘formal’ art lessons in the coming years! THANKS!

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  67. Amy Matthews
    March 19, 2010 | 10:00 pm

    My experience with art & kids. Does playdough count? My kids are all preschoolers so crayons and color Wonder paints are all I have in the way of art work, unless of course you count the magic marker all over my two year olds face :)

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  68. karen
    March 19, 2010 | 11:18 pm

    Wow, could we use some major help in the art department. I’m just happy if we get through the three R’s. Thanks! Karen

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  69. Anna
    March 19, 2010 | 11:40 pm

    Wow! That sounds like great material!

    My kids have done some art through a homeschool co-op. I have three in the elementary age group, but my 1st grade daughter is our “art girl.” I was a fine art minor in college but with the hubub of 6 kids in 7 years it has slipped by the wayside. :( This seems like a great way to incorporate art back into our school days. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  70. Ashley
    March 20, 2010 | 6:00 am

    How cool! I will definitely be saving up for these!

    My kids experience with art is really something that brings joy to my heart. My 9 y.o. daughter is on the autism spectrum and from the age of about 4 has been practically obsessed with art and is incredibly talented. She loves to draw, draws daily, sometimes hours a day. Her drawing is an outlet for her to be able to express herself in a way that she can’t with words. The coolest thing is that now her younger sister (my 5 y.o. dd) is beginning to emmulate her and has begun to truly blossom as a little artist herself.

    Thanks for the chance to win!

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  71. Ashley
    March 20, 2010 | 6:03 am

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  72. Ashley
    March 20, 2010 | 6:05 am
  73. Julie
    March 20, 2010 | 6:22 am

    My girls love to make collages. They like me to put a bunch of different things on the table and hand them a stick of glue. I have heard great things about Artistic Pursuits and would love to try it!

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  74. Katie from NC
    March 20, 2010 | 9:06 am

    Tweeted about this @mrskatie

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  75. Katie from NC
    March 20, 2010 | 9:08 am

    My kids are just starting to color and draw and I’m loving it. It makes for better behaved kids in church and some quiet times at home. (The oldest is a 6 yr boy.)

    One thing I did recently is get a small kids table where they can keep the markers out at all times. They have been coloring and cutting to their hearts content lately.

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  76. Anastasia B
    March 20, 2010 | 9:30 am

    My daughter is 14 months old and we are homeschooling (yes, starting now!) Her first artistic experience? Finally discovering how a marker opens and drawing a beautiful masterpiece on her face and bouncer! Priceless!

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  77. Janelle
    March 20, 2010 | 10:32 am

    We often make art projects and crafts to go along with the books that we are reading. It is a good way to reinforce lessons.

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  78. Laurie
    March 20, 2010 | 11:56 am

    Okay, confession time. I am not that great at art, and really don’t have much of a creative side. I need help!!!!!! My third grader is very artistic and creative, but needs a little encouragement, which he is really not getting from me. I will definitely look into this book for next year. Thanks! Laurie

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  79. Sandpiper
    March 20, 2010 | 11:59 am

    I have been frustrated with art this year, which basically means that we’re not doing it. I did use the Artistic Pursuits K-3 book a couple of years ago and loved it! However, I found that this year I didn’t have the time for it. My oldest dd(12 yrs) is very artsy and I think what I need to do is try it again and just give her the book & say go for it! She’s pretty self motivated at being creative!

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    Kimberly @ Raising Olives Reply:

    I actually do just that with my older kids, give them the book and ask them to work through it. They know that every Tuesday and Thursday they should be doing the next lesson. It works for us.

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  80. alexis
    March 20, 2010 | 1:27 pm

    I would love an Art program for my 5th grader, I am not artistic at all and need the help.

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  81. Marci J
    March 20, 2010 | 1:29 pm

    This would be so great to win. I love art, and my experience with it and kids has been to let them use their imagination and don’t be afraid of messes!

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  82. Deputyheadmistress
    March 20, 2010 | 1:59 pm

    Here’s one of our experiences with art:http://heartkeepercommonroom.blogspot.com/2010/03/art-museum-field-trip.html, and I mentioned the giveaway.=)

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    Kimberly @ Raising Olives Reply:

    Another entry for the Deputy Head Mistress!

    (one for blogging, one for tweeting and one for just leaving a comment :) )

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  83. Deputyheadmistress
    March 20, 2010 | 1:59 pm

    I also tweeted about it.

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  84. Kendra E
    March 20, 2010 | 2:50 pm

    I have 8 children. My oldest has been drawing since he was old enough to hold a pencil. He does wonderfully thought out cartoons. I’d love to have his knowledge expanded. The other children also enjoy draying and using water colors, cutting and pasting, etc.

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  85. MmeLabonte
    March 20, 2010 | 3:11 pm

    This sounds like a wonderful program. I’ve always wanted to be more comfortable with art, and I’m trying to help my children learn to draw and paint especially. They enjoy using watercolours in Nature Study, but would definitely benefit from more systematic and varied instruction.

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  86. Lola
    March 20, 2010 | 4:24 pm

    This sounds like a great program. My daughters love to draw and paint but I am very uncomfortable with teaching them “foraml” art as I can’t draw myself. However, we love crafts of all kinds. Thansk you for this chance!

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  87. Tina
    March 20, 2010 | 4:24 pm

    We’ve been using Artistic Pursuits K-3 and enjoying it. We definitely want the next levels and my 2 eldest are ready for the next level. A really great program and one of the few curriculums that is fun and really is a pick-up-and-go thing of Mom.
    Tina

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  88. Michelle B
    March 20, 2010 | 4:30 pm

    My husband and I are both artistic (especially him!!). We have a 10 month old son, who we plan on homeschooling. Encouraging and nurturing his imagination and creativity is a priority for us!! We’ve been looking for art programs and this looks like a great program to try!

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  89. Jennifer
    March 20, 2010 | 4:36 pm

    I am looking at using AP next year for our home school. I don’t have a creative bone in my body, but my kids are blessed to have art at co-op which is taught by a retired art teacher.

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  90. Lollie
    March 20, 2010 | 5:25 pm

    Thanks for your review. Art curriculum has always been last on my list. I’ve always wanted something. The kids draw mostly on there own without instruction, which is fine for the younger years. We have used Draw Write Now which they are getting to old for now. I’m thinking that with one in highschool I’d like to start him is some kind of actual instructed art. Thanks for the info. I’m going to look into it!

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  91. Diane
    March 20, 2010 | 6:09 pm

    What a great giveaway. I have a 10 year old daughter that is obsessed with drawing and other forms of art. She would love to win this. Thanks for doing this.
    Blessings
    Diane

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  92. Katalin
    March 20, 2010 | 6:36 pm

    We love art. My son colors very well and scribbles most of the time when free style drawing. Recently we started to use the “I can draw animals” art book, which he enjoys. The scribbles come together and make some sense to him too :) I would love to win this great giveaway, the Prek edition. Thanks for the great giveaway.

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  93. Katalin
    March 20, 2010 | 6:37 pm

    I also blogged about this giveaway here: http://homeschoolglamour.blogspot.com/2010/03/artistic-pursuits-giveaway.html
    Thank you.

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  94. Tracy
    March 20, 2010 | 6:56 pm

    My mother is an artist so I grew up with lots of exposure to art and access to great materials. I’ve always loved art.

    I have been doing an art and science time each week with my PK son and his friend (K). one of the activities we have been doing is the Charlotte Mason Picture Study method studying one artist for 6-7 weeks. The children and I have gained so much from this study. We have gotten to know and love each artist. My son loves each one and is thrilled when he sees a painting we know. Our latest artist is Kandinsky and my son’s inner artist has been liberated with his new knowledge of abstract art. He loves not making his art look like anything.

    I would love to win this book to compliment our studies. Thank you for another wonderful review!

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  95. Carlee
    March 20, 2010 | 7:07 pm

    My 8 year old daughter is very talented when it comes to seeing a picture and copying it. But, she has really wanted to know techniques properly and be able to do more. THis sounds perfect!

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  96. Heather C.
    March 20, 2010 | 8:32 pm

    My oldest absolutely loves anything crafty! We have so many crafty-goodness! I think her favorite is drawing, though. We got a HUGE roll of paper and she will make many lovely masterpieces for me to hang around the house! We would love to win this book!! Fingers crossed!!!

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  97. Lourinda
    March 20, 2010 | 8:44 pm

    I’m just beginning to homeschool my oldest son, in pre k, and have looked at a lot of art programs thus far. I’ve been picky as an art history major myself, and from all I’ve read about it, have had my heart set on this curriculum for a couple months now (We’ve pretty much known we were going to homeschool our children since oldest was 1). I haven’t had an opportunity to order it yet, but it’s encouraging to see your observations fulfilling all my expectations of it. And by the way, thank you for your blog, it is encouraging on so many levels, as a stay at home, homeschooling mom, reformed christian, wife and of course, menu coordinator and executor (until my 3 boys are old enough to cook)!

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    Kimberly @ Raising Olives Reply:

    Is it that obvious that we are reformed??

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    Lourinda Reply:

    If you’re looking for it:) Catechism, your discussion on abortion, and keeping little ones in church are big clues…which by the way, I love reading about your adventures with little ones in church. My 3 boys are 3 and under so we have some pretty interesting times too.

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  98. DMartin
    March 20, 2010 | 8:51 pm

    I like to play around with art, but freely admit I have no real skill. I mostly admire my younger sister’s work. She is pursuing it. In fact, she’s supposed to make a painting for my nursery. . . .

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  99. Katie
    March 20, 2010 | 9:20 pm

    I’ve been wanting the Artistic Pursuits books since I saw them for the first time a year ago. My daughters love to draw and participate in Sketch Tuesdays at Harmony Art Mom’s blog (when I remember to submit their drawings). They would all like drawing classes, and I hope to provide those this summer, but I’ll have to remember to take another look at Artistic Pursuits if that doesn’t work out.

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  100. Chick Hatchers
    March 20, 2010 | 10:08 pm

    Art really is not my primary interest and it’s hard for me to sit down and do something with my kids that is artistic – it tends to be messy and involve a lot of cleanup, which is very overwhelming considering my house is so messy anyway.

    That being said, I read another bloggers review of the same product and thought that we might be able to do this. I was excited and went to the website to browse the books. I would very much like to try it with my older 2. They are both creative but in very different ways. It comes easily to my second one, whereas my first one tries really hard to be creative and artistic and comes up with stuff that I’m not sure I’d call art (granted, I said I am NOT artistic!)

    The cost of the books is prohibitive, so they only way I’d be able to let them use it is if I win it. So, count me in!

    mychildsview.blogspot.com

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  101. Beth
    March 20, 2010 | 10:39 pm

    My daughter loves art…she would love something like this. Thanks for the chance!

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  102. Beth
    March 20, 2010 | 11:28 pm

    We really need to do more art in our house. My daughter has an art journal that she draws whatever inspires her, usually dresses. My oldest will be in high school next year and their high school curriculum really interests me.

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  103. Yaya
    March 20, 2010 | 11:39 pm

    I would love to win this for my grandies. Is that allowed? They are very interested in art, as their mama is an artist and tries to teach them what she can. They don’t live close to me, but I get to talk to them on occasion. I’m not sure what I’m s’posed to say about ’em in order to enter for the drawing, but I’d surely like to win. Thanks so much for the opportunity.

    By the way, I’m trying to help a newbie get followers, so I’m having a drawing over at my place. In case you’re interested in checking it out, here’s the link: Three books to be given away.. Thanks for everything.

    ~ Yaya
    Yaya’s Changing World

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    Kimberly @ Raising Olives Reply:

    Yes, winning for grand kids is certainly allowed. :)

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  104. Mrs.Pear
    March 20, 2010 | 11:55 pm

    We are at the age where my oldest (4) is happy with paper, crayons, markers and stickers. Throw in some paint and glitter and life is good!

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  105. Wendi Irwin
    March 21, 2010 | 3:21 am

    I love to do art and so do my children. Unfortunately these last two years we have not dome too much. Before when we lived in MI the kids and I went to the art institute once a month and they also took art lessons once a month from a Christian art instructor who was awesome. We would all love to get back into art again.

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  106. Joy
    March 21, 2010 | 5:59 am

    Art instruction has always been a missing element in our homeschool. I keep lots of art supplies and library books around so my 15yo has taught himself to draw beautifully and my 14yo dabbles in painting but we really haven’t had any kind of formal instruction so that the children know what they are doing. I’ve heard great things about Artistic Pursuits and I’d love to be more systematic about art instruction. My 14yo wants to learn to draw “properly” and my 11yo is just plain frustrated by not having the understanding of how to draw anything at all.

    Thanks.

    Joy

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  107. Tracey (momtofivekdis)
    March 21, 2010 | 7:58 am

    We wwould love this! My 10 yo son loves to draw and my preschool age daughter loves crafts.

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  108. pam
    March 21, 2010 | 8:06 am

    my kids love art, they just love it. before we moved they had the best art teacher ever. we were so excited because she sent us a bunch of art work assignments in the mail

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  109. kari
    March 21, 2010 | 1:08 pm

    We’re just starting more art projects. So far, we love making big messes. :-)

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  110. Kate
    March 21, 2010 | 7:08 pm

    This looks fantastic! My little ones are very creative, but with a houseful (5 ages 7 yrs. and younger, with #6 due in two months) of “arrows”, it is hard to get around to electives. Maybe if we had lesson plans laid out for us, it would be easier! :)

    Thanks!

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  111. Kristy
    March 21, 2010 | 7:18 pm

    We are just starting our homeschool adventure, but my two littlies just love anything artsy. We make lots of messes! They got chalkboard easels from their grandma for Christmas last year and LOVE to sit and draw on them. They absolutely love paint, crayons, markers, etc. One of my favorite things to do for them is to tack a long strip of banner paper to the wall in the hall and let them color on it. There’s something special about getting to color on the wall.

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  112. Nancy Smith
    March 21, 2010 | 8:11 pm

    I’ve heard of these books-but haven’t been able to afford them. My kids love art and I’m soo inept that these would be a blessing. Thanks for the chance to win them!

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  113. Serena
    March 21, 2010 | 8:54 pm

    My daughter loves to draw. I’ve never managed to get art on our regular schedule so she would enjoy having Artistic Pursuits!

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  114. Kelli
    March 21, 2010 | 9:44 pm

    I have never used AP, but am very interested in it!! Would love to win!

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  115. Celeste
    March 21, 2010 | 10:39 pm

    Well, I have only littles here (3yo, 3yo, 1yo), so “art” is mostly making messes–but all in good fun! I do enjoy watching how my two preschoolers experiment in so many different ways with just paper, paint, and a paintbrush! It’s definitely process over product around here!

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  116. stacy
    March 22, 2010 | 12:46 am

    My ds15 is actually very good at drawing…since he was very small. However, somewhere around the 5th or 6th grade he began taking to heart the mean comments of some kids at school who were telling him he wasn’t any good. At this point he only draws for schoolwork. I would love for him to start up again for pleasure.

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    Kimberly @ Raising Olives Reply:

    I hope that he can recover his love of art!

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  117. Brenda
    March 22, 2010 | 1:31 am

    I have taken so many art lessons over the years, but now have forgotten almost all the things I learned except the basics (things in the background are smaller, haha). I would love to have this book to teach (and relearn myself) my kiddos art.

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  118. Jennifer
    March 22, 2010 | 9:44 am

    My oldest dd (6) loves to draw, but I’ve long since exhausted my knowledge of art and can’t teach her at all! She would really love this!

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  119. Aron
    March 22, 2010 | 10:18 am

    My kids would love this. They are already artistically inclined, with a mom that can barely draw stick figures lol

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  120. kim
    March 22, 2010 | 11:03 am

    I would love to check .this out for myself! Sounds great

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  121. Syndi
    March 22, 2010 | 11:12 am

    We love to do art! We haven’t done much in the way of formal studying. We’ve experimented with drawing, watercolors, and acrylics and recently with wax painting. I’d love to actually use a curriculum to learn some actual techniques and skills.

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  122. Cheryl@SomewhatCrunchy
    March 22, 2010 | 11:41 am

    My eldest, who has shunned any and all art activities since he was 3-4 years old, has finally started to show some real interest in art. He’s even expressed interest in animation. I would love to win this!

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  123. jeanine
    March 22, 2010 | 12:44 pm

    i am absolutely terrible with art. and i’m okay with that. however, my 11 year old son LOVES art and is somewhat dampened by my inability to pick a good art curriculum for him.

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  124. grace
    March 22, 2010 | 1:06 pm

    We homeschool too. Everyday I wake up to: Mom, are we doing an art project today????

    We’ve had luck with a book called Oxford First Book of Art. Its not very long though and we’ve worked our way through it already.

    I’d love to win this.. Thank you.

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  125. Teresa
    March 22, 2010 | 1:19 pm

    This is an area of our homeschool venture that needs a boost. I’d like to try this out.

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  126. Carrie Symes
    March 22, 2010 | 1:50 pm

    I myself have always been artistic, and I am very pleased to say that my daughter has also taken on this trait. She is 5 and can draw a horse better than alot of adults can. I am so proud of her and I hope to win one for her!

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  127. Carrie Symes
    March 22, 2010 | 1:52 pm
  128. sabrina finkbone
    March 22, 2010 | 2:03 pm

    I am wanting to start homeschooling my daughter in the fall and she LOVES drawing and anything artistic! This would be fantastic for her!!!! love your blog:)

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  129. Deputyheadmistress
    March 22, 2010 | 2:22 pm

    Mistee, I hope you don’t mind if I respond too.

    I saw a lot of the books can be accessed online, but wouldn’t that be a lot of ink and paper to print them off?

    Most of the books are also available at the library and as inexpensive reprints. There is also information on saving money on ink and paper when printing them out on the AO website. What I like about printing them is that I can adjust the font size and colors and add questions for my kids to discuss to the word document before we print it out.
    I also sometimes only printed out a couple of chapters at a time.
    Reading off the screen is an option, but wouldn’t that be a lot of time in front of the computer? And only one person could read at a time…

    I don’t like my kids doing a lot of reading from the computer, but I usually have had perhaps one book a term we used online. We find that two can read at a time. Sometimes one child reads aloud while others listen.
    Other books are also available as audio files at Librivox, including many AO books.

    For instance, how do you do math in 15-30 minutes a day?!?!
    This is really why I butted in and answered even though you were asking Kimberly.=) Math in short spurts is ONLY for the lowest grades, NOT high school. Not even Junior High. Math becomes progressively longer and more intense as the children grow older (a lot of people read only her first volume and think that sums up her method, but the first volume was only for children from birth to six). Miss Mason’s students were working directly from Euclid by high school for geometry, and they were using math textbooks comparable to our high school textbooks (but with less twaddly socio-political claptrap).
    There is also nothing in AO that would require you to limit math to 15 minutes even for your kindergartner if you didn’t want to.

    And, what about high school? My oldest is entering 9th grade in the fall and wants to be a missionary doctor. I don’t want to make things too lax and mess up her chances for college.

    My oldest graduated with honors in history from a prestigious state university last May. Her scores on the SAT were respectable enough to get her a very nice little scholarship. Her professors all begged her to continue to pursue a Ph.D. Two professors have promised to work with her to help her get her paper published.
    My second was not interested in college, but she did take some CLEP tests for college when she was 17. She passed those tests with flying colors, including a college senior level course test on the Civil War.
    Both of these girls took online classes from a Professor of logic when they were in high school. He valued their contributions so much he asked them to continue to take his courses- for free. He said he wished his college students wrote so well and were that capable of analyzing their reading.
    I know it sounds like bragging- but these girls were exclusively home educated using Charlotte Mason’s ideas for their entire lives (with a couple years for unit studies and one workbook Grammar disaster they will never let me live down).

    Our fourth daughter (the third is multiply handicapped) is not the least bit academically inclined and never was. Yet she reads War and Peace and similar novels for fun.

    The books AO uses for high school (HEO is the high school program) are often used in colleges. A more frequent complaint about them is that they are too hard, too challenging- not too easy. It is a seriously rigorous course of study.

    AO is not for everybody, and it can be extremely hard to juggle it with a large family in many different grades. Students who are not used to reading excellent literature (and their parents) may have a hard time adjusting (and should probably start with a lower year). Those who prefer a child-led approach, workbooks, or unschooling should probably choose something else But it is sound college preparation, and fifteen math lessons are not the recommended daily allowance for all 12 years of AO.=)

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  130. Deputyheadmistress
    March 22, 2010 | 2:33 pm

    Er, fifteen *minute* math lessons are not the RDA for all 12 years of AO.

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    Mistee Reply:

    No, I didn’t mind at all your jumping in. It is very helpful to my husband and I to hear how well your children did with a Charlotte Mason approach. Thank you for commenting! Incidentally, a friend (who uses Ambleside, the one who told me about it), recommended your blog to me last week. :-)
    I do have a couple more questions. How do you keep transcripts? Do you do standardized testing or teacher assessments or does your state not require either of these like mine does? I’m wondering if I’d have enough to “assess” or if they’d do alright with the testing we have been doing every year. Thank you for your help too.

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  131. Laurie
    March 22, 2010 | 3:50 pm

    I am not really into art, never have been. But my sweet five year old wants to be an artist! Wouldn’t you know? So, I have been looking for some art curriculum to use that she would enjoy and I could teach. :-) Sounds like this might be for us.

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  132. Kelly Maine
    March 22, 2010 | 4:37 pm

    Hi! My oldest is my most artistically inclined. She loves art. I have tried 3 different instructors for her (and some of her siblings) in the hopes of giving her a great foundation in art. We have had mixed results. These books sound great since they are student driven. Blessings – Kelly

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  133. Michelle
    March 22, 2010 | 4:42 pm

    My favorite thing is that my 4 year old son loves to paint pictures for his 2 year old sister. He works really hard to make it something special that she will love!

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  134. alisa
    March 22, 2010 | 8:51 pm

    We love art but have never tried the artistic pursuit books, they look amazing….thanks for the chance to win!!!

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  135. Heather
    March 22, 2010 | 9:29 pm

    I was just at a homeschool book fair this past weekend looking for an art curriculum, but didn’t find “the” right one. Perhaps this is what I was looking for?!? Thanks for posting this giveaway.

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  136. Harmony
    March 22, 2010 | 11:41 pm

    I just spent time perusing the Artistic Pursuits website. Their materials look fabulous! Thank you for introducing me to them.

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  137. Kathy
    March 23, 2010 | 8:40 am

    I have 4 children and we are just at the beginning of our homeschooling journey. So far our art experiences have been simple drawings, paint and coloring. Mostly because I have no direction on how to teach it. We’ve spent so much time researching other curricula for core subjects that art has taken a back seat and I thought I could do it myself but I’ve failed miserably. This curriculum looks fabulous and I hope to win.

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  138. Susan
    March 23, 2010 | 9:23 am

    Cool giveaway, Kimberly!

    My kids are all drawing maniacs, but my oldest (soon to be 10) is frustrated. He wants to draw realistically, but all the art programs we’ve tried in the past tend to be really “craft” oriented”, not his thing. And the drawing books he’s tried focus on drawing a particular thing, also not what he wants. I’m hopeful that Artistic Pursuits would give him the foundation he craves.

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  139. Kim
    March 23, 2010 | 10:18 am

    My 13 year old wants to be an author/illustrator when she grows up. She has a lot of natural talent for both areas, but I’m having a difficult time trying to develope her artistic side. She has many “how to draw…” books, but I would love to be able to provide her with some real instruction on using different mediums. Unfortunately, I’m more of a craft art person than a drawing/painting type.

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  140. Taryn
    March 23, 2010 | 11:02 am

    My boys all enjoy drawing and crafts. My second son seems to have a natural gift to drawing and creating. I’ve been looking for some time for a program that would be a good fit for us at home…something that would really expand his knowledge and teach him what he needs to know along with not being too time consuming for me. This program sounds very interesting. Thanks for the opportunity!

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  141. Jennifer Lambert
    March 23, 2010 | 12:51 pm

    I love Artistic Pursuits! We did a co-op in previous years with a very creative and artsy lady who had the books, which is great because they are rather expensive and I am overwhelmed with the mess that comes with most art. I’d love to win and get my girls involved in art. I regret that they really miss out on visual art.

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  142. Jennifer Lambert
    March 23, 2010 | 12:51 pm

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  143. amber
    March 23, 2010 | 2:52 pm

    When my daughter was 18 months old she lost the use of her right leg, It took months of x-rays, casts and hospital trips to diagnose her with bursitis. During that time we were encouraged to keep her rested and avoid any stress to her ankle area, so everyday we sat her in her high chair and painted, couloured, stickered and glued for hours to keep her entertained. She never lost her love for art time. After diagnosis and months physiotherapy she recovered. Just earlier this week she drew her first 3 dimensional picture without any instruction (a cube shaped present under a Christmas tree) she is 4 years-old. Art time was probably the best therapy my hurting little girl could have had. It made all of our lives more bearable and even enjoyable during those stressful times.

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  144. Deputyheadmistress
    March 23, 2010 | 3:35 pm

    Hi Mistie, I am glad you do not mind my butting in.=)Relieved would be more like it.

    How do you keep transcripts?
    There is some information on this on the AO website and on the HEO email list. I downloaded a couple transcript forms online and my oldest daughter filled them in retroactively. We did ‘fudge’ a bit on dates- I mean, the school was not interested in hearing that we did the equivalent of 1/8 of a credit in, say, art history, each semester of four years, so we just listed art history, one credit and picked a year for it.

    Do you do standardized testing or teacher assessments or does your state not require either of these like mine does? My state requires neither (HOLLYLOOOOOLAH!!! as one of mine used to say). I know that this gets discussed on the email list and there some people prefer one option and some the other, though my unscientific guess based on my scattered reading of that list is that a portfolio or teacher assessment seems to be preferred in the younger years.

    We did do standardized testing once, years ago, and both the girls who took the test did very well then (they were around grades 2 and 4).

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    Mistee Reply:

    Thanks. :-) It looks like I need to check out AO’s website a bit more. I’ve missed a few things. :-)

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  145. Jenny
    March 23, 2010 | 4:16 pm

    I am very much non-artistic, but my daughter (4) absolutely LOVES all things paper–cutting, gluing, coloring, crafting, drawing, painting, etc. etc. etc. This looks like a great program for encouraging her budding artistic skills. :o)

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  146. Stacy S
    March 23, 2010 | 7:21 pm

    My husband and I are both very into art. It is something that is very important to me so I am excited to pass that onto my children. I would love to have the preschool book.

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  147. CookieMonsterKatrina
    March 23, 2010 | 8:27 pm

    My kids love anything to do with paint, colored pencils, markers, and drawing in general. I have been looking at getting Artistic Pursuits so I would love to win it!

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  148. Jamie
    March 24, 2010 | 10:04 am

    I am not so great at art!!! But my children LOVE art. Drawing is one of our favorite pasttimes. One of my favorite pictures that Hadassah (age 4) drew was a picture of a birthday cake. It was drawn for my 31st birthday. Only we sat and counted the candles, and there were 60 candles on the cake. When I asked her about that she just said “yes, mommy, I put LOTS of candles on the cake, because you are VERY old”. That particular picture is being saved to be returned to her on her 31st birthday!

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  149. Heather
    March 24, 2010 | 11:35 am

    We follow along with some programs that encourage creativity through art like “outdoor nature hour” and writing our own books complete with illustrations. I have seen the Artistic Pursuits program and I would love to try it!

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  150. Heather
    March 24, 2010 | 11:36 am
  151. Monica McGill
    March 24, 2010 | 2:19 pm

    Our daughter who is eight loves to draw so this program would be great to have.

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  152. Erin H.
    March 24, 2010 | 2:32 pm

    My children are young and their experience with art so far has been limited to crayons and paper. Mine has not been much broader : ) Thanks for the giveaway!

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  153. Lisa R
    March 24, 2010 | 3:08 pm

    I think with some real art classes she might be good at certain types of art. She does great water colors with flowers and she’s 9

    sibabe64 at ptd dot net

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  154. Daniela
    March 24, 2010 | 9:00 pm

    we just signed the two older one up for nature&art-classes and they (suprisingly to me) LOVE the art part!
    this would be great.

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  155. tina reynolds
    March 25, 2010 | 10:24 am

    My son loves to draw and color and spends a lot of time, he gets very excited when he finishes a picture thanks for the chance

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  156. tina reynolds
    March 25, 2010 | 10:25 am
  157. Anne G
    March 25, 2010 | 10:34 am

    I have been having my kids imitate great artists like picaso and monet, and I’d love to have a more focused and organized program

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  158. Anne G
    March 25, 2010 | 10:35 am
  159. Emily V
    March 25, 2010 | 10:38 am

    I have my preschool kids do art almost everyday, I feel art is being forgotten in schools even in preschools, I think it’s sad. I am offering an art camp with your preschool book I already have. I would love to add to that.

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  160. Katrina S
    March 25, 2010 | 10:40 am

    Wow, the Artistic Pursuits books look fantastic! I like how there are different levels so the child can progress in their learning. Thanks for the chance to win a copy!

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  161. HappyCampers
    March 25, 2010 | 10:42 am

    I would LOVE to win this! We are a 1st grade homeschool family & I’m not too thrilled with the art program we are using this year. I have heard about Artistic Pursuits from our Yahoo Group and I would LOOOOVE to use this next year :)

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  162. Danielle Hull
    March 25, 2010 | 10:42 am

    I love Artistic Pursuits! After discovering rubber stamping and scrapbooking as an adult, then homeschooling my children, I realized how much I had missed by not taking art classes in high school or college. I am now able to share “my” art supplies with my children, and I love to see their creativity. Even my son, who says “I don’t color,” will participate by incorporating his love of numbers and cars in his art ;0) Thanks!

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  163. HappyCampers
    March 25, 2010 | 10:43 am

    I also tweeted about the contest…my Twitter name is CrazyZeus1!

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  164. Lori-Hearthside Homeschool Reviews
    March 25, 2010 | 10:51 am

    I love Artistic Pursuits and have the first Senior High book. Thanks for the opportunity to try a different level!

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  165. Heather
    March 25, 2010 | 10:52 am

    We tried the first AP book during this school year and we are anxious for more! My children love experiemnting with the various media introduced and creating a variety of projects. In fact, they’re working on art projects of their own design as I type this comment! Would love to win the next book! Thank you.

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  166. Karen D.
    March 25, 2010 | 10:53 am

    We used Artistic Pursuits Book one this homeschool year and love it. I agree that the kids do end up spending much time with each lesson. But I enjoy seeing them become so passionate about their art and it gives me time to do other things or even join in. I would love to win the next book. Thanks for the chance.

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  167. Rita Sukola
    March 25, 2010 | 10:59 am

    All my children (ages 9, 12, and 16) love art, however, my 9 year has truly an artistic touch. She is drawing, painting, coloring every single day. I am amazed just how natural it comes to her. I bought Artistic Pursuits 1A for her, but I kind of feel that it is a little bit bellow her level. I love the lessons and I might be wrong on this assumption though. Thanks!

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  168. Karen Bernard
    March 25, 2010 | 11:07 am

    My boys love to do art and I think they would really like to learn how to do more art.

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  169. Elaine Mulkey
    March 25, 2010 | 11:09 am

    This past weekend a friend offered a workshop on pysanky. It is very fun and our entire family became involved. I highly recommend learning this fun art form that is a pleasure for all ages. Both young children and adults will enjoy it.

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  170. Kathy in IN
    March 25, 2010 | 11:11 am

    I have tried several different art programs in our homeschool and nothing seems to work. I would love to try the Grades 4-6 book 1 for my oldest son! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  171. Shannon
    March 25, 2010 | 11:12 am

    A new friend introduced us to Artistic Pursuits shortly after we moved this year. I was a graphic designer before my hubby and I had kids, so I had been looking for a great art program that teaches basics as well as art history – without ‘dumbing it down’ for kids. We purchased K-3 Book One a few weeks ago (our kids are 9, 7 and 5) and I have been thrilled with it’s structure. It is well laid out and fun! I plan to continue with this course for a long time.

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  172. Sherry
    March 25, 2010 | 11:52 am

    We have K-3 Book 1 and enjoy it–would love to win another! :)

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  173. Christy Knutson
    March 25, 2010 | 12:11 pm

    My 4 girls and I first started using Artistic Pursuits about 6 years ago and have absolutely loved it! We have built memories and taken lots of photos around painting pictures, building pigs out of clay, sculpting apple faces, cutting cardboard to create snowflake stamps, print making, and on and on…it has been wonderful! We even put on an Art Show, sent out invitations and had friends and family browse our art gallery (our house with our kids’ artwork framed on black construction paper on the walls with little blurbs about the title of the piece and the artist!) We love this curriculum. We especially had fun with the first three books! Everytime I’m at our local homeschool fair and I walk by the AP booth I very loudly proclaim to whomever is browsing their table, “I LOVE ARTISTIC PURSUITS!”

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  174. Jen
    March 25, 2010 | 12:13 pm

    We discovered Artistic Pursuits last year. My dd (now 10) loves to draw, paint, etc. but ds (now 8) isn’t so thrilled with art lessons. I bought K-3 Book 1 and they both used it. Even ds got very involved with his assignments and did well. Dd loved it and this year I got her the 4-6 Book 1 just for her. Again, she loves it. However, my lack of artistic talent was frustrating and I couldn’t help her when her drawings didn’t ‘look right’, so we found an art class that complements the lessons in her new book! She is now a very happy girl. Ds is continuing through the K-3 Book 1 and is usually pretty contented with his results.

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  175. Jennifer Lambert
    March 25, 2010 | 12:15 pm

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  176. Christy Knutson
    March 25, 2010 | 12:26 pm

    I think I tweeted! :) New to this sort of thing… did I do this right? Also, added you as a fan to my facebook, but don’t have a blog.

    http://twitter.com/Mommyato5

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  177. Lillian
    March 25, 2010 | 12:28 pm

    My girls love to draw and doodle. My eldest happy with generalities, my youngest paying attention to details. It is much harder to teach art to my youngest as she is so often frustrated with the results. Artistic Pursuits, however, is easy to implement into our schoolweek and fun to follow.

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  178. Christine Bailiff
    March 25, 2010 | 12:34 pm

    I have used the primary level of this program and love it. My best tip would be that my kids were able to use the techniques learned and the materials used in art to do the drawings and illustrations for our botany notebook. The prior year we studied astronomy, and we did the same with that. So the lessons learned here are applicable to your other courses, and with a little coordination you can combine the different subject lessons for efficiency!

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  179. Christy Knutson
    March 25, 2010 | 12:58 pm

    I just set up my first blog ever…don’t know if I’ll ever have time to write on it! :) But if it’ll help get me more AP products then I’m willing to branch out of my comfort zone a little!

    http://mylifeinchristjesus.blogspot.com/2010/03/homeschooling-using-artistic-pursuits.html

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  180. Dana Wilson
    March 25, 2010 | 1:04 pm

    Great give-away! My kids had art lessons very early on, but we have not actually done much art in high school as part of our regular curriculum. Would love a more systematic approach with one of the high school books!

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  181. Dana Wilson
    March 25, 2010 | 1:08 pm

    Just tweeted your contest http://www.twitter.com/dana_wilson

    Thanks again!

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  182. Megan
    March 25, 2010 | 1:10 pm

    I’d love this! Art is one of our biggest homeschool struggles. Seriously.

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  183. Kelly Frohnauer
    March 25, 2010 | 1:14 pm

    My son loves to draw anything Star Wars. He also likes to paint and use water color pencils and really likes step by step type instructions. We are currently trying to learn to draw using hand/eye coordination type exercises with some success.

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  184. Christy K.
    March 25, 2010 | 1:22 pm

    We use Artistic Pursuits too and we love it! I’m planning on getting teh K-3 Book 2 to use next year. It’s a great program. I taught a small homeschool group with it and am currently teaching just my own children. It’s very adaptable and appeals to a wide variety of ages.

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  185. Penney Douglas
    March 25, 2010 | 1:24 pm

    Out of my 10 children, at least 3 of my girls seem to be particularly artistically talented. I just did my first art lesson with my 9- and 10- year-olds last night. We used the Lamb’s Book of Art. I’ve had the book for a year, but just got it out last night. It was an interesting lesson, and their interest in color theory was piqued. I can see how having a curriculum helps. Just letting them draw and paint has been nice, but they can learn more from someone who really knows about art.

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  186. Kelly Frohnauer
    March 25, 2010 | 1:24 pm

    I posted about contest on my blog at http://www.nfbotanicals.com/wordpress

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  187. Sheri
    March 25, 2010 | 1:24 pm

    My sons love everything art, but most of the art books I’ve gotten in the past only show basic crafts. Artistic Pursuits gives so much more, with the background of the paintings. Their “projects” are much more open-ended so the creativity really flows when we do them. Thank you for offering this give-away!

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  188. Kelly Frohnauer
    March 25, 2010 | 1:25 pm

    I also posted a tweet on Twitter :)!
    http://twitter.com/NFBotanicals/statuses/11046685057

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  189. Sheri
    March 25, 2010 | 1:27 pm

    I retweeted it! Thanks again.

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  190. Bee F.
    March 25, 2010 | 1:27 pm

    We are using Artistic Pursuits this year and just love it!

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  191. Dawn Haecker
    March 25, 2010 | 2:16 pm

    I have been using Artistic Pursuits for 2 years.. teaching grades 3-6. I teach at a Classical Consortium once a week for homeschool families. Artistic Pursuits is the only curriculum I’ve found that focuses on the elements of art. Without a clear understanding of the elements it’s difficult, if not impossible, for students to create great work on their own. It’s like trying to teach reading without teaching phonics. The elements of art are the building blocks. I highly recommend Artistic Pursuits.

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  192. Tisha
    March 25, 2010 | 2:37 pm

    Looking forward to checking out this program – thanks for the tip!

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  193. LisaC
    March 25, 2010 | 2:51 pm

    We don’t have an art curriculum yet, we have an all inclusive curriculum that works for now, but I would love to have a curriculum that we could use when they are a bit older. My 8 year old has a really good eye for all things art, I would love to see how soon something like this would benefit him.

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  194. LisaC
    March 25, 2010 | 2:54 pm

    Tweet Tweet!

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  195. Rebecca
    March 25, 2010 | 4:08 pm

    I heart art! Majored in clay and graphic design in college. My eldest (age 7) is a self-proclaimed artist as well. The younger ones can’t wait to keep up with her. We have one artistic pursuits book that I have not dug into yet, but I am excited to do so. Thanks for this opportunity!

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  196. Megan
    March 25, 2010 | 6:12 pm

    I would like to try to k-3 bk 1

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  197. Cindy
    March 25, 2010 | 8:06 pm

    I’m gonna have to call in some serious help for my kids in art. I’m just not artistic. My 5yo seems very interested in drawing, though! I hope to keep him interested. This would be a great way to encourage him in art.

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  198. Gennelle Thurman
    March 25, 2010 | 8:21 pm

    We have gone through two Artistic Pursuit books. I love them because their so easy. I often find myself doing the projects right along with the kids. I also enjoy them because they support our history time line that we’re doing. My kids love the projects and the lessons. These books have really helped them to not only draw, paint, etc., but also to put it into context with our history. Great blog and now a great resource for me!

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  199. Tara
    March 25, 2010 | 8:40 pm

    My daughter is our ‘artist’. She draws and doodles and paints and crafts all day long. She has filled notebook after notebook with her sketches. She would love this book!

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  200. Lora
    March 25, 2010 | 9:36 pm

    Growing up, my sister was “the artist”. But, not until I was an adult, did I realize that I have my own style. I’m enjoying art with my children, and learning along side of them.

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  201. Lora
    March 25, 2010 | 9:36 pm

    And I love artistic pursuits!

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  202. Rebecca R.
    March 25, 2010 | 9:47 pm

    This sounds excellent! I have not applied enough time to addressing art in our curriculum. We have done some lessons with the Thomas Kinkade DVD curriculum and the children enjoyed that.

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  203. Lindsay
    March 25, 2010 | 10:47 pm

    So excited about this review and giveaway! My oldest daughter (3rd grade) L.O.V.E.S art! This would be a wonderful resource to add to our curriculum.

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  204. April
    March 25, 2010 | 11:53 pm

    We have used AP pre-K and Kindergarten and love it.

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  205. Heather @ Marine Corps Nomads
    March 26, 2010 | 2:53 am

    I’m squeaking in here. Hopefully, I’m not too late. We had a little incident that kept me from getting on as planned…

    Anyway, my daughter loves all forms of art – painting, drawing, sculpting… I would love to have this curriculum for her. Thanks!

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  206. Robynn
    March 26, 2010 | 7:41 pm

    My two daughters love art, these would be perfect.

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