TOS Sweet Critique: Artistic Pursuits

Artistic PursuitsWhat:  Artistic Pursuits


Cost:  Books – $42.95; Art Supply Packs – varies

Recommended Ages:  Preschool through High School

What is Artistic Pursuits?


Artistic Pursuits is an art curriculum designed “to give children a quality art education that will prepare them to meet creative challenges in their future endeavors.”  The curriculum is made up of ten books and a variety of art supply packs, all designed for a specific age group and a specific art focus.

Our Thoughts



We reviewed Grades K-3, Book Three because Babydoll really liked the idea of engaging in a bit of painting and sculpture.  This book is filled with 32 lessons that focus on painting, sculpture, history, and artists.

Favorite thing #1 – This curriculum does a phenomenal job of combining art appreciation, artist study, art exploration, and history, all in an easy-to-understand-and-teach way.  The lessons are short and to the point, but pack a punch and we love them!

As you move through the book, you learn about artists, their work, why it was important in the historical period in which it was created, and other fun tidbits.  At the end of the lesson, the student is given an art assignment, such as painting or sculpting in our case.

Favorite thing #2 – I absolutely love the fact that this book does not tell the child how to create the art.  It explains the concept and gives pointers to build confidence {and a picture of actual student artwork}, but it doesn’t tell them how they need to create or what they need to create.  In previous art instruction we’ve used, I hated the fact that it told Babydoll how she should do something.  That’s not art!

Babydoll was so excited to try this out; she loves art.  She spent hours {I’m not even kidding you} creating her Impressionist painting.  She understood why they were called Impressionist paintings, and understood how she could create an Impressionist painting.  It made sense to her, and she felt like she was given a task that she could easily complete.  Total success!

The lessons are age appropriate and engage the child without putting them on the spot. The evaluation of art it asks of the child is not pretentious, it’s done in a way that a kid can understand and have fun with, not something that makes them self-conscious about not knowing the “right” answer.  That was favorite thing #3.

Bonus favorite thing – Lessons are not too long. Other art curriculum we’ve done has had such drawn out lessons; it wasn’t fun. These are just right.

Definitely check this one out; I think this is one of our favorite TOS things thus far.  The books are non-consumable, which I know is a huge plus for many of you.  The materials required are not obscure and hard-to-find.  Give it a whirl and let me know what you think!

What Did Others Think?


Also, check out what other TOS reviewers thought about Artistic Pursuits!

True Confessions:  I was provided with an Artistic Pursuits book to facilitate my review.  All opinions are my own.