Art Instruction

Brushwork by Marion Hudson introduces the beginning student to elementary brush strokes, made by filling the brush with color and then laying it on the paper. The instruction starts with a series of vertical, horizontal, and diagonal brush stroke exercises, followed by a couple of designs created using those elements. The rest of the lessons alternate between showing how strokes may be combined to represent natural objects such as flowers, animals, insects, and birds, and then using them in designs. Only six colors are used in the lessons, with two required for each exercise, giving students lots of opportunities to work with pigments to obtain the hues desired.

Brush Drawing by May Mallam takes the student who is familiar with elementary brush strokes to the next level by providing a series of exercises in both monochrome and color. With the monochrome exercises the student learns more ways to manipulate the brush to create curved lines and  filled spaces, and to show increased depth through use of light and shadow. In the color exercises the student gains familiarity with the mixing of colors and the elements of composition. Twelve plates are given illustrating monochrome work, with directions for each example, and eight plates containing a considerable number of examples of mixed-color work, with squares showing the colors to be employed.

Drawing, Design, and Craft-work is an excellent guide to the various subjects touched upon in the course of art instruction, with suggestions for how to begin, the materials to use, and the directions further work may take. The book is profusely illustrated, with clear explanations in the text that frequently reference figures in the plates.

The text emphasizes the value of drawing and craft-work as an element in education. It treats of mechanical drawing, discusses the application of drawing to nature study and goes on to discuss the more technical phases of the work: mass drawing silhouettes, brush work, design, the repeating and interlacing of pattern, scrolls, cartouches, lettering, colors, modeling, figure drawing, and sketching from nature. This is followed by chapters dealing with craft-work, wood block cutting and printing, linoleum printing, wood staining, wood carving, stencil work, metal work, soldering, inlaying, and marquetry.

Remarkable in its range of material, this book will be helpful to both the student working on his own and to the parent who wishes guidance in preparing material and using it with a group.

A Manual of Clay-Modelling provides a full introduction to clay-modelling that can be used with students of all ages, beginning with the method of working and continuing with presentation of sixty models of natural objects in a carefully ordered sequence. Accurate directions are given for the working of each model, with emphasis on attaining the character of the model, rather than focusing on the finish.

This new                             curriculum was carefully designed to activate thought and creativity in every lesson! This course contains six 7-minute video lessons (included on DVD and Blu-Ray) to help your children really see how art materials are used - giving parents and children the knowledge to handle new art materials. Simply watch the video together, provide the art materials, and watch as your child creates an original work of art. Twelve text lessons cover artworks by the masters, and initially require student/teacher interaction, but conclude with a time of independent work.

Volume 1: Building a Visual Vocabulary helps students learn about the vocabulary and concepts that artists use, such as: compose, imagine, observe, shape, form, and texture. Classic works by the masters are included throughout the text, as well as examples of student work. Children learn what artists do and what they see as they explore still life paintings, portraits, figures, animals, and landscapes. Children will work with watercolor crayons, oil pastels, colored paper, and more.

Volume 2: Art of the Ancients helps students learn about the art of ancient times, including statues, carved relief panels, mummy portraits, and more. Each of the twelve text lessons provides colorful illustrations, fine art examples, and visual instruction. Lessons also include prep notes for teachers, and hints for teaching outside of the home environment. Children will work with clay, pastels, watercolor crayons, and more.

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Volume 3: Art of the Middle Ages will introduce students to the ideology of the period and methods for making art. The twelve text lessons feature artworks by medieval masters as well as examples of student artwork, prep notes for teachers, and hints for teaching outside of the home environment. Children will work with colored paper, needlework, weaving, and oil pastels and more.

Volume 4: Artists that Shaped the Italian Renaissance tells the stories of artists that shaped the way Western cultures now look at the world, from Cimabue's tilt of the head in the 13th century to the foreshortened and exaggerated forms of Parmigianino in the 16th century. The twelve text lessons feature artworks by Italian Renaissance masters as well as examples of student artwork, prep notes for teachers, and hints for teaching outside of the home environment. Children will work with watercolors, fresco, scratch art, and oil pastels and more.

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