We haven't completed all of the designs but we have done quite a few of the projects. Captain loves using clay and this was a huge learning experience for him. We used quite a few different mediums and learned a lot. We had great fun!
ARTistic Pursuits is a great art program designed for homeschool families. The different techniques are taught using pictures and examples and really help you work through the procedures suggested with enough help to produce excellent finished pieces of work.
The book is split into three sections.
Unit 1 - Creating Mass with Putty
Unit 2 - Creating Scale with Clay
Unit 3 - Creating Surface with Fiber
We completed projects in unit one and two. The first project we completed was using a putty substance called 'Durham's Rock Hard Water Putty' . This putty is very weird and is unlike clay as it's very sticky and seems to dry very quickly. I mixed it up so I know I had the consistency right. We attempted a few designs that were flat and had some success with them. However, others didn't turn out quite the way we thought they were going to. The instructions said that the designs were expected to smooth out a little as they dried, but a lot of ours seemed to dry bitty. It was an interesting compound to work with and one I would have never associated with modeling.
The second medium we chose was clay. This medium was a lot more familiar to us. Captain has a big pot of clay and so he was very excited when we I told him we were going to work with that, I don't think the putty was his favorite.
We decided to do a variation of the project in the book. Captain wanted to make a bunch of flowers.
Captain really enjoyed working on these projects with me, but because he's younger it was hard to keep him focused on one project to finish one completely. So we have a few items 'waiting' for him to paint.
I love that I was able to adapt this book to Captains level and yet in the future it would be suitable for Jam or Boo to work through. All of the supplies can be purchased with the supply lists at Dick Blick which makes it very easy for busy Mom's or you can try and hunt for bargains online and find each item needed individually.
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