Effortless, Easy, Incredible Preschool (through high school) Art!

Disclaimer: I received a FREE copy of this product through the HOMESCHOOL REVIEW CREW in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way.

Our 4-year-old daughter seems to be our resident artist/painter, so she was thrilled to get to use The Way They SEE it, Preschool by Artistic Pursuits Inc. This no-pressure, colorful, practical book made incorporating art into our day fun, easy, and effortless! I also learned a lot in helping her observe famous paintings and learn to see the world through an artistic lens. Besides this preschool book, ARTistic Pursuits has art education curriculum that goes all the way through high school, so be sure to click on the image at the end of this post to read more reviews about varied levels.

They also have a blog with free video lessons for beginning drawing students and a 16 week summer series that they will feature each summer. Online courses available now for all our K-3 level books can be found here.

All the lessons are listed in a table of contents at the front of the book, followed by an optional materials list for purchase. The book is divided into two sections. First is the nature of children’s artistic development, which contains “Grown-up Talk” for parents to read, (this was SO helpful for me!) Picture Talk, where parent/teacher and child observe a famous painting, and then a Discover Art Project that includes an activity for the child. Section Two is about first skills, including scissors, pencils, crayons, markers, adhesives, brushes, and paint.

The first grown-up talk is about focusing on the PROCESS of children’s art MORE THAN results. Children enjoy the process of creating, but parents can be too focused on the result. Entering the process of creating with your child and engaging in the FUN, can be the greatest benefit of all.

How We Used The Book

We used the book as intended, with me reading the grown-up talk pages, the two of us observing pictures, and then following through with some sort of activity. Since painting is her jive, we did a LOT of that! We also used markers. She, at 4 years old, initiated a marker challenge where we all had to close our eyes and choose three markers. Then we had to draw a free-hand picture incorporating all three colors.

She frequently refers to herself as an artist, sometimes even saying she is Bob Ross! Last week when I was painting our porch and furniture, much more boring than creative art, she plopped down beside me and said, “Mom, you need the help of a professional,” and promptly joined me.

We found flowers in the back yard and brought them in to paint. We painted rocks and rainbows, we drew pictures and shapes.

I painted, too! She loved that I was a participant!

This book truly transformed MY ability as a parent to nurture the natural gifts of our daughter. What happened was a natural integration of observation and art into our everyday life. Whether you homeschool or not, especially if your child has an interest in art, I highly recommend ARTistic pursuits as an art education curriculum.

Click on the image below to read more reviews about how other families experienced this curriculum, as well as the other grade levels through Artistic Pursuits Inc.

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