Thursday, May 1, 2014

Virtual Refrigerator: A is for Art Resources

Welcome to another edition of the Virtual Refrigerator! This weekly blog hop is co-hosted by A Glimpse of Our LifeAngels of HeartHomeschool Coffee Break, and Every Bed of Roses. We all cordially invite you to add your link sharing the art that's on your Virtual Refrigerator and then hop over to the other blogs and admire what's on their Fridges!
We have just taken a break from art, because Kennady finished the unit she was working on in the ARTistic Pursuits book that we were reviewing, and because I really needed her to focus on Science. (You know how I do that? By telling her she can DRAW her science notebooking assignments. *sigh* Whatever works!) So without anything new to put up on the Fridge today, I thought I might share a little gallery of our past projects and mention our favorite art resources.

Just a couple of days ago, I shared our review of one of the new art instruction books from ARTistic Pursuits. You can read that entire review here: ARTistic Pursuits Sculpture Technique There are two new sculpture technique books for students ages 11-18, and we tried out a unit in the book Construct about working with cardboard to create 2-D and 3-D models.

ARTistic Pursuits is definitely our favorite art curriculum and resource. We have previously reviewed Middle School 6-8 Book Two: Color and Composition, which focused on drawing with chalk pastels.

We have also used - and will use again! - Middle School 6-8 Book One: The Elements of Art and Composition, focusing on sketching and drawing...

High School 9-12 Book One: The Elements of Art and Composition, with more advanced sketching and drawing....

and I've also got High School 9-12 Book Two: Color and Composition, ready to go once we've completed all the others!

Another art instruction resource we've enjoyed is See the Light, which we reviewed last year. (See our full review here.)

I've shared before about a book called Geography Through Art that is another favorite (My Favorite Geography Resource), combining the study of art and folk art with the study of geography.

geography through art projects
"Ivory" chessman (Scandinavia), Egyptian heiroglyphs, Chinese paper-cutting,
Chinese calligraphy, African animals, Old English style sign (pictograph),
Ukrainian Easter Egg
geography through art animal sketches
Above are some of the animal sketches from the book, and below is a finished Retablo Art
 project that I featured on the Virtual Fridge earlier this year.
Retablo Art

For a more "practical" approach to art, we have enjoyed books on technical drawing and graphic design from Insight Technical Education. (See my post: I is for Insight Technical Education)

Blogs and websites that are helpful for art instruction and study:
Incredible @rt Department - free art lessons for preschool through college level - art lessons and so much more!
Arty Factory - more free lessons in art and art appreciation
Harmony Fine Arts at Home - blog with free art lessons

Be sure to check out the Virtual Refrigerator's  group Pinterest board. Come follow the board, and if you'd like to join us, just ask and one of the Fridge hosts can send you an invite. Continue to share your posts on the link-up each week, and on the Pinterest board!

You can grab the button above and add it to your post. Add your link here to share your child's art or your arts and crafts how-to posts. Please visit the other blogs and admire what's on their Virtual Refrigerators!

This post is also linked at Blogging through the Alphabet, hosted by Ben And Me.
Ben and Me

This post is linked up at Circling Through This Life for the 52 Favorite Anything series.
Circling Through This Life

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Whispered Abundance said...

Wow, such beautiful art pieces! Thank you for sharing the resources, too!


Beth said...

I like the artwork. I purchased Artistic Pursuits and just need to find it in the box so the kids can work through it.

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