Saturday, November 8, 2008

Amazing Art Curricula


Spears Art Studio K-8 Christian Art Curriculum and High School Art Survey CDs

Are you looking for a COMPLETE, COMPREHENSIVE, CHRISTIAN, CLASSICAL art curriculum that will last your child(ren) all the way from kindergarten through eighth grade or that will fulfill a complete fine arts credit for your high schooler? Then look no further than the Spears Art Studio curricula!

The Spears Art Studio K-8 Christian Art Curriculum Teacher's Manual has a main theme (including seasonal and holiday themes) for each of the thirty-six school weeks, with one or more activities for each of the nine grade levels based on that main theme. Each lesson addresses art elements, art principles, design elements, scripture integration, art history, and more on an age-appropriate level. The CD-Rom ($39.95) has full-color illustrations in PDF, while the paper copy is in black and white. You can get both the hard copy and the CD-Rom for $134.95 (including shipping). The lessons are completely divided by grade level, then subdivided into months and weeks. It is possible to teach multiple children at the same time and for the curriculum to be used year after year (without repeating projects or lessons). When I first looked at it, I was quite overwhelmed. I consider myself fairly art challenged and I don’t place a high emphasis on art in our homeschool. Yes, I can see some of you cringing! In order to do justice to this thorough art study, I would need way more time (and space on my walls) than I’m willing to allot to art for my fifth grader right now. We have had fun with some of the projects, though. For those of you looking for a comprehensive, Christ-centered art curriculum, take a good look at the Spears Art Studio. If you’re teaching art in a homeschool co-op, you will LOVE it! Look at what’s included: • 269 art activities (many new and revised)
• 137 patterns and posters • 498 instructional pages • wow!

The Spears Art Studio High School Art Survey, A Study from a Christian World View© supports the rhetoric stage of the classical education model. The black-and-white hard copy in a 3-ring binder $69.95, and the full-color CD-Rom is $29.95. The combo deal (one hard copy, one CD-Rom) is only $84.95 (save $14.99). All of these prices include shipping. Each student should have access to hard copy pages printed from the manual or CD-Rom, because it is addressed to the student. In other words, my daughter will learn art in spite of me and without me! And she is excited about this curriculum. By following the whole program, including the art history study (warning: weekly trips to the library may be needed) and projects, my high schooler can earn a whole fine arts credit. There are seven major themes (art elements and design principles), thirty-six lessons, and seventy-five art activities, plus thirty-six sketchbook assignments including • art elements - line, shape, space, color, texture, form• principles of design - repetition/pattern, proportion, contrast/value, emphasis/focal point, balance/symmetry/asymmetry, unity, variety, harmony, movement/force/rhythm• perception skills - edges, spaces, relationships, light/shadow, gestalt• drawing• painting• sculpture• fiber• printmaking• graphic design• art history connections• contemporary art connections• Scripture connections• 144 visual memory exercises• unit tests and answer keys• helps: tips and subs, how to evaluate artwork• analyzed for National Visual Art Standards• 162 pages• 177 black and white illustrations• 52 color illustrations

Need more incentives to check out the Spears Art Studio Web site and curricula? How ‘bout these: free sample lessons online, send in a photo of your students’ artwork for them to display on their Web site, how to teach drawing article (for the drawing impaired).
SPECIAL: Buy one K-8 CD and one high school CD, and receive the Beginning Calligraphy Workbook CD for FREE($14.95 value)! This great deal is only $69.90, including shipping.