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Being part of the Homeschool Review Crew, my daughter and I have had the privilege to use a High School art curriculum called, Drawing with Water-soluble and Graphite Pencils, Advanced Level (Art Core 5).
This curriculum is from ARTistic Pursuits.
Last year we used and reviewed another great art curriculum from them, Drawing with Graphite Pencils, Beginning Level. If you’re interested in reading that review, just click the link.
The Water-soluble and Graphite Pencils, Advanced Level is available either online or with a physical book and DVD. You have to purchase your own supplies, but there aren’t too many different items that are needed.
Art Supplies Needed
- Graded drawing pencil set of 12
- Ebony drawing pencils
- Water-soluble pencils
- #8 Round watercolor brush
- Plastic eraser
- Kneaded eraser
- Metal pencil sharpener
- Sandpaper block
- Drawing pad 9×12
- Bristol pad (Vellum surface)
Art Skills Objectives
Drawing with Water-soluble and Graphite Pencils is broken into 9 units. Each unit has four lessons with one project for each lesson, giving your child the opportunity to do 36 different projects.
Unit 1: Line
In this beginning unit, the student learns about the different graded pencils as well as the water-soluble pencils. Using these supplies, the kids practice making different line weights, thicknesses, and defining lines.
Unit 2: Space
In this unit, students are introduced to the rule of thirds as well as active and non-active spaces within a picture.
Unit 3: Shape
Here the student practices with the water-soluble pencils as they draw light and heavy lines creating a picture made up of more than one shape.
Unit 4: Texture
For the projects in this unit, students practice drawing different thickness of lines, in different ways, to show the textures in nature.
They concentrate on the surface of the objects and use the pencils and/or brush to help them convey what they see.
Unit 5: Value
The Value unit helps kids practice drawing light and dark areas within a landscape or group of objects.
From white to black, the student practices using the graded pencils to create the different light values that they see.
Unit 6: Form
This unit on Form concentrates on practicing objects that are arranged with a single light form shining on it. Directions are given to create a light box and students can use this to help them with this unit. The form of the objects as well as the skills from the previous lessons are practiced together.
Unit 7: Facial Forms
Drawing faces has always been a fascination for me as I was growing up in art class.
ARTistic Pursuits does a fantastic job of showing how the human head is formed and each component is placed in relationship together.
Unit 8: Human Forms
In this unit students draw the human form in motion from pictures as well as a three-quarter image of their self and a picture of their hand.
Unit 9: Still Life Forms
This unit has students combining all the previous lessons as they draw still life forms that contain round objects. They are encouraged to show textures as well as varying values of lighted objects that cast shadows.
Layout of Each Art Unit
Each unit contains four lessons.
Each unit contains a 10-15 minute video lesson. ARTistic Pursuits does a great job recording their lessons.
You can see the demonstrations clearly and the audio is good and plain.
These video lessons are not a “copy my every stroke” type of art lesson. The concept and skills are taught and demonstrated, then the student applies that knowledge to their own drawing when they look at objects in the environment around them.
I believe, in this way, the content and skills really stick so that the student can apply this knowledge to any item that they wish to draw.
- Lesson one: The video lesson and project
- Lesson two: Read the pages in the physical book or online to build their vocabulary and do a project
- Lesson three: Look at a picture of European art, read about the artist, and do a project
- Lesson four: Do a project combining all that they have learned so far.
I would highly recommend Drawing with Water-soluble and Graphite Pencils, Advanced Level (Core 5), from ARTistic Pursuits to any homeschooling high schooler that enjoys art.
Students will be able to use the skills they’ve learned and apply them to anything they wish to draw.
The introduction to European Art History and artists is an extra bonus that will benefit any child.
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Ready to Read More Reviews?
The Homeschool Review Crew has used other products from Artistic Pursuits that you may be interested in. Such as:
Art for Children, Building a Visual Vocabulary, Vol 1
Art of the Ancients, Vol. 2
Art of the Middle Ages, Vol. 3
Art That Shaped the Italian Renaissance, Vol. 4
Art of the Northern Countries, Vol. 5
Art of the Impressionists, Vol 6
Art of the Modern Age, Vol. 7
Art in America, Vol. 8
Drawing with Graphite Pencils, Art Core 1
Painting with Watercolor Pencils, Art Core 2
Drawing with Graded Graphite Pencils, Art Core 3
Drawing with Water-Soluble and Graded-Graphite Pencils, Art Core 5
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