The Curricula for Creativity

The Curricula for Creativity

Written for homeschool or independent study, these books are so student-friendly that anyone, experienced or novice will feel comfortable producing original and expressive works of art. Teachers easily adapt the books to the classroom. Using Artistic Pursuits, teachers know that students get a complete overview of the subject of art, written with order and clarity. Artistic Pursuits reaches out to all children and young adults who want to learn, capturing their interests as they work from direct observation and personal preferences. Parents, teachers, and students agree that this is the art curriculum they’ve been looking for!

The Artistic Pursuits approach to teaching art is a welcome departure from typical art instruction books.  A variety of applications are used to teach both the expressive and technical aspects of art. Assignments guide students to mature artistic expression, providing a more effective approach to developing skills in the visual arts.  Grades K-3 levels give students an introduction to the visual arts and a view of art through history.  Book 1 at each higher level provides an overview of drawing, covering the elements of art and composition.  Book 2 at each higher level provides an overview of colour theory and composition. learn more about visual art by clicking here

Artistic Pursuits

The Curricula for Creativity

Product Range

K-3 Book 1

K-3 Book 2

K-3 Book 3   NEW!!!

Grades 4-6 Book 1

Grades 4-6 Book 2

Early High, Years 7-9 Book 1

Early High, Years 7-9 Book 2

Upper High, Years 10-12 Book 1

Upper High, Years 10-12 Book 2

Frequently Asked Questions

Artistic Pursuits, helps parents and teachers give students a quality art education that will prepare them to meet creative challenges in their future endeavors.

This approach to teaching artworks!   Here’s why:

Skills develop as the student observes nature and enjoys the process of creating.  The Artistic Pursuits student carries art tools and a drawing board to locations that both inspire and are chosen by the student.  While learning the skills of drawing or painting they work with composition, choosing their own scenes and subject matter.  Creating truly personal work gives students a sense of accomplishment that cannot be attained by copying from a book.

Students learn because direct observation is the best teacher when accompanied by the foundational elements of art and composition found within every unit.  You’ll find this approach works because it is based on using a variety of applications to expand students’ awareness of the visual world around them.

Within each unit is four pages.

Each page has an assignment covering the various applications as described below:

PAGE ONE – part 1, CONCEPTUAL APPLICATION (Building a Visual Vocabulary) Introduction to the elements of art and composition, which are the concepts foundational to art education.

part 2, EXPRESSIVE APPLICATION (Observation and Creative Exploration) Assignments encourage observation of the world, both natural and man-made.  Introduced to a variety of approaches to exploring their world, students use creative thought, arriving at personal visual solutions.

PAGE TWO – PRACTICAL APPLICATION (Looking at Art) This activity broadens understanding of how each element of art or compositional arrangement is used by observing it in a work of art by the masters.

PAGE THREE – TECHNICAL APPLICATION (Techniques and Materials) Developing varied and essential skills for seeing and for applying materials, students consider both traditional methods and experimentation.

PAGE FOUR – PRACTICED APPLICATION (Original Work) A final project allows students to bring together the main idea of each unit (page one), it’s expanded use as seen in the masterwork of art (page two), as well as new techniques and discoveries (page three) to create an original work of art.


Students see how master artists used the elements of art or compositional arrangements in their work.  Included with each book is a packet of fine art reproductions that the student inserts into the book.  The selection of prints includes drawings and paintings in both colour (Books 2) and greyscale (Books 1) (no nudity). read more about Fine Art Printing at


Could this art curriculum possibly be a good fit for what I’m currently using in other subjects?

Customers come back every year telling Artistic Pursuits about the successes their children are having from using these simple books, and some are extremely pleased to find that the art history in the K-3 series and art appreciation in the 4-12 series dovetails nicely with what they are already studying.

Sonlight users say the books seemed to be designed for them – Artistic Pursuits K-3 Book One fitting Core 1, Artistic Pursuits K-3 Book 2 fitting Core 2, Artistic Pursuits Grades 4-6 (focusing on American Art) fit Core 3 and 4. Junior High (World Art) fitting Cores 5 and 6 and so on.

Those who love Charlotte M. Mason’s homeschooling model will find Artistic Pursuits a wonderful way to apply her ideas of creativity and freedom as children are encouraged to observe and ponder such things as a “leaf or twig”, and in her words “deal with it as he chooses” and by “picture talk”, observing real works of art. Those using the Core Knowledge Series find  Artistic Pursuits lines up with the ideas of offering “specific knowledge”, with the added benefit of applying that knowledge by making art.

Tapestry of Grace (history program) and others using the Classical Approach are delighted with Artistic Pursuits – putting a practical application to those ideas in the subject of art.

Unschoolers have said it the perfect thing when their children want more art.