ARTistic Pursuits High School Book 1

By: Brenda Ellis


This book provides high school students with an in-depth look at the elements of art and composition through a comprehensive text designed to engage them in the creative process as they produce original drawings using graded pencils and charcoal. High school students can begin this book without prior knowledge of art and work independently without the need for parental instruction. The organized content and conversational tone is equally engaging for both the novice and the more experienced art student. Students learn how to see the world like an artist as they are introduced to topics such as space, line, texture, and value. Each unit is crafted for focus on one art element while exploring the topic in four unique ways.

Students explore their world in engaging studies designed to strengthen observation skills as they learn about the creative process. The student gains insight about artists and movements in Western art. Art appreciation lessons show how each element is used through the study of art from European masters like Leonardo da Vinci, Durer, Raphael, Tintoretto, and more. Technique and application pages allow skills to develop naturally, as the student works independently. The unique feature of the book is the way students learn from its pages, choose a subject to draw from their own environment, and then easily apply the new information to their own art. Four special assignments show how artists combine elements of art and broaden the student’s experiences with art materials. The book provides content for a full credit with the completion of sixty-eight finished drawings in pencil and charcoal media that are both original and entirely the student’s own. Upon completing the course, students will be prepared for a college art-related course with a thorough knowledge of the foundational principles of art.

Media Introduced: drawing pencils, vine charcoal and compressed charcoal.

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Volumes in Series:

ARTistic Pursuits High School Book 1
ARTistic Pursuits High School Book 2

Course Credits 

Visual Arts Courses: Each book is designed for one credit (one year), however, if a student desires to take only one year of art the courses can be modified and the two books can be combined. To do this, complete the art assignments on the first and fourth pages of each unit, while only reading the second and third pages of each unit. Award ½ credit per book (one semester). A credit depends on the amount of time spent on the course.
Course Name: Studio Art I / 1 credit
Course Text: Artistic Pursuits, Senior High Book 1, The Elements of Art and Composition
Course Description: The fundamentals of art (line, value, shape, texture, space, and form) are emphasized through examples and projects focused on drawing. Critical analysis of artwork is stressed in the application of the elements of art and the principles of design. Art appreciation and art history is included as students evaluate the works of European masters and learn to apply specific techniques to create original works of art.
Information on Building a Portfolio (a group of art works to show to a college for entrance into their program, also the name for the folder you will put the works in)
Please note that each college will have its own set of requirements and you should look into those before sending your portfolio to them. These guidelines will be valuable if you keep them in mind as you go through our courses.
1. Include a total of twelve to fifteen pieces completed and matted.
2. 3 pieces should demonstrate drawing skills, shading, value, or line work.
3. Include two or more pieces from each course taken. (This includes other courses you have taken (if any) including photography, pottery, oil painting, etc.
4. Show a variety of media, technique, size and subject matter. Fifteen works of seascapes all done in acrylic will not make a good portfolio.
5. Present the portfolio in a professional manner: neat, organized. Any type of folder will work, but it should look neat if handmade. I suggest something like the Cachet Studio Portfolio at the Dick Blick Art Supply website.

Additional Information

Weight .15 kg
Dimensions 8.5 × 11 × .5 in



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