ARTistic Pursuits Review

ARTistic Pursuits Review
 I am so excited to tell you about the next product I had the privileged to review. We have some starving artists here at The Hoggatt Homeschool. STARVING for ART Lessons!!!! haha I love art and creative projects but am not quite sure how to teach my kiddos about it or where to start with art history and not make it boring. Thanks to ARTistic Pursuits that isn’t a problem anymore!!!! They offer many many books to help kids of all ages and stages get started in the study of art and techniques. We chose ARTistic Pursuits, Early Elementary K-3, Book 3: Modern Painting and Sculpture.
Artistic Pursuits Review

ARTistic pursuits is a company the provides homeschool art programs that help children develop their artistic skills while educating them about the beauty and art all around them. It encourages children to explore their creativity,  build their visual vocabulary, use critical thinking techniques, explore art history and appreciate. All while taking a look at the world around them in a whole new way! Their books cover any technique imaginable for all ages from PreK to Highschool!

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I received the Early Elementary K-3, Book 3: Modern Painting and Sculpture book. This is a spiral bound book with 36 lessons. We did one lesson a week since some lessons have multiple projects or multi step projects to complete. A materials list is clearly laid out in the front of the book so that you can gather the needed supplies before you begin. Many of the supplies we had on hand, but if you don’t they can usually be found at a craft store or Walmart. I found that we could substitute some items without compromising the project or technique. There is also a very good teacher/parent section about why it is important for children to learn about art history and a brief history of modern art.

Each lesson begins with an artist spotlight or time period spotlight that explains a technique that was used. It includes pictures of the artists and pictures of their work. Many lessons have additional resource ideas clearly highlighted in red boxes ant the end of the lessons. We also found it helpful to Google more images from the artist of the lesson.

Lesson one begins with the transition from art telling about stories, special people, and events to showing real life as it was happening…ordinary people doing everyday things. Then the project was to sketch and paint a family member.


Alyssa working on her portrait of Audrey.



Audrey’s portrait of Alyssa.


Alyssa’s portrait of Audrey.

I like how each lesson also features a student sample piece so that the kids don’t get discouraged if their artwork doesn’t look like that of the spotlight artist. Each child has different talents and it may not be art. But it is important to introduce and encourage them to try new things. The object isn’t perfection it to have fun and open up a creative side!

Impressionist art often used household items in their paintings. The children are encouraged to fins everyday items and look at them in new ways. Another lesson had them choose dishes or food items from the fridge and create colorful paintings of them.


Alyssa painting a colorful Easter Egg.


Audrey’s painting of a tea pot, cup, and saucer

I liked how some lessons encouraged them to see nature in a new way and get outside!





New techniques and skills are tucked within the projects like hard edges vs. soft edges, selecting the correct brushes for lines, brush stroke motions, smudging oil pastels, shading, creating stamps, open space, color mixing, and much much more!


Color wheel project.

The sculpting projects are fun and used different textures and mediums to create fun objects. It taught the kids that some art is meant to be seen from different angles and directions.


Pipe cleaner sculptures.


Mixed medium sculpture.

Overall, I love this book! The kids love the book which is the most important!!!!! Even my non-artist is excited to dig into the projects. I am very impressed with the quality of the study and the project instructions/teachings. We will defiantly be returning customers to ARTistic Pursuits!!!!!!


Don’t forget to check out Early Elementary K-3, Book 3: Modern Painting and Sculpture!

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Rain, Rain, Go Away!

rain rain go away


We have had several days of rain and thunderstorms in SE Kansas. We are all ready for a nice day!!!! Today has been that day.

We started off the day with a field trip. It is funny that only 5 short years ago we made a trek to Mitchell Family Farm  to see animals. Today WE were the field trip! haha Fourteen kiddos form a local preschool came by to see our little family farm.

They had such a good time milking, feeding the baby goats, pet chickens big and little, and see farm fresh eggs. We moved the milk stand and animals up closer to the drive way and patio due to all the rain we have been getting. I don’t have a canoe big enough to float them all to the barn. haha

After the morning excitement we settled into school for the day.

This afternoon I got a welcomed delivery from my Daddy! Spring is really here when the garden veggies start showing up!!!!! I’m so thankful for his talent and hobby. I can’t grow a thing!!!



This afternoon we had some good ‘ol dirty fun!!! The good thing about all the rain is there are lots of puddles begging to be jumped in, and I have the perfect jumpers!!!!!





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I found some more puddle lovers on the farm too!!!!



Hope you had a happy Monday!!!!

Sneaking in Learning with Funshine Express

Learning with Funshine Express


If you work with preschoolers at ALL you know that one of the hardest things to do is get them to sit still and listen. We all have this picture in our heads that they are only learning when we have their undivided attention and their mouths are quiet.

Well, how many times have they repeated something embarrassing that was said when we thought they weren’t listening? Humm…

One of the best ways that we all learn is when our hands are busy doing something else. That’s why doodling during a lecture in college is so effective, or chewing gum while writing, etc…

I LOVE how Funshine Express takes that same approach! They sneak in learning to every part of the day. Today, I’m going to feature four of the games from the April Fireflies kit. Just an FYI… If you are even thinking about ordering for May NOW is the time!!!! Kits sell out fast so go go go!!!!!!!! You won’t regret it!!!!!

Each game features a math activity and the best part is the kids don’t even realize they are learning. They LOVE playing the games and will ask to play all the time!!!!!

In or Out…



The object is to sort the eggs into hatched (out) or not hatched (in) piles. This is such an important beginning logic game. It seems rather simple to us. But, sorting those two differences into piles can be difficult. Even if a child can tell you that the bird is in/out they can’t always sort them. Practicing this skill will help them connect those pathways and make future math endeavors easier.

High In The Sky… 

20150416_085517Children take turns drawing a number from the number stack. Then adding on the number of bows that it instructs. This game focuses on number recognition and counting. A double whammy practice! We even broke up into teams to see who could get the most bows on the kite string. So much fun!!!!

Hot Air-balloon Shape Matching…



Recognizing patterns and matching the key shape is the name of this game. The kids had so much fun matching them up!

Shape Dominoes…



Hours of fun….I mean learning…. With this game. Kiddos took turns drawing a card and making connections to matching shapes. It was fun to see what it looked like after each match-up. The patterns were never the same.

Who knew so much learning could go into play! They never suspected that this was SCHOOL!!!!!