Review: Sculpture Technique Construct from ARTistic Pursuits Inc.

Artistic Pursuits_zpsaqy8s2pqOne of the many things that I LOVE about homeschooling is that we get to make time, lots of time, to study the things that make life richer.  Art is certainly one of those things.  Boy does my crew enjoy rolling up their sleeves to get a little messy and CREATE something new!  Recently we were given just that opportunity when we received Sculpture Technique Construct from ARTistic Pursuits Inc. for review.

Sculpture Technique Construct_zpsmnemdlpoARTistic Pursuits Inc. has made art easy for just about anyone to teach or learn the basic building blocks and techniques is just about all areas of the artistic world. They offer curriculum for every age from preschool through high school so there is something for every child. Through the use of obsveration, artistic expression, techinque, and form every lesson comes together easily with understanding and meaning.  Children are encouraged to enjoy the process of creating as they grow and develop.

Sculpture Technique Construct
is meant for children ages 11 through 18.  However, by varying expectations and with a little extra guidance I have been successfully using it with my children who are ages 5-10.  This books dives into the three-dimensional world.  With the projects presented here we have the tools we need to create deliciously messy, yet inspiring 3-D art.  With papermaking, paper mache, cardboard, wire, and so much more the children learn how to use often every day materials to create whatever their imaginations desire.




The book is comprised of 4 Units:

  1. Creating Form in Papermaking
  2. Creating Planes in Cardboard
  3. Creating Motion with Papier-mache
  4. Crating Volume with Wire

As each unit begins the student (and teacher in my case) we are introduced to the art medium we will be studying.  We are given plenty of photographic examples of art created with the medium.  We see both traditional and abstract art to draw inspiration from.  The projects within the unit start out on the easier side and build up to more to the more complex.  The book is full of step-by-step instructions and detailed illustrations, complete with plenty of tips and tidbits for success. At the end of the unit students are encouraged to do a little reflecting on their projects and take a critical look at what they’ve created.




Here is a list of the required materials:

Materials required are clearly laid out with directions for how to use tools and safety precautions.

  • papermaking dip handmold kit
  • spray bottle
  • construction paper in assorted colors
  • paper scoring tool
  • tacky glue
  • corrugated paper in classic colors
  • 1 lb wheat paste
  • gesso
  • #8 round brush
  • 1.5 inch bristle brush
  • acrylic paint set
  • plastic paint pallet
  • masking tape
  • 128 feet 16 gauge craft wire
  • long nose pliers
  • wire cutters
  • scrap paper
  • pencil
  • ruler
  • scissors
  • newspapers
  • paperplate or tray
  • a varitey of containers like take out food
  • paper tubes



IMG_1978The writing of the book is directed straight to the student.  I generally chose to read ahead to make sure all of the materials we needed were on hand and to get an idea of where we were headed and what it involved.  Then during the lesson I read aloud to my kiddos straight from the book.  The loved the pictures of course.  The visuals REALLY helped us understand what we were trying to accomplish.





My family generally stayed in the first unit with paper-making.  We made paper I am not sure how many times.  And then we made mountains of sculptures with our homemade paper.  They enjoyed is so much and the process got easier each time that I didn’t want to push them ahead.  We are very much a family that likes to master one thing before we try the next.  With each attempt they became more creative. Eventually though they saw me flipping ahead in the book they became eager to try something new.


We LOVE ARTistic Pursuits Inc..  We’ve been blessed to review or otherwise buy a few different levels and they never disappoint.  Sculpture Technique Construct is just as top notch as any of the others and are getting tremendous use out it, learning and creating so much! Click to read my review of Elementary 4-5, Book 1.

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