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I guess we have officially moved from  unschooling to something else.

I am looking for an art/art history curriculum for DS11.  Yes I realize they are different things, one can teach art and then there is the history of art.  I am looking at 2 possible programs right now.

 

1. Meetthemasters.com   DS loves online classes and this seems to fit his learning style.  A bit of history and a bit of creativity.  Affordable and not too much for me to do

 

2. Atelier - DVD based.  Claims to have both history and creativity.  Not online and significantly more $$.    Could be more 'crafty' than 'Art' and while this one came highly recommended I'm not sure.

 

FWIW, Kiddo loves 'art', but has no education so far about art history.  Must be a secular program.  Getting books from the library about artists isn't going to work.

 

Thoughts, ideas?  Kiddo is 11, so I need something at that level or higher for material.

post #2 of 6

I'm not familiar with Atelier.  But we love Meet the Masters.  The history lessons are informative and not 'boring', the art lessons are useful, the projects themselves are very nice.  

 

You might also want to look at Harmony Fine Arts.  They have many different programs for different ages.  We're currently working through the middle school course "Ancient Art and the Orchestra" with my 13yo son -- it's a combined art history and music appreciation course.  (There's no connection between the art and the music, it's just that you get a schedule of activities for both).    

 

http://www.harmonyfinearts.com/index.php

 

 

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Ohhhhhh I like harmony too.  I will need to keep that one in mind for 'later'.

post #4 of 6

Oh and there's Artistic Pursuits... many of the Harmony Fine Arts programs use that as one of the spines, but you can always use it on its own as well.

post #5 of 6

I love Artistic Pursuits as well--it teaches art and art history in the same book. :)

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I am planning on getting Atelier this fall. I haven't used it yet to give you any review. I do think it is more about creative art/drawing & painting - line, shape, color, space, etc. than art history. One thing I can tell you is that if you email through their website they have sales reps that you can speak to. I wrote and was emailed back within a couple days with an invitation to call the rep if I had more questions. Might be a good idea since there aren't an overwhelming number of detailed reviews online. 

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