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Dialectic Stage Art


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Dialectic Stage Art: Grades 7-9

I am still looking for that “just right” art curriculum that teaches the relationships of the elements of drawing, color, and composition to each other while providing practice in classical drawing and painting. When I find the perfect dialectic stage art curriculum, I will post it here. In the meantime, Barry Stebbing’s curriculum and the Artistic Pursuits’ curriculum both manage to avoid twaddle.

Option 1: Barry Stebbing’s Sequential Art Curriculum
This curriculm can be used by anyone ages 12 and up - even adults - regardless of their prior art education, to learn the foundational principles of drawing and color. Mr. Stebbing’s curriculum teaches from a Biblical worldview, and includes encouraging quotes from the Bible and famous artists to help provide inspiration.

Option 2: Artistic Pursuits’ Sequential Art Curriculum
The difference between this sequential curriculum and Barry Stebbing’s is: this one is specific to 7th through 9th graders; this one approaches art secularly rather than Biblically; and this one clearly and sequentially teaches the foundational elements of drawing, color, and composition using the example of the masterworks of world art, which Mr. Stebbing’s does not.


Option 1: Barry Stebbing’s Sequential Art Curriculum

How Great Thou Art I
Barry Stebbing

Click to order How Great Thou Art I How Great Thou Art contains over seventy lessons on beginning drawing for dialectic stage students and up. Stebbing tackles the fundamentals first, such as line, shading, and value, before addressing the more difficult concepts such as perspective, foreshortening, nature studies, and portraits. As in his other art books, How Great Thou Art is packed full of inspiration along with the solid drawing lessons: “Talent does not guarantee success,” by da Vinci, and “Determination is more important than talent,” by Hough, for example.


How Great Thou Art II
Barry Stebbing

Click to order How Great Thou Art II How Great Thou Art II, like How Great Thou Art I, is a beginning drawing text and sketchbook combined for dialectic stage students and up. The first book is not a prerequisite for this book; this book just provides more practice and instruction in beginning drawing, pen and ink, perspective, nature studies, graphics, portraits, and more, including an introduction to lettering and calligraphy. Contains seventy lessons altogether.


The Book of Many Colors
Barry Stebbing

Click to order Book of Many Colors This beginning color theory and painting text is a text book and sketchbook combined for dialectic stage students and up. It teaches color theory, how to mix colors, how to use colored pencils and markers, beginning painting techniques, and how to paint with watercolor, acrylic, and oil paints. The text is over 500 pages, and comes with 30 paint cards designed to accompany specific lessons.

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Option 2: Artistic Pursuits’ Sequential Art Curriculum

Elements of Art and Composition
Brenda Ellis

Click to order Elements of Art Grades 7-9 Artistic Pursuits is a new curriculum written by a husband-wife team, both working artists, who are also homeschooling parents. Their curriculum is uniquely suited to the homeschooling environment and manages to avoid the twaddle of so many other so-called “art programs” that just provide mindless crafts. The Artistic Pursuits program provides exercises in observation and teaches the elements of art, color, and composition using the great masters. Thus it begins with the building blocks, the tools used by all artists to create art, and proceeds sequentially. Each text comes with 16 lessons, each lesson utilizing several projects to teach the principles involved. The explanations are clear and simple to understand, and the reproduction prints used with each text are included. The junior high curriculum uses world art masterworks.
Elements of Art: Grades 7-9 Book 1
Color and Composition: Grades 7-9 Book 2 available summer of 2000


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