Sculpture Technique Model is a spiral bound book with 83 pages. It is a 36 week curriculum broken into 3 units. For the purpose of this review, I selected Unit 3 for Apple to try. Unit 3: Creating Surface with Fiber Arts is a 10 week focus on felting. It includes instructions on Wet Felting, Pre-felts as Surface Design, Felted Vessels, Needle Felting- Creating Mass, and Needle Felting Appendages and Surface Design. The Table of Contents Page lists materials needed for each unit so we went out and purchased the 4 items listed as required. Art supplies are not inexpensive, but I was able to pick up a felting needle tool, felting needles, felting mat, and natural wool roving at a reasonable cost.
The other two units in Sculpture Technique Model are Creating Mass with Putty and Creating Scale with Clay. Apple has already been flipping through those getting ideas for the future. She does want to complete unit 3 first. The book is set up into lessons inside the units, and then projects to try with step by step instructions. There are 12 projects total in the book. At the end of each unit, there is a short evaluation to help the artist to reflect on what they have learned and achieved. An answer sheet is also included for those evaluations.
I think this is a really well written art course that works well for the homeschool student. The combination of fully written instructions with color and black and white photos guided Apple through the processes. She did pull up some images on the internet for further clarification on final touches, but in general the book held everything she needed to know. As with any art projects, a well stocked set of supplies is the key to success. The supply list at the beginning is a great resource, but as we found, it's a good idea to flip through the project instructions for items that are maybe assumed to be available. I think the most successful way to use this curriculum would be to use it as intended one week at a time through a school year. For the purpose of review, dipping into a specific type of project worked well for Apple, and she spread her practice over several weeks. This is a middle/ high school level art instruction course. This is a pricier art curriculum, but it is a non-consumable book that can be used over and over again. Apple is already scoping out other fine arts courses from ARTistic Pursuits, Inc!
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