HOME SCHOOL BOOK REVIEW
Book: The Art Student’s Workbook: A Classroom Companion for Art and Sculpture, Teacher Edition
Author: and Illustrator: Eric Gibbons
Publisher: Firehouse Studio Publications, 2010
Language level: 1 (nothing objectionable)
Reading level: Middle school to high school level
Rating: 5 stars (EXCELLENT)
Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker
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Gibbons, Eric. The Art Student’s Workbook: A Classroom Companion for Art and Sculpture, Teacher Edition (published in 2010 by Firehouse Studio Publications, 8 Walnut St., Bordentown, NJ 08505, and printed by Createspace). How can homeschooling parents, especially those who are not artistic, teach art to their children? Some homeschool families have their students take private art lessons, but these may not always be available. There are art programs designed for homeschoolers, but another possible resource is The Art Student’s Workbook by Eric Gibbons, a certified teacher and founder of the Firehouse Gallery of Bordentown, NJ, who says that the lessons are easily adjusted to accommodate the school classroom, a fine arts camp program, or a homeschooling situation. The course is designed to cover four quarters: 1, “Art Elements and Color Vocabulary/Theory;” 2, “Art Principles of Design;” 3, “Art History;” and 4, “More Art History, Research and Careers in Art.”
The book contains more than one year of lessons in both 2D and 3D art, an art history outline from the 1400s to the 1960s, grading forms, vocabulary worksheets, sample tests, study guides, project suggestions, sketch and note-taking pages, creative writing assignments, sample research paper, and a perspective drawing guide, among other things. The vocabulary has been aligned with math, science, English, and history curriculum vocabulary. Since it is intended primarily for the school classroom, using the book would probably require some extra effort on the part of the parents in a homeschool setting, but there is a list of art videos on YouTube.com that Gibbons says was working in the spring of 2010 and might be helpful. Gibbons also tells me that all vocabulary worksheets have completed samples in the back of the Teacher’s Edition so that parents unfamiliar with the material would have that at their finger-tips. His intent is that in a homeschool setting everything was in this teacher’s edition, so both parent and child could use the book together. I really am not personally artistic enough to judge the value of the book, but some homeschooling parents may find it quite useful.
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