ARTistic Pursuits Inc. Sculpture Technique Construct REVIEW

ARTistic Pursuits Inc. Review
We love art in our homeschool, so we were overjoyed to review Sculpture Technique Construct, one of the new art books by ARTistic Pursuits Inc. Sculpture Technique Construct is just as fantastic as Sculpture Technique Model, and all of the other art lesson books published by ARTistic Pursuits. Sculpture Technique Construct features lessons that cover a wide range of construction based art such as papier-mache and 3D modeling with corrugated paper. 
Like other books from ARTistic Pursuits, Sculpture Technique Construct offers Units that teach the concepts using great pictures and directions, and end of unit evaluations that are great for end of the year portfolios. 
For this review, we were sent 1 physical copy of the book Sculpture Technique Construct
This 83 page book includes:
  • Unit 1: Creating Form in Papermaking. This teaches the art of making your own paper from paper scraps. You will learn low-relief handmade paper form, wet paper construction, wet wrap construction, and more. This unit requires paper scraps, papermaking mold, spray bottle, scoring tool, and glue. 
  • Unit 2: Creating Planes in Cardboard. This unit teaches your student all about planes and form, and the uses of architectural models. For this unit you will need corrugated paper, scissors, scoring tool, and a pencil or marking tool. 
  • Unit 3: Creating Motion with Papier-Mache. This unit shows you how to create motion using the papier-mache technique. For this unit you will need wheat paste, gesso, masking tape, paint supplies, old newspapers, and forms so that you can use them to apply the papier-mache such as old containers, or tubes. 
  • Unit 4: Creating Volume with Wire. This unit teaches contour and expanded contour. For this unit you will need armature and sculpture wire that is 16 gauge size, long nose pliers (though I personally would utilize various pliers) and of course a wire cutter. 

There is also a very nice section in the back that includes a classroom schedule that breaks this down into 36 weekly lessons, and templates for your ease and convenience. The answers to the evaluations are also located in the back.

ARTistic Pursuits Inc. Review
How We Used This

Mr. B loves creating his own elaborate works of art with whatever he can find around the house, so I thought this would be perfect for him. He really enjoyed our previous review of ARTistic Pursuits Inc. Sculpture Technique Model even though he was younger than the intended age group, so I thought this one would be great as well. It IS a great book, but the material is a bit more than he can handle at only 10 years old and 5th grade. The concepts, while they are presented in an easy to understand manner, were more complex than I thought they would be.  His fine motor skills aren't up to par for the wire sculpting, even though I thought this would be a perfect way to strengthen those skills. Also, papier-mache and paper making can be quite messy when your ASDer is going through med changes and disruptive behaviors are a frequent occurrence. As a result, we stuck with creating models using the corrugated construction paper. I think when he is a little older he will thoroughly enjoy creating contours with wire, and when the stimming behaviors subside over the coming weeks we will attempt paper making and papier-mache once more. We have a really nice paper making set, so I am looking forward to trying again in a few weeks. 
For this review, Mr. B wanted to build a house with tress that he could blow over with a hurricane or tornado. The corrugated paper is sort of like really thin cardboard. It is easy to work with, but you definitely need a scoring tool. We used the slit method to create the trees. 

From there, we just simply slid them together to make a 3D plane tree. 

We used scrap pieces to make the little bushes. We did not use a scoring tool on the cabin and you can see the pieces were not just right, so it didn't all line up properly. The cabin is made using the basic cube template for the body of the building and the pyramid template for the roof. 

This technique would be GREAT for dioramas, social studies or science projects, or just to add dimension to every day play. 


ARTistic Pursuits Inc. has really great art curriculum books that teach full concepts in an easy to follow manner. The color pictures are great for showing what a finished project should look like, and the templates in the back are very helpful. The classroom schedule is not overbearing at all, and it is easy to add the art lessons into our every day schoolwork. I do think this particular book would be best suited for upper middle grades or even high school as it was well over Mr. B's ability right now in 5th grade, though he can still utilize some of the techniques such as creating 3D forms and paper making. I highly recommend ARTistic Pursuits Inc. 

Does ARTistic Pursuits Inc. Sculpture Technique Construct Pass My 4 Ingredient Test?

1.) Customization: Is it easily adaptable? Can we customize it to fit “us?” Can we modify or set our own schedule? Can we take breaks, jump ahead, or flat out skip?

You can certainly use this how you see fit. Art is the definition of customized in my opinion. As for it being easily adaptable, you can pick and choose the units you want to focus on to meet or enhance your abilities.   

2.) Value: Is it long lasting? Will it cover multiple grade ranges? Are you locked in to one specific grade level? Are there hidden fees?

This covers slightly more than a year if you do the lessons as the schedule suggests. I would say this is best suited for upper grades. The only additional fees would be for the art supplies and materials. 
3.) Attention span: Is it boring? Is it engaging? Is it varied enough for ADHD? Does it last too long?

It is art, and I find art is never boring. You can choose to spend a little time, or a lot of time, but a child with ADHD may find it calming and grounding to sit and complete an art project.    

4.) Does it tie into other things we already have.

You can use this to create works that match with what you are doing. You could make chemistry models, history dioramas, build your favorite character or scene from a book, etc. And of course there's math in the measuring and cutting. 

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