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  • Item #: 020187
    ISBN: 9781942446088
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    What if you had a good friend, who happened to be a wonderful art teacher, come into your home and help you teach art? That's the flavor of Visual Manna. It incorporates art concepts, techniques, and appreciation all in one curriculum, uses a wide variety of media, and lets you teach all your children at the same time. The Jeffus' obviously not only understand art and how to teach it - they understand children as well. There's nothing dry or boring here. Even when presenting new concepts or instruction, the narration is captivating - filled with interesting tidbits drawn from science, history, or about people or events. Throughout the lessons, it's as though the author is conversing informally with you. There's an awful lot of "good stuff" packed into these 45 lessons - and so many extra ideas that you can use this curriculum and reuse it! Because of the breadth of concepts, materials and types of art here, there isn't a lot of depth - rather, it's more of a wonderful introduction to the many facets of art. Each of the 45 lessons begins with a materials list and a stated objective. There is heavy emphasis on use of recycled materials, and the authors devote a full page in the beginning to ideas for obtaining inexpensive or free supplies from local sources. The lesson narrative explains the new concepts being presented. Then, an art project is suggested for children in grades 1-6 and another for older children, grades 7-12 (usually several ideas for each range). These have the students putting into immediate practice the concepts they've just learned. (The lessons devoted to drawing people and faces in proportion are done particularly well, in a format for even younger children to use.) After every 5 lessons is a "test" to review what's been covered in that section. 31 different colored art prints of works by major artists are also included, mounted on pages with very short biographical sketches and a discussion of the art style on the reverse side. Most of these are correlated to topics in adjoining lessons. They are not part of the lessons, but more like "asides" scattered throughout the curriculum. A unit study is also included with this curriculum (on CD-ROM). Finally, a list of 55 additional ideas for art projects are included at the end. It sure looks to me like the Jeffus' could have written several volumes of curriculum with all this material! This year, authors plan to include a "complete art history time line" in this curriculum. In a nutshell, this curriculum is complete, "user-friendly," and has lots of variety. While you can use it for all ages, the presentation is decidedly geared toward the younger half of that range, since it's more of an introduction to art concepts and formats. This curriculum comes in perfect-bound, softcover format with the unit study portion in PDF format on CD-ROM.

  • Item #: 046858
    ISBN: 9781480271548
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    Designed to enhance Bible lessons, these hands-on project lessons will facilitate your child's comprehension of diverse Bible concepts from the Old and New Testament. Projects vary from coloring with markers/crayons to making an origami angel. Instructions are concise and easy to follow. Recommended supplies include markers, oil pastels, tempera paints, watercolor paint, chalk pastels, construction paper, brown paper bags, paper plates and other easy-to-locate items. A convenient resource to supplement family Bible lessons or use in a Sunday school classroom. 69 pgs, sc. Also available on a CD-Rom consisting of PDF files of the actual book, so you can print off the pages you want as you need them. ~Deanne

  • Item #: 046857
    ISBN: 9781503232297
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  • Item #: 047116
    ISBN: 9781481004848
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  • Item #: 007426
    ISBN: 9781933407708
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  • Item #: 015256
    ISBN: 9781942446033
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    Another fabulous art book by Visual Manna. My opinion is not biased by my bias on the subject covered, however. Drawing horses can be a challenge, especially drawing them realistically and/or in motion. This book distills the process into learnable portions – focusing on one piece on a time. Heads, legs, tails, shading, etc. are all covered separately with practice and tips given on each. Practice is even done on the anatomically correct horse – drawing bones and muscles. Many helpful tips are given on art materials and on how to simplify some of the exercises for younger artists. Encouragement and Biblical references are frequent throughout the book. As stated in the name, tips and lessons are not merely in how to draw horses, but also how to shade, paint, and sculpt horses. Lessons range from drawing serious realistic pictures to drawing a funny comic strip with comic strip horses. Interesting horse facts, cultural information, and many pictures are sprinkled throughout the book. A must for the horse lover in your family! 90 pp, sc. ~ Megan

  • Item #: 026075
    ISBN: 9781942446064
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    "Two-fer" studies are such a good idea. One course; two subjects covered. This particular combination – literature and art – makes so much sense. Richly illustrated with both full-color reproductions of masterpiece art plus step-by-step art lessons, this book will serve as a reference (for literary terms), an art appreciation course, and a drawing instruction manual. This should give you a little idea of its flexibility. The book is organized around different types/genres of literature: epic poetry, fable, science fiction, novel, and journal writing – to name just a few. Each genre is defined plus examples cited (good suggestions for reading lists). Masterpiece art that relates in some way to the genre is provided, and several art projects are described and facilitated. To give you an idea of how this all works, take the example of the segment on free form verse. Starting with some biographical information on Robert Frost (an American master of free form verse), Mrs. Jeffus focuses on a specific poem – The Road Not Taken – giving website links to where it can be found and read. She then has two artwork examples of paths – each very different from the other, and she describes the differences. Then citing another Frost poem – this one mentioning a crow – she has a short segment on painting birds and references Audubon providing an example of his work with the suggestion that the student reproduce the shapes found in the painting. She continues with the shape theme of the art lesson with examples of other bird paintings by Thorburn and a rabbit by Durer. With the rabbit picture, the student is led through the steps of creating a similar rabbit. Likewise with an owl painting. She ends the segment by noting how we can communicate certain characteristics by artistic additions. For instance, we communicate that an owl is "wise" by adding a graduation cap and glasses. This segment is longer than some but others follow a similar pattern.

    There are no lesson plans, per se. However, there are reading suggestions throughout plus lots of art projects and even discussion questions. The tone of the course is conversational and comfortable. This course could be completed independently, I think, by a high school student or to varying degrees of accomplishment and with varying amounts of assistance by younger students. A short, illustrated vocabulary and a simple end-of-course test (define genres and give examples) conclude the book. 92 pgs, pb. ~ Janice

  • Item #: 055712
    ISBN: 9781933407661
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  • Item #: 047945
    ISBN: 9781933407685
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  • Item #: 007395
    ISBN: 9781933407739
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  • Item #: 004166
    ISBN: 9781933407876
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    Rich and Sharon Jeffus are like the "Backyard Scientist(s)" of art! Their books remind me so much of Jane Hoffman - it's like they can't wait to share everything with you about art! It's delightful to peruse a book in which the authors' enthusiasm is so obvious! Before the actual lessons in this book, you get a wonderful section on using art supplies (finally, someone has taken the time to explain those pencil grades!). Here are lots of "how to's" and incredible tips for drawing with pencil and charcoal, using oil pastels, tempera paints, water colors, and chalk pastels. Following is a page of "recipes" for different modeling compounds, including an edible clay! Before encountering the "real" lessons are 7 full pages of exercises in drawing from basic shapes. This is similar to the technique endorsed by Mona Brooks in Drawing with Children. The heart of the drawing book is the 26 lessons, corresponding to the 26 letters of the alphabet, entitled, The ABC's of Art. Here, in their typical breezy, chatty style the authors have given us much to consider and do on every page. Each lesson contains one or more art principles or definitions, one or more art activities, and information or practice on color and techniques. Plan on spending more than one art period for some of the lessons. As usual, sample artwork and illustrations provide excellent models. It is difficult to decide an "appropriate" age level for this course. While it looks as though Mark, at 7 would be able to do and enjoy the exercises, an adult would be equally instructed! This is an art course you can definitely use with all of your children at once! We only wish it didn't have to end at "Z" (actually, it doesn't really end at "Z", because they've packed an additional goody at the end - a brief overview of the major art styles, along with illustrative examples). We hope Visual Manna will produce additional "beginner-type" books in the future!

  • Item #: 020188
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  • Item #: 040295
    ISBN: 9781933407869
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    Book 2 introduces some new topics like sea themes (ships and sea monsters), night scenes, and royal accessories (clothing and furniture), but also expands on some favorites from the first lesson such as armor and animals.
  • Item #: 055703
    ISBN: 9781933407784
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  • Item #: 047942
    ISBN: 9781933407678
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  • Item #: 046856
    ISBN: 9781933407890
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  • Item #: 007110
    ISBN: 9781933407951
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    If you liked the original Visual Manna Drawing Book, you'll love the new, improved, and larger version they've just released. Like the previous edition, the only tools you need are a drawing pencil (they recommend a 5H or 6H to start off with) and paper. Like the previous book, this one covers all the bases of a serious drawing program including shading, texture, proportion, perspective, drawing people, buildings and more. But that's as far as the similarity runs. Visual Manna's Master Drawing covers each of these drawing topics in more detail than the Visual Manna Drawing Book, and also includes lessons on using grids, rhythm and value, drawing motion, and also gets into more specifics such as still life, animals, landscapes, cartoons and caricature. As a special treat, a section which features many field sketches of birds by renowned bird artist David Plank are also included in the animals section. Other very helpful lessons include using creativity and how to concentrate on what you are seeing as you draw - both important for the serious sketcher. Lessons are open-ended, and easy to understand, while covering all the basics such as the face being five eyes wide, and finding a vanishing point to draw accurate perspective drawings. This could be implemented with a group of budding artists, or for the older or more driven art student. All the way through, students are reminded to practice, practice, practice... or, should I say, sketch, sketch sketch to improve their mastery of the skills taught. Characteristically Visual Manna, this is a good, solid, Christian-based drawing program that will give aspiring artists a solid start to becoming the next Rembrandt.

  • Item #: 043223
    ISBN: 9781933407913
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    Math is used every day and all around us, and with this book by Visual Manna you can help your students realize the concept. This book can be used as a supplement to your math program which would allow students to see the connection to cooking, architecture, engineering, and other aspects of everyday life. It touches upon the math concepts of money, time, measurement, geometry, real numbers, whole numbers, integers, fractions, angles, multiples, prime numbers, and factors. Students will see how, through the centuries, famous artists have used math to create great works. Learn about the Fibonacci Sequence, The Golden Mean, symmetry, and more as you look at the use of math in art. 83 pgs, pb. – Donna

  • Item #: 008760
    ISBN: 9781942446071
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    Another title in the "art through the core" series by Visual Manna, this one is a great complement to Teaching Geography Through Art (see description). Some of the topics and countries visited include mountains, islands, gardens, lighthouses, cities, bridges and architecture, ballet, Italy, Germany, Russia, and Holland. Along the way, kids will be exposed to many different masterpieces (black and white reproductions, unfortunately!) and art techniques - drawing, painting, sculpting, etc. and be encouraged to try their hand at these mediums. 82 pgs. The book is also available on CD, consisting of PDF files of the actual book so you can print off the pages you want, as you need them. ~ Melissa

  • Item #: 007399
    ISBN: 9781933407777
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    Providing a gentle introduction to familiar Old and New Testament stories, this easy-to-use book from Visual Manna brings together a Scripture verse, condensed Bible story, simple songs, and art activities which have been designed to develop fine motor skills. Recommended supplies are cardstock paper, glue, markers or crayons, and scissors. Simple enough for an older sibling to be able to lead Bible lessons with younger children. 19 lessons available on a CD-Rom consisting of PDF files of the actual book, so you can print off the pages you want as you need them. ~Deanne

  • Item #: 046855
    ISBN: 9781933407944
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  • Item #: 040648
    ISBN: 9781933407791
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    Are you looking for a way to breathe new life into your astronomy studies? These supplemental lessons reinforce astronomy facts while teaching art techniques. Art topics include cylinders, shading, blending oil pastels, mapmaking and more. Astronomy topics reviewed are telescopes, colors in space, famous astronomers, stars, comets, the sun, galaxy, nebulas, asteroids, solar and lunar eclipses, international space station and much more. Several lessons are internet linked to resources to provide supplemental information. A Table of Contents helps you to easily find the art lessons to correspond with your astronomy lesson. Suggested art supplies include: chalk pastels, oil pastels, charcoal, water color paints, black construction paper, white drawing paper, 2 "H" pencils (or ebony drawing pencil), colored pencils, compass, protractor, ruler, tube water colors and scrap paper. This program is available on CD-ROM, which contains PDF files or in printed format. ~ Deanne

  • Item #: 011870
    ISBN: 9781933407852
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    C.S. Lewis' Chronicles of Narnia books are so rich in visual imagery and fascinating characters, it seems completely natural to incorporate art and crafts to bring the subjects to life. Thanks to Sharon Jeffus, you can easily do this, whether you're studying the books in school or just reading them for pleasure. In 56 pages, Sharon offers a variety of ways students can apply their own creativity to the subjects of Narnia, whether it be through pencil and paper, paint, clay, cardboard, or a craft project. Subjects examined are lions, heraldry, knights, armor, weapons, crowns, thrones, portraits, printing, rabbits, beavers, gargoyles, fauns, stags, trees, castles, birds, ancient writing, dragons, unicorns, and maps. Along the way, Sharon mixes in art concepts, including perspective, shading, using a grid, scale, and positive and negative space. Because the topics are chosen from the Narnia books, this is not a cohesive art program; rather, it's set up as a book you can wander through as you read through the Narnia books, choosing topics that suit your fancy. Topical lessons vary quite a bit in content, and may include a craft project, a drawing challenge, thought-provoking questions, creative challenges, a website to look up works of art, examining a given picture, learning an art principle, etc. The suggested activities are very open-ended, and would be easy to tailor to children of different ages. Occasionally, several different activity options are offered for a topic; some will appeal more to older children, and some to younger children. The instructions for an activity are very simple and freeform (more like suggestions), allowing as much adaptation as you want. As with their other very practical art books, you won't need any special art equipment for the lessons, just pencils, drawing paper, construction paper, glue, yarn, markers, crayons, and anything else you'd like to use. Also available is a CD-ROM which contains the entire text of the book in electronic form. If you're anxious to explore Narnia with all of your senses and sharpen your artistic skills at the same time, you'll enjoy using this book as an art companion.

  • Item #: 004198
    ISBN: 9781933407920
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    Teaching History Through Art covers ancient history through the Renaissance. Because a culture's art gives insights into their society, ample illustrations, lively and informative text, and related activities teach us about civilizations through the ages. For example, one activity is on Vase Painting, with information related to the Archaic period from about the late seventh century B.C. to 480 B.C. Two photographs of Grecian vases are displayed, with corresponding art activities. One is to make a vase with a picture on it, starting with self-hardening clay. Directions are included for coil building a vase. Another idea is given for painting on a coffee can, to experience painting on a curved surface. Directions for surface preparation and completion are included. Another page relates the story of the Bayeux Tapestry, along with a scene from the artwork. The corresponding art activity is to produce a three-foot mural relating another famous battle in history, using oil or chalk pastels. Still another page tells about the navigator and explorer Captain Cook. After a brief but interesting biographical sketch, students are given directions to build their own ship in a bottle. Renaissance topics, along with wonderful art activities, include: Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Brunelleschi, Galileo, Gutenberg, Dürer, Mercator, Boticelli, Raphael, Shakespeare, Clothing and Armor in the Renaissance, St. Peter's Basilica, Peter Paul Rubens, Painting in the Renaissance, Triptych, and Illuminated Manuscripts. Each gives you well-researched and interesting background information, along with a correlated art activity. This book would be easy to incorporate into any history study, particularly the literature-based programs from Greenleaf Press, Beautiful Feet, or Hillside Academy.

  • Item #: 055711
    ISBN: 9781933407746
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    Meet George Catlin, a genre artist from the 1800s, who journeyed west to paint the Plains Indians and their way of life. With a goal to record history by painting the appearance and customs of America's native people, we are forever indebted to him for providing us a visual record of a different time and its peoples. Containing authentic illustrations, basic art techniques, coloring pages and historically accurate text, Sharon Jeffus (Visual Manna) has given us a fun, hands-on resource that ties art and history together to engage even our most reluctant learners. Available on a CD-Rom consisting of PDF files of the actual book, so you can print off the pages you want as you need them. ~Deanne

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    ISBN: 9781933407753
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    ISBN: 9781933407807
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  • Item #: 047941
    ISBN: 9781933407654
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    The "Art Adventures in Narnia CD" includes the entire text of volumes 1 and 2 in electronic form.