When the kids and I sit down to begin a lesson each child gathers their personal tools. ARTisitic Pursuits provides you with a list of necessary supplies for each book. We made a special trip to gather them up. (If I had to do it over again, I do believe I would have just purchased the corresponding supply package directly from the company. By the time we drove to the store, searched for what we needed, and left with a few items still not crossed off our list it would have been much easier and more economical to just purchase them conveniently online through their website.) We also purchased each child a cup style pen holder traditionally used for a desktop for them to keep their supplies. Ours are plain black and are divided into three compartments inside. We got them from the dollar store, and kicked off the beginning of the program with a time for each child to decorate and personalize their own container. We created a special area on our bookshelf to keep all of our supplies together which makes art time super easy. I always use those self-adhesive, re-positional paper tabs to keep our place in whatever book we're using. So, we just grab our supplies and set to work.
The lessons are all planned out for you. They're short and simple to execute with little to no real advance prep required. For me, that is an extremely beautiful thing! I do try to read over the lesson ahead of time, but they are short enough for me to do it right at the start of art time if I wasn't able to be that prepared. Each lesson introduces a specific technique or aspect of art. There is a short introduction, real art to review, complementary and thought provoking exercise, as well as time to practice the skill or technique introduced. That's it! Couldn't be more simple. For us, each exercise takes about 15 minutes to complete, but it can carry on as long as the child is interested in exploring the introduced subject matter. We are sure to use ARTisitc Pursuits for many years to come as the go through high school and really beyond. The books are written specifically with homeschoolers in mind and anyone could benefit from their instruction. I work right alongside the children and enjoy it very much.