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  ART HISTORY & ART APPRECIATION
Note: Grade levels are given as a guideline only. Lessons are always adaptable.

ARCHITECTURE LESSONS
Don't miss our Architecture section. [read more]
(Section: Architecture)

ARCIMBOLDO, GIUSEPPE: FRUIT AND VEGETABLE PORTRAITS Gr K-8
Students will learn that complex forms can be created using simple items as they draw portraits in the spirit of artist Giuseppe Arcimboldo. Submitted by Lacramioara Matei. [read more]
(Section: Drawing)

ART APPRECIATION: HOW ARTISTS SEE Gr K-8
Sponsored by Abbeville Press. The twelve-volume How Artists See series is a wonderful introduction for kids to the world of art and to the observation of their world. Each volume presents sixteen diverse works of art devoted to a subject familiar to every child through personal experience. Click here to view exerpts from each of the books written by Colleen Carroll. [read more]

BOSCH, HEIRONYMOUS: OH MY GOSH, IT'S A BOSCH! Gr K-8
Artist Bosch explored both the good and bad extremes of human nature. In this lesson, students will explore these ideas as they depict beauty and monsters together. Submitted by Julie Moses. [read more]

CARR, EMILY: EMILY CARR'S TREES Gr K-5
Students will learn how to paint trees in the style of Canadian artist Emily Carr. From Lily Erlic. [read more]

CAVE ART: LASCAUX CAVE ART ON CERAMIC "STONES" Gr K-5
This lesson will familiarize students with Prehistoric art. From Anne Marie Tracey. [read more]

CAVE PAINTING: Gr K-8
Prehistoric paint was created by mixing dirt, ground up rocks and animal fat. Sometimes, bits of burned wood were ground up, mixed with animal fat and used for painting as well. Learn how you can create your own "prehistoric paint". [read more]

CHAGALL, MARC: DAYDREAMING WITH MARC CHAGALL: Gr K-5
Here children will learn about the artist Marc Chagall and his famous painting, "I and the Village". They will then explore the concepts of surrealism and early cubism that Chagall portrayed in his work. Submitted by Julie Moses. [read more]

CLOSE, CHUCK: PORTRAIT DRAWING - GRID SYSTEM Gr 6-8
Using artist Chuck Close as inspiration, art teacher Alison Lorion shows us how to draw portraits using the grid system. [read more]
(Section: Drawing)

COW PARADE Gr 6-12
This lesson challenges students to decorate cow cutouts in the style of great artists. Inspired by Cow Parade in Kansas City. From art educator Mary Love. [read more]

EGYPT: EGYPTIAN BOOK OF THE DEAD Gr 6-12
Learn about Ancient Egypt and make a Book of the Dead with Charlotte Broxon. [read more]

EXPRESSIONISM: EXPRESS YOURSELF Gr 3-8
Students will demonstrate an understanding of expressionism by creating a portrait of a friend who inspires a mood or feeling. Glue and pastels are the media used. From Rebecca Engelman. [read more]

GREEK POTTERY DESIGNS Gr 3-8
Students will be introduced to the designs of Ancient Greek Pottery as they explore the use of geometric and organic shape in making ordered patterns. From Amy Woods. [read more]

GREEK STORY VASES Gr 3-5
Students will discover the art of Greek vases while they develop their own storytelling skills. From Doreen Diorio. [read more]

KANDINSKY, WASSILY: A LITTLE KANDINSKY FOR ALL Gr K-8
Learn about lines, primary colors, and Kandinsky with Charlotte Broxan. [read more]

KANDINSKY, WASSILY: KANDINSKY COLOR STUDIES Gr K-8
Students will learn about artist Wassily Kandinsky as they focus on his life as an artist and a musician. From Laura Stuart-Smith. [read more]

KLIMT, GUSTAV: BUILDING KLIMT Gr K-8
Introduce your KinderArtists to the intriguing work of artist Gustav Klimt. Jennifer Schero introduces you to the art and shows you how to Build a Klimt. [read more]

LANDSCAPE RESIST PAINTING Gr 3-8
Making an art form using processes and techniques influenced by those of different artists can help one to better understand how to create a landscape. From Lauren Geggus. [read more]
(Section: Painting)

LEONARDO DA VINCI: INVENTION CONVENTION Gr 3-5
Discover Leonardo's inventive ideas and invent a new machine for the 21st century. From Michelle Jamal. [read more]

LIVE PAINTINGS Gr 6-8
Allow your students the opportunity to really get into some art. From Beth Elzinga. [read more]

MATISSE, HENRI: CUT OUTS Gr 3-5
Liliane Bohbot shows you how to create a work of art in the style of the great Henri Matisse. [read more]

MATISSE, HENRI: MEET THE ARTIST! Gr 3-5
Eileen Urbanski shares her ideas for teaching students about the life and art of Fauvist painter, Henri Matisse. [read more]

MATISSE, HENRI: POSITIVE/NEGATIVE SHAPES/SHAMROCKS Gr 3 and up
One way to achieve harmony in a composition is to repeat positive and negative spaces which vary in size, color, texture or value. Find out more with the help of Anitra Redlefsen! [read more]

MINOAN POTTERY - AN ARTICLE
An article about Minoan Pottery. By Andrea Mulder-Slater. [read more]

MONDRIAN, PIET - ABSTRACT DESIGNS Gr K-5
Students will create Mondrian-inspired abstract art using crayons and paper. From Cheryl Trowbridge. [read more]

MONDRIAN, PIET: LINE, SHAPE AND COLOR Pre-K-2
Students will learn about geometric shapes and color as they create a construction paper picture in the style of Piet Mondrian. By: Kristen Peery. [read more]

MONDRIAN, PIET: MONDRIAN STYLE PAINTING Gr 3-12
Learn how to make a painting in the style of artist Piet Mondrian. [read more]
(Section: Painting)

MONET, CLAUDE: MONET AND IMPRESSIONISM Gr 3-8
This lesson from Judy Sassano teaches students about Monet and Impressionism as students are encouraged to create their own Impressionistic painting. [read more]

MONET, CLAUDE: MONET'S GARDEN Gr K-5
This lesson from Julie Mower explores the painting Garden at Sainte-Adresse Here, students will create their own garden by the sea utilizing a similar composition design. [read more]

MORRISSEAU, NORVAL: OJIBWA PAINTER Gr 3 and up
A medicine man or shaman, Morrisseau developed a style which has since evolved and been used by many Native artists. [read more]
(Section: Multicultural)

MUNCH, EDVARD: THINGS THAT MAKE US WANT TO SCREAM Gr 6-12
Students will learn about the artist Edvard Munch and his famous painting The Scream. From Tracy Green. [read more]

O'KEEFFE, GEORGIA: ABSTRACT FLOWERS Gr K-8
Students will view and discuss Georgia O'Keeffe's flower paintings and then create their own drawings. From Madeline Buonagurio. [read more]

O'KEEFFE, GEORGIA: FLOWERS GALORE PreK-12
Drawing and painting magnified flowers. From Beth Elzinga. [read more]

PAINTED SHOES Pre-K and up
Canadian artist Theodore Dragonieri paints, collages and reconstructs old shoes to represent great artists of the 20th century. Find out how your students can get creative on a different kind of canvas. [read more]
(Section: Painting)

POLLOCK, JACKSON: DRIPPING PAINT - ACTION PAINTING Pre-K and up
Students will be directed to observe the lines and shapes that make up an action painting. [read more]

POP ART ICE CREAM PAINTINGS Gr 3-5
Students will create ice cream cones as a repeated pattern. This isa really super lesson plan from art educator Madeline Buonagurio. Kinderartists will LOVE this one! [read more]

ROUAULT, GEORGES: PORTRAITS Gr 3-5
Portrait Painting in the style of Georges Rouault with the help of Kim Hoskins-Ward. [read more]

ROUSSEAU, HENRI: FANTASY JUNGLE Gr 3-5
Students will discuss the life and artistic style of Henri Rousseau and then create a stylized drawing using simple shapes. From Rebecca Engelman. [read more]




SEURAT, GEORGES: DOT TO DOT SEURAT Gr K-5
Learn about pointillism and create your own pointillism artwork with Deanna Chipley and KinderArt. [read more]

SEURAT, GEORGES: Q-TIP® POINTILLISM Gr 3-12
S.Klein shares a great technique students can use to reproduce the look of a Georges Seurat pointilism painting. [read more]

TO TELL THE TRUTH Gr 3-8
A terrific art history game that teaches students about the lives of the masters. From art educator Laura McAlpin. [read more]

THIEBAUD, WAYNE: SWEET STUFF Gr 6-8
Introduce your students to the artist famous for his dreamy 1960s paintings of cakes. Amy Shapley shares a yummy lesson plan.
(Section: Painting)[read more]

VAN GOGH'S PAINTING STYLE K-Gr8
A great painting and art history lesson submitted by H. Bachman, an art educator from Maryland, USA. [read more]
(Section: Painting)

VAN GOGH: SUNFLOWERS Gr K and up
Learn how to make expressionistic sunflowers using paint or pencil crayons. [read more]
(Section: Drawing)

VAN GOGH: VINCENT'S FLOWERS Gr K-8
Becoming aquainted with Vincent Van Gogh with the help of art educator Linda Moucha. [read more]

WARHOL, ANDY: "POP ART" PORTRAITS Gr 3-5
Geoff Snyder shows you how to teach your students to gain an understanding of Andy Warhol's work and the origins of "Pop Art". [read more]



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Students learn about artistic concepts by looking at great works of art. Follow-up art activities using crayons, chalk, tempera paint, and more reinforce learning.




RECOMMENDED BOOKS:

Drawing with Children; A Creative Method for Adult Beginners, Too
by Mona Brookes
Founded on the belief that any child can learn to draw realistic pictures using her "alphabet of shapes" while in a noncompetitive environment, Mona Brookes' easy-to-follow, lesson-by-lesson approach to drawing has yielded astounding results with children of all ages.


Colored Pencil Craze
by Walter Foster Publishers
An insanely fun drawing kit which includes 7 pencils, a drawing pad, a sharpener and eraser.