Art History Homeschool Curriculum
If you have a potential artist, learning about different artists and their art will spark an interest in creating art. Most of the curriculum we offer for art history also has hands-on art projects.
With Art in Mind gives great instructions for doing art projects for grades 3 to 8, and you know that range can be extended for homeschoolers. The classic Drawing Textbook can be used by the independent learner or in the small family setting to learn the basics of drawing. You can learn alongside your student if you are artistically challenged.
How do you teach art when you aren't an artistic type? One thing you can do is teach art history.
One curriculum that combines art history with hands-on art projects is
Artistic Pursuits. It is well planned curriculum for grades K to 12 and is designed with the homeschool setting in mind. Discovering Great Artists
also combines art history with art project ideas for children aged 4 to 12. From How Great Thou Art, comes a course about God and the History of Art. Barry
Stebbing wrote this four year art history and hand-on art curriculum for children ages 10 and up.
Strictly an art history course is The Annotated Mona Lisa, a "crash course
in art history from prehistoric to post-modern art." You can supplement this with coloring books such as Dover's Color Your Own Art Coloring Books, or the Renaissance Painters Coloring Book.
Drawing On History
Drawing on History is the suggested art history program to accompany
A Literature Approach to U.S. and World History Study Guide by Beautiful
Feet books. Major movements of art from the Romanticism of the 1830s to the
Psychedelic art of the 1960s and 1970s are studied.
It is a one year high school fine arts
Drawing on History is an interactive approach to art appreciation and art
history. Included in each book is access to the Resource Center at
KnoodleU.com. Valuable lesson support, videos, and free project downloads
available there will enhance your student's art studies.
Full color, lay-flat coil binding, 64 pages, soft cover.
Discovering Great Artists
Hands-On Art for Children in the Styles of the Great Masters! Discovering Great Artists presents 110 fun and unique art activities for children ages 4-12. Along with a brief biography of each artist there is a fully illustrated art activity using various art media. From 1266 to modern times, the artists include Da Vinci, Michelangelo, Rembrandt, Monet, Degas, Matisse, Cassatt, and more. A great resource to accompany any history curriculum because you can coordinate your study of a period artist and the related activity to your history study. Ages 4-12.
How Great Thou Art
The four-year homeschool God and the History of Art curriculum features:
An extensive survey of art history in chronological order with detailed discussions of the artists and the art periods with emphasis on Christian artists,
Covers from Ancient Egypt to modern times.
Over 250 lessons teaching beginning drawing, painting, use of colored markers, perspective, color theory, etc.
35 "paint cards".
34 full color post card reproductions of works by Great Master's.
God and the History of Art is geared to ages 10 and up. Item # 0970040563
The Annotated Mona Lisa
A Crash Course in Art History From Prehistoric to Post-Modern
This is the second edition of The Annotated Mona Lisa. What is the difference? First, the publisher is different. The cover art is different. There are eight new pages at the end which cover new things in the art world since the first edition.
"Takes art history out of the realm of dreary textbooks to a world of dynamic design, succinct page-length essays, and instructive sidebars."
With more than 300 illustrations (about 1/3 in full-color), The Annotated Mona Lisa "draws on the very elements of art--composition, movement, balance, color, and design--to achieve a visual and textual approach to the subject that no ordinary textbook could approximate."
Each section begins with side by side world history and art history timelines
which helps place the art events into the era. The author does a brief biography for each famous artist and discusses the major styles of art (baroque, impressionism, etc.) You'll learn how to analyze a painting and read about paintings.
The Annotated Mona Lisa is a good choice for homeschool art history course. A high school student could read this independently. You could read this book to
younger students for a multi-level art history curriculum. If you need to keep young hands busy, I suggest using Dover's
Color Your Own Art Coloring Books, or the Renaissance Painters Coloring Book.
You can add hands-on art projects from the Discovering Great Artists
book or from Visual Manna's Teaching History Through Art.
Renaissance Painters Coloring Book
The Renaissance Painters Coloring Book includes 45 images of the most famous works of the Renaissance for you to color. Unusual to coloring books is that the back of each page is blank! There is a short paragraph about the artist of each painting. This will be an excellent addition to any study of the Renaissance.