More about teaching art appreciation

I was browsing books at amazon earlier today for a different post I am writing when I came upon this book.

discovering great artists

This book pretty much covers the topic I was discussing in my previous post about art and children. This book takes masterpieces by famous artists and provides ideas for projects designed to emulate their style. the one criticism of the book is that there are not a lot of examples of the artists work in the book. So if you chose to buy this book you would want to be aware that you will probably want to check out some library books on the artists as you work your way through the book.

This book is on my list of books I want to buy. While I am proficient in art techniques and even the artists themselves, I think this book would provide some ideas that In would not even consider.


This page suggest making your own egg paint in order to replicate the paint used by Giotto an artist who lived iin the late 13th century. That would be a great hands on project for older children. I also think that adding these kind of activities to the study of art history makes it more memorable.

I also happened upon this book, which appeals to the book lover in me as well. It is geared for the elementary aged school children and is slightly more accessible for younger children that the book above.

teaching art with books

This one I have on my list to check out from the library. I don’t have enough information on it to want to purchase it, or recommend other people purchase it. But the idea behind this book of exploring art techniques using illustrations from award winning children’s books intrigues me.

And as much as I hate to say this, because we all know that old saying about not judging a book by the cover, but I don’t find the cover of this book at all appealing. And if the cover of a book which discusses ART isn’t visually appealing, well then I worry that the inside of the book will not be appealing either.

So those of you who commented or emailed me and asked for more insight into teaching art to children, here are two books that I think could be valualable resources for you and your child.

7 Responses to “More about teaching art appreciation”

  1. babette Says:

    May I share my favorites with you?



    These books are published by DK and packed with beauty, history, and wonderful tidbits of information. We like Sister Wendy’s (DK) books, too, and a new favorite for little ones is: CAVE PAINTINGS TO PICASSO: THE INSIDE SCOOP ON 50 ART MASTERPIECES by Henry Sayre.

  2. STL Mom Says:

    I haven’t read “Discovering Great Artists” yet, but all of MaryAnn Kohl’s art books that I’ve read are great. She helps me remember that “It’s the Process, Not the Product” (actually the title of one of her books.) Her projects are designed to keep things really fun and creative for kids, but they have nice, clear directions for adults.
    The one about art and literature sounds interesting, too. Let us know what you think after you’ve read it!

  3. Michelle Says:

    Not sure if you have an Usborne rep anywhere near you, but Usborne has some excellent art books (as well as science!). They have some wonderful art treasuries for kids of all ages, how-to-draw series, and so on. :)

  4. foodmomiac Says:

    My mom is a retired elementary school art teacher, and I think she always did a great job with this. A couple of months ago, she visited my daughter’s pre-school class to teach them about Picasso. She showed them some big portraits by him and asked them to point out anything that looked “funny.” She then explained that he didn’t want to make a portrait that showed just one side of someone’s face - he wanted to see every angle at once. The kids had a blast. I have pictures here:

  5. Boy George Says:

    Oh wait. Yes, I have. I’m sorry, but I just don’t have it in me right now to type it all out again. Besides, it was just ramblings anyway. You didn’t want to hear me go on and on about this, right?

  6. fidget Says:

    Discovering great artists is awesome! I gifted it to my nephew and have been trying to ply it from his hands so i can do it with my kids. I’m thinking that he’s not gonna give it up without a fight so I’ll be breaking down and buying us our own copy.

    Not long after I gave it to him, he and his mom moved in with us while his dad was over seas with the Army. We did a “lesson” every other day as part of his homeschooling regiment

  7. David law Says:

    The one about art and literature sounds interesting, too. Let us know what you think after you’ve read it!

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