Curriculum: Art Resources

CURRICULUM FAIR: ART #homeschool #finearts mylearningtable.com

Curriculum Fair is a place for me to share the curriculum we use. However, we modify and revamp as we go along. Our homeschooling journey is always changing!

My boys love art, and we are fortunate to have a cultural arts council in our town that offers weekly homeschool classes throughout the school year. My boys’ teacher is wonderful, and they have learned many art techniques over the past several years and have participated in two art shows. These classes are a great opportunity for the boys to express themselves, interact with other kids, learn about famous artists, and explore different art media.

We use a variety of art resources for art appreciation at home.

My oldest son is studying US and World History using Beautiful Feet Books’ study guide, and the companion art book, Drawing on History, Pre Civil War-Vietnam 1830s-1970s. This book relies on the huge Art: Over 2,500 Works from Cave to Contemporary book as it’s main text, with online resources as well. The neat thing about this program is that it parallels the history my son is learning, and it gives my son another avenue of exploration besides the literature and history books and films.

CURRICULUM FAIR: ART #homeschool #finearts mylearningtable.com

Our neighboring city has a fantastic art museum with free admission, which we visit a few times each year. We also try to visit art museums when we travel, and one year were fortunate to find an Edith, Clement, and Thacher Hurd exhibit at a museum at the beach.

CURRICULUM FAIR: ART #homeschool #finearts mylearningtable.com

When my boys were younger, we read through all three of the Virgil Hillyer art books. These gave us an introduction to painting, sculpture, and architecture, and are more like history books than typical children’s art books.

Two series I like for learning more about specific artists are the Getting to Know the World’s Greatest Artists books and the Smart About Art books. These short paperbacks are full of pictures, trivia, and easy-to-read text and feature artists like Monet, Degas, Picasso, Renoir, Van Goth, Matisse, Toulouse-Lautrec, and Da Vinci.

For an early introduction to art, the “Come Look With Me” books by Gladys Blizzard are beautiful and include questions parents can ask children while looking at the pictures. These books are themed: World of Play (Come Look with Me)Animals in ArtEnjoying Art with Children.

The “How Artists See” books are nice for young children, too, and are also themed: Feelings/ Animals /People /Families / The Weather/ Play.

CURRICULUM FAIR: ART #homeschool #finearts mylearningtable.com

Here is a list of some of what is on our shelves, which we pull from regularly depending on what we are studying:

Looking at Pictures Revised Edition: An Introduction to Art for Young People

Artist to Artist: 23 Major Illustrators Talk to Children About Their Art

I Know That Building! Discovering Architecture with Activities and Games (Basic Topics in Psychology)

The Usborne Art Coloring Book

The Usborne Introduction To Modern Art-Internet Linked

Art Treasury (Usborne)

Usborne Art Ideas


The Usborne Book of Art Skills

National Gallery of Art: Activity Book

Monet and the Impressionists for Kids: Their Lives and Ideas, 21 Activities (For Kids series)

Frank Lloyd Wright for Kids: His Life and Ideas (For Kids series)

Discovering Great Artists: Hands-On Art for Children in the Styles of the Great Masters (Bright Ideas for Learning (TM))

Ed Emberley’s Drawing Books (Big Green, Big Purple, Faces, Ed Emberley’s Drawing Book: Make a World
Make a World, Animals
) and Fingerprint Drawing Book

Drawing With Children: A Creative Method for Adult Beginners, Too

13 Artists Children Should Know

BJU Press With Art in Mind: A Collection of Sixty Art Lessons

Simply Charlotte Mason Picture Study Portfolios

Birdcage Press Art Cards

{I recommend used bookstores the library as great resources for art books, but if you decide to shop on Amazon with my links, I may receive an affiliate commission on your purchase with no additional cost to you.}

I try to incorporate art into other subjects whenever possible, and my hands-on boys have made Gyotaku fish prints, Kokeshi dolls, tile mosaics, origami birds, and beeswax candles for history, and optical illusion drawings for science. We regularly incorporate art and craft projects into our literature studies, and I like this resource for Math Art.

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