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Charlotte Mason taught art appreciation in this way ~
“Children should learn pictures, line by line, group by group, by reading the pictures themselves. After a short story of the artist’s life, the pictures are studied one at a time. Children look at it, taking in every detail. Then the picture is turned over and the children tell what they have seen. In this way, children become acquainted with a hundred great artists during their school life and it is an intimacy which never forsakes them.” (Vol. 6, pg. 214-215)
Famous Artists featured:
Pablo Picasso, Paul Jackson Pollock, Henry Matisse, Georgia O’Keeffe, Michelangelo di Lodovico, Leonardo da Vinci, Johannes Vermeer, Rembrandt van Rijn, Raffael Sanzio da Urbino, Sandro Botticelli, Anthony van Dyck, Francisco Goya, Auguste Rodin, Peter Paul Rubens, Salvador Dali, Henry Moore.
(Click each title for your download)
Art Appreciation Lessons
Pop over to my Art Pages for all our art appreciation lessons, links and activities.
This download includes a portrait picture, a mini-gallery of their works and a brief biography of each artist.
2. Famous Artist Biography Pages
- Biography Famous Artists Blank with Map ~ A blank notepage ~ excellent to paste in minibooks or art appreciation lessons.
- Biography Famous Artists Black Lines with Map ~ With black lines & grey dotted lines for middle school writers. Colour the artist’s home country on the map.
- Biography Famous Artists Red_Blue ~ With red & blue lines ~ for primary/ beginner writers
I created a ‘blank canvas’ type lapbook ~ each minibook is blank and the picture are separate. This means you can use the download as it is and cover every artist, or you could use the minibook templates and use them to feature several works of 1 artist. An organized lapbook planner with website links as well as a page of extra application ideas is included.
Suggestions and practical tips:
- Laminate all the portraits and gallery pictures. (Re-use these every few years.)
- Let your children research and find 3 more famous art works to add to the gallery.
- Write a biography on the artist. Colour the musician’s home country on the map.
- Expand each biography and let your children give 5 – 8 facts about the artist studied.
- Let your children study at least one art work in-depth.
- Let them narrate as many details as they can after some time studying the picture.
- Make a sketch or reproduce their own version of their favourite art work for each artist.
- Try different art mediums through the year ~ sculpture, splatter paints, water colours, pen & ink, charcoal, make prints, collages, oil paint/ acrylic paints, photographs etc. …
- Make a minibook/ lapbook on a masterpiece or artist/ artistic style or era
- Try find other coffee table books, library books, calendars or posters with Art from as many eras as you have studied
- Make an Artist Time Line.
- For review, play a matching game and match the gallery to the correct artist.
- Enjoy art!
Other Web Sites on these artists are:
- http://gardenofpraise.com/art.htm – with lovely games, worksheets, biography and slide show of works
I acknowledge that this is not a comprehensive list, but this choice covers several centuries and demonstrates the variety of artists and their styles. You are welcome to print this for your personal use. I hope you and your children enjoy these pages!