Famous Artists

Vitruvian Man by Leonardo da Vinci, Galleria d...

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Blessings, Nadene


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.

1. Famous Artists Wall Chart updated 2012

This download includes a portrait picture, a mini-gallery of their works and a brief biography of each artist.

Pictures, mini-gallery & biography on each artist

2. Famous Artist Biography Pages

3. Famous Artists Lapbook

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.

Leonardo da Vinci
Rembrandt Van Rijn
Raphael da Urbino
Sandro Botticelli
Sandro Botticelli
Salvador Dali
Salvador Dali
Peter Paul Rubens
Auguste Rodin
Anthony van Dyck
Pablo Picasso
Matching Masterpieces
Pockets of paintings & sculptures
Who is the artist pentagon petal minibook

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:

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!


49 thoughts on “Famous Artists

  1. I am having problems loading the famous artist timeline. I just printed the famous musician and love it (THANK YOU!) but was wondering if anyone else is having problems.

  2. Thank you so very much!! The garden of praise link was exactly what I needed!! This web site is perfect for my art students.

  3. Hi Nadene,
    I love art, great post! and a thank you for sharing and making available. This is a great technique from what I see
    to engage kids and give them the benefits of art and learning about famous artists. I am looking forward to using and sharing myself. Thank you so much.

  4. Wow. I stumbled upon your site while trying to pull together some interesting resources for our Vermeer artist study. …Can I just borrow your brain and creativity for a while?! Thank you for your fantastic ideas and resources, and for sharing them so freely with grateful strangers–and fellow homeschoolers–like myself. What a gift! Be well and thanks.

    Your new best friend(!),
    Julie in Arizona

  5. Thank you so much for making these wonderful notebooking pages! I am absolutely impressed with your creativity and open heart.

  6. These are beautiful resources! I found your site by googling “Artist Notebook Page”. I think I have everything I need now! Thank you so much for sharing. I will certainly be browsing here often..

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  12. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! These pages are just what I needed. Blessings to you for sharing your talents.

  13. thank you SO much for taking the time to create these and share them for free! It means so much! I am a homeschooling mom of 3 and it is not always easy to find good curriculum/activities/lessons for free!

  14. This is so wonderful! Thank you! :) What a great gift to other homeschool moms! I feel like a huge weight has been lifted from my shoulders! :)

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  16. I’m a veteran homeschool mom of 5 who’s been at it for 17 years, but I’ve never been able to teach art appreciation as well as I’d like. These ideas are wonderful! I’m combining your ideas with some from the Incredible Art Department (Princeton Online) and look forward to dabbling with the kids. Thank you for sharing freely! “[S]he who waters others will [her]self be refreshed.” Prov. 11:25

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  21. Thanks for sharing such a wonderful world of ideas for teachers and mothers!!!!! Congratulations!!!! God bless you!
    Gisele de Paola

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  25. A fellow teacher stumbled upon your blog and referred it to me. I am an elementary art teacher for a private Christian school in Baltimore, MD. I have been looking for some help with an art curriculum for a Bible based school and have had to piece things together. I am so happy for your blog and information to glean from. Thank you so much for freely sharing your work with the rest of us. I already printed out your armor of God picture for my students to color when they are looking for something to do. Thank you thank you thank you for your availability.

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  30. Nadene you’re the kindest woman I’ve ever cyber met! You do all the hard work and give it freely. You’re the epitome of Christianity! God bless and reward you! These are going to benefit us in a huge way! xx

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