How do I use the Art Era Timeline?

Here are some tips and practical ideas on how to use your downloaded Art Era Timelines.

Bind the downloads as an Art Book of the Centuries ~

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I bound my printout and made a simple spiral bound book and we use it to reference our artist or art movement.

The book format works well if you  flip through the pages to find artist.  Your children may recognise the thumbnail of the work studied.  They will also notice other works of the same art style.

Your children may need to transfer the dates to a more formal timeline for clarity.

We use a Wall Chart ~

This is a wonderful method because the children can see in one glance, where and when events and eras took place in relation to other events in History.

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Timeline Wall Chart

I made this chart myself on the back of our Large World Map.  I divided the vertical space into the centuries from 5000 BC to 2000 AD and divided the lines across in decades.

My timeline zigzags to form a flowing timeline.

I coloured some of the timeline eras in different colours; the Roman Empire, the Dark Ages, Renaissance, the Industrial Revolution etc.

Also, because I covered the wall chart in packaging tape to protect it, we write details on our wall chart with coloured white board markers.

This is how we use our Art Era Timeline on the Wall Chart:

  • We write the artist’s name and birthdate and stick the picture of the artist or the thumbnail of his most famous works on the timeline.
  • We use a different colour for different art eras and mark off all the years that the art movement occurred.
  • We only update the timeline once a week, or even less.  I find it helpful for an introduction to an artist.
  • The kids look for the year and write the name of the artist above his biographic dates.
  • It is also a good way of concluding a study.  When we have finished studying an artist, we update the timeline and see how his works fit into an era.

As you can see, the chart does get crowded.  This is the only disadvantage of a smaller scale wall chart.

Here you can see the timeline figures I use ~

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Timeline Figures

These came with my first kindergarten Sonlight purchase. They did not come with all the artists we have studied. We make/ draw/ download pictures of famous artists for the timeline.

I coloured the edges of my figures to help distinguish between the different history cores I was using.

You could use this system to highlight Art figures ( highlighted in 1 colour) different from Notable People (edged in another colour), History (edged in another colour),  from Inventions (a 3rd colour) or Wars (a 4th colour).

At the end of our year we play games and use our timeline figures for  review:

  • group the figures according to categories (discoverers, artists, Bible characters)
  • quiz – give 2 facts for each figure
  • arrange 3/5 figures in time order

Here is our Book of Centuries Timeline ~

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Book Of Centuries Time time

We used this timeline method while we were travelling and I could not display our timeline chart in our school room.

Each child pastes in their pictures or information and uses the blank page to write more information.

It is a very personal timeline.  Each child adds to their Book of Centuries and it becomes a rich historical resource.

An adolescent needs to start a new Book of Centuries as they sometimes become critical of earlier entries.  They need a blank book to map and record their more mature insights and intellectual understanding.

There are some excellent Book of Centuries with sections devoted to different themes on each page.

This is more appropriate for older students.  Young children sometimes cannot “see” the full picture and how their details fit into the larger scheme of time.

In the same way as explained above, add the names, biographies, thumbnails, pictures and information of the artists or art movements on the relevant pages.  This method offers much more space and so your children can fill more information on the page than on the wall chart.

And lastly, you could make a continuous Timeline Strip ~

I don’t have my first strip timeline photographed, but I used a looooooong strip of sturdy paper, divided into all the centuries and pasted this all around the room at the top of our school room wall.

This was a fantastic method!  The children could see exactly where and when historical events occurred.

It was easy to refer to Biblical eras and see how long ago these events took place.  Also,there were several eras when lots of new events, inventions and changes took place in very short space of time.  This was easy to see during the Renaissance or in the late 18th Century. This cluster could be expanded by making the timeline strip wider to accommodate all the figures and information.

One disadvantage is that the children can’t write or paste items on the wall strip because it is a struggle to climb up to reach the timeline.

You can read more here about our history timeline.

Simply Charlotte Mason have a Book of Centuries pictured and described here and a free pdf download here.

Heart of the Matter offers simple directions on how to make a time line here.

Heather made a free Book of Centuries template download.  (You need to write your own years in on the top of the pages.)

And, of course, please visit my Free Pages to make sure you have downloaded all the free stuff! 🙂

Art Era Timeline 4 ~ Modern Art

Here is the 4th Art Era Timeline!

Did you downloaded the earlier  Art Era Timelines?  I f not, please pop over to Art Era Timelines under my Free Pages and download the previous 3 timelines. Due to the size of the files I have broken the timeline into 4 sections.

I have provided a basic definition of each art movement and included the dates and  names of  the founders and the most eminent artists of that movement. Each artist has a thumbnail of their work. I have placed each art movement on a new page for clarity and to aid the study of different eras.

Click here for the 4th Art Era Timeline featuring Modern Art ~ Art Era 4 Timeline Modern

Here is a slide-show sampler:

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These are the Art Movements featured:

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  • Modernism
  • Expressionism
  • Die Brücke
  • Der Blaue Reiter
  • Die Neue Sachlichkeit
  • Bauhaus
  • Cubism
  • Dada
  • Futurism
  • Neo-Plasticism
  • Surrealism
  • Precisionism
  • Art Deco
  • The Harlem Renaissance
  • Abstract Expressionism
  • Pop Art
  • Op Art
  • Arte Povera
  • Photorealism
  • Minimalism
  • The Sensation Show
  • Folk Art

Some ideas on how to use this timeline:

  • Print it bind it and create an Art Book of Centuries.
  • Add these pages to a student’s own Book of Centuries.
  • Cut and paste the pages side-by-side as a continual art timeline. (It will be huge! :))
  • Cut out and add the artists and their art work thumbnails to a dedicated art timeline or an existing timeline.
  • Cut the artists as cards, laminate them and let children match the artists to the eras.
  • Use the information and write your own artists on your own timeline as you study them.

I downloaded all the information for these timelines from Artcyclopedia.com.

Have you downloaded all the other Free Famous Artists and Impressionist Artists Pages?

Art Era Timeline #3 ~ Early 20th Century to Modernism

I hope you downloaded the previous Art Era Timelines ~

#1 Pre-Renaissance to  18th Century and #2 19th Century Art

Click here for your 11 page download of #3 20th Century to the start of Modern Art ~ Art Era Timeline Early20thC-Modern

I have provided a basic definition of each art movement and included the dates and  names of  the founders and the most eminent artists of that movement. Each artist has a thumbnail of their work. I have placed each art movement on a new page for clarity and to help the study of different eras.

Here is a slide-show sampler:

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These are the Art Movements covered in this time:

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  • Late 19th/Early 20th Century Design
  • Arts and Crafts
  • Art Nouveau
  • Les Nabis
  • The Golden Age of Illustration
  • Art Deco
  • 20th Century
  • Realism Reinvented
  • Ashcan School
  • Camden Town Group
  • American Scene
  • American Regionalism
  • Social Realism
  • The Canadian Group Of Seven
  • Magic Realism
  • Contemporary Realism

Some ideas on how to use this timeline:

  • Print it and create an Art Book of Centuries, or
  • Add these pages to a student’s own Book of Centuries or
  • Cut and paste the pages end-to-end as a continual vertical art timeline (it will be huge!)
  • Cut out and add the artists and their art work thumbnails to a dedicated art timeline or an existing timeline
  • Laminate and cut the artists as cards and let children match the artists to the eras
  • Use the information and write your own artists on the timeline as you study them

I downloaded all the information for these timelines from Artcyclopedia.com.

Have you downloaded all the other Free Artists and Impressionist Artists Pages?

Art Era Timeline #2 ~ 19th Century Art

Last week I posted my first in a series of 4 Art Movement Timelines.

I have divided them into sections due to the size of the downloads.

Click here for your 14 page download Art Timeline on 19th Century Art ~ Art Era Timeline 19thC-Late 19thC

I have provided a basic definition of each art movement and included the dates and  names of  the founders and the most eminent artists of that movement. Each artist has a thumbnail of their work. I have placed each art movement on a new page for clarity and to assist the study of different eras.

19th Century Art Movement Timeline focuses on the following movements:

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  • Romanticism
  • The Hudson River School
  • The Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood
  • Victorian Classicism
  • The Arts and Crafts Movement
  • Symbolism
  • Realism
    The Barbizon School
  • Impressionism
    Tonalism
    Post-Impressionism
    Les Nabis
    Pointillism
  • Fauvism

Here’s a peek at the timeline:

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Some ideas on how to use this timeline:

  • Print it and create an Art Book of Centuries, or
  • Add these pages to a student’s own Book of Centuries or
  • Cut and paste the pages end-to-end as a continual vertical art timeline (it will be huge!)
  • Cut out and add the artists and their art work thumbnails to a dedicated art timeline or an existing timeline
  • Laminate and cut the artists as cards and let children match the artists to the eras
  • Use the information and write your own artists on the timeline as you study them

I downloaded all the information for these timelines from Artcyclopedia.com.

Have you downloaded all the other Free Artists and Impressionist Artists Pages?

Art Era Timeline #1 ~ Pre-Renaissance to 18th Century

I created Art Movements Timelines

Due to the size of the files I have broken the timeline into 4 sections:

  • Pre-Renaissance – 18th Century
  • 19th Century to Late 19th Century
  • 20th Century till Modern Art
  • Modern Art Movements

This week’s Timeline is Pre-Renaissance – 18th Century

Click here for your 9 page download ~ Art Era Timeline Pre-Renaissance-18thC

I have provided a basic definition of each art movement and included the dates and  names of  the founders and the most eminent artists of that movement. Each artist has a thumbnail of their work. I have placed each art movement on a new page for clarity and to assist the study of different eras.

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Use the timeline in several ways:

  • Print out as an Art Book of Centuries, or add to a student’s own Book of Centuries
  • Cut and paste the pages end-to-end as an art timeline
  • Cut out and add the artists and their art work thumbnails to a dedicated art timeline or an existing timeline
  • Laminate and cut the artists as cards and let children match the artists to the eras

Included in this download are the following Art Movements:


Pre-Renaissance
Gothic Art
Byzantine Art
The Renaissance
The Early Renaissance
The High Renaissance
The Northern Renaissance
Mannerism
17th Century
Baroque Art
18th Century
The Rococo Style
Neoclassicism
Academic Art
Japanese Ukiyo-e

I obtained all information for this timeline from Artcyclopedia.com.

I will upload the following 2 timelines soon, so please sign up for an email notification or put my RSS feed on your homepage! (You’ll find this on my sidebar just under my Gravatar.)

History Timeline – Our wallchart at the end of the year

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Timeline wall chart

Our timeline wall chart is almost full!  As we end this school year here in South Africa, our timeline figures are all on the chart  and our studies are nearly complete.

This year (Sonlight World History 1&2) we made a wall chart and used our Sonlight timeline figures.  The wall chart worked well, giving us a full overview, but it became crowded in places. Previously, we used a continuous scroll pasted above and around the room!  This also gave a great overview and we expanded sections for more detailed studies.  It gave insights to the periods of great changes in history ~clusters of discovery and inventions!

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History timeline notebook

With our Footprints On Our Land we used the Footprint’s Through the Century Notebook and this was compact and offered space for notes and drawings. It went with us as we travelled and was easy to use.

When we took the figures down, we play games and use our timeline figures for  review:

  • group the figures according to categories (discoverers, artists, Bible characters)
  • quiz – give 2 facts for each figure
  • arrange 3/5 figures in time order
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Colour-coded timeline figures

I also have the Sonlight kindergarten Timeline figures which I outlined in pink (the same colour as the book tag covers for that year). This way I know which figures belong to which curriculum.

I sorted the figures for the year and paper clipped the groups for each century.  I placed these bundles in a little ziplock bag and stored them near our files.  In previous years, I clipped each figure to my weekly schedule page. (Boy! I was super-organized back then!) 🙂

As you end 2009, I trust that you can see the wonderful, full journey you and your children have covered so far!  God Bless!