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Does anyone have these books you could "show" me over the net, please?


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I am trying to pick something for art/art history. I want to pick one artist, study him and his works, then let them do a project in that style. I've looked at samples online, then at the expo last week and made what I thought were very good, clear notes to myself about each book. Now I have sat down to decide and I have all the books jumbled up in my head and in my notes!:banghead: I don't know which ones to order now!!!!!


I thought for sure I wanted "Discovering the Great Artists", sounded like it fit the bill. But when I looked at it in person, it wasn't so visually appealling! Also thinking of Usborne's Art Treasury, Usborne's Children's Book of Art, or Usborne's Complete Book of Art Ideas.


Do one of these books do what I want? Are there two I could combine for the history and the projects?


Thanks so much! I am just so ready to hit order on that Amazon cart!




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Oh, I was also looking at Evan Moor How to Teach Art to Children. Anyone use that one?


I haven't seen the one you suggested, Jessica. I will take a look at it.


I didn't even think of just using the library, Angela! That should have been pretty obvious, huh?


Thanks for the suggestions!


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I have twice done our year of art curriculum using the Evan-Moor book paired with Discovering Great Artists, topped off with library books and looking at pictures on the internet.


The Evan-Moor book covers elements of art in the front and then applies them to doing art in the stye of several artists in the back. I mixed up the elements lessons with the artists projects and the projects from Discovering. It worked really well. I did this for a co-op class, too. I would cover an element, choosing a few of the lessons from the Even-Moor book and then talk about artists that well illustrated that element.

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I have twice done our year of art curriculum using the Evan-Moor book paired with Discovering Great Artists, topped off with library books and looking at pictures on the internet.




Yes, we did this for two years. I love the Evan-Moor book. It's still on my shelf even though we are done with it. We also have a copy of Sister Wendy's Story of Painting that we used for samples.


This year, we're using Artistic Pursuits.

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I concur on the Art Treasury. The book has a two-page spread for each painting discussed, which includes a description of the painting and techniques used as well as a short biographical sketch of the artist. I sell this book to Art Appreciation ladies at schools all the time for this very purpose. Here is a list of the paintings/artists covered:


The Starry Night by van Gogh

The Great Wave by Hokusai

A Winter Scene by Avercamp

Punchinello by Picasso

African masks by unknown artists

The Golden Fish by Klee

Monkeiys in an orange Grove by Rousseau

Eleven Polychrome by Calder

The Sorrows of the King by Matisse

Nocturne in Black and Gold by Whistler

Water Lilies by Monet

Squares with Circles by Kandinsky

Cat by Shen Quan

Dancers in Blue by Degas

The Square by Giacometti

Spin painting by Hirst

Bark painting by Bulunbulun

Jimson Weed by O'Keeffe

Lavender Mist by Pollock

Glittering tiles by unknown artists

The "Fighting Temeraire" by Turner

Mud Hand Circles by Long


The Childrens' Book of Art goes into a little more depth on art. This book is Internet-Linked, which means that it directs you to websites where you can get more information on the topic. There is a small amount of nudity in this book (they are published by a British company where the social norms regarding art may be different.) There is an image of God bringing Adam to life from the Sistine Chapel. Also, Boticelli's The Birth of Venus is also has nudity. Here is a list of the table of contents (with my commentary):

About Art (why make art, what is art)

Making Pictures (Overview of techniques, the oil revolution, mixing oils)

Renaissance starts (Leonardo, Michelangelo)\

The Birth of Venus (about the painting, body distortion, about Botticelli)

Hunters in the Snow(Bruegel, use of warm and cool)

Everyday scenes (Rembrandt, Vermeer)

Fruit and Flowers (van Os, painting luxury items)

Perfect Portraits (Goya, flattery, sarcasm)

Wanderer Above the Sea of Fog (Friedrich - scenery)

Ophelia (John Millais - true to life)

Moody landscapes (Whistler, Turner)

Ballet dancers (various by Degas)

The Water Lily Pond (Monet, impressionism)

Sunflowers (van Gogh, Gaugin)

The Circus (Seurat, Pointillism, color wheel)

Tiger in a Tropical Storm (Roussea, imaginary travels)

The Scream (Munch)

The Kiss (Klimt, Art Nouveau)

The Large Blue Horses (Marc, color)

Improvisation No. 26 (Rowing) - Klandinsky, abstract, Improvisation)

Three Musicians (Picasso - cubism)

The House by the Railroad (Hopper, inspiring Psycho)

Abstraction White Rose (O'Keeffe, almost abstract)

Splatter paintings (Pollock - action painting)

The Snail (Matisse - collage)

Surreal Scenes (Magritte)

Campbell's Soup Can (Tomato) (Pop art)

Pearblossom Highway (Hockney - multiple views photography)


Using the Internet



I have to run, but here is a brief synopsis of the Introduction to Art - This is a much more detailed look at art (144 pages.) It is also internet-linked. It is broken up into several sections:


Ancient and Medieval art

The Renaissance

Barorque and Rococo


the modern world

Behind the scenes


I have included links to my website if you want to see the books. The only book that is shown with the "peek inside" feature is the Introduction to Art. Feel free to PM me if you have more questions.


Off to my shower and to physical therapy.

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Thanks, everyone, for your great responses! And, WOW!!, Miss Ethel, that was a huge help! Does the Childrens Book of Art give project ideas to go with the artwork?


Its so hard...there are just so many choices!





The Children's Book of Art does not have projects in the book, nor does the Introduction to Art. However, the internet-links have some fun and interesting activities related to what has been presented in the book. They are not "creating art" type of activities, but some give more information, others play games with the paintings.


There is a newer book that came out last spring called the First Book of Art. It has project ideas as well.



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