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I'm currently researching art curricula options. I am not good at art myself and my children are not artistically gifted. I tend to use "coloring pages" and freetime art projects (where I dump the paper, glue sticks, crayons and colored pencils on the table and say have fun) to fulfill art requirements for the state. I have no idea if my 4 year old can even draw a stick figure because every picture he draws for me is of a "storm". Literally. every. picture. no joke. 

 

I would like to incorporate a better art into next year but don't have the funds to pay for an art class, which is what I did as a kid. I'll be teaching prek4, 1st, and 4th next year. I tried drawing with children twice about 3 years ago - each time I couldn't get past birds and my eldest daughter still draws birds in her pictures and nothing else. I finally sold the book. I need something more teacher friendly!

 

So hit me with your favorite art curriculum please!

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My kids loved the Barry Stebbing series (How Great Thou Art, Lambs Book of Art, etc.).  The Lambs Book of Art says it's for ages 8 up.  They have a book for even younger ages called Little Annie's Art Book of Etiquette and Good Manners, which is art with an emphasis on learning some social skills too.  (It lists ages 4-10.)  We didn't use that one.

 

http://www.timberdoodle.com/How_Great_Thou_Art_Publications_s/255.htm

 

Obviously Christian content.

 

 

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My kids loved the Barry Stebbing series (How Great Thou Art, Lambs Book of Art, etc.).  The Lambs Book of Art says it's for ages 8 up.  They have a book for even younger ages called Little Annie's Art Book of Etiquette and Good Manners, which is art with an emphasis on learning some social skills too.  (It lists ages 4-10.)  We didn't use that one.

 

http://www.timberdoodle.com/How_Great_Thou_Art_Publications_s/255.htm

 

Obviously Christian content.

 

Thanks, I'll check it out - I'm fine with either Christian or secular.

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We are using Barry stebbing's I Can Do All Things book this year. I'm using it with a k and 2nd grader. We love it. My older is a perfectionist and tended to give up or shut down when we had used other project-based art resources (Art Tango and Discovering Great Artists). ICDaT is focused on the skills and breaks them down. It is easy to implement as well. I don't have the dvd's, but they are available. Materials are inexpensive and the book can be purchased on currclick so you can print multiple copies rather than buy a text for each child.

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We like Bruce McIntyre's "Drawing Textbook". At Rainbow Resource also: http://www.rainbowresource.com/product/sku/002584 Its easy, cheap, open and go, but better for your older kids though. I don't have an artsy bone in my body but I can do it.

 

I like all the Ed Emberley books for the littles. They start understanding and looking for the shapes behind things. When I started my 6 year old on art study last month, she noticed right away the Impressionist we are studying didn't make clear shapes, only fuzzy ones. We have most of these (from RR and Amazon) but get a lot of use out of animals and the "make a world books." http://www.rainbowresource.com/searchspring.php?q=Emberley

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My favorite free stuff. Some are still in print after all these years, because they are that good.

 

K4-Grade 1

 

Prang Primary Course in Art Education

https://books.google.com/books?id=KnUoAAAAYAAJ&printsec=frontcover#v=onepage&q&f=false

 

Willie's First Drawing Book

https://books.google.com/books?id=Q54VAAAAYAAJ&printsec=frontcover#v=onepage&q&f=false

 

Grades 2-Middle school

 

Drawing Textbook

The 1965 edition does not fall under copyright laws and is free and safe to download here.

http://dreamsteep.com/downloads/ebooks.html

 

The crayon "paintings" from the early books in New Augsburg Drawing.

http://forums.welltrainedmind.com/topic/359033-augsburg-drawing-free-and-awesome-and-complete-1-8/

It took us awhile to figure out crayons used to be chalk. Soft beeswax and plastic crayons work better than wax crayons. Colored pencils and pastels work even better.

 

What to Draw and How to Draw it.

https://archive.org/details/whattodrawhowtod00lutz

 

Drawing Made Easy

http://archive.org/stream/drawingmadeeasyh00lutz#page/n9/mode/2up

 

High School

 

Practical Drawing

https://archive.org/details/practicaldrawin00lutzgoog

 

Alon Bement Figure Drawing. Both free and currently in print by Dover

https://books.google.com/books?id=B6Y_AAAAYAAJ&printsec=frontcover&dq=inauthor:%22Alon+Bement%22&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwj30ea94cXSAhXm4IMKHcmgCqIQ6AEIIDAB#v=onepage&q&f=false

 

https://books.google.com/books?id=U96A08CFZXAC&printsec=frontcover&dq=editions:MDeHBZzmhcAC&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiVuoTx4cXSAhVh4YMKHStyDPEQ6AEIGjAA#v=onepage&q&f=false

 

Supplemented with the figure drawing in Chapman's American Drawing Book.

https://books.google.com/books?id=NdAEAAAAYAAJ&printsec=frontcover#v=onepage&q&f=false

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We like Bruce McIntyre's "Drawing Textbook". At Rainbow Resource also: http://www.rainbowresource.com/product/sku/002584 Its easy, cheap, open and go, but better for your older kids though. I don't have an artsy bone in my body but I can do it.

 

I like all the Ed Emberley books for the littles. They start understanding and looking for the shapes behind things. When I started my 6 year old on art study last month, she noticed right away the Impressionist we are studying didn't make clear shapes, only fuzzy ones. We have most of these (from RR and Amazon) but get a lot of use out of animals and the "make a world books." http://www.rainbowresource.com/searchspring.php?q=Emberley

If you are going to spend some money,

 

I second Ed Emberley, especially the prada people in the Green Book, and the bean buddies people in the fingerprint book.

 

I also like Using Color in Your Art

https://www.amazon.com/Using-Color-Your-Art-Williamson/dp/0824967542/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=

 

And Mark Kistler to supplement the Drawing Textbook

https://www.amazon.com/Mark-Kistlers-Draw-Squad-Kistler/dp/0671656945

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