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Discovering Great Artists: Hands-On Art for Children in the Styles of the Great Masters (Bright Ideas for Learning (TM)) Paperback – May 1, 1997
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""Discovering Great Artists" encourages children to know the great artists and their techniques through hands-on experience, to be inspired to read books, to visit museums, and to see the world in a new way. Children will encompass a greater sense of history and art appreciation, and see themselves in a grander scope of time."
~ MaryAnn Kohl, author and educator
""Discovering Great Artists" offers children the opportunity to explore a variety of artistic mediums including paint, chalk and pencil drawings, sculpture, photography and construction. Artists from the Renaissance to the present time are included, covering artistic styles such as cubism, abstract, cartoon, naturalism, impressionism and folk art. Activities are as diverse as the artists themselves, with Invention Art (Da Vinci), Action Spatter (Pollock), Starry night (Van Gogh), Colour Collage (Matisse) and Comic Dots (Lichtenstein). Instructions are clear and easy to understand. Materials are generally common art supplies easily accessed by teachers and parents."
~ Susan Whelan, Suite101
"100+ activities teach the styles, works, and techniques of the great masters - Van Gogh, Michelangelo, Rembrandt, and more. To experience Van Gogh’s style, children mix paints into a thick substance called impasto” and then paint with heavy, swirling brush strokes. Each activity contains a brief history of the artist, a project, and an example of that artist’s work. Discovering Great Artists is a great value for the money and belongs on every art shelf."
~ Rainbow Resource
"Students study artists from the Middle Ages and Renaissance to present day, and learn a variety of techniques and styles. The publisher, Bright RIng Publishing, provides links to full color examples of artwork by many of the artists that are featured in the book. Highly recommended."
~ Successful Homeschooling
"You have to get this book! It is jam packed full of great ideas - with 140 pages of information on great artists and projects representing them. Each artist’s section has a short biography which is what I have used for our Artist pages in our History Notebook. There are such original and fun projects demonstrating the style and materials used by the Artist of study. There are projects of ink, acrylic paints, watercolors, pastels, collage compositions, clay pieces, and just too much to mention."
~ Noggins and Nonsense
"Hands-on Art for Children in the Styles of the Great Masters
110 amazingly fun and unique art activities for children to experience the styles and techniques of the great masters, from Renaissance to the present. A brief biography of each artist is included with a fully illustrated, child-tested art activity, featuring painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, architecture, and more!"
~ Classical Conversations
From the Back Cover
A Creative Collection of
Easy Art Appreciation
Activities for Children
110 amazingly fun and unique art activities for
children to experience the styles and techniques
of the great masters, from the Renaissance to
the present. A biography of each artist is
included with a fully illustrated, child tested art
activity, featuring painting, drawing, sculpture,
photography, architecture, and more!
Great Artists activities include:
- Da Vinci - Invention Art
- Michelangelo - Fresco Plaque
- Rembrandt - Shadowy Faces
- Monet - Dabble in Paint
- Degas - Resist in Motion
- Picasso - Fractured Friend
- Van Gogh - Starry Night
- Dali - Dream Photographs
- Matisse 0 color Collage
- Pollock - Action Splatter
- Lichtenstein - comic Dots
- O'Keeffe - Close-Up Flower
ART EXPLORATION FOR
SCHOOL HOMESCHOOL HOME
CHILDCARE MUSEUMS LIBRARIES
About the creators of Discovering Great Artists:
MaryAnn F. Kohl is the author of award winning titles
Scribble Art, Mudworks, ScienceArts, Preschool Art,
Cooking Art, Good Earth Art, and others. She is a national
speaker at educational and publishing conferences and
owns Bright Ring Publishing, Inc. MaryAnn lives in
Kim Solga is the author of Draw!. Paint!, Make Prints!
and five other books. Her articles on arts and crafts
appear regularly in national education and parenting
magazines. Kim owns KidsArt, a mail order art supply
catalog, and writes and illustrates children's books.
She lives in Mt. Shasta, California.
Rebecca Van Slyke has taught second grade since 1987.
She gives private art lessons to children and writes
and illustrates children's books. She lives with her
husband and daughter and numerous furry and
feathered critters on a small farm near Bellingham,
Top Customer Reviews
My only complaint (and what's kept me from giving this book 5 Stars) is that the black & white photocopies of pictures show so little detail of each artist. You really need to have a good full color guide to the world of art (showing at least one major work from each artist) to be able to use this curriculum effectively.
My hope is that the authors will consider this for future printings. If they do so, I think this will be the perfect art curriculum to teach both hands on art and art history.
The teacher or the students research the artist, bringing in books or prints of his/her works as examples. The only shortcoming of this book is that only one example of the artist's work (OR of a child's work) is shown in black and white per page. We found that we wanted more input in this area to truly inspire the children's creativity. We have changed some of the projects to correspond to a holiday or specific interest of our children. For example, we used the projects in the book to make several kinds of holiday cards. We include social studies in our art study as this book is written in rough chronological order. Each student has an 11 x 14 sketchbook, a pencil case, and watercolor paper. We share our other materials and buy some materials as they are needed. Each student is keeping a timeline of the artists in the front cover of the sketchbook. We have assigned some drawing as homework during the week and in the fall each student wrote a report on an artist.
The techniques in this book could easily be used with younger children and, by adding the biographic and historical elements to the study, we are extending the curriculum into high school.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I do all kinds of art ideas with 3 year old twins. Bought this because one of our state preschool learning objectives is learning different types of art and artists. Read morePublished 6 days ago by J. Stanfield
I teach art to young children and this book has been a great help to me.Published 13 days ago by Joyce Turley
Bought for use as a Classical Conversations tutor. I love the short and sweet bio for the artist and then the clear instructions on how to replicate. We had a blast!Published 2 months ago by Jared & Sarah Moore
I love this book! It contains everything I need to teach art creatively to children and even adults. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Donna M. Sheppard
As in a teacher I'm always looking for something to give me help for projects this is a great one I use it for my summer camps as well as for my classes definitely will be buying... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Artistic Mom