Art Curriculum



Teacher Resources:

  • The Art Teacher's Book of Lists by Helen D. Hume. A must-have for those of you who like to develop your own curriculum plan and have artists in your family - Visual Learners. This 400+ page book is chock full of lists including information on art history, art materials, important works of art, painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, crafts, technology and art, and museums. ISBN 0787974242.

  • HOW TO TEACH ART TO CHILDREN. (Pictured above left.) Here's an easy-to-use, inexpensive manual with lessons on line, shape, color, value, texture, form and space. Includes reproducible sheets and colorful illustrations that help you teach the project. Covers everything from drawing, to making collages, to sculpting and uses a variety of art medium. If I were on a budget or wanted more than one resource, this is what I'd get. ISBN 1557998116. Grades 1-6.

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Art Curriculum Suggestions for PreK-12th

During our homeschooling years, I kept a special container of art supplies available to the children at all times. When they were “bored,” they were directed to the art box. Art is an important part of any curriculum, especially for the visual and/or kinesthetic learner. For the visual learners, you would be wise to incorporate art into your other subjects as much as possible. See multi-level teaching for more ideas.

Here are some ideas of what to keep in your art box:

all kinds of paper both white and colored
old magazines to cut up
pipe cleaners
cotton balls
popsicle sticks
colored pencils
mosaic tiles
water paints
whatever else you can think of

This is my favorite art curriculum (in the order of how I would use them):

6-Pack Brilliant Washable Markers Do-A-Dot Art These are fun-to-use markers that make huge dots. There are workbooks to go with them that teach the numbers and letters. Great for PreK & K.

Scissors Activities and Fine Motor Skills Preschool Basic Skills Book . A great little books with exercises to teach little ones how to use scissors. . PreK-K.

I CAN DO ALL THINGS BUNDLE . I love this art curriculum and so do the kids! You can use this kit for one to three years or more, depending on how often you do art. I recommend at least once a week, but families who don't care for art can do it once per month. This is a Christian based curriculum. Covers drawing, painting, and a little art history. It's reproducible so you can use it for the whole family. The kit comes with everything you need. (ages 6 and up)

Art Adventures at Home Level 1 Gr. K-8 by M. Jean Soyke. Covers drawing, print-making, painting, sculpture, and crafts. This is a three-year, Christian-based art curriculum designed for K-8th graders, 35 lessons per year. Lots of great projects. The only thing that would make it better would be color illustrations.

Discover Great Paintings by Lucy Micklethwait. Oversize, 32 pages. Color illus. This is an excellent beginning art history textbook. Clues are provided for each painting to help children see the details and meaning of the painting. Questions are provided to help children to understand what they see. Covers Van der Weyden, Botticelli, Holbein, Bruegel, Velazquez, Steen, Boucher, Copley, Millais, Homer, van Gogh, Rousseau, and Hockney. ISBN 0789442833.

The Big Book of Cartooning by Vic Lockman. Here's one for kids ages 8+ who are interested in cartooning. Illustrations are family oriented. Buy directly from Mr. Lockman.

Draw Squad by Mark Kistler. This is an excellent introduction to drawing that will teach them the basics. Mark studied under one of Disney's artists. ISBN 0671656945.

Cartooning with Math by Bill Costello. Using numbers, kids will learn to draw a variety of cartoon characters. Lots of fun for the kid who loves numbers. K-4th. ISBN 1891905317.

A Child's Story of Art by V. M. Hillyer. This is a wonderful reader recommended for children of all ages to learn about art history. It is out of print. Check your local library.

Discovering Great Artists by MaryAnn Kohl. Super book of activities that teach art techniques and art history. Learn about Giotto by mixing your own egg paint, learn about Da Vinci by taking apart an object and then drawing it, create a snow picture with rubber cement like Andrew Wyeth, and much more! Worth buying for your library! Over 70 lesssons. All styles and techniques. For all ages. ISBN 0935607099.

FEED MY SHEEP 7 VIDEO SET video course. If you're looking for an introductory, Christian-based art course that can count as a high school art credit, this is the one I would recommend. It's fun, Christian-based, and less expensive and time consuming than taking an art course somewhere else. The curriculum covers colored pencils, drawing, rules & measurements, portraits & anatomy, nature, penmanship, art appreciation, art in academia, and painting. (6th+)

Lifepac Electives: Art, Workbook Set If you're looking for a less expensive, introductory, Christian-based art course that can count as an art credit, this is the one I would recommend. This curriculum covers design, color, perspective, figure drawing, sculpture, comics, printmaking, calligraphy, and art appreciation. Although it is in a lifepac format, it's not a fill-in-the blank curriculum. It has a lot of hands-on assignments and quite interesting. (7th+)

Meet the Masters Online for ages 3-adult. Each lesson in this art curriculum begins with the study of an artist, followed by an introduction to the art technique used by the artist, and then an activity using that art technique. The course is designed to take 3-4 hours once per month. Artists included in this volume are Vincent Van Gogh, Mary Cassatt, Piet Mondrian, Pablo Picasso, Claude Monet, and Winslow Homer. This is not a Christian-based art course. Buy directly from Meet the Masters. This can be used for a high school art credit.

Visual Manna: I haven't used any of their products yet, but I'd like to. It looks very interesting. They have art resources for 1-12 and classes. I like the idea that they incorporate history, science and literature in their art classes. Their newsletter is great. (1-12)

Products by Birdcage Books. Both of these will make learning about the artists and their works a lot of fun. Also available is a beautiful, clear plastic ruler which color images of art masterpieces imprinted on it. This would make a nice reward for a job well done! They are published by Birdcage Books and available online through their website (

  • Go Fish for Art. Here's a fun way for your kids to learn artists and their works - a deck of cards and a mini booklet that includes brief biographies of the painters. Artist studied in this deck include Van Gogh, Gauguin, Cezanne, Seurat, Rousseau, and Toulouse-Lautrec. The game is easy to learn because everyone knows how to play "go fish." A memory game suggestion is also included. The cards are printed on high quality cardstock that is coated in plastic so the deck should hold up well for many years of use.

  • The Art Game is similar to Go Fish for Art; however it comes packaged in a beautiful box and includes a larger, high quality paperback with full color pictures. The artists in this deck include Degas, Monet, Renoir, Cassatt, Caillebotte, Pissarro, Manet, Morisot. This would make a nice gift. Note: There is a side view of a nude woman on one card in this deck.

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