Eyewitness Art: Van Gogh
. New York: Dorling Kindersley, Inc., 1992. This book consists of selected works of Van Gogh which are analyzed according to techniques used and subjects chosen. Interwoven with this artistic analysis is a biography of his life. Its richly-illustrated format makes it highly appealing to youngg readers.
Bohm-Duchen, Monica and Janet Cook.
Understanding Modern Art
. London: Usborne Publishing Ltd., 1991. This comprehensive resource uses a thematic format (with headings like Emotions, War, Religion, etc.) and shows how works of art relate to people and their everyday lives. It provides a wealth of information about artists, art movements and the social and political background of the selected works of art that are presented.
Drawing for Older Children & Teens
. New York: Penguin Putnam Inc., 1991. This book offers a complete step-by-step approach to learning to draw. It is geared for the older child and young adult.
Chertok, Bobbi, Goody Hirshfeld and Marilyn Rosh. "Georges Seurat."
. May-June 2001. 40. In the Masterpiece-of-the-Month section of this magazine the authors describe ways that the teacher can introduce the foldout poster of
Seurat's Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte
to the class. Through specific questions and art activities, children learn about this artwork and about the technique called pointillism.
Meet the Masterpieces: Strategies, Activities, and Posters to Explore Great Works of Art
. New York: Scholastic, 1992. This valuable teacher resource offers effective strategies and interdisciplinary activities to help young students explore eight art masterpieces, including Picasso's First Steps.
Clarkin, Maura A.
National Gallery of Art Activity Book: 25 Adventures with Art
. New York: Harry N. Abrams, Incorporated, 1994. An excellent introduction to art for children, this book includes color reproductions of many great artworks, accompanied by engaging activities that help young people understand and better appreciate art and the time periods in which various artworks were created.
Famous Artitst:s: Van Gogh
. Hauppauge, New York: Barron's Educational Series, Inc., 1994. This book presents a biography of Van Gogh's life using simplified text, illustrations and reproductions of some of his most famous works. It discusses his relationship with his brother, Theo and with his fellow artist, Gauguin as well as his connections with the important art movements of the time.
Creating with Poster Paints
. New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold Company, 1968. This book presents techniques for using tempera paint which are graded according to a child's age. It provides the teacher with numerous examples of students work, teaching aids and suggested themes.
Knapp, Ruthie and Janice Lehmberg.
Off the Wall Museum Guides for Kids: American Art
. Worcester, Mass., 1998.
Off The Wall Museum Guides for Kids: Modern Art
. Worcester, Mass., 2000.
Off the Wall Museum Guides for Kids: Impressionist Art
. Worcester, Mass., 1998.
These above three museum guides for children are filled with interesting information about basic elements of art, artists and the time periods they came from, and samples of the art they created. They teach children to appreciate art through the use of stories and games and help to make a trip to the museum more meaningful and memorable for them.
Lives of the Artists: Masterpieces, Messes (and What the Neighbors Thought)
. New York: Harcourt Brace & Company, 1995. This book consists of a series of 20 highly entertaining biographies of artists. Incorporated in with the factual information are interesting anecdotes about each artist.
Color: How To See It. How To Paint It
. Secaucus, New Jersey: Chartwell Books, 1994. This is a comprehensive guide on how to effectively use color in painting. It is divided into three sections: color materials, color interactions and using color.
Famous Artists: Picasso
. Hauppauge, New York: Barron's Educational Series, Inc., 1995. This richly-illustrated biography traces the life of Picasso and describes his accomplishments as a painter and sculptor, his relationships with other artists and the tremendous impact his work had on modern art.
The Usborne Story of Painting
. London: Usborne Publishing Ltd., 1980. This book is a survey of the history of painting from ancient times up to the present. Its simplified descriptions and use of colorful photos makes it ideal for use with young readers.
Looking At Pictures: An Introduction to Art for Young People
. New York: Harry N. Abrams, Inc., Publishers, 1997. This book provides a wonderful introduction to art through entertaining prose and creative layouts. It teaches young people how to enjoy and respond to art on their own and includes color plates of some of the world's greatest paintings. Major themes in the study of art are also explained.
Doing Art Together
. New York: Simon & Schuster Inc., 1982. This valuable resource provides a step-by-step guide for teaching art to children including such topics as setting up a workshop and experimenting with color.
Topal, Cathy Weisman.
Children and Painting
. Worcester, Mass.: Davis Publications, Inc., 1992. This book introduces basic art concepts and techniques of painting to children through creative open-ended activities. Its use of detailed step-by-step instructions and helpful photographs make it a valuable resource for teachers.
An Introduction to Mixed Media
. New York: DK Publishing, Inc., 1995. This book presents easy to follow projects that teach students the basics of combining different media creatively.