Ways of Seeing
. London, England: British Broadcasting Corporation and Penguin Books Ltd, 1972. John Berger presents a very unique approach to looking at art and can cause one to stop and really think about the messages and influences given by a piece of art ranging from a Renaissance masterpiece to a modern day magazine advertisement.
Chertok, Bobbi, Goody Hishfeld and Marilyn Rosh.
Meet the Masterpieces, Strategies, Activities and Posters to Explore Great Works of Art
. New York, NY: Scholastic Professional Books Inc, 1992. In the event that the teacher would like to branch out to different time periods and genres of art, this book explores eight masterpieces by artists of various cultures by way of interdisciplinary activities, biographical information on the artists, as well as strategies for the teacher on how to "read" the paintings on full color, fold–out posters.
National Gallery of Art Activity Book, 25 Adventures with Art
. New York, NY: Harry N. Abrams, Inc. Publishers, 1994. This resource provides color reproductions of works of art, activities which help children understand more about art, history and daily life in the past, puzzles and questions and art project ideas to engage the children in making a meaningful connection to the art.
Deeds, Daphne Anderson.
Artists on Art, Observations by Yale faculty on selections from the Yale University Art Gallery
. Yale University Art Gallery, 1999. Prior to visiting the Yale University Art Gallery with the class, the teacher may want to preview this book to get a sense for what art might pertain to their unit of study.
Nineteenth–Century Art: A Critical History
. New York, NY: Thames and Hudson, 1994. A thorough volume which addresses the pertinent themes of race, society, class and gender which heavily influenced and therefore can be observed within the art of the Ninteenth–Century and can further inform the teacher in his or her implementation of this curriculum unit.
Evans, Joy and Tanya Skelton.
How to Teach Art to Children.
Monterey, CA: Evan–Moor Corp., 2001. An excellent teacher resource which includes lessons which teach the seven art elements and provides 96 hands–on art projects which immerse the students in meaningful interactions with each element.
Crash Course in Art
. New York, NY: Barnes & Noble, Inc., 1994. A book which does exactly what it claims in the way of providing a concise but thorough survey of European Art through ten centuries of painting and can be a resource the teacher refers to in the event of questions posed by students who wish to gain a deeper understanding of art history.
Kohl, MaryAnn and Kim Solga.
Discovering Great Artists,
Hands–On Art for Children in the Styles of the Great Masters
. Bellingham, WA: Bright Ring Publishing, Inc., 1996. This teacher resource provides fun art activities for children to explore in the styles and techniques of the great masters all the way from the Renaissance to the present. I referred to this book in Section 6 wherein Thomas Gainsborough's style of depicting portraits within landscape art can be explored.
Miller, Angela et al, 'Forging a New Nation',
Encounters: Art, History and Cultural Identity
. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall, 2008, (pages 133–148; 163–170). A great resource to give teachers background knowledge about the American Revolution and line in the United States during the time period of 1776–1861 from which to determine the events to include in their history lessons for elementary lessons.
Miller, Angela et al. 'Representing War' and 'Post–War Challenges',
Encounters: Art, History and Cultural Identity
. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall, 2008, (pages 266–300). Another great teacher resource which gives a historical background for the Civil War and addresses the issues of race and how it was represented through art in America during the time period of 1861–1914.
William, Vaughan, 'Arcadias' from William Vaughan,
British Painting: The Golden Age
. Thames and Hudson, 1999. (pages 205–223). A selection, which will give the teacher an understanding of what Nature came to represent in Britain during the time period between 1776–1815 and which will better inform the teacher when exposing the children to Richard Wilson's artwork at the Yale Center for British Art described in Section 4.
An Introduction to Mixed Media
. New York, NY: DK Publishing, Inc.,1995. This resource will provide teachers with an introduction into the various media they might explore in their classroom as a way to inspire and excite the children about painting, print–making, etc. The book provides easy–to–follow projects, which show step–by–step models of how each type of media can be used to create the finished product.