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mdriver
10-26-2010, 04:27 PM
Hi we are interested in purchasing an art curriculum for a 4th grader, we'd like to focus on the history of art like starting with cave paintings and working our way through the centuries with mostly drawing or painting as activities, like understanding and then copying certain styles. Does anyone have any suggestions?

Thanks!

Michelle

Teri
10-26-2010, 05:34 PM
We really like Artistic Pursuits. I don't remember if the art history part starts with that or not.

Also, we REALLY like this one. http://www.madcaplogic.com/ You used to have to subscribe online to it, but now it is on cd/rom. All three of my kids have done the entire curriculum on it. It has history, technique and lots of projects. The animation is really good also.

Lolov
10-26-2010, 10:10 PM
I second Artistic Pursuits :) We are using it in our coop and as an art historian myself, I have to say I'm impressed with how well organized and written it is. It does NOT however, go in a chronological fashion, rather by idea.

Shoe
10-26-2010, 10:16 PM
We're using the middle school level of Artistic Pursuits, and I like it a lot. It's easy to follow, includes composition and art history. I don't know much about the earlier levels of it though.

ClassicalLearning
11-02-2010, 12:23 AM
We are using Artistic Pursuits as well as Meet the Masters for the art appreciation coverage. We also use the "Draw Right Now" series to give him variety and something for days he doesn't want a larger art project.

hockeymom
11-02-2010, 11:58 AM
DS has been asking about art history, so I checked out Artistic Pursuits. It looks more like a learn to draw series than an art history curriculum? Or maybe I just missed something? Art is definitely NOT our strong suit and I can't say I'm interested in trying to teach him to draw. Rather, he has an interest in the actual history, learning about famous works of arts, the artists themselves, that sort of thing. Did I miss something in AP or does anyone know another source? I can see incorporating it into our world history lessons rather than making it a totally separate subject.

Shoe
11-02-2010, 12:06 PM
DS has been asking about art history, so I checked out Artistic Pursuits. It looks more like a learn to draw series than an art history curriculum? Or maybe I just missed something? Art is definitely NOT our strong suit and I can't say I'm interested in trying to teach him to draw. Rather, he has an interest in the actual history, learning about famous works of arts, the artists themselves, that sort of thing. Did I miss something in AP or does anyone know another source? I can see incorporating it into our world history lessons rather than making it a totally separate subject.

Artistic Pursuits is primarily a learn to do art program, but in each lesson it has a brief discussion about art history and cultural things related to art or art appreciation. But yes, it is mostly to teach how to draw, etc.

EDIT: It's not a curriculum, but The Annotated Mona Lisa: A Crash Course in Art History from Prehistoric to Post-Modern (http://www.amazon.com/Annotated-Mona-Lisa-Prehistoric-Post-Modern/dp/0740768727/ref=tmm_pap_title_0) by Carol Strickland (2007, Andrews McMeel Publishing) is an easily readable, short guide to art history that I'm also using with my kids.

hockeymom
11-02-2010, 01:19 PM
Thanks Shoe! That looks like it would be a great reference to have available.

mommykicksbutt
11-02-2010, 05:22 PM
There is soooo much on the internet that you might be able to put one together yourself. Your could start with this one about cave paintings....

http://www.lascaux.culture.fr/#/en/00.xml/index.html

here are some more on art...

http://www.kidsart.com/
http://www.artcyclopedia.com/
http://www.metmuseum.org/explore/Whats_New.asp
http://www.princetonol.com/groups/iad/lessons/lessons.html
http://www.smithsonianeducation.org/educators/lesson_plans/art_design.html
http://www.newyorkcarver.com/
http://colormatters.com/kids/index.html
http://www.nga.gov/kids/
http://www.knowitall.org/naturalstate/html/workshop_resources.cfm

Theresa Holland Ryder
11-09-2010, 12:39 AM
mommykicksbutt, wonderful list!

If anyone wants to do Lascaux style art at home, I suggest grinding up sidewalk chalk to use as pigment, mixing it with water and painting on the driveway/sidewalk using fingers or sticks. You can do the "blow" technique (where the ancient artists would hold the pigment in their mouths and then blow it out to make an outline of their hand or whatever) by putting ground up sidewalk chalk and water into a spray bottle and spraying it out instead of spitting it out. You can also do charcoal outlines using barbecue brickettes, but be warned that this is really messy. Not that the chalk is neat. . . :-P

Theresa Holland Ryder
11-09-2010, 12:42 AM
We also like Discovering Great Artists: Hands-On Art for Children in the Styles of the Great Masters (http://www.amazon.com/Discovering-Great-Artists-Hands--Children/dp/0935607099/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1289277641&sr=1-1) by MaryAnn F. Kohl and Kim Solga, Bright Ring Publishing 1997.

QueenBee
11-09-2010, 11:20 PM
There is soooo much on the internet that you might be able to put one together yourself. ...

Thanks so much for the great links!

CroppinMom
11-17-2010, 11:19 PM
We have just started using Meet The Masters and are really enjoying it.

Dutchbabiesx2
11-18-2010, 12:22 AM
I was looking into this, the company says it is mostly for classrooms so that there is a greater discussion pool, but it is very possible for a homeschool situation.
http://vtshome.org/

watch some of the videos, I also lean towards this because I have done a little research into the importance of vision on learning, visual processing, visual memory and visual imagery. I also have 2 children with opposite language struggles and find this could be so helpful in their language skills and expression, later leading to build good story telling, I also just like the art exposure.
Note sure the cost, but at least a wonderful idea!

Teri
11-18-2010, 07:16 PM
The second book of the K-3 level of Artistic Pursuits is an art history curriculum with projects to do related to the artists.

Teri
11-18-2010, 07:19 PM
We also have the Time Traveler I curriculum that has art, architecture, and music. http://www.handleonthearts.com/cart/chronological-curriculum-c-23.html