Books for Art Appreciation and Artist Study

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I can readily admit that I don’t really enjoy doing art projects for two reasons:

  1. So many supplies (expensive)
  2. The terrible mess and clean up afterward

So, I often skip the messy art stuff in our homeschool – just being honest here!

Instead, I prefer to do artist and picture studies. So much faster, easier, and cleaner!

I’m sharing some wonderful resources to help you study artists and add some art appreciation into your homeschool day.

The World’s Greatest Artist Series

History of Art Flashcards

Come Look with Me Series

An Introduction to Art Techniques

What Makes a Monet a Monet? and others in series

A Child’s Introduction to Art

The Story of Paintings

The Arts: A Visual Encyclopedia

Art and How It Works

The Children’s Interactive Story of Art

Art that Changed the World

Art: A Visual History

Anholt’s Artists Books for Children Series

DK Great Paintings

Art by McDonnell

Kid Artists

An Eye for Art: Focusing on Great Artists and Their Work

Vincent’s Starry Night and Other Stories

Why Is Art Full of Naked People: And Other Vital Questions About Art

Women in Art: 50 Fearless Creatives Who Inspired the World

Artist Specific Books:

Katie and the Starry Night

Vincent Can’t Sleep

Vincent’s Colors

Linnea in Monet’s Garden

Monet Paints a Day

Katie and the Waterlily Pond

Action Jackson

Henri’s Scissors

Henri Matisse: Drawing with Scissors

Matisse’s Garden by Friedman

Frida Kahlo and Her Animalitos

The Noisy Paint Box: The Colors and Sounds of Kandinsky’s Abstract Art

The Artist Who Loved Cats

Through Georgia’s Eyes

My Name is Georgia: A Portrait by Jeanette Winter

The Cat and the Bird: A Children’s Book Inspired by Paul Klee

Leonardo da Vinci by Stanley

Leonardo: Beautiful Dreamer by Byrd

Michelangelo by Stanley

Stone Giant

Uncle Andy’s Cats

The Fantastic Jungles of Henri Rousseau

The Great Wave: A Children’s Book Inspired by Hokusai

Through the Window: Views of Marc Chagall’s Life and Art

Journey on a Cloud: A Children’s Book Inspired by Marc Chagall

The Magical Tree: A Children’s Book Inspired by Gustav Klimt

Pocket Full of Colors: The Magical World of Mary Blair

Find more resources and homeschool inspiration here:

Art Resources for Homeschoolers

Gift Ideas for the Artsy Crafty Kid

Apologetics Books for Kids

Why I Let My Kids Do Their Own Art Projects

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