Discovering Great Artists

Discovering Great Artists

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Item #: 006181
ISBN: 9781641602419
Grades: K-8
Publisher: Chicago Review Press

Product Description:

This longtime favorite art resource has been updated and is now in full color! Students and teachers are invited to explore the styles and techniques of famous artists throughout history with well-designed hands-on art experiences. Over 60 artists are featured, grouped into four sections: Renaissance and Post-Renaissance, Impressionists and Post-Impressionists, Expressionists/Abstract/Cubists/Dadaists/Surrealists, and Pop/Op/Modern/Photojournalists/Children’s Book Illustrators. A sampling of artists included are: Van Eyck, Botticelli, Da Vinci, Hokusai, Monet, Degas, Matisse, Gaugin, Escher, Calder, Picasso, Chagall, Kahlo, O’Keeffe, Pollock, Rauschenberg, and Ringgold. Each two-page spread features biographical information about the artist on the left and an art activity for students to replicate the artist’s style or medium on the right-hand page. The artist biography page also features a full-color example of their work, and lesson icons for the activity: art experience level, amount of planning required, the art technique used, and the artist style. The right-hand page includes a materials list, step-by-step instructions and at least one example of student work. In the lesson on Michelangelo Buonarroti, children (or the whole family) will fill a length of butcher paper or similar rolled art paper with a scene of characters. When the paper is full and the paint is dry, the parent can tape the paper to the ceiling, and the children can observe the figures from below, as if they were Michelangelo looking up at the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. The materials vary by lesson, but include a range of art supplies (paper, tempera paint, watercolor paint, pencils, paint brushes, various types of paper) and household supplies (cardboard, string, craft sticks, newspaper, tape). At the end of the book, you’ll find a glossary of art terms and an index. With much of the same content and a fresh new look, this is an excellent resource to pair with a history curriculum, or to pair with additional reading and art masterpiece resources to create your own art curriculum at the elementary grades. 150 pages, pb.

Publisher Description:

Fun and easy art-appreciation activities abound in this resource that features over 60 great artists across the ages. A concise biography for each artist tells why his or her work is important, and a kid-tested art activity tries out the artist's approach. Young artists will sketch inventive designs in the style of da Vinci and draw in a nature notebook like Audubon. To understand Rodin, they will create a clay carving. Picasso will inspire a fractured friend, and Kahlo shows the magic in self-portraits. Projects stress the creative process and encourage kids to try unusual techniques such as block printing, pointillism, and mixed media artworks as they learn about architecture, drawing, painting, photography, and sculpture. Discovering Great Artists includes easy-to-follow icons to indicate the experience, preparation, and materials necessary for each project, as well as guides to the style, movement, or era of each artist. Introducing children to the greatest artists has never been more engaging!

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Chicago Review Press
Trade Paper
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Bright Ideas for Learning Ser.
3 to 18
Rebecca Van Slyke (Illustrator)
Mary Ann F. Kohl
Softcover Book
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Chicago Review Press
1.15 (lbs.)
8.5" x 11.0" x 0.38"
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I'm creative but not an artist. I wanted something to spark some interest in art and the people who make it.
Leah S on Jan 12, 2023
Krista L on Aug 14, 2022
I'm creative but not an artist. I wanted something to spark some interest in art and the people who make it.
Leah S on Jan 12, 2023
This is recommended by the Classical Conversations homeschool program that my son is enrolled in. I thought that an overview with colorful illustrations/prints of artwork from the great artists of our time will enhace early learning.
Chau N on Sep 23, 2022
Krista L on Aug 14, 2022
Good projects for 10 y/o grandson to work on.
Betty S on Aug 5, 2022
Looking forward to enjoying this book as we do a survey of artist this year with Classical Conversations. Their book recommendations are always excellent!
Angela W on Jul 29, 2022
Tutoring tool for Classical Conversations.
Rebekah M on Jun 25, 2022
I will be using this book as a tutor for Classical Conversations.
Allison W on Jun 1, 2022
I heard about this book through a Classical Conversations homeschooling Mom. Great way to learn to appreciate and enjoy art - to understand and imitate different art techniques from past great artists. I got this to try out with my 4-year-old.
Catherine T on Mar 29, 2022
Using CC curriculum
Jacqueline C on Oct 20, 2021
Classical Conversations
Heather D on Aug 9, 2021
Classical conversations requirement
LaToya J on Aug 2, 2021
looks simple to use
Karinna D on Jul 27, 2021
Part of BYL as a spine
Kathleen D on Jul 25, 2021
Because it was out of stock where I was initially purchasing from and you had it at a more reasonable price then the other stores.
Abigail L on Jul 24, 2021
required for cc
Cody B on Jul 20, 2021
I’m using a Charlotte Mason inspired program which suggests picture study. I struggled to implement that on my own, and I also shied away from coming up with art projects for my kids. This book doesn’t follow Charlotte Mason methods, so purists may not prefer it. However, I think it will give us a structured way to study art history and to actually make art that my children will enjoy. We needed that structure so their mom will stop stalling! Haha
Gari S on Jul 20, 2021
classical conversations tutor
Lisa P on Jul 8, 2021
I like the idea of learning techniques that go along with each artist
Daniel B on Jun 29, 2021
I got this to help tutor in the Foundations program of Classical Conversations.
Micah H on Jun 24, 2021
Read lots of great things about this book, so I'm excited to see how we can fit this into our homeschool day.
Darlene G on Apr 28, 2021
it was recommended
Mariana M on Sep 22, 2020
Build Your Library Level 4
Bonnie S on Aug 13, 2020
Such a great resource for simple art projects to study great artists.
Shaun S on Aug 11, 2020
Need it for Classical Conversations
Autumn B on Aug 11, 2020
We use this along with our Classical Conversations curriculum.
Guest on May 27, 2020
To understand great artists
Angela B on Apr 27, 2020
It looks like a great way to enrich a home curriculum for Kindergarten age children.
Jessica G on Feb 17, 2020
It provides many art project ideas based on great artists.
Debbie T on Aug 31, 2019
This is a required book for tutors in the Classical Conversations program.
David M on Jul 17, 2019
Part of our art curriculum and I want the grandkids to be introduced to great art as well as the experiential part of it.
Helen K on Apr 7, 2019
Classical Conversations Foundations Substitute Tutor
Ryan P on Apr 7, 2019
for homeschool art--upon consultant recommendation
Melissa K on Mar 15, 2019
Homeschool Co Op
Jennifer C on Feb 4, 2019
This will supplement our art studies.
Valerie on Aug 15, 2018
Required to tutor Classical Conversations Foundations class
Suhad B on Jun 21, 2018
Recommended use for Classical Conversations Tutors
Stacey N on Aug 8, 2017
For school art study
Jeanine F on Dec 12, 2016
I am a Classical Conversations Tutors. Love the lesson on the Great Artists
Martinha P on Dec 1, 2016
Brief bio and how to make a similar project is so useful and quick. Lots of the materials we already have. Great way to incorporate art!
Emma E on Oct 15, 2016
Good reviews, good ideas for fun art
Denise R on Sep 5, 2016
Purchased for my fourth and 1st grade son.
Donna K on Jul 11, 2016
I needed ideas for my fifth grader to incorporate interesting ideas into his art instruction.
Danielle G on Mar 4, 2016
Art is an important way he expresses himself.
Cassandra S on Nov 17, 2015
This is recommended by the Classical Conversations homeschool program that my son is enrolled in. I thought that an overview with colorful illustrations/prints of artwork from the great artists of our time will enhace early learning.
Chau N on Sep 23, 2022
Good projects for 10 y/o grandson to work on.
Betty S on Aug 5, 2022
Do you carry the new edition of this book?
A shopper on Jun 27, 2020
BEST ANSWER: Evidently, we have not changed over to the new edition. The one pictured is the one we are currently stocking.
Is Titian included?
A shopper on Mar 16, 2019
BEST ANSWER: No, he's not. I checked under Tiziano Vecelli as well.
Is there a list of needed art supplies?
User on Feb 21, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Sort of. There are several indexes in the back of the book, and one of them is for materials, but it doesn't give much detail. For example "newspaper" is listed, with page numbers of all the projects that use newspaper.
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Totally worth the money for the new edition!
September 11, 2020
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Rated 5 out of 5
Discovering Great Artists is a treasure chest full of resources featuring more than seventy artists that has really made studying art a joy for everyone in our home! We have learned about many great masters of art who are well known and some who are not so well known We have studied about different art techniques including painting sculpting printing cutting drawing and making collages We have learned to make our own art supplies in ways similar to those early artists who paved the way for other great artists For example during a study on the Italian artist Giotto we made our own paints from chalk dust and eggs and the result was a lot nicer than we expected! My children and I have been using this book for two years and we keep getting new ideas and inspiration for our own artistic endeavors It is very easy to use and is presented chronologically The book begins with the artists of long ago (Renaissance and Post Renaissance) then goes on to Impressionists and Post Impressionists followed by Expressionists Abstract Abstract-Expressionists Cubists Dadaists and Surrealists and finally Pop Op Folk Modern Cartoonists Photojournalists and Children�s Book Illustrators This book even includes a chapter on games and activities that you can make and use with your students to learn about artists and famous works of art There are matching games ideas for making your own coloring book puzzles scrapbooking and notebook ideas timeline and mapping activities and even a section about making your own �Great Art Cookies� The final chapter of the book is a resource guide including a glossary for great art words materials guide information about great art styles and techniques and the artists associated with them Each lesson includes dates pronunciation of the artist�s name a short biography of the artist and an activity in which the students complete their own works of art in the style of that particular artist The lesson lists materials you will need directions for completing the project and sometimes variations for further exploration of the subject There are also pictures at the top of each lesson which indicate experience level recommended and level of prep time and effort involved My 7-year-old has learned about many artists including Michelangelo Degas Van Gogh and Monet When studying Picasso and Cubism she and her best friend drew a portrait of one another then they cut up the portraits and arranged them on a new page putting them back together in creative ways that Picasso might have appreciated When studying Michelangelo she painted lying down on her back onto a piece of butcher paper that was taped to the underside of a table top This was a great learning experience�after only ten minutes of painting the paintbrush began to feel so heavy It really helped her to appreciate Michelangelo who took four years to paint the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel lying on his back This book is great for a person of any age who is interested in learning more about art The lessons can easily be modified to meet the needs of different ages and abilities It works well for all learning styles especially those who like to do hands-on projects! Discovering Great Artists is a great value for the money and belongs on every art shelf
March 8, 2007

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