Short Lessons in Art History

Short Lessons in Art History

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Item #: 020183
ISBN: 9780825142451
Grades: 6-12

These lessons could very easily be used with younger children if you read the interesting, informal biographies aloud. Starting in the 14th century with the Italian Renaissance, this book proceeds chronologically along geographic lines, tracing the major art movements of their times. Just a sampling of artists included: Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Raphael, Dürer, Rubens, Rembrandt, Goya, Manet, Monet, Renoir, Matisse, Wyeth. Each chapter begins with general background information, followed by 2-4 pages of biography on each artist. Typeset is fairly small, so these are substantial overviews of their lives and works. Several black and white reproductions of their artwork are contained within. At the end of each biography are a few questions for discussion and a glossary to help with pronunciation or understanding. Color plates with 22 reproductions of paintings from the various artists are bound into the center of the book. If desired, pair this with the correlated Exercises and Activities book to extend your study into art! This reproducible book contains exercises and activities paralleling the study of each artist in Short Lessons. Each contains simple comprehension questions in the form of word puzzles, crosswords, matching, or fill in the blanks. Other questions require more careful thought on the part of the student, as they are asked to define terms, contrast artists' styles, etc. Longer "Writing Questions" call for independent writing or research. The student might be asked to construct a time line of the artists' major works, or describe how certain events influenced an artists' work. Answers to these questions and exercises are included. Finally, each section has a student project correlated to the artist under study. From sketching a scene Giotto might have drawn as a boy to constructing a Calder-inspired mobile, students create various art forms in the style of the artists under study, adding their own special touches as well. The components together would constitute a very complete art course. I would not hesitate to use this with even younger children - perhaps covering a chapter per week, and ending with the art project.

Primary Subject
Grade Start
Grade End
Student Manual, Study Guide, etc.; Revised, Illustrated
EHS Title
Short Lessons in Art History
General Adult
Phyllis Clausen Barker
Softcover Book
Brand Name
Walch Education
1.2 (lbs.)
10.75" x 8.5" x 0.5"
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I want my 11th grader to read it.
Jessica A on Apr 20, 2021
Janthi W on Jun 27, 2019
I want my 11th grader to read it.
Jessica A on Apr 20, 2021
See above.
stephanie j on Sep 4, 2019
Janthi W on Jun 27, 2019
In order to get my daughter's high school art requirement
LISA W on Jun 22, 2019
to teach art
marion h on Jun 16, 2019
My daughter loves art.
Kelly S on May 3, 2019
My daughter teaches art and I thought it would help her.
Susan T on Dec 6, 2018
I feel like the book will work for a Fine Arts credit I need to teach in my English class
Amy L on Oct 10, 2018
I'm using it to teach a co-op class.
Susan M on Sep 1, 2018
I'll be using it for a homeschool co-op class.
Susan M on Aug 11, 2018
I chose this book because I want to introduce my student to the history of art. I like that this book is written clearly, and it transport the students to the different periods of time in art history. It is like taking them on a time machine where they can meet the artists.
Cecilia S on Mar 21, 2018
Using this to teach an Art History High School class at our co-op
Bridgette L on Feb 16, 2018
We are using this art history book in a co-op setting.
Jayna M on Aug 20, 2017
It looks interesting and to the point.
Fallon R on Jul 10, 2017
Wanted framework for high school art study with plenty of wiggle room, and this looks like it fits the bill.
Kristen V on Jun 28, 2017
The description of the book sounds like it covers a wide variety of artists and the history that shaped them.
Jenifer O on Jan 4, 2016
See above.
stephanie j on Sep 4, 2019
In order to get my daughter's high school art requirement
LISA W on Jun 22, 2019
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