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American Artist Study

I think it's important to not only learn about American history events, but to also learn about American culture. I've created a very tweakable, hands-on study to help Otter become more familiar with American artists and their works while studying American history.

The Great American Artists study is optional. I’ve scheduled in one artist and related activities per week from the book Great American Artists.
The way I’ve scheduled it, your child will be introduced to each artist by listening to you read several short paragraphs. Then s/he will view some of the artist’s work. There is usually a full color example in the book we are using as well as Internet links to pictures that have been screened by the author as well as additional sites or images I may have found. After viewing the material there will be an art activity that helps your child explore the artist’s style. Included are photos of other children’s completed work for inspiration.
Because the book introduces 75 different artists, you won’t be covering them all. I’ve tried to choose a variety of artists and activities, but you can go through the book (or other sources) and plug in your favorites.
I’ve scheduled in notebooking pages for each artist, but consider those optional based on the amount of time you have available and your student’s interest.
I list the supplies you need for each activity in the notes section below each week’s schedule. I’ve also scheduled in a extra books to help make your study more rich and to add more options.

Feel free to schedule in any artists you wish. Here are the artists I've scheduled in for the year:

  1. Gilbert Stuart
  2. Frederic Remington
  3. Mary Cassatt
  4. Harriet Powers
  5. Currier & Ives
  6. James McNeill Whistler
  7. William Sidney Mount
  8. John Singer Sargent
  9. Louis Comfort Tiffany
  10. Edward Hopper
  11. George Bellows
  12. Rube Goldberg
  13. Maria Martinez
  14. Hans Hofman
  15. Grant Wood
  16. Joseph Cornell
  17. Grandma Moses
  18. Horace Pippin
  19. Frank Lloyd Wright
  20. Gutzon Borglum
  21. Charles Biederman
  22. Barbara Cooney
  23. Jackson Pollock
  24. Theodor Seuss Geisel
  25. Wayne Thiebaud
  26. Jasper Johns
  27. Roy Lichtenstein
  28. Ruth Asawa
  29. Elizabeth Catlett
  30. LeRoy Neiman
  31. Keith Haring
  32. Norman Rockwell
  33. Andy Warhol
  34. Weeks 34-38 Choose the artists

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Resources Item Type Weeks Used

Great American Artists

 

Great American Artists

This award winning book is a terrific resource. Visit the author's website for sample activities (view the PDF's for the best quality) as well as an online section with links.

"Bright Ring Publishing is very proud to introduce its first "full-color throughout" publication, just packed with original children's art and fabulous art images of the work of great American masters.

This creative collection of over 75 easy art appreciation activities celebrates the greatest American artists of all time, including Grandma Moses, Dale Chihuly, Ansel Adams, Maya Lin, Wolf Kahn, Georgia O'Keeffe, Currier & Ives and many more. Special bonus art options for the very young artist are included. Each child-tested activity presents a biography with full color artwork and techniques covering painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, architecture, and more!" Quoted from BrightRing.com

 

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National Gallery of Art Gilbert Stuart Printable "Pull-Out"

This full color 3 page printable shows some of Stuart's printables and has an activity at the end.

printerPrintable 1

Mary Cassatt

 

Mary Cassatt (Getting to Know the World's Greatest Artists)

Otter LOVES books by Mike Venezia. They are colorful, interesting and humorous.

Artist info and art

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3
 

Squidoo website with lots of links and info about Mary Cassatt

Jimmie, a homeschooling mom made an excellent page with lots of Mary Cassatt related goodies including links to videos and printables.

Website 3
Stitching Stars

Stitching Stars: The Story Quilts of Harriet Powers (African-American Artists and Artisans)

I can't find this book new anywhere, but your local library may have it.

Artist info and art

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4

James McNeil Whistler

 

James McNeill Whistler (Getting to Know the World's Greatest Artists)

Artist info and art

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6

Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose

 

Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose: The Story of a Painting

Artist info and art

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8

Edward Hopper

 

Edward Hopper (Getting to Know the World's Greatest Artists)

Artist info and art

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10
 

Interactive Edward Hopper website

Neat stuff!
Website 10
 

Hopper coloring page (optional)

printerPrintable 10
Rube Goldberg website (View the artwork gallery) Website 12
Google Rube Goldberg and then click on videos – you’ll find lots of humorous results (preview first!) movie Online video 12
  Goldberger to go interactive activity (PBS Kids) Online activity 12

Grant Wood

 

Grant Wood (Getting to Know the World's Greatest Artists)

Artist info and art

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15

Artist in Overalls

 

Artist in Overalls: The Life of Grant Wood

For students who want a bit more information, this book is just a step below a chapter book.

Artist info and art

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15

Cornell

 

The Joseph Cornell Box: Found Objects, Magical Worlds

Artist info., art and activity book that comes with "stuff" 16

Grandma Moses

 

Grandma Moses (Getting to Know the World's Greatest Artists)

Artist info and art

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17

Horace Pippen

 

Horace Pippin (Getting to Know the World's Greatest Artists)

Artist info and art

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18

Who Carved the Mountain?

 

Who Carved the Mountain?: The Story of Mount Rushmore

Picture book, Artist info and art

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20

Jackson Pollock

 

Jackson Pollock (Getting to Know the World's Greatest Artists)

Artist info and art

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23

Delicious

 

Delicious: The Art and Life of Wayne Thiebaud

Artist info and art

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25

Jasper Johns

 

Where Is Jasper Johns? (Adventures in Art)

Artist info and art

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26

Lichtenstein

 

Roy Lichtenstein (Getting to Know the World's Greatest Artists)

Artist info and art

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27

Art Ed kit

 

Art Ed Books and Kit: Roy Lichtenstein (Art ed Kits)

"The Art Ed Books and Kits include: paper, non-toxic paint, oil pastels, pencils, brushes, palettes, glue—whatever the artist actually uses or used. In addition, a 24-page full-color book in each kit provides a biography of the artist and discusses his or her life and career, with full-color art reproductions as well as photographs of the artist in the studio. And, an 8-page activity book provides easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions to help children create their own masterpieces.

Each kit is approved by the individual artist or his/her estate.

With Art Ed Books and Kits, children not only learn about great artists, they can learn to paint like them, too. Art Ed is the ideal kit for any aspiring artist!

A portion of the proceeds from Art Ed Books and Kits benefits Studio in A School.

Each kit: Art supplies, 24-page full-color book, 8-page activity book, fold-out frame." Quote from Amazon.com

 

History and Art Kit with supplies

 

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Keith Harding

 

Keith Haring: I Wish I Didn't Have to Sleep! (Adventures in Art Series)

Artist info and art

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Norman Rockwell

 

Norman Rockwell (Getting to Know the World's Greatest Artists)

Artist info and art

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32

Uncle Andy's

 

Uncle Andy's

Picture book (based on a true story)

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33
Andy Warhol
 

Artist info and art

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33

 

Other NON-scheduled resources you can use during this portion of the study:

 

 

 

 

Guesthollow store

 

Link to Guest Hollow

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