I found two excellent resources for teaching Art History to children in K-12.
American Art History Lessons
We love old school crafts at our home: weaving, spinning, and embroidery are our current favorites. Craft Revival has a large collection of free lesson plans for K-12 on crafts such as weaving, basketry, and pottery. The lesson plans include historical information on the skill, and they include hands-on projects.
There is much more to these lessons – Craft Revival even tells us which subjects are being taught in each lesson, for example, here is one title: Quilts and the Underground Railroad, Grades 4-5; Subject: Art; Related Subjects: Social Studies, Language Arts, Geometry
Visit Craft Revival to view the free practical skills and lesson plans, separated by elementary & middle school grades and high school grades.
World Famous Art History Lessons
At the National Gallery of Art website, there are two excellent ways to learn:
- For K-8 or so: One of my children loves to be involved in the making of art, so she spends time in the NGAkids Art Zone on her own. This gallery changes frequently, and includes interactive games and activities
- For teens and yourself (I got lost in this site when I saw Vermeer’s paintings), visit the huge NGA online database of art, where you may read art history, artist bios, and view works of art. This is an excellent resource for Charlotte Mason teachers, or others who make Art Study a focus of their curriculum.
Also, did you know you may loan from the National Gallery of Art to your mailbox? I’ve personally done it; it’s an amazing free resource!
if you’re worried over teaching art…
I wrote something on how we naturally teach art to our children.
Very cool! Thanks!
J. Mullins says
Thank you so very much for sharing this wonderful curriculum. I’ve been in search for a while for complete art history lessons..This is perfect..
The people at the John and Frances Beck Foundation did a superb job!
Lori Ha says
Thanks for sharing these wonderful resources that are free 😉
Thank you for this – I’ve been following your page for 2 years now. My daughter is now in 1st grade and I am excited to use your programs to suppliment at home! Just printed out my “Cezanne” – can’t wait!
Lori Seaborg says
I love hearing this! Thank you so much for taking the time to write. Your note is so encouraging. – Lori
Lori Seaborg says
Thank you for taking the time to write!! – Lori
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Chicago easily has some of the most talented artist in the country. I came across so many quality art colleges on Michigan Avenue.
Thank you very much for sharing these fantastic work with all. I really appreciate it!
Sarah Torres says
Thank you so much for posting this link! The lessons look great, and I will use them in my homeschooling.