Art Appreciation for Early Elementary

Looking for a simple art plan that you can effectively implement in your home?  

I was one of those homeschooling moms who had lofty visions of creating beautifully-messy art projects with my children.  I had the best of intentions and wanted to add things like painting, paper mâché, collages, and mosaics to our routine… they just never seemed to fit into our day.  Art, and the creatively-messy bonding time I envisioned, just kept getting pushed to the wayside.

Let’s face it- some of us work better with a bit of guidance.  So I took the bait and purchased some instructional (albeit expensive) art programs and books.  But then I was on the flip side of the coin; I went from having no plan to having plans that were too detailed and grandiose to implement.

I was right back at square one.  

Thankfully I chanced upon a children’s music CD to review.  It’s subject – ART.  It’s purpose – to educate children about various artists through lyrically engaging and educational songs.  (Look here for my full review on this CD.)

Picasso, That’s Who! and so can you! injected me with just enough inspiration AND motivation to create a simple (and CHEAP) plan that makes teaching art appreciation for early elementary a breeze.  A beautifully, musically-engaging breeze.

First off, here are the things you’ll need to begin your art-appreciation unit:

  • A copy of Picasso, That’s Who!  (Pick up the CD at Hope Harris’ official website or grab the CD or MP3 from Amazon here.)
  • Art reference book (I picked up an old edition Gardiner’s Art book at Goodwill but any collection will do.)
  • Picture books from your local library (I listed our selections in each lesson post)
  • Standard art supplies
Spend some time familiarizing your kids with the music.  Play it in the car, dance to it during clean-up time, play it during their bath— have fun with it!  Trust me, it’s catchy and it’ll be easy to do.  Next, decide how much time you want to spend with each artist.  I did roughly one week on each but these activities can easily be adapted for shorter or longer periods of time.  Then check out my blog post on the artist to find my list of resources and activities.  The following running list will be linked up as we go along.  

Adventures in Art

  1. Jackson Pollock
  2. Pablo Picasso
  3. David Hockney
  4. Grandma Moses
  5. Alexander Calder
  6. Georgia O’Keeffe
  7. Paul Klee
  8. Romare Bearden
  9. Henri Matisse
  10. Claude Monet

And don’t be a stranger!  Come back and share with me what your little Picassos created.

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10 Responses to Art Appreciation for Early Elementary

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  2. I’m intrigued – I love learning through music!

    Thanks for sharing with learning laboratory =)

  3. Carispoon says:

    The above link does not seem to work to go to her website for her cd.

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  6. Niki Smith says:

    Hi, this is exactly what I was looking for. We are working through Sonlight Core A and I wanted to add in some art appreciation. I didn’t know where to start. We will be joining you on your art adventure. Thanks so much for your ideas.

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