If you enjoy learning about different artists in your homeschool you will love learning about 8 of our favorite artists!
There are so many wonderful artists that you can choose to study, but I have picked some of our personal favorites to highlight. If you use a Charlotte Mason method of homeschooling you will find that studying artists and their works of art go along great with that style of education. You can also pair artist and picture study up with history studies as well.
FREE Unit Studies and Printables on our favorite artists:
John James Audobon:
John James Audobon is a favorite among nature lovers. He was an American ornithologist, artist and naturalist known for his bird drawings and paintings of North American birds.
You can read about the biography of John James Audubon at Biography.com.
Learn more about Audubon and his life on the Frontier at Florida Naturalists – Florida Museum of Natural History.
Sign up for free printable artist study pages on John James Audobon over at The Usual Mayhem.
FREE Unit Study Printables for The Boy Who Drew Birds from Homeschool Share.
FREE John James Audubon Lesson from ArtK12
About John James Audubon from DLTK kids – learn about Audubon with links to bird activities.
John James Audubon Quiz from Study.com
The National Audubon Society is the premier wildlife conservation site founded after John James Audubon. They have an entire page devoted to education on conservation.
Audobon Kids Website has games, videos and tons of educational information specifically geared towards kids.
These are our favorite books about Audobon:
The Boy Who Drew Birds: A Story of John James Audubon (Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students K-12)
John James Audubon: Bird Artist (A Discovery Book)
John James Audubon: The Making of an American
John James Audubon: The Nature of the American Woodsman (Early American Studies)
Leonardo Da Vinci:
Leonardo Da Vinci is a famous artist and scientist from the Renaissance and Middle Ages time period. He was also a famous scientist who was a pioneer in the medical field, and an amazing inventor during the Renaissance.
You can read about the biography of Leonardo da Vinci at Biography.com.
10 Fascinating Facts about Leonardo da Vinci from Thought Co.
Leonardo da Vinci Printable Biography from Making Art Fun
Leonardo DaVinci Unit Study with FREE Printable Art Cards from Pinay Homeschooler
Leonardo da Vinci online unit study for older students from Khan Academy
Leonardo da Vinci Online Study Guide and art studies from Making Art Fun.
The history and biography behind the Mona Lisa from Victoria Restrepo Art for Kids
These are our favorite books about Leonardo Da Vinci:
Leonardo da Vinci for Kids: His Life and Ideas, 21 Activities (For Kids series)
Who Was Leonardo da Vinci?
Leonardo and the Flying Boy (Anholt’s Artists Books For Children)
Leonardo da Vinci: Artist, Inventor and Scientist – Art History Lessons for Kids
Michaelangelo was another famous Italian Renaissance artist. He was a famous sculptor who is well know for his David statue, a painter, poet and architect. He is most well known for his frescoe paintings on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel.
Michaelangelo Biography for Kids from Mr. Nussbaum
Read Michaelangelo’s Biography at Biography.com
Michaelangelo Unit Study from Jennifer Lambert – with beautiful photos (you may want to preview first!)
Michaelangelo: Sculptor, Painter, Architect and Poet Unit Study from Khan Academy
The Creation of Adam by Michaelangelo Lesson Plan from Making Art Fun
Soap Sculpture Lesson for Studying Michaelangelo from Making Art Fun
Colouring the Sistine Chapel free activity with directions and Sistine Chapel coloring pages from Ideas for Kids.
Michaelangelo.org has the most beautiful panoramic view of the Sistine Chapel. There are also full galleries of his work with tons of facts, quotes and details on his works and life. (please preview for nudity first)
Stone Giant: Michelangelo’s David and How He Came to Be
Michelangelo for Kids: His Life and Ideas, with 21 Activities (For Kids series)
Michelangelo (Getting to Know the World’s Greatest Artists)
Claude Oscar Monet was born in Paris, France in 1840. He was a revolutionary with his painting technique and was the founder of the Impressionist Movement.
Biography of Claude Oscar Monet from Claude Monet Gallery
Claude Monet Printable Biography from Making Art Fun.
Monet’s River Scene Picture Study and Notebooking page from Homeschool Helper Online
Claude Monet Worksheet from Education.com
Claude Monet Artist Notebooking Page from Homeschool Helper Online
Monet Online Lesson with printable tests, quizzes, wordsearches and more from Garden of Praise
Monet’s Haystacks Art History Lesson for Kids from Art History Kids
San Giorgio Twilight
Here are some great books for a Monet study:
Mary Cassatt was born in America and traveled to France to train artistically. She was frowned upon as a woman in art school in America, so she moved to France to train with the masters.She helped to bring the impressionist style art work to American and to be enjoyed and loved by Americans.
Mary Cassatt Biography from Biography.com
Printable Biography from Making Art Fun
Mary Cassatt Wordsearch Worksheet from Making Art Fun
Mary Cassatt Unit Study from DIY Homeschooler
Mother’s Day with Mary Cassatt Free Printable Art Interview from Art History Kids
Free 120 page pdf of Mary Cassatt’s art collection from National Gallery of Art
Mary Cassatt Most Important Artworks with photos and a synposis of each one from The Art Story
We love these books for a Mary Cassatt artist study:
Mary Cassatt: Family Pictures (Smart About Art)
Mary Cassatt: Extraordinary Impressionist Painter
Suzette and the Puppy: A Story About Mary Cassatt (Young Readers)
Mary Cassatt (Getting to Know the World’s Greatest Artists)
Pablo Picasso was born in Spain in 1881. He was one of the greatest painters of the 20th century and is considered a Modern Era artist. He spent his artistic years creating in Paris, France with other artist friends.
Pablo Picasso Biography from Biography.com
Biography for Kids from Mr. Nussbaum
Pablo Picasso Biography for Kids from Duckster – this biography explains the different styles and periods that Picasso painted at different times in his life.
I love all these resources from Making Art Fun:
Pablo Picasso Art Cookies Lesson Plan
Picasso Wordsearch Worksheet
Picasso Cubist Paper Bag Puppet
Three Musicians Learn to Watercolor Project
Cubist Portrait Bust Lesson Plan from Dick Blick
Interactive Online Picasso Lesson Plan for Highschool from Jennifer Dupree
Picasso’s Shapes Preschool Art Project from Play to Learn Preschool
Picasso Blue Lesson Plan Art Project from Art Projects for Kids
Books that are great for a Picasso Artist Study:
Norman Rockwell is a well-known American artist of the Modern Era in the 20th Century. He is most known for his paintings and drawings of everyday American life and his covers for The Saturday Evening Post.
Biography of Norman Rockwell from The Saturday Evening Post
Norman Rockwell Printable Biography from Making Art Fun
Norman Rockwell’s Perpetual Motion Notebooking Page from Homeschool Helper
Norman Rockwell Notebooking Pages for doing a picture study of any of his paintings from Homeschool Helper.
Norman Rockwell Wordsearch Worksheet from Making Art Fun
Norman Rockwell’s The Four Freedoms Lesson Plan from Dick Blick Art
Draw a Norman Rockwell Ispired Picture Lesson Plan from Education.com
The Curriculum Lab from the Norman Rockwell Exhibit has free curriculum lesson plans for different paintings and studies on his collections.
See the complete covers of the Saturday Evening Post broken down by decade at The Saturday Evening Post.
Explore the world of Norman Rockwell with online digital experiences from the Norman Rockwell Museum.
View the entire collections of Norman Rockwell from the Norman Rockwell Museum.
Books to read while learning about Norman Rockwell:
Vincent Van Gogh:
Vincent Van Gogh was born on March 30, 1853. He is considered the greatest Dutch painter since Rembrandt. Vincent Van Gogh has a very sad story as he struggled greatly with mental illness and remained poor and unknown his entire life.
Van Gogh Biography from Biography.com
Vincent Van Gogh for Kids Biography from Ducksters – there are many interesting fun facts about Van Gogh, including that he indeed cut off a part of his ear!
Vincent Van Gogh Wordsearch Worksheet from Making Art Fun
Vincent Van Gogh Power Point Presentation on Post – Impressionism and Expresssionism for High School grades from Bill Burton
Informational Text Artist Biography on Vincent Van Gogh from Creating Art With Kids
We love the Online Unit Studies from Techie Homeschool Mom. They are a work at your own pace style and they are fun and engaging. You can do them with your children, or they can do them all on their own. Here is one that is all about Vincent Van Gogh.
Star Bright Starry Night Art Lesson from Making Art Fun
Sunflower Learn to Water Color Project from Making Art Fun
The Starry Night Coloring Page from Making Art Fun
Van Gogh Assessment – Warm and Cool Colors from Dawn Stone
Van Gogh Gallery is a complete online reference of information on the life of Vincent Van Gogh and his art work.
Books to accompany a Van Gogh artist study:
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