If you enjoy learning about different artists in your homeschool, you will love learning about 8 of our favorite artists! Teaching about artists in your homeschool is a pretty popular thing, especially among Charlotte Mason style homeschoolers. Most of the time during picture study, you will first learn about the artist.
There are so many free resources on artists available, and we have sourced them for you by 8 popular artists, from free artist unit studies and biographies to coloring pages and printables. We hope you find our list of free artist resources helpful for your homeschool.
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:
Learn about 8 of our favorite artists:
- John James Audubon
- Leonardo Da Vinci
- Claude Oscar Monet
- Mary Cassatt
- Pablo Picasso
- Norman Rockwell
- Vincent Van Gogh
John James Audubon:
John James Audubon 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.
Audubon Kids Website has games, videos and tons of educational information specifically geared towards kids.
These are our favorite books about Audubon:
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)
Don’t miss this Birding Notebook we created for you!
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.
Leonardo Da Vinci Coloring art pages:
- Lady with an Ermine coloring page
- Mona Lisa coloring page
- The Last Supper
- Leonardo’s Horse Sculpture
- Vitruvian Man
- Leonardo da Vinci Self Portrait
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
Michelangelo 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 frescoes on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel.
Michelangelo.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)
We love these books for artist study:
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.
Monet’s Haystacks Art History Lesson for Kids from Art History Kids
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.
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.
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
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.
The Curriculum Lab from the Norman Rockwell Exhibit has free curriculum lesson plans for different paintings and studies on his collections.
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.
Vincent Van Gogh Power Point Presentation on Post – Impressionism and Expresssionism for High School grades from Bill Burton
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.
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:
Here are some more FREE art and art history resources for you!
Sarah is a wife, daughter of the King and Mama to 4 children (one who is a homeschool graduate)! She is a an eclectic, Charlotte Mason style homeschooler that has been homeschooling for over 16 years now. She is still trying to find the balance between work and keeping a home and says she can only do it by the Grace of God, and Coffee!