I found two excellent resources for teaching Art History to children in K-12.
I'm excited to have found a very large collection of free lesson plans for K-12 on crafts, or practical skills, such as weaving, basketry, pottery and more. The lesson plans include historical information on the skill, and they include hands-on projects. There is much more to these - they even tell us which subjects are being taught in each lesson, for example, here's 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:
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 can get so lost in this site! Vermeer had my interest while I was getting this link), 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, and others who make Art Study a large part of their curriculum.
Also: Did you know you can loan from the National Gallery of Art to your mailbox? I've done it; it's an amazing free resource!
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