Art History Homeschool Curriculum

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Most of the art history homeschool curriculum we offer has hands-on art projects, too.

If you have a potential artist, learning about different artists and their art will spark an interest in creating art. With Art in Mind gives great instructions for doing art projects for grades 3 to 8, and you know that range can be extended for homeschoolers. The classic Drawing Textbook can be used by the independent learner or in the small family setting to learn the basics of drawing. You can learn alongside your student if you are artistically challenged.

How do you teach art when you aren’t an artistic type? One thing you can do is teach art history.

One art history homeschool curriculum that combines art history with hands-on art projects is Artistic Pursuits. It is well planned curriculum for grades K to 12 and is designed with the homeschool setting in mind.

Drawing on History is an art history program that was written to cover major art movements from the 1830s to the 1970s. Though written to coordinate with the US and World History Study Guide from BF Books, it works as an art history supplement to history course that covers the same eras.

Discovering Great Artists also combines art history with art project ideas for children aged 4 to 12. From How Great Thou Art, comes a course about God and the History of Art. Barry Stebbing wrote this four year art history and hand-on art curriculum for children ages 10 and up.

Strictly an art history course is The Annotated Mona Lisa, a “crash course in art history from prehistoric to post-modern art.” You can supplement this with coloring books such as Dover’s Color Your Own Art Coloring Books, or the Renaissance Painters Coloring Book.

Drawing On History

Drawing On History by Deborah S. Swanson

Drawing On History by Deborah S. Swanson

Drawing On History

By Deborah S. Swanson, Publisher: Beautiful Feet Books


Drawing on History is an interactive approach to art appreciation and art history.

  • It is a one year high school fine arts course.
  • Use as a stand alone are history course or as an art history program to accompany A Literature Approach to U.S. and World History Study Guide by Beautiful Feet books.
  • Study major movements of art from the Romanticism of the 1830s to the Psychedelic art of the 1960s and 1970s.
  • Access to the Resource Center at is included in each book.
  • Valuable lesson support, videos, and free project downloads available there will enhance your student’s art studies.
  • Full color, lay-flat coil binding, 64 pages, soft cover.

Grade: High School

List $42.95

Price $38.95

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Discovering Great Artists

Discovering Great Artists by Kohl and Solga 9780935607093

Discovering Great Artists

By Kohl and Solga

ISBN-13: 9780935607093

Hands-On Art for Children in the Styles of the Great Masters! Discovering Great Artists presents 110 fun and unique art activities for children ages 4-12. Along with a brief biography of each artist there is a fully illustrated art activity using various art media. From 1266 to modern times, the artists include Da Vinci, Michelangelo, Rembrandt, Monet, Degas, Matisse, Cassatt, and more. A great resource to accompany any history curriculum because you can coordinate your study of a period artist and the related activity to your history study. Ages 4-12.

List $18.95

Price $16.95

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How Great Thou Art

God and the History of Art by Berry Stebbing, How Great Thou Art 9780970040565

God and the History of Art

By Berry Stebbing, Publisher: How Great Thou Art

ISBN-13: 9780970040565

The four-year homeschool God and the History of Art curriculum features:

An extensive survey of art history in chronological order with detailed discussions of the artists and the art periods with emphasis on Christian artists,

Covers from Ancient Egypt to modern times.

Over 250 lessons teaching beginning drawing, painting, use of colored markers, perspective, color theory, etc.

35 “paint cards”.

34 full color post card reproductions of works by Great Master’s.

God and the History of Art is geared to ages 10 and up. Item # 0970040563

Price $52.95

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The Annotated Mona Lisa

Annotated Mona Lisa, 2nd Edition by Carol Stricklang, Ph.D. 9780740768729

The Annotated Mona Lisa, 2nd Edition

By Carol Strickland, Ph.D.

ISBN-13: 9780740768729

A Crash Course in Art History From Prehistoric to Post-Modern

This is the second edition of The Annotated Mona Lisa. What is the difference? First, the publisher is different. The cover art is different. There are eight new pages at the end which cover new things in the art world since the first edition.

“Takes art history out of the realm of dreary textbooks to a world of dynamic design, succinct page-length essays, and instructive sidebars.”

With more than 300 illustrations (about 1/3 in full-color), The Annotated Mona Lisa “draws on the very elements of art–composition, movement, balance, color, and design–to achieve a visual and textual approach to the subject that no ordinary textbook could approximate.”

  • Each section begins with side by side world history and art history timelines which helps place the art events into the era.
  • The author does a brief biography for each famous artist and discusses the major styles of art (baroque, impressionism, etc.)
  • Learn how to analyze a painting and read about paintings.
  • The Annotated Mona Lisa is a good choice for homeschool art history textbook.
  • A high school student could read this independently.
  • It does not have lesson plans or art activities.
  • Read aloud to younger students for a multi-level art history course.
  • You can add hands-on art projects from the Discovering Great Artists book.
  • If you need to keep little hands busy, I suggest using Dover’s Color Your Own Art Coloring Books.

List $22.95

Price $20.95

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Renaissance Painters Coloring Book

Renaissance Painters Coloring Book by Andy Nelson 9780929636276

Renaissance Painters Coloring Book

By Andy Nelson

ISBN-13: 9780929636276

The Renaissance Painters Coloring Book includes 45 images of the most famous works of the Renaissance for you to color. Unusual to coloring books is that the back of each page is blank! There is a short paragraph about the artist of each painting. This will be an excellent addition to any study of the Renaissance.

Price $8.95

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