Memory Painting of O'Keeffe's Indian Doll

Memory Painting of O’Keeffe’s Indian Doll

This rewarding hobby or enrichment project can take as little as five minutes a week. It may be accomplished with little cost. Here are some ideas to get your art appreciation notebook started.

Memory painting of O'Keeffe's Wisconsin Barn

Memory painting of O’Keeffe’s Wisconsin Barn


Picture Study

Charlotte Mason called this subject “Picture Study.” She recommended studying one artist at a time so children can become aware of that artist’s style and can recognize works even when a particular painting was not studied. Six works of the art should be studied…

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Do an image search on Google for the artist that you wish to study.
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Paintings are viewed for a minute or so and then are out of sight when doing the art study steps listed below.

1. Do art studies once a week for 5-10 minutes as suggested by Miss Mason, spending one month on each picture and 6 months per artist.

2. Do art studies daily (4-5 days a week), spending one week on each picture and 6 weeks per artist.
For each artist unit:
Read about the artist and narrate.
Then study six paintings by that artist.
For each of the 6 paintings studied:
1. Narrate (descriptive or informative)
2. Creative writing (choose 1 or 2):
2a. Original poetry
2b. Imagine yourself in the picture
2c. Fiction inspired by painting
2d. Truism, text structure, or essay
3. Art experience or memory sketch
3b. If sketch, add color next session
Conclude artist unit by having each child state which painting was favorite & tell or write why.


Ansel Adams
Fra Angelico
John Audubon
W. A. Bouguereau
Mary Cassatt
Paul Cezanne Joseph Cornell
Edgar Degas
M. C. Escher
Paul Gauguin
Vincent van Gogh
Grandma Moses
Childe Hassam
Katsushika Hokusai
Winslow Homer
Edward Hopper
Byun Shi Ji
Frida Kahlo
Wassily Kandinsky
Paul Klee
Dorothea Lange
Jacob Lawrence
Rene Magritte
Edouard Manet
Franz Marc
Henri Matisse
Jean Francois Millet
Joan Miro
Claude Monet
Berthe Morisot
Archibald Motley
Edvard Munch
Louise Nevelson
Georgia O’Keeffe
Pablo Picasso
Camille Pissarro
Jackson Pollock
Edward Henry Potthast
Maurice Prendergast
Raphael; Rembrandt
Frederic Remington
Pierre-Auguste Renoir
Grant Wood
Faith Ringgold
Diego Rivera
Norman Rockwell
Auguste Rodin
Guy Rose
Peter Paul Rubens
Charles M. Russell
John Singer Sargent
Georges Seurat
Alfred Sisley
Theodore Clement Steele
John Steptoe
James Tissot
Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec
J. M. W. Turner
Jan Vermeer
Leonardo da Vinci
Andy Warhol
Benjamin West
James Whistler
Your favorite illustrators of children’s books

Books about Artists and Art:

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A Boy Names Giotto

The Genius of Leonardo

Leonardo da Vinci for Kids

Leonardo and the Flying Boy


Rembrandt and Boy Who Drew Dogs

Get to Know Worlds’ Greatest Artists

Boy Who Loved to Draw: Benjamin West

Hokusai: Painted a Mountain

Renoir and the Boy with the Long Hair

The Magical Garden of Monet

Katie and the Waterlily Pond

Linnea in Monet’s Garden

Katie Meets the Impressionists

Marie in Fourth Position: Degas

Degas and the Little Dancer

Picasso and the Girl with a Ponytail

Cezanne and the Apple Boy

Van Gogh and the Sunflowers

Camille and the Sunflowers

Katie and the Starry Night

Van Gogh Sunflowers and Swirly Stars

Katie and the British Artists

Matisse, King of Color

A Bird or Two

Matisse, Drawing with Scissors

Mary Cassatt: Family Pictures

Suzette and the Puppy: Mary Cassatt

Fantastic Jungles of Henri Rousseau

Pablo Picasso: Breaking All the Rules

Frida Kahlo;    Frida;    Diego

Dinner at Magritte’s

Dreamer from the Village: Marc Chagall

My Name is Georgia

Through Georgia’s Eyes

Grant Wood: The Artist in the Hayloft

Edward Hopper: Light and Shadow

Action Jackson

Norman Rockwell: A Boy and His Dog

Story Painter: Life of Jacob Lawrence

Drawing with Children

Mouse Paint;     The Dot;     Beautiful Oops!

Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain

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