Art meets informational text!
One-page artist biographies combine reading comprehension with art observation
and help develop visual literacy. Each artist summary is accompanied by a student response worksheet with prompts for written and illustrated responses to informational text.
These mini-biographies are kid-friendly and designed to accompany art observation activities; a list of suggested art works to use with the biographies is included. They can also be used alone.
Artist Biographies Set One includes biographies for the following artists:
Each biography is a short summary of the artist’s life, including information about his or her art style. The student worksheets ask students to draw and write responses to open-ended prompts that are text-dependent
and require factual, personal opinion, and inferential responses.
Use these for shared reading with younger students, ELL students, and other students with special needs; most older students will be able to read them independently. The response sheets are open-ended enough to be appropriate for a range of elementary grade levels.
See Artist Biographies Set Two
for more artist biographies:
Alexander Calder • Leonardo da Vinci • Keith Haring
Piet Modrian • Georgia O’Keeffe • Wayne Thiebaud
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This product includes pages from my free resource,
Looking at Art with Kids - Integrating Art Across the Curriculum,
which is also included in Artist Biographies Set Two.
Five of the artist biographies in this collection are also available in the following artist-inspired art lessons and bundles, as follows:
Marc Chagall, Wassily Kandinsky, and Henri Matisse are all bundled in Abstract Art for Kids - Inspired by Chagall, Kandinsky, and Matisse,
which includes these lessons:
Chagall-Inspired Surrealistic Drawing
Kandinsky-Inspired Abstract Drawing
Matisse-Inspired Geometric/Organic Collage Art Lesson
Frida Kahlo is included in Decorative Skull Masks,
which is bundled in Three Spooktacular Art Lessons for Halloween.
Pablo Picasso is included in Picasso-Inspired Abstract Faces,
which is bundled in Fun With Abstract Faces.
Related “draw and write” resources:
Draw & Write Literature Response Templates - Integrating Reading, Writing, and Art.
Draw & Write Non-Fiction Response Templates.
More art-making ideas and suggestions:
Integrating Art Across the Curriculum Sampler Bundle
- a collection of five integrated Art lessons
Art Task Cards
-- for early finishers or art centers
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I am a retired elementary classroom teacher, a former art teacher, an artist and a writer. I have a Multiple Subjects credential, a Single Subject credential for Art and English, LDS/ESL certification, a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education with a Mathematics focus, and Montessori certification. I have worked with all elementary grades, and with special groups including ELL, GATE, and At-Risk students. Creating Art With Kids
lessons and resources are designed to foster student creativity, choice, and independence, and to encourage authentic art-making. Consideration is given to developmental appropriateness, differentiation possibilities, and teacher individuality. For this reason, directions are general, expectations are open-ended, and clip art on student pages is kept to a minimum.
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