ART HISTORY ~ Lessons, art projects and teacher read-aloud scripts
This art curriculum provides teachers with everything needed to deliver an in-depth, comprehensive journey through art history. You do NOT need any previous experience or background knowledge of art or art history - the work is all done for you. Turn to page one and begin!
Organization of Lessons
This is a collection of art history lessons arranged chronologically, beginning with Cave Art and Egyptian Art / Hieroglyphics, and continuing through history with artists such as Leonardo DaVinci, Vincent Van Gogh and Monet!
What's Included In Each Lesson
Each lesson has a teacher script to read aloud with simple information about the time period, a relevant art project, and several additional related extension art, literacy and coloring activities for early finishers or to supplement the lesson at a later time.
These art projects purposely use only inexpensive and easily accessible art supplies. I have worked at low-budget schools and know how expensive supplies can be. Therefore I have designed the lessons to be completed with simple supplies such as paper, scissors, markers, paints, pastels and other common items. You can see a materials list in the preview if you are not sure.
Background Knowledge Needed
You do NOT need any art history background to begin - you may find yourself becoming an art history expert along with your students!
Approximate Time Needed
The time needed will depend on the age group of students, and whether or not you choose to complete all the projects, extension projects and related writing activities within each unit - there are a lot of different things to choose from! Each unit will take approximately one hour for the class discussion/teacher read-aloud script and art lesson. Another hour will be needed to do additional art lessons and writing extensions.
Note: You do NOT have to complete all the projects - you can pick and choose. You can also use the extension writing projects, word searches and coloring pages in your writing center each week, or for early finishers!
There are many literacy components to this program as well, so it will fit in well with your writing and social studies (an early sense of history, culture and geography). A simple world map is included so students can mark the areas that each lesson focuses on.
Read Aloud Script for Teachers
You do not need to have ANY background knowledge of art history to teach this unit! The teacher read-aloud script guides your conversation as each lesson begins, with questions included to ask your students. You can turn to page one and begin teaching!
What About Early Finishers?
I have included reflect/review writing pages to work on when finished the art projects, as well as various printables, word searches for each lesson AND coloring sheets for each art period or artist. These can also be used in literacy centers or as extension lessons.
All lessons also have are easily supported visually with a simple google search. For copyright reasons I have not included copies of the actual paintings, but it's more beneficial to project digital versions so all students can view paintings properly. I have listed the artist and title of the artwork clearly at the beginning of each lesson. Simply type it into a google search and click "images" to easily share with the class by projecting on the white board. You do not need any particular websites to complete this unit.
Managing Student Work
All projects can be kept in a scrapbook, which results in a great portfolio and keepsake! A scrapbook cover is included. I am sure you will also want to display the fantastic artwork on the wall as well, but later it can be glued into the scrapbook along with any extension projects for that time period.
Students (and teachers!) will finish this program with a clear understanding of the progression of art through history.
Once the program is complete, you and your proud little artists will be experts in art history!
Teacher Tip: I've been doing these lesson with multi-age buddy classes for 12+ years, and it's been a great experience. If you have a chance to pair up students from different grade levels for these projects, I'd highly recommend it! Last year we paired grade 2's with grade 5's with great success!
Please click on the preview button above for a detailed overview.
*UPDATE 1- I've added a complete set of coloring pages for each artist or time period.
**UPDATE 2 - I've added a set of word searches for each artist or time period!
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Please note: If you are looking for a teacher script for OLDER students, the following set is available. You will not need to purchase both sets as they are the same art projects, with the exception that the older set has 6 extra lessons.
No Prep Art History For Grades 5-8
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