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Study Any Great Painter

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Study Any Great Painter Unit Study Ideas and Product Review


Study Any Great Painter

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Do you want to do a unit study on the life of an artist and are not quite sure how to begin?  Do you and your children enjoy making lapbooks?  This post will give you some ideas for creating a unit study about an artist of your choosing.  I am also including a product review of a resource from In the Hands of a Child called Study Any Great Painter.


There are several ways to include art appreciation in your children’s studies.  One is to focus on the life of an artist.  You may incorporate language arts, history and geography, activities, and possible even some science while studying the life of a painter.

Selecting which artist to study might be an issue since there are so many great painters.  Use the following websites to help you narrow down your selection:

101 Most Important Painters

The Famous People

A good place to begin is to read books about the artist you have chosen.  The Study Any Great Painter includes a long reading list.  Some of those books are:

Portrait of an Artist: A Biography of Georgia O’Keeffe by Laurie Lisle

Rembrandt by Ernest Lloyd Raboff

Edouard Manet by Melody S. Mis

Study Any Great Painter

Pay close attention to the new vocabulary words as you come across them.  The Study a Great Any Painter contains a list of vocabulary words ranging from abstract to studio.

Have your child complete a biography.  Include significant details about the artist; works he/she created; what paintings is the artist most known for; as well as personal information such as Vincent van Gogh cutting off his ear.  Add pictures from the internet depicting examples of the artist’s works.

Create a timeline of the painter’s life since it gives an added visual for the study.  Include extra information about the time period.  This will help your children relate to what else was happening in conjunction with the painter’s life.  You may find the Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History helpful while creating your own timeline.

Create a map of where the artist was born; places he or she lived; the locations of where the artist created his or her artwork; and place of death.  The Study Any Great Painter includes a map template.

Collect samples of the artist’s work.  The coffee table type of books show better details of paintings.  You might want to preview those books prior to the study, if you prefer not to expose your children to any offensive pictures.

Do painting studies.  This involves examining art works and interpreting them.  Allow your children the opportunity to determine for themselves what they see and feel rather than providing them with ideas.  Then put the picture aside and have them recall what they saw.

Recreate the artist’s work.  Have your children paint like Michelangelo by lying on their backs and paint or draw on paper attached to the underside of a table.  SEE THE LIGHT offers the Art Project series, which provides art lessons, history, and biblical application.  For example, Pointillism Fruit is in the style of Georges Seurat.

The Study Any Great Painter has a long list of interactive websites.

Study Any Great Painter TemplateComplete a lapbook.  The Study Any Great Painter has really nice premade templates ready for use.  The curriculum includes even more ideas to include in your study of an artist.

Finally visit museums to see, critique, and appreciate art in person.  Inquire about student/teacher rates to receive a discount on admission.

Study Any Great Painter Lapbook

Study Any Great Painter curriculum is for grades 4 – 10.  You may purchase it in a variety of formats from In the Hands of a Child.  The eBook curriculum is currently on sale for $5.  You will also find additional art curriculum such as:

Great Painters of the World Curriculum (grades 3 – 8)

Art Appreciation Curriculum (grades 4 – 8)

Mary Cassatt Curriculum (grades 1 – 9)

Elements of Art Curriculum (grades 4 – 8)


I hope you have fun study a great painter and please let me know how it goes.



Angie McFarren, Homeschool Consultant


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Angie McFarren

Angie McFarren is a homeschool mom of 1 high school student and graduated another who is now attending college. She has homeschooled them since they were in K and Pre-K. Angie is passionate about homeschooling and enjoys Helping Other Parents Educate. She is a Homeschool Consultant and the author of Educate the Home Educator Crash Course. Angie is also on the See the Light Art Curriculum team.

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