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Art Education Books

6 books to help you teach art education...

Looking for art education books that cultivate creativity and the development of skills? The following 6 books not only do that but also introduce children to a variety of tools and materials.

They provide you with ideas to ignite children's imaginations and show you how to introduce new techniques, artistic styles and artists in ways that keep children interested.

Art education books generally fall into three categories:

  • the first are for adults, to help them teach art to children
  • the second category of art education book are for children and allow them to follow easy step-by-step instructions on how to draw or how to do other types of artwork
  • the third are children's books that educate kids about styles of art or great artists

1. Drawing with Children

Drawing with Children, by Mona Brookes, is one of my favorite art education books and a must read for anyone teaching art to children. It presents easy-to-follow lessons for building artistic skill and for using drawing in other scholastic subjects.

Children learn to draw the pieces that can be combined to make a whole object and develop spatial awareness. The book is an important, foundational tool for children who are learning to see things as an artist sees them. A revised and expanded 10th anniversary edition, designed for parents and teachers of children of all ages.


Drawing with children

Purchase "Drawing with Children"
by Mona Brookes

2. How to Teach Art to Children

This art education book offers basic lessons for teaching the elements of art - line, shape, color, value, texture, form and space. After basic lessons, children create a variety of projects emphasizing the art element.

The projects are easy to do with a minimum of basic materials: water colors or acrylic paints, glue, colored construction paper and markers.

If you already have a good understanding of art elements and artists, this book may not be for you.


Teach Art

Buy "How to Teach Art to Children"

I used a book called, "Emphasis Art: A Qualitative Art Program for Elementary and Middle Schools (9th Edition)"to teach the elements of art and loved it. It now costs over $90 but you may be able to pick up a second hand copy.

3. Follow the Directions & Draw It all by Yourself

This art education book helps kids learn shapes and builds fine motor skills. Kids love drawing easy pictures of dinosaurs, butterflies, and more on their own.

They can work through step-by-step pictures by themselves and experience success. Contains 25 reproducible lessons and reinforces the skill of following directions. Use this along with the step by step drawing pages.

Follow Directions and Draw it all by yourself

Buy "Follow the Directions & Draw It All by Yourself!: 25 Easy, Reproducible Lessons That Guide Kids Step-by-Step to Draw Adorable Pictures & Learn the Important Skill of Following Directions"

4. Storybook Art

Teaching art with picture books is a fun way to teach art. MaryAnne Kohl is a well known writer of art education books and in this one she provides simple art projects based on the art of children's book illustrators.

I like the open-ended art projects. Illustration techniques include painting, drawing, cutting and collage, and construction and crafts.

Storybook art

Purchase "Storybook Art: Hands-On Art for Children in the Styles of 100 Great Picture Book Illustrators (Bright Ideas for Learning)"  

5. Art with Anything

This is MaryAnn Kohl's newest art education book and it includes 52 weeks of making art with everyday stuff.

A great book for those days you need a quick idea for teaching art to children.

See all books by MaryAnn Kohl

Art With Anything

Buy "Art with Anything: 52 Weeks of Fun Using Everyday Stuff" by MaryAnn Kohl  

6. Marc Chagall

Many home school parents and teachers use the Mike Venezia series - artists and musicians to teach children.

The author introduces children to the world of art using a combination of text, original pictures and funny cartoons. The series of books complement a child's arts and crafts program or drawing class.

There are about 48 books in the series.

Getting to Know the World's Greatest Artists

There are a great series of books called, Getting to Know the World's Greatest Artists that are designed to teach children about great artists. This one is about Marc Chagall , a terrific artist to base an art lesson around. Purchase here...  

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