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Discovering Great Artists: Hands-On Art for Children in the Styles of the Great Masters

4.17 of 5 stars 4.17  ·  rating details  ·  217 ratings  ·  24 reviews
Featuring more than 150 activities, this guide teaches the styles, works, and techniques of the great masters—Van Gogh, Michelangelo, Rembrandt, and more—through innovative, hands-on, open-ended activities for children Kindergarten through Middle School (ages 6 to 13).
Paperback, 144 pages
Published May 1st 1997 by Bright Ring Publishing
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Lisa Vegan
Sep 15, 2008 Lisa Vegan rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: children, parents, teachers, youth programs – anyone interested in art or art history
I love this book! I won another book by this author (Great American Artists for Kids: Hands-On Art Experiences in the Styles of Great American Masters) from the Goodreads First Reads giveaway program. I’m still waiting to receive that book but while I’m waiting I borrowed this one from the library and I read it cover to cover.

This is a wonderful book of art activities for kids. The book says it’s for ages 4-12 and the art of children 5 to 12 is included in this book, and the art is beautiful. Th
A wonderful introduction to art history for children with terrific hands on art projects. There are brief biographies of the artists, followed by projects that reflect their style. I especially love the Van Gogh starry night project, and the Duchamp "happy accident string drop" project. The ideas in this book are for creative art projects, rather than craft projects in which everyone uses the exact same materials to produce identical results.

There is a glossary of art words, and an index of pro
I check out this book so often from the library I should purchase a copy for my own shelves. Discovering Great Artists is a fun book for teachers or librarians who want to provide art history and art lessons for kids. I believe this book,as well as many other books from the children's section,gives a great reference to teens and adults who want to learn more about the art masters and to learn the techniques first-hand. Kudos to MaryAnn F. Kohl and Kim Solga for creating their work of art in book ...more
This book highlights art history with relevant artists and techniques, and activities that imitate them. Simple things you can do at home, usually with materials you already have, but that inspire exploration and engender familiarity with artists and styles. We've enjoyed using activities from this book for a homeschool group.
Fantastic book. Well written. Well laid out. Was my main curriculum source last year when a teacher asked me to come in and teach about the great masters in art in her classroom. So impressive was this book, that the teacher went and bought herself her own copy. Very much recommend for educators especially.
Kate Hastings
A favorite book for art-related programs. Many good picture books to tie-in with this like "When Pigasso met Mootise" and "Katie and the Sunflowers." There's also a really good one about the little girl and Mary Cassatt's dog.
Wendy Roberts
Awesome book...combines art history from medieval through modern, with hands-on ideas for letting kids try out artistic techniques and new ideas.
Kathleen O'Mara
May 21, 2008 Kathleen O'Mara rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: homeschoolers
Recommended to Kathleen by: Catherine Kinslow
Returned to this book every year since I bought it. The art exercises are great for the kids, and I do one every now and then.
Kohl, MaryAnn F.(1997). Discovering great artists: Hands-on art for children in the styles of the great masters. Bellingham, WA: Bright Ring Publishing.

Citation created by: Sherry Bouldin
Call Number: 372.5
Description: A handbook/biography. It’s a biography of some of the great masters of the art world. It’s a handbook to guide the creation of projects in their same style – pretty neat stuff!
Content/scope: Projects are geared to children ages 4-12 years.
Accuracy/Authority: MaryAnn Kohl is the aut
Visually, this one isn't as delightful as the Great American Artists for Kids book. It doesn't have color photos, and there isn't an art sample for most of the presented artists. (Google or other art books can be used in combination of course.) I found some of the art projects to be a bit plain or repetitious. But! It's still a really solid book with creative ideas overall. Each artist has a paragraph bio, plus an art project based on their work. If I counted correctly, there are around 80 artis ...more
Rebekah Leland
Can't wait to use this when my boys are just a few years older. Great ideas for kid art projects (I'm the least artsy person around, so I need a book to give me ideas) that imitate the styles of great artists.
Jan 30, 2014 Laura marked it as to-read
for homeschooling
I think the only thing holding this back from 5 stars is the illustrations are not in color. Having said that, I am thrilled with this book. The art projects are all very doable for children, but are not dumbed down like a couple of other books I have encountered. There are many different styles represented like abstract, cubism, folk, modern, naturalism, realism, surrealism, cartoon and impressionism just to name a few.
Jan 18, 2009 Cindi marked it as to-read
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I'm really excited to use this book. It's a great introduction to art history, starting in the 1200's, the book introduces the artists and their methods accompanied by a project (simple and easy to obtain materials) and a sample of another child's work.
Karen L.
Mar 24, 2008 Karen L. rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: home school families
Shelves: homeschool, art
This is really good! I love the short easy to follow lessons that cover an artist and technique, with easy to acquire supplies. This could work for elementary to high school age kids.
MaryAnn Kohl
Jun 21, 2009 MaryAnn Kohl rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)
Recommends it for: anyone with kids
Visit this URL for direct click to connections for each artist in this book with an example of a famous artwork by that artist:
This is a great reference for art projects, most are for younger kids but I found that many projects are easily adaptable to middle level and teens.

I love how this book sets up the order of artists chronologically, listing styles,projects, resources and great info in a concise and usable format.
Great ideas! I love art history, particularly European, so this book really excited me.
Good art ideas in the styles of famous artists. Nice supplement to some art history.
Great art project ideas with just a little information on the artist.
I really like this book for art and look forward to using it again.
Robyn Schultz
Great inspiration for art projects in the classroom.
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