Looking For A Picture Study Book List?
This picture study book list is here to help start your art appreciation collection. Picture study only takes a small amount of time and it can be done independently when you have some good resources.
Why Do Picture Study?
Charlotte Mason believed picture study was an important part of a child’s education.
“Another exercise that is useful is directing children to look at a view, then close their eyes and try to recreate that image in words. They will enjoy hearing their mother put the surrounding view into picturesque words, or remembering aloud a scene or painting she saw once before, and this helps model the skill of oral ‘picture-painting’ to them.” Charlotte Mason: Home Education p.48
Children from age 6 should be encouraged to create art and appreciate works of great artists, too. Children will develop a comfortable fondness for whatever they become familiar with––so why not make sure that what they’re used to is something of quality and beauty?
“We cannot measure the influence that one or another artist has upon the child’s sense of beauty, upon his power of seeing, as in a picture, the common sights of life; he is enriched more than we know in having really looked at even a single picture. It is a mistake to think that colour is quite necessary to children in their art studies. They find colour in many places, and are content, for the time, with form and feeling in their pictures.” Charlotte Mason
Picture Study Book List and Resources
This is quite a comprehensive picture study book list. I’m not suggesting you read them all. I’ve put many options here so you can hopefully find them in your library. We always like to have one picture study resource happening at least weekly in our home. It may include reading about the artist or just studying a work. It is really easy to incorporate art appreciation. Pick something off this picture study book list to get you started.
At My Homeschool we have made art appreciation easy. Our Art Appreciation Course includes resources to help you incorporate picture study into your homeschool. Do this during your group study time around once or twice a week. You could also use this as an independent activity for older children if you wish by having them examine a painting a week. This enrichment course comes free with your membership.
- Look Closer – A Simple Start to Art Appreciation (New 2020) This is a year-long course for families wanting to include weekly art appreciation easily into their Family Time. Each term focuses on a different theme in art, with 8 different artworks studied each term. Suitable for all ages, this is a great resource for families with younger students or new to including art appreciation in their weekly schedule.
- Exploring Colour in Art (New 2020) – explores the use and spectrum of colour in art, studying its use by various artists and through many different art movements and styles. It has been designed to fit easily into your Family Time, with a weekly lesson for each of the 8 weeks of term, across the 4 terms of the year. Suitable for all ages.
- World Master Picture Study – introduces fine art to your child in an easy to use format especially designed for homeschoolers! Use this in your group study time as an easily accessible way to learn about some of the greatest artists and their finest works. Includes a downloadable ebook.
- Australian Artist Picture Study – include some indigenous art study resources and some famous Australian art works to study. Includes a downloadable ebook.
- Art of the Middle Ages – Is a Year 8 study using art works based on historical events during the middle ages.
- Renaissance Artists – highlights the work of of artists during this period.Year 8
- Japanese Art Study – in Year 8 we also have an art study that ties in with the history of Japan.
Aboriginal Art Picture Study Book List.
- Our Land: Aboriginal Art Puzzle Book good for pre-schoolers and young children
- Bronwyn Bancroft also has may art works to study.
- Our Mob, God’s Story: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Christianity .This is such a beautiful book. It comes in and out of print and is a great present or coffee table book.
This series is excellent because the commentary on each painting is done in a way children can understand.
Getting To Know The World’s Greatest Artists by Mike Venezi is another extensive series that many homeschoolers like. He also has books about musicians and other famous people.
Slightly more advanced these books include activities.
Biographies and Fictional Stories With Art
These well written biographies tell the story of these famous artists. They also include many of their works.
Strictly speaking these art resources are not for picture study but they are ways that you can introduce your child to famous art works.
Katie’s Picture Show by James Mayhew – This is the author’s first book which went on to be a series. In this book Katie visits an art gallery for the first time and steps into the frames.
Others in this series include:
Laurence Anholt also has some historical fiction with the authors. He has many titles. Small Stories of Great Artists is a boxed set of 4 of his stories. I picked one of these up at an art gallery gift shop.
Veronique Massenot has a few artist stories. Here are some:
Action Jackson by Jan Greenberg – Artist: Jackson Pollock. Award winning.
Meeting Cezanne by Michael Morpurgo
Pierre-Auguste Renoir: Paintings That Smile by True Kelley
The Cat and the Bird by Geraldine Elschner : A story about Paul Klee who is known for his abstract art.
The Noisy Paint Box by Barb Rosenstock – Artist: Wassily Kadinsky
Henri’s Scissors by Jeanette Winter – Artist: Henri Matisse
Sunday with Seurat by Julie Merberg
Diego Rivera: His World and Ours by Duncan Tonatiuh