Art education research indicates students enjoy a richer art experience and improved visual comprehension when the following four disciplines are included in the art experience: Art History (the study of past artists), Art Aesthetics (response to art), Art Criticism (discussion of art using art vocabulary), and Art Production (hands-on making of art). Artists and Their Art: Sharing Visual Stories focuses mainly on art history by providing a biographical sketch of the artist, an image of one of the artist’s specific works and details about that work. It also provides class discussion questions and ideas for hands-on exploration. Artists and Their Art: Sharing Visual Stories is a free, downloadable resource with ten lessons per grade level.

The development of Artists and Their Art: Sharing Visual Stories was funded by a grant from the John and Frances Beck Foundation of Chicago, Illinois, whose mission is to initiate and support projects that effectively promote literacy and learning among children, youth, and adults.

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1st Grade

  1. Paul Cezannne
  2. Edward Hicks
  3. Norman Rockwell
  4. Pieter Brueghel
  5. Sir Joshua Reynolds
  6. Daniel French
  7. Albrecht Durer
  8. Mary Cassett
  9. Winslow Homer
  10. John Constable

5th Grade

  1. George Bingham
  2. Frederic Church
  3. Edward Curtis
  4. Emanuel Leutze
  5. Paul Revere
  6. Robert Duncanson
  7. Henrietta Johnston
  8. Thomas Moran
  9. Martin Heade
  10. John Trumbull

2nd Grade

  1. Anne Whitney
  2. Henri Rousseau
  3. George Catlin
  4. John Singleton
  5. Henry Tanner
  6. Gustave Courbet
  7. Jean Millet
  8. Vincent Van Gogh
  9. Claude Monet
  10. Maria Sibylla

6th Grade

  1. James McNeil Whistler
  2. Tom Thomson
  3. Caravaggio
  4. Camille Pissarro
  5. Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec
  6. Kathe Kollwitz
  7. Rembrandt van Rijn
  8. Edvard Munch
  9. Katsushika Hokusai
  10. Johannes Vermeer

4th Grade

  1. John Audubon
  2. William Morris
  3. Edwin Landseer
  4. Edmonia Lewis
  5. Berta Hummel
  6. Rosa Bonheur
  7. Edgar Degas
  8. Leonardo da Vinci
  9. Pierre-Auguste Renoir
  10. Georges Seurat

3rd Grade

  1. John Curry
  2. Wassily Kandinsky
  3. John Millais
  4. Raphael Sanzio
  5. Gilbert Stuart
  6. Eastman Johnson
  7. Jessie Smith
  8. Frederick Remington
  9. Julia Cameron
  10. Thomas Sully

8th Grade

  1. Berthe Morisot
  2. Édouard Manet
  3. Jan van Eyck
  4. Cecilia Beaux
  5. Susanne Valadon
  6. Maurice Utrillo
  7. George Bellows
  8. Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi
  9. Francis A. Silva
  10. Adélaïde Labille-Guiard

7th Grade

  1. Casper David Friedrich
  2. Gustave Caillebotte
  3. Anne Vallayer-Coster
  4. Michelangelo
  5. Hendrick Avercamp
  6. Henri Fantin-Latour
  7. William Turner
  8. George Inness
  9. Paul Gauguin
  10. Francois August Rene Rodin