I feel like art education is one of those things that often gets put on the back burner, both in public and homeschool education. I love doing art with my children and I used to be so good at getting it in every day. It provides a creative outlet for self-expression and a fun way to develop fine motor skills. I also consider art just part of being a well-rounded education. Although I hate to admit it, as I homeschool more and more children, it is a lot harder to fit art in. When I received the opportunity to review Evan-Moor’s How to Teach Art to Children, I knew that this book had the potential to help me restart our art education journey. I received a free copy of this book in exchange for this review.
Overview of How to Teach Art to Children
How to Teach Art to Children is an elementary level art instruction book for grades 1-6. The book is split into two sections. The first section focuses on art elements and the second section is art projects. With your purchase, you also get a free art resource e-book that provides images of the work of famous artists that go with the application art lessons.
Part 1: Teaching Art Elements
The first part of the book has lessons to teach the 7 elements of art. Each art element has many step-by-step art activities to practice and teach the art element, such as line, shape, or color. Each activity only focuses on one art element at a time.
Part 2: Applying Art Elements in Projects
The second part of the book has art activities where the previously learned elements are applied. These art activities are based on the work of a famous artist, like Edgar Degas, or based on a geographic/historical art form, like Anasazi pottery. Each project includes background information on the artist or the art type origin and a book list for further reading. Step-by-step directions are included with sample photos along the way to help you guide your children through completing the project successfully. Each art project also includes a quick visual on the top right side of the page to let you know which art elements are practiced in each project.
Benefits of How to Teach Art to Children
I feel like How to Teach Art to Children is such a good value for what it includes. You not only get lessons on the 7 art elements, you also get lessons on artists. There are nearly 100 projects in this book too. I have paid a lot of money (like hundreds) on other art curriculum that taught about artists and then had a project in that artist’s style. You get that in this art book for $18.99.
As a busy mom of 5, I don’t have a lot of preparation time. I need curriculum that is easy-to-use. How to Teach Art to Children really fits my requirements for minimal prep. time and easy to implement. I keep basic art supplies on hand (e.g., paper, markers, paint, scissors, glue, etc.) and then I look at the next lesson. I pull out the supplies and then the step-by-step instructions are easy to follow.
Not only are the lessons a great value and easy-to-use, they are fun too. My kids see this art book in our pile of school work and ask to do art. They want to do then next lesson and sometimes more than one in a day.
As I previously mentioned, in the past couple of years it has been more difficult for me to make time for art. This book has helped me fit it in again. I also love that I have been able to easily adapt some of the projects to holiday themes. I just haven’t had time to come up with fun holiday projects, and by changing the colors or shape a little, we have had Halloween and Christmas art projects with little effort on my part.
Conclusion on How to Teach Art to Children
I highly recommend getting and using How to Teach Art to Children. This book really is perfect for both the classroom and homeschool setting. The children will get a well rounded art education by learning about the elements of art in the first part of the book, and about artists and art types with the projects and lessons in the second part of the book. CLICK HERE to go to Evan-Moor’s website to learn more or for purchase.