For many artists, we have added suggested art pieces.  However, feel free to choose pieces that appeal to you. If you use books, pick the pieces that most appeal to you and your children.

The chosen artists start in the Renaissance and move roughly forward in history to modern times and then return to the earliest artists and begin a basic historical rotation for a second, and then a third time throughout the twelve years.  Every two or three years, an ancient art or architecture term is included.  Feel free to mix and match terms and to swap out artists as desires.  For example, Canadians may want to spend a term with the Group of Seven artists.

The purpose of the artist study is to appreciate and interact with great art. This is highly subjective.  There are no definitive artists or pieces that every person should know.  We have tried to include the most common here, in addition to several women artists who often remain unknown, and some world artists who are often lost in the plethora of European artists.  We know there are great artists we have not included! We encourage you to share the ones you know and love with children, and be open to finding great art wherever you might encounter it!

 


2017-2018

  • Term 1

Sofonisba Anguissola (Khan Academy Bio)

Three Sisters Playing Chess
Portrait Group with the Artist’s Father, Brother and Sister
Portrait of Philip II of Spain
Three children with dog
Portrait of Giuliano Cesarini
Self-portrait in old age

  • Term 2

Johannes Vermeer

Girl Reading a Letter at an Open Window
The Milkmaid
The Girl with the Wine Glass
View of Delft
Girl with a Pearl Earring
The Art of Painting

  • Term 3

Benjamin West

The Death of General Wolfe
Cupid Stung by a Bee (based on the Thomas Moore poem)
Self Portrait
King George III
Death of Nelson
Benjamin Franklin Drawing Electricity from the Sky


Sneak peak at the next three years:

2018-2019

  • JMW Turner and/or John Constable (choose one or do a comparison study)
  • Edgar Degas
  • Grandma Moses

2019-2020

  • Georges Seurat
  • Beatrix Potter
  • Ancient/Architecture

2020-2021

  • Diego Rivera
  • Ansel Adams
  • Maria Primachenko

Our original list had over 75 recommendations.  We have included them here for your inspiration.

ANCIENT ART PIECES

  • Lascaux, Altamira, Chauvet Cave Paintings (17000 BCE) – France
  • Narmer’s Palette (3000 BCE) – Egypt
  • Standard of Ur (2600 BCE) – Sumer
  • The bull-leaping fresco (1500 BCE)
  • The Siren vase (470 BCE) – Greece
  • Augustus of Prima Porta statue (100) – Rome
  • Bayeux Tapestry (1080) – England

ARCHITECTURE

  • Pyramids of Giza, Egypt BCE 2560T
  • The Cliff Village of Petra, Jordan BCE 312
  • The Colosseum and Pantheon, Rome, Italy, 72
  • The Alhambra, Granada, Spain, 889
  • Leaning Tower of Pisa, Italy, 1173
  • St Basil’s Cathedral, Moscow, Russia, 1583
  • Taj Mahal, Agra, India, 1643
  • Sagrada Familia, Barcelona, Spain, 1882
  • The Chrysler Building, New York, USA, 1928
  • The Burj Khalifa, Dubai, UEA, 2004
  • Taipei 101, Taipei, 2004
  • Lou Ruvo Centre for Brain Health, Las Vegas, 2007

GREAT ARTISTS

  • Giotto di Bondone (1266– 1337)
  • Van Eyck (1390- 1441) – Flemish, Renaissance
  • Botticelli (1445-1510) – Italian, Renaissance
  • Leonardo Da Vinci (1452-1519) – Italian, High Renasissance
  • Michelangelo Buonarroti (1475– 1564) – Italian, High Renaissance
  • Sofonisba Anguissola (1532-1625) – Italian portrait painter
  • Caravaggio (1571-1610) – Italian, Baroque
  • Artemisia Gentileschi (1593-1652) – Italian painter but dark story and art
  • Bernini (1598-1680) – Italian Sculptor
  • Velasquez (1599-1660) – Spanish, Baroque
  • Rembrandt van Rijn (1606– 1669)
  • Gerrit Dou (1613– 1675) – Dutch, Baroque
  • Johannes Vermeer (1632– 1675) – Dutch, Baroque
  • Maria Sibylla Merian (1647-1717) – German naturalist; painted butterflies and other natural
  • Nainsukh (1710-1778) – Indian subjects
  • George Stubbs (1724– 1806) – British, Romanticism
  • Benjamin West (1732– 1820) – American/British, Rococo, Neoclassicism
  • Angelica Kauffman (1741 – 1807) – Austrian-English history painter
  • Gilbert Stuart (1755– 1828) – American, Rococo, Romanticism
  • Louise Élisabeth Vigée Le Brun (1755 – 1842),French portraitist.
  • Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849) – Japanese, Edo period
  • Camille Corot (1796-1875) – French, Realism
  • Joseph Mallord William Turner (1775– 1851) – British, Romanticism
  • John James Audubon (1785– 1851) – French/American, Naturalism
  • Edouard Manet (1832-1883) – French, Realism, Impressionism
  • John Constable (1776– 1837) – British, Romanticism
  • Jean Francois Millet (1814– 1874) -French, Realism
  • John Ruskin (1819– 1900) – British, Romanticism
  • John Millais (1829-1896) – British, Romanticism, Realism
  • Edgar Degas (1834– 1917) – French, Impressionism
  • James Abbott McNeill Whistler (1834– 1903) – American, Aestheticism, Impressionism
  • Henri Fantin-Latour (1836– 1904) – French, Realism, Symbolism
  • Winslow Homer (1836– 1910) – American, Realism
  • Paul Cézanne (1839– 1906) – French, Post-Impressionism
  • Claude Monet (1840– 1926) – French, Impressionism
  • Pierre Auguste Renoir (1841– 1919) – French, Impressionism
  • Henri Rousseau (1844-1910) – French, Naive Art
  • Mary Cassatt (1845-1926) – painted mothers and children primarily
  • Vincent Van Gogh (1853– 1890) Dutch, Post Impressionism
  • Carl Larsson (1853-1919) – Swedish, Arts and Crafts, Art Nouveau
  • Toulouse Lautrec (1856-1901) French (physical disability)
  • John Singer Sargent (1856– 1925) – American, Realism, Impressionism
  • John Singer Sargent (1856-1925) – American, Realism, Impressionism
  • Georges Seurat (1859-1891) – French, Post-Impressionism
  • Grandma Moses (1860-1961) – American, Naive Art
  • Frederic Remington (1861– 1909) – American, Tonalism, Impressionism
  • Gustav Klimt (1862-1918) – Austrian, Symbolism, Art Nouveau
  • Edvard Munch (1863– 1944) – Norwegian, Symbolism, Expressionism
  • Charles Marion Russell (1864– 1926) – American, Romanticism
  • Beatrix Potter (1866-1943) British, Art Nouveau
  • Arthur Rackham (1867-1939) -British, Art Nouveau
  • Henri Matisse (1869– 1954) – French, Impressionism, Post-Impressionism
  • Emily Carr (1871-1945) – Canadian, Post-Impressionism
  • Raoul Dufy (1877– 1953) – French, Post-Impressionism, Cubism
  • Paul Klee (1879-1940) – German/Swiss, Expressionism, Abstract Art, Surrealism
  • André Derain (1880– 1954) – French, Post-Impressionism
  • Pablo PIcasso (1881-1973) – Spanish, Cubism
  • Edward Hopper (1882– 1967) – American, New Realism
  • NC Wyeth (1882-1945) – American, Romanticism, Realism
  • Diego Rivera (1886-1957) Mexican
  • Marc Chagall (1887-1985) – French/Jewish – Naive Art
  • Georgia O’Keefe (1887-1986) – (First Nation painter)
  • Lyubov Popova (1889-1924) Russian avant-garde artist
  • Grant Wood (1892– 1942) – American, Regionalism
  • Norman Rockwell (1894– 1978) – American, Regionalism
  • Wassily Kandinsky (1896-1944) Russian, Expressionism, Abstract Art
  • Ansel Adams (1902-1984) American – Photography
  • Salvador Dali (1904-1989) – Spanish, Surrealism
  • Frida Kahlo (1907-1954) – Mexican, modern folk-artist
  • Maria Primachenko (1908-1997) – Ukrainian, Naive Art
  • Roy Lichtenstein (1923-1997) – American Pop Art
  • Andy Warhol (1928-1987) – American, Pop Art
  • Fernando Botero (1932- ) – Colombian, Naive Art
  • Thomas Kinkade (1958-2012) – popular realistic, pastoral, and idyllic subjects