Should you use coloring books as part of your art appreciation and artist study?
The debate still goes on about coloring books and art appreciation. In our family they have been a valuable tool that is a supplement and enhancement to our art time (read my views in full in this post: Harmony Art Mom-My View on Art Appreciation using Dover Coloring Books). I expressed my personal view of coloring books several years ago and I haven’t changed my mind. They are something our family enjoys using as a follow-up to our artist study.
Art Masterpieces to Color: 60 Great Paintings from Botticelli to Picasso
(Dover Art Coloring Book)
This post though is about a particular Dover coloring book that has been the centerpiece of our art appreciation over the years. In fact, we have owned several copies of this coloring book as each child works their way through the Harmony Fine Arts plans for art appreciation. Please note that there are affiliate links in this post.
Details of Note About This Coloring Book:
|Markers do not bleed through the thick paper.|
- Use with a variety of media – markers, colored pencils, and even watercolors
|Small illustrations in color for each painting in the book make it easy.|
- Thick paper – not quite cardstock but still very thick
- Every painting is illustrated in color on the inside and back covers for reference
|We are looking forward to a Modigliani study next year.|
- The coloring book includes short notes on each artist and painting in the back index
|Each artist and painting has notes in the index.|
- I think there is a good variety of painters represented
- 60 paintings!
- Some nudity – Less than 10 paintings include some nudity (easily removed if you wish)
- $8.95 on Amazon.com (eligible for the 4-for-3 promotion)
- Used in Harmony Fine Arts Grade 1 plans in Option 3
Our family gives this particular Dover Coloring Book a huge thumbs up. I encourage you to get your family a copy to have on hand as a reference and as a way to follow-up to your art appreciation. Further ideas can be gleaned from my Dover Coloring Book on my HubPages.