Art Books: My Suggestions for a Basic Library

Over the years I have accumulated a number of art books…A LOT of art books. I can justify having so many because they were needed in teaching art and then in writing my Harmony Fine Arts plans.

What would I suggest as a basic art book reference library? What have I used the most over the years and can’t live without? What are some books to look for used?

Good questions.

I will share my suggestions for you to check out. If you are on an email subscription, you will need to click over to the actual blog to see the Amazon.com links. I have tried to break down the books by category.

Absolute Staples in My Art Library-Used Over Many Years

  • Drawing With Children by Mona Brookes. Free plans for using this book HERE.
  • Mark Kistler’s Draw Squad -here is his website .
  • The Usborne Introduction to Art-Internet Linked
  • Story of Painting by Sister Wendy-Large images with some images showing close-ups of the paintings. I just realized that this book is out of print. Look for this used.
  • Discovering Great Artists -along with their website and my review HERE.
  • Getting to Know the World’s Greatest Artists –check out their website. I purchase these as we study each artist. My boys love the humor and style of these books.

Coloring Books to Have On Hand

  • Art Masterpieces to Color: 60 Great Paintings
  • Impressionists Art Masterpieces to Color
  • Color Your Own Famous American Painters

Additional Books for Additional Depth

  • Come Look With Me series -you can read my review of this series HERE
  • Monet and the Impressionists for Kids -loaded with wonderful ideas

For Hands On Fun and Art Skills Development

  • Watercolor For The Artistically Undiscovered
  • Draw Real Animals-You can read my review HERE.

Art Instruction
Artistic Pursuits These guides and lesson plans are a wonderful way to organize your art appreciation as well as learn some art skills. If you can afford to purchase a guide, you can use it with multiple children and spread out the study over a couple of years.

Artcards from Dover
Click over to Dover and you can type in an artist’s name and you should get a set of cards you can purchase. I try to purchase a few sets a year and we have a great collection to look at and enjoy. We use the cards to study an artist or a particular style of art.

If you are looking for suggestions for art supplies, you can click over to my Squidoo Lens to see what I suggest for a basic inventory of supplies.

 

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