The Usborne Art Treasury: Pictures, Paintings, and Projects
A Quick Review
There are many simple to use art appreciation resources available, but one that’s been used in my family and I continue to recommend is The Usborne Art Treasury by Rosie Dickins. Readers often ask me what books to purchase for their art appreciation library and I always suggest taking a look at this resource.
Here are some specific reasons I enjoy this art resource:
- Large, clear images of artwork featured.
- A narrative that gives some interesting tidbits about the artwork and/or the artist.
- Follow-up art projects based on the featured painting using art supplies and materials readily available.
- Clear instructions that will give confidence to even beginning artists (and their moms!).
- A variety of artists and art styles that will appeal to a wide range of ages.
- 22 projects to spread out over the course of an entire school year or even over multiple years.
- Projects can be done in any order and with very little preparation time.
- Perfect for families to use all together and feel successful.
If you would like to read more of my art book suggestions, here is a link to a post I wrote a few years ago: Art Books: My Suggestions for a Basic Library.
Note: This book is featured in my Harmony Fine Arts grade 1 art appreciation plans.
You can view a sample of these plans here: Harmony Fine Arts Grade 1 Sample