The Usborne Art Treasury: Pictures, Paintings, and Projects

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.

The Usborne Art Treasury

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.


Harmony Fine Arts Grade 1 Art and Music Plans

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

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