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Dover Art Cards-How To Use and Store Them

Dover Art Cards - Using them for picture study and storage ideas

Dover Art Cards are a wonderful resource when you are creating an artist study for your family. I love them so much that they are a part of several grade levels of the formal Harmony Fine Arts plans. The value of having art prints in full color even if they are postcard size is immeasurable for visual learners. Children can build their familiarity with lots of artists over time by viewing the style and manner in which each artist paints and uses colors. The Dover Art Cards are reasonably priced and each set has lots of postcard size prints to display, handle, and study.

You can read my basic tips forĀ  Dover Art Cards over on The Curriculum Choice.
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If you are ready for more advanced picture study using Dover Art Cards, you could try using the printable Art Cards with questions for examining a print more closely.

Additional Ideas for Using Dover Art Cards

Identify Different Artists: With two sets from different artists on hand, take four from each set and mix them up. Place the cards on the table with the prints facing up. Now challenge your children to sort the cards by artist into two stacks. When they are finished, turn the cards over to see the labels and check their guesses.

Dover Art Cards creation of adam

Copywork: Use the art cards as the basis for a picture study copywork session. Have your child duplicate the painting as best they can using colored pencils.

Picture Study Using a Viewfinder: I shared this idea a long time ago but it is one you can adapt with Dover Art Cards. Create a viewfinder and place it over the card. Have your child duplicate what they see in the viewfinder using colored pencils.

How do we store our Dover Art Cards?

I store our Dover Art Cards sets in a photo box. I take apart the cards and organize them by artist, each with a file card with the name of the artist on the tab. Some of the sets are more general like Great Impressionist Art Cards .

We have a lot of cards and this keeps them organized in such a way that we can pull the box out, flip to the artist we are looking for, and then pull out the stack of cards.

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Child Size Masterpieces-How to Use


This post was updated on January 2, 2018.


Child-size Masterpieces are sets of over-sized art postcards that come in an over-sized book printed on thick cardstock. The art prints need to be cut (I do ours with a paper cutter) but you can easily remove them from the pages and use scissors and cut on the dotted line provided. The instructions for use are printed on the cover and I cut those out and put them along with the prints in an accordion type file. I own several sets so each set of prints is kept all together in a slot. On the backs of the cards are the title of the painting, the artist’s name, and a brief description of the art time period.

There are several activities suggested with these sets. The steps increase in difficulty and steps 1-3 are easily achievable by preschoolers. Steps 4-8 are appropriate for children from about age 6 and up. The cards for each step come in different sets so make sure you purchase a set that will accomplish what you want.

  • Step 1 – Matching identical paintings
  • Step 2 – Pairing two similar paintings by the same artist
  • Step 3 – Grouping four paintings by each of three artists
  • Step 4 – Learning the names of famous artists
  • Step 5 – Learning the names of famous paintings
  • Step 6 – Learning about the schools of art
  • Step 7 – Sorting schools of art
  • Step 8 – Placing paintings on a time line

What Do I Like About Child-Size Masterpieces?
1. Ease of use
2. Variety of prints
3. Inexpensive
4. Able to use them in lots of different ways
5. Aid to learning names of the paintings
6. Durability
7. Able to use them year after year
8. Appropriate for a wide variety of ages
9. Comes with ideas for using them
10. Can adapt the concepts with your own sets of art prints

Do you need the “How to Use” book?
Not in my opinion.

Which set to buy:
I would start with Level 1 if I have younger children, but you can use any of the sets that say on the cover that they are for steps 1,2, 3. They are labeled Easy, Intermediate, and Advanced but they all have the same amount of cards and the same activities.



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These sets come with the painting’s name on separate cards for a matching activity.

Child Size Masterpieces

If you think your children are ready for a bit of a challenge, purchase either one of the sets that say step 4 or step 5 on the covers.

Child-size Masterpieces are a resource you will use over and over again. We pull the cards out from time to time for a little review. I like that the sets can “grow” with your child.

  • The first time through you can learn the names of the paintings.
  • The second time through you can learn the artist’s names.
  • The third time through you can learn the school of art (renaissance, impressionist, etc)
  • A fourth time through you can learn to put the paintings in order according to a timeline.

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You can make up your own way of sorting the paintings. I use the cards to point out art terms such as shape, line, texture, portrait, landscape, complementary colors, neutrals, and so on. These cards are such a great resource for parents that are just getting started in learning about art with their children. I highly recommend them.

Storing Child Size Masterpieces

Storing Cards

We use an accordion file to store our sets of Child Size Masterpieces. After cutting them out, I just put each set in one of the pockets. This makes keeping them sorted much easier!
HFA Grade 1 Cover Image

You may be interested in knowing that I use the Child Size Masterpieces in my Harmony Fine Arts grade 1 plans. These plans give you a plan for viewing them with your children over the course of a school year. If you want to have a pre-made plan, click over and see the sample for Harmony Fine Arts grade 1.

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