Monthly Art Appreciation Lessons Free Pt 3

Concordia University put together a series of free art appreciation lessons. Though the lessons are no longer offered at their site, the archived version is available. We covered the Grade 1 and Grade 2 Lessons some time ago. Now we’ll tackle the Grade 3 Lessons.

We don’t have to worry ourselves about “grade level.” Art has a way of crossing all age barriers. Just enjoy these well-written activities with the entire family. Use them as a jumping-off point for discovering more work by the artist.

Each level includes 10 lessons that correspond to the months September through June (but can very easily be adjusted to fit your own schedule).

Each lesson includes background on the artist, information about the work, directed observation, activities, and recommended literature that would go well with the picture study.

If you are looking for more, take an idea from these 8 ways to easily teach art appreciation.

Free Resource
Selected Works

Wisconsin Landscape

John Steuart Curry: Self-Portrait


Tornado Over Kansas

Improvisation 31 (Sea Battle)

Munich-Schwabing with the Church of St. Ursula

Murnau View With Railway and Castle


The Blind Girl

Millais Self-Portrait

The Northwest Passage

Order of Release

Madonna of the Chair

Raffaello Sanzio (Self-Portrait)

The School of Athens

Sistine Madonna


Athenaeum Portrait


George Washington (Landsdowne)

The Skater

Kids Portrait
If you have Flash, this interactive from the Smithsonian uses a painting by Gilbert to solve a mystery.

The Boy Lincoln

The Boy Lincoln
Museum explanation of the painting.

Longfellow, Hawthorne, and Emerson

Portrait of a Child

Old Stagecoach

Little Miss Muffet

Jessie Willcox Smith
Biography and works at the National Museum of American Illustration.

A Mother Reads to Her Children

Little Red Riding Hood

Bronco Buster

The Lookout

Arizona Cowboy

Frederic Remington Lesson Plans

I Wait

Alfred Tennyson

Henry W. Longfellow

Torn Hat


Thomas Jefferson

The Torn Hat Lesson Plan

Additional Resources
Discovering Great Artists

Discovering Great Artists
by Kohl and Solga
Winner of a Practical Homeschooling Reader Award, contains over 150 hands-on activities based on the styles of great artists. Includes Raphael and Kandinsky.

Artist Notebooking Pages Set {Free Download}

Artist Notebooking Set
Simple pages for documenting the artist and works.

Monthly Art Appreciation Lessons {Free}
Monthly Art Appreciation Lessons Free {Part 2}
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