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. Recently we tackled the Grade 3 lessons. Next up, Grade 4.

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.

Just a reminder, the background information is intended for the instructor. You’ll want to preview before you decide to pass it along to your student.

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

Free Resource

Selected Works

John James Audubon

American Robin

Audubon: A Unit Study
Our own unit with extensive resources.

Free History Studies: John James Audubon
More from our free history studies.

William Morris

Free William Morris Designs, Patterns, and Flowers

Gallery of Morris Designs

Sir Edwin Henry Landseer

Dignity and Impudence


Highland Music

A Scene at Abbotsford

Edmonia Wildfire Lewis

Forever Free

Hiawatha’s Marriage

Old Arrowmaker

Sister Maria Innocentia Hummel

Follow the Leader

Art Gallery

Sketches, Drawings, and Paintings

Rosa Bonheur

The Horse Fair

Ploughing in the Nivernais

Weaning the Calves

Spanish Muleteers Crossing the Pyrenees

Edgar Degas

Little Dancer Aged Fourteen


The Ballet Class

The Orchestra at the Opera

Leonardo da Vinci

Mona Lisa


Study of Horse

Lady with an Ermine

Leonardo da Vinci: A Unit Study
Our own unit includes works and many resources.

Pierre-Auguste Renoir

Dance at Le Moulin de la Galette

The Swing

A Girl with a Watering Can

The Umbrellas

Young Girls at the Piano

George Seurat

A Sunday on La Grande Jatte

Vase of Flowers

Circus Sideshow

The Laborers

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 da Vinci, Audubon, Degas, Renoir, and Seurat. Read our full review.

Artist Notebooking Pages Set {Free Download}

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

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