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James Mayhew has a fantastic museum and art themed book series which features the following titles: (official website)

  • Katie’s Picture Show
  • Katie Meets The Impressionists
  • Katie And The Waterlily Pond
  • Katie’s Sunday Afternoon
  • Katie And The Mona Lisa
  • Katie And The Sunflowers
  • Katie And The Starry Night
  • Katie And The Bathers

Other Related Books:

  • Museum Trip by Barbara Lehman
  • Library Mouse: A Museum Adventure by Daniel Kirk
  • Bridget’s Beret by Tom Lichtenheld
  • The Dot by Peter Reynolds
  • The Pencil by Allan Ahlberg
  • Look! Look! Look! by Nancy Elizabeth Wallace
  • Drawing Lessons From A Bear by David McPhail
  • Danny’s Drawing Book by Sue Heap
  • Draw Me A Star by Eric Carle
  • Mossy by Jan Brett
  • A Bird Or Two: A Story About Henri Matisse by Bijou Le Tord
  • A Blue Butterfly: A Story About Claude Monet by Bijou Le Tord
  • Nature’s Paintbox: A Seasonal Gallery of Art and Verse by Patricia Thomas
  • ArtStarts For Little Hands: Fun & Discoveries For 3 to 7 Year Olds by Judy Press
  • Kids Create!: Art & Craft Experiences For 3 to 9 Year Olds by Laurie Carlson
  • Scholastic’s The BIG Book of Quick & Easy Art Activities by Linda M. Bentley (K-3)

Vocabulary Target Words: art, artist, artwork, color, drawing, exhibit, expression, masterpiece, museum, painting, photography, sculpture

Lesson Ideas:

What is Art? ~ Discuss various forms/expressions of art: drawing, painting, murals, sculpture and photography, as well as the different mediums: paint, crayons, colored pencils and water colors. You can expand this lesson by explaining although art follows some general styles, it is truly a personal form of expression and can be whatever you want it to be.

Abstract Shape Art ~ Using pieces of construction paper in various colors, shapes and sizes, have the child create an abstract artwork.

Discuss specific artists and their work ~ Explain how one can connect with art by reflecting on what the artist expressed/communicated through their creation. Use quotes and samples of their work to show how the artist’s thoughts transferred to art. Famous artists include:

  • Paul Cezanne ~ “Fruits…like having their portraits painted.” (Apples and Oranges)
  • Leonardo da Vinci ~ “The good painter has two principal things to depict: man and the purpose of his mind.” (Mona Lisa)
  • Henri Matisse ~ “The chief function of color should be to serve expression.” (Woman With A Hat)
  • Claude Monet ~ “The richness I achieve comes from nature, the source of my inspiration.” (Water Lily Pond)
  • Pablo Picasso ~ “Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.” (Seated Woman)
  • Georges Seurat ~ “Some say they see poetry in my paintings. I see only science.” (Sunday Afternoon)
  • Vincent Van Gogh ~ “I dream of paintings and then I paint my dreams.” (Starry Night)

Teach about primary and secondary colors ~ Read Little Blue and Little Yellow by Leo Lionni to introduce how colors blend to make new ones.

Cultural Art ~ Discuss how different cultures express art with various forms/materials (ie, cloth, masks, body paint, paper, canvas, wood, caves, etc.)

Visit a museum or art gallery ~ Give the child a first-hand opportunity to view works and learn more about different forms of art.

My Masterpiece ~ Allow the child to create their own masterpiece using crayons, colored pencils, markers, finger paint, water colors, playdoh sculpting or cut and paste process.


Songs & Poems: Color themed

Online Activities:


Museum = el museo

Art = el arte


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This entry was posted on February 20, 2013 by in Art & Crafts, History, Nature, Resource Material, Social Studies and tagged , , .
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