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Elementary Visual Arts Curriculum Text Set

Prepared by Melissa Mote for Dr. Barbara Immroth’s INF 382E

Statement of Purpose

 The purpose of this collection is to provide resources for elementary educators, art teachers or otherwise, who want to include visual art in the curriculum. An arts-rich curriculum supports creativity in learning and shapes interdisciplinary thinkers. The Texas Fine Art TEKS for Elementary School learners (available at http://ritter.tea.state.tx.us/rules/tac/chapter117/ch117a.html) include four strands: perception, creative expression/performance, historical and cultural heritage, and critical evaluation. The following resources take many formats, but all support these four strands by providing ideas for educators and resources for art appreciation, offering children insight into the minds and lives of great artists, and encouraging creative play. Some of the resources listed below are intended for use by educators before entering the classroom, while others are suitable for using directly with an elementary audience.


Heine, Florian. 13 Art Inventions Children Should Know. Munich: Prestel, 2011.

“From the use of perspective to the invention of the paint tube, 13 examples of some of the most important breakthroughs in artistic technology offers kids an exciting new perspective on the world of art. This new volume in the highly successful “13” series uses colorful reproductions, glossaries, and a timeline to explore milestones in the history of art. Kids will learn about important innovations in art while they discover answers to questions such as: Why was oil painting invented? What were the subjects of the first photographs? How do you depict the world on a flat canvas? Filled with accessible, fascinating facts as well as creative suggestions for independent art projects, this unique introduction to art history shows young readers how art is made as well as how to enjoy it.”

Description from Amazon, available at http://www.amazon.com/Art-Inventions-Children-Should-Know/dp/379137060X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1354055137&sr=8-1&keywords=13+art+inventions+children+should+know

TEKS: Perception, Historical and Cultural Heritage, Creative Expression

Intended Audience: children

Kneightley, Moy. Investigating Art: A Practical Guide for Young People. London: Elek, 1976.

Kneightley lays the foundation for this all-inclusive volume by teaching children to “think visually” by identifying the elements of line, color, pattern, texture, and shape that define artistic expression. The book offers children an extremely thorough knowledge base, encouraging them to become both critical visual thinkers and artists themselves. Each artistic principle is supported by an art project, each of which can be executed by children without much adult intervention and makes use of common household and classroom items.  A range of disciplines including drawing, painting, printmaking, and sculpture are addressed.

TEKS: Perception, Critical Evaluation, Creative Expression

Intended Audience: children and educators (for project ideas)

Kohl, MaryAnn F. Discovering Great Artists: Hands-On Art for Children in the Styles of the Great Masters. Bellingham, WA: Bright Ring, 1997.

“Featuring more than 150 activities, this guide teaches the styles, works, and techniques of the great masters—Van Gogh, Michelangelo, Rembrandt, and more.”

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TEKS: Cultural and Historical Heritage, Creative Expression

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