• I Ain't Gonna Paint No More!

    by Karen Beaumont Year Published: 2005
    As we started our first painting project of the year I felt it necessary to read this art room classic!
    Students really loved the illustrations and they were completely engaged in the story thanks to the
    fun rhyme scheme. A great visual of what NOT to do when it comes to painting!
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  • Lines that Wiggle

    by Candace Whitman Year Published: 2009

    We used this book in Art to start our Lines and Shapes unit! This book really got student's attention and gave us lots of visual examples to pull from for our project. The illustration was fantastic for students at this age and we had lots of giggles as we soaked in knowledge about various types of lines.

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  • The Great Wave

    by Veronique Massenot Year Published: 2011

    Japanese artist Hokusai is one of the world's most celebrated printmakers. His famous woodcut, "The Great Wave," epitomizes the artist's characteristic techniques and themes. In this children's book, the artist's masterpiece is the starting point for a simple but compelling story, beautifully illustrated in pictures that recall Hokusai's brilliant use of detail, perspective and color. After reading students were able to create their own version of Hokusai's "The Great Wave".

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  • The Polar Express

    by Chris Van Allsburg Year Published: 1985

    The book, now widely known as one of the staple Christmas stories for young children, became the inspiration for our art project. With detailed illustrations and a calm, relaxing storyline students were able to bring their own Polar Express to life on their paper. We explored how shapes, lines, and the right materials can work together to create something magical. Students did a fantastic job on their projects and we can thank this storytime for giving us such great visuals to work from.

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  • The Three Musicians

    by Veronique Massenot Year Published: 2013

    Beautifully illustrated in the style of Pablo Picasso, this tale of music's ability to soothe a savage beast introduces children to aspects of the great artist's work. The kingdom of Mirador is terrified of a monstrous, fire-spewing beast that lurks just outside the village walls. What happens next will delight children and adults alike as the magic of art and music transforms screams of terror into peals of laughter. Drawing on details of Pablo Picasso's masterpiece "Three Musicians", this book uses bold lines and shapes to familarize students with Picasso's style.

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  • Too Much Glue

    by Jason Lefebvre Year Published: 2013
    When working with little ones it is important to stress the benefits
    of good craftsmanship. Keeping the table clean, using materials 
    wisely, and not making too much of a mess in general are things
    we learn about on a daily basis in Art. When we approached
    our first project that involved glue I just had to read this fun-loving book
    about what happens when you use, "TOO MUCH GLUE!"
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  • White Rabbit's Color Book

    by Alan Baker Year Published: 1994

    We explored the magic of color with White Rabbit in this fun-loving story.

    Students were able to see how colors can mix together to give you surprising

    results! Learning about color mixing is the basis in any art classroom and this

    book provided students with the excitement they needed to learn even more!


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