Art History in the Elementary Art Room



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Introduction 1:34

Strategies and Concepts for Teaching Art History

Taking the Big Picture View 2:44

Identifying and Developing Themes 2:36

Which Artists Should You Teach?

Choosing a Breadth of Artists 2:44

Working in Progression 2:19

Strategies for Teaching Art History

Teaching Close Looking 3:07

Critiques and Discussions 3:30

Teaching Strategies for Comparison 1:56

Utilizing Outside Resources

Literacy Resources 3:30

Puppets, Dolls, and Costumes 2:39

Video and Internet Resources 2:07

Moving to Making

Theories of Making 1:52

Making Meaning and Developing Student Voice 4:37

Conclusion 0:24

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Art History in the Elementary Art Room

2 PD Hours

  • 1 Learn how to choose the perfect artists, themes, and projects to infuse art history into your curriculum

  • 2 Explore a wide variety of instructional strategies that help engage students with art history

  • 3 Discover new ways to further students’ understanding of big ideas

Art history is an important component of any art curriculum, even for young students. After all, sometimes elementary art is the only formal art education students will ever have! In this Learning Pack, see how you can use art history to teach big ideas and help your students gain a deeper appreciation of art. Learn how to select artists that will be interesting and relevant to your students and gain strategies to help your students interact in meaningful ways with the art they are seeing in your classroom.

Connected Professional Art Educator Competencies
1.8 Utilizes knowledge of art ed philosophies in planning of content
1.9 Demonstrates willingness to expand art ed philosophies knowledge

3.5 Uses effective questioning techniques

Connected National Visual Arts Standards
Anchor Standard #1: Generate and conceptualize artistic ideas and work.
Anchor Standard #2: Organize and develop artistic ideas and work.
Anchor Standard #3: Refine and complete artistic work.
Anchor Standard #11. Relate artistic ideas and works with societal, cultural and historical context to deepen understanding.


Lindsey Moss

Lindsey Moss

AOE Writer and Elementary Art Teacher

Lindsey Moss is an elementary art teacher in Yorkville, Illinois. She enjoys art history and finding creative and artistic solutions to educational challenges.


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