This free printable “fill it in” style biography book is the perfect introduction to studying famous artists for kids. The book prints in economical black and white with spaces to add your own color and is appropriate for any artist your child is studying!
Why write an artist biography….
As a kid it seemed that every famous artist I ever learned about was a dead guy. It was- true fact. I don’t remember learning about any women artists or modern artists till college. Art history was boring, super boring- even to a kid like me with a genuine interest in the arts.
Today information about anything we want to learn about is at our fingertips. Wanna’ study an artist? Most of us can call that information up on our phones in a matter of minutes. Images, facts, videos are all at our disposal. Learning new things is SO easy these days! And it doesn’t have to be boring!
Choose an artist to study…
Letting your kiddo choose an artist that interests them will make all the difference. Think outside the box when choosing a famous artist to learn more about. Just because the title says “artist” biography doesn’t mean it has to be one of the dead, white guys we think of as important. Consider architects, fashion designers, textile artists, illustrators, and other non-traditional art careers.
Basic art history for kids…
Many of my artist study printables focus on kids looking at a body of work by a given artist and responding to it, no outside information needed. (Check out artist studies on Rousseau, Van Gogh, and Cassatt here. Responding to and describing an artwork is a super valid skill for a kid to develop. Learning to talk about art can be intimidating.
This little art history book for kids takes a different approach. Not only will kids be responding to the work of a particular artist but they will need facts. In my experience information I’ve sought out sticks in my brain way more than information fed to me. So head to the library or open a kid friendly browser and set them free.
Just the basics….
Basic facts about your student’s famous artists like name, place of birth, and typical medium are asked for. Other pages can be interpreted a little more loosely. There’s no right or wrong answer to questions like “most famous artwork” or “why are they special.” There is no right or wrong answer so encourage your kiddo to give these some thought and an honest answer.
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