Art Appreciation

Discovering Great Artists

by MaryAnn Kohl

The projects in this book are simple and very accessible.  Before we do a project, I find pictures on Wikipedia for the artist.  I download the files to a flash drive and take them to an office store to be printed.  The prints turn out a lot better this way, and my printer ink is saved.  (It’s also quite cheap, less than a dollar per print.) The prints are put in acrylic display frames for the kids to reference (like these frames).

Some tips on getting good quality prints:

On the Wiki page for an artist, click on a piece of art.  It should enlarge the picture.  Click on “More Details;”  that link will take you to a jpg file in Wikimedia Commons.  Below the image, look for “Original File.”   The original should be the highest resolution image available.  Right click on the image and save it.

When you have prints made, choose:

  • Cardstock
  • Matte finish (not glossy)

Here is an example for Giotto, the first artist in the book.

Wiki page on Giotto.  Click on art in bottom right corner.

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“Nativity.”  Click on More Details in bottom right corner.

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Wikimedia Commons file.  Click on “Original File” under picture.

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Original File.  Right click on picture and save image.

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Other Resources for Quality Prints

We keep a few framed prints of fine art at child level in the work area, and change them out periodically.   There are several sources to obtain good quality prints:

Fine Art Prints by mail

Cut up old calendars

Create your own Memory Game with favorite art pieces (Pinhole Press)

Join the Yahoo Group AO Art Prints. In the Files section are PDFs of many works of art, organized by artist.  These are used in the Art Study rotation on Ambleside Online.   I download these files to a thumb drive and take them to an office supply store to be printed on heavy duty paper.

Our Favorites

[Many more to add…]

Van Gogh

Almond Blossoms
Bedroom in Arles
The Cafe Terrace
The Starry Night
View of Arles, Flowering Orchards


Old Shepherd’s Chief Mourner
A Highland Breakfast
Doubtful Crumbs
The Arab Tent

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