If I Could Only Teach About Ten Artists From the Past

Okay, this post is going to be short and sweet. I am writing this to get a discussion going with my readers through comments.  So, here goes.

I was talking to my daughter, Lara, the other day. She homeschools her children, my grandchildren.  Since I am an art teacher, she often asks me questions about what kinds of projects to do with the kids.  We started discussing artist from the past.  Lara found a yahoo group that helps homeschool teachers with art. They had a list of important artists to study. I listened to the list. Some of the artists I wholeheartedly agreed should be studied. Some I did not. Some artists important to me were missing. So, here is my list. I am limiting myself to ten.

If I could only teach about ten artists from the past, who would I choose?

  • Michelangelo Buonarroti
  • Leonardo Da Vinci
  • Vincent Van Gogh
  • Mary Cassatt
  • Georgia O’Keeffe
  • Claude Monet
  • Edgar Degas
  • Maria Martinez
  • Pablo Picasso
  • Frida Kahlo

Remember, I could only pick ten. I had a hard time narrowing it down to this list. So, let me hear from you. Give me your top ten favorite artists from the past.

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8 Responses to If I Could Only Teach About Ten Artists From the Past

  1. Dawn says:

    I have never heard of Maria Martinez.

    This is my list:

    Van Gogh
    Diego Velazquez
    Pablo Picasso
    Frida Kahlo
    Claude Monet
    Georgia O’Keefe
    Charles M. Russell
    Leonardo Da Vinci
    Katsushika Hokusai

    I, too, found it hard to limit my number to ten. However, I feel that I have compiled a diverse group of artists in which to study.

  2. Jimmie says:

    What a wonderful exercise! How you could choose ten amazes me! 🙂
    I agree with Dawn above. I’ve never even heard of Maria Martinez. But you can bet I’ll be researching her.
    I’m one of those homeschooling moms who is learning right alongside her child. It’s so fun to have an excuse to spend so much time on subjects that I’d otherwise surely not study. At any rate, I admit that I don’t know a whole lot about art history. So my list of ten would be limited by the little that I know. But here goes!

    Jacob Lawrence
    Winslow Homer
    Norman Rockwell

    I’d love to hear your thoughts on famous artists in homeschool. Please share with us homeschooling moms! (I’ve recently subscribed to your blog.)
    .-= Jimmie´s last blog ..Sports Blooper =-.

  3. Okay, maybe Maria Martinez should not be on the top ten list. Here is a link to information about her. She was a very important Native American artist.

  4. Linda Tibolla says:

    Interesting question, Terry.

    My reaction is…what could I possibly teach them. I wouldn’t want them to change a thing about their work. There are plenty of “iffy” artists from the past too, but I’m afraid they wouldn’t listen to anything I had to say.

    I’d just love to follow them around and watch them paint, like a WAS-H demo.

    Miss you.

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