We've been doing a little low-key artist study this year using the Smart About Art series from Grosset & Dunlap. I love these books because they're not as wordy or as dry as most children's biographies. There are cartoons and word bubbles! We read each book, then I have Crazy Bug fill out a sheet I typed up. It has spots for the name of the artist, his year of birth and nationality, the artistic movement he was part of, and a brief description of his style. (CB just jots down descriptive phrases, not whole sentences) There's a space at the bottom to attach a picture of her favorite painting or sculpture by the artist. Then we do a project in the style of the artist.
For example, today we read Claude Monet: Sunshine and Waterlilies (Smart About Art).
Artist: Claude Monet
Year of Birth: 1840
Description: dabs of color, painted outside, light
|Water Lilies 1916|
|Crazy Bug's Reproduction|