Category Archives: Books for teachers

Color Choices, by Stephen Quiller

Color Choices – Making Color Sense Out of Color Theory, by Stephen Quiller is a visually inspiring book for painters, especially landscape and still life painters. Does it actually make “color sense out of color theory”?  I’m not so sure, but I’m also not sure if that matters. Stephen Quiller has created his own color wheel, and that helps to demonstrate the qualities of color.  However, if you’re new to… Read More »

Collage, Assemblage, and Altered Art – review

Collage, Assemblage and Altered Art by Diane Maurer-Mathison is a good book for a school, the library of an art organization or club, or a public library. It’s a thorough book about collage and assemblage, and it demonstrates altered art as well.  Though readers may not be able to find the exact items used in this project book, I think the ideas can be adapted to other materials, if your… Read More »

ABCs of Art

Herman the Jester and the ABC’s of Art, by Rafael Filion, is a tremendously useful book for teaching art theory to very young children. It’s ideal as the basis of a daily or weekly art lesson.  It’s also a great preparation for taking young children to art museums.  In fact, it’s one of the best I’ve seen, for that purpose. Each letter of the alphabet is matched to an art-related… Read More »

Glorious Glues! Art with Adhesives, Paula Guhin

With Glorious Glues! Art with Adhesives, art Teacher Paula Guhin has put together a wonderful little book that showcases the many uses of glue in art making. All of her projects are rated either easy, moderate or advanced and can be used with all ages. The lessons are well written and easy to follow. Tips to evaluate the artwork are included at the end of each lesson. Both 2-D and… Read More »

Discovering Great Artists, by Kohl and Solga

Discovering Great Artists: Hands-On Art for Children in the Styles of the Great Masters, by Mary Ann Kohl and Kim Solga (Website: BrightRing.com) Starting with Giotto and continuing on through current artists, Ms. Kohl and Ms. Solga have created multiple art lessons based on individual artist. Each lesson includes a very brief biography, a list of materials and an easy to follow process. All the illustrations are black and white.… Read More »