Art History Resources

Hello and Happy Weekend!

A few AR teachers had asked for some easy, art history resources so I have made a quick list of a few sites, books, and apps that I have found useful.  This is far from comprehensive but I think would be more than enough to get someone started.  Hopefully it can be a bit helpful and as always, feel free to comment below with additional suggestions!


Traditional Works

The Getty


Google Art Project

The Art History Archive


Contemporary Artists


The Jealous Curator

The Wooster Collective (street art)

Kind of a fun new list about teaching contemporary art comparatively with traditional art



REALLY Helpful

Annotated Mona Lisa by Carol Strickland

The Art Teacher’s Book of Lists by Helen D. Hume

Visually Nice

Children’s Book of Art by DK Publishing

Art: Over 2,500 Works from Cave to Contemporary by Andrew Graham-Dixon

Curriculum/Pacing-ish Stuff

Blueprint for the Arts (NY Dept of Ed)

Core Knowledge Sequence

Arts and the Common Core Mapping Project

Ipad and Iphone Apps

Art Authority – like a little museum in your phone. Can search by artist, subject or movement.

Musee de Lourve – highlighted works from the museum

Art History – terminology, definitions, historical groups and institutions pertaining to the study of art

Art History Test – Virtual Flash Cards for Art History

Love Art – The app from the National Gallery in London

Apps For Individual Artists Works (I’m sure there are more but…you know…)

DaVinci HD

Renoir Gallery HD


Vincent Van Gogh



Another Video – David Garibaldi

My kids really loved seeing this video last year. It was great hearing them guess who he was painting!  It helps them see that art can be interactive and fun; that it doesn’t just have to be done one way.

From the David Garibaldi Website…

Check out his other great videos as well!



Agents of Change song

This is a great elementary/ middle school song from Music K-8 magazine to get your kids inspired to be leaders in their communities and to empower them to lead change.  If you want more info, email me.

– Leslie


Great Video For Texture!

A video that shows beautiful pictures of birds that I use to start a conversation about texture.

I can’t embed the video because it is copyrighted but check out the website and click on Films.


Great website for Arts Integrated Learning

While searching for ways to create pitched percussion instruments, I stumbled across this fantastic website that links music to math, science, and social studies (primarily).  If you are interested in creating collaborative arts experiences with other teachers at your school, or if you are a classroom teacher who wants to do an exciting project that incorporates art and music, CHECK THIS OUT!

Peace, Leslie



Mark Kistler

Ya, so he is from our generation and a bit cheesy but a great way to introduce space! My kids really enjoyed drawing these little guys and had a good laugh at the things the host was saying. I think I will be doing more of these as warm-ups to get the kids more confident in their drawing abilities.