Art History Cheat Sheets

Art history facts to memorize and fast track your homeschoolers art history education.

You don’t have to be royalty to raise worldly, cultured kids.  Check out these art history cheat sheets for quick reference and level up your homeschooler or elementary-aged child’s knowledge of art history.

Art History Cheat Sheets:  Hacking Education

I’m going to let you in on a little secret:  If you encourage your homeschooler or child to memorize a few basic facts about a new subject, it makes committing deeper knowledge so much easier.

After 10 years of teaching kids, this is one of my favorite hacks.

That’s why I love infographs.  Infographs are image-based, bite-sized chunks of knowledge that are easy to digest and memorize.

This works with almost any subject, but it’s especially useful when studying history.

Today, I am sharing with you 6 infographs to jumpstart your homeschooler’s art education.

Famous Artists for Kids

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Michelangelo: Renaissance sculptor, painter, and architect; renowned for the Sistine Chapel ceiling, David sculpture, and masterpieces in various artistic disciplines.

Vincent van Gogh: Influential post-impressionist painter, known for vivid colors, emotional intensity, and iconic works like “Starry Night.”

Edvard Munch: Norwegian expressionist painter, “The Scream” creator, explored themes of anxiety, mortality, and emotion through powerful and evocative artworks.

Hokusai: Japanese ukiyo-e artist, best known for “The Great Wave off Kanagawa,” prolific in landscapes, portraits, and vibrant woodblock prints.

Banksy: Anonymous street artist, political and social commentary through distinctive stencils, murals, and public art installations worldwide.

Art Vocab Cheat Sheet

Art Medium: The materials and tools used by an artist to create an artwork. This encompasses a wide range of physical substances, such as paint, clay, ink, or digital software, and the techniques employed in their application to produce visual or tactile expressions of creativity.

Genre: A category or style characterized by common elements, themes, or techniques.

Art Portfolio: A curated collection of an artist’s best works, showcasing skills, creativity, and artistic development for presentation or evaluation.

Curator: Manages, organizes, and oversees art collections and exhibitions in museums.

Commission in Art: A request for a customized artwork, often tailored to the client’s specifications, preferences, and requirements, for compensation.

Art Genre Cheat Sheet for Kids

Teach your child (or yourself!) some basic art genres.

Renaissance: A period in European history (14th to 17th century) marked by a revival of interest in classical art, literature, and learning, leading to significant cultural and artistic developments.

Impressionism: An art movement in the late 19th century characterized by the use of light and color to capture a fleeting moment, often through loose brushwork and a focus on atmosphere.

Cubism: An early 20th-century art movement pioneered by Picasso and Braque, characterized by the fragmentation of subjects into geometric shapes and the representation of multiple perspectives simultaneously.

Surrealism: An artistic and literary movement emerging in the 20th century, emphasizing the expression of the unconscious mind, dreams, and fantasy, often through bizarre or fantastical imagery.

Pop Art: Mid-20th century art movement, embracing mass media imagery, consumer culture; characterized by bold colors, irony, and popular iconography.

Art Mediums Cheat Sheet

Oil painting: Pigments mixed with drying oil, usually linseed, allowing for rich colors, diverse textures, and intricate details.

Watercolors: Transparent pigments dissolved in water, applied to paper, creating luminous and delicate artworks known for their fluidity and subtlety.

Charcoal Drawing: Utilizing charcoal sticks for expressive and versatile rendering, achieving rich, dark lines, and allowing blending for varied tones and textures.

Photography: captures moments through light-sensitive materials or digital sensors, conveying emotion, storytelling, and diverse perspectives, shaping visual narratives across genres.

Sculpture: transforms materials into three-dimensional art, exploring form, texture, and space, conveying narratives and expressions through diverse techniques and mediums.

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Georgia O’Keeffe: (1887-1986): American modernist painter, pioneer of precisionism and large-scale flower paintings, expressing a unique perspective on nature.

Nan Goldin: (1953-Present) Contemporary American photographer, renowned for candid, intimate portraits documenting her life and the LGBTQ+ community, addressing personal narratives.

Yayoi Kusama: (1929-Present) Japanese contemporary artist, renowned for immersive polka-dot installations and avant-garde contributions to pop art and minimalism.

Frida Kahlo: (1907-1954): Mexican surrealist painter, celebrated for vivid self-portraits depicting pain, identity, and indigenous culture with symbolic intensity.

Faith Ringgold: (1930-Present) African American artist, renowned for narrative quilts, paintings, and children’s books, addressing race, gender, and social issues.

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Andy Warhol: A leading figure in the pop art movement, Warhol is famous for his colorful and iconic works, including the Campbell’s Soup Cans and Marilyn Monroe portraits.

Jean-Michel Basquiat: A prominent figure in the Neo-expressionist movement, Basquiat’s graffiti-influenced art gained recognition in the 1980s.

Cindy Sherman: A contemporary artist and photographer, Sherman is renowned for her conceptual portraits in which she often appears as different characters.

Edward Hopper: An influential realist painter, Hopper captured the solitude and melancholy of urban and rural scenes. His iconic work “Nighthawks” is one of the most recognizable American paintings.

Jackson Pollock: A pioneer of Abstract Expressionism, Pollock is known for his “drip painting” technique, creating large canvases with energetic and expressive splatters of paint.

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