Summer 2024 Catalog


Art Masterpieces: ABC Collection

Art Masterpieces: ABC Collection consists of 26 full-color art cards printed on glossy, thick cardstock and an accompanying Teaching Booklet with detailed picture studies. The paintings have been chosen with the goal of instilling in a child an interest in beauty, composition, color, and line. The art cards feature the work of artists such as Renoir, Murillo, El Greco, and Van Gogh and are sized for small hands to study and manipulate. To complement the other topics a child is learning at this age, the art cards and picture studies reinforce the alphabet, colors, shapes, and numbers. Ages 4–6. Teaching Booklet: Softcover, black and white,

1. MuddyAlligators, 1917 , JohnSinger Sargent(Realism/Impressionism)

“A” for “Alligator”

“B” for “Bubble”

Before you begin each art activity, mix up the art cards and spread them out. Model the letter sound of the card you are working on, then have your student find the art card that best represents that letter. Let’s begin with the letter A. Model the letter sound of “A” as in “apple.” Ask the child to find the art card with something that starts with the “A as in apple” sound. [alligator]


Art Discussion: Count the number of alligators. [6]

Name some of the colors the artist used in this painting. [green, blue/purple, orange/brown, gray] The artist used warm brown and orange colors to make the scene look hot. In the shady areas he used the cool colors of blue and purple. Look at the curves of the alligator’s bodies and trace over them with your finger. Imagine how rough and bumpy they feel!

2. The Bubble Boy , 1884, Paul Peel (Academic Style)

Art Activity

1. Muddy Alligators (1917) watercolor on paper John Singer Sargent (1856-1925) Realism/Impressionism

58 pgs. 51"×81" AMPK-B $6.95 26 Art Cards: Cardstock, full color, 51"×81" AMPK-C $11.95

Now look at the straight trees. Can you see the trees reflected in the water? Notice how different the fat, curvy, lazy alligators look compared to the straight trees. Artists use different shapes to add interest to their paintings. The artist named this painting, “Muddy Alligators.” Do you like the title or would you name it something different? How about “Scary Smiles” or “Waiting for Lunch”?

About the Artist: John Singer Sargent was a famous American artist who lived about a hundred years ago. He painted animals, landscapes, and other scenes from all over the world.

3. Two Crabs , 1889, Vincent van Gogh (Post-Impressionism)



“C” for “Crab”

Art Masterpieces: Rhyme-Time Collection

Art Masterpieces: Rhyme-Time Collection is designed to develop a young child’s appreciation for art and poetry. The 15 paintings included in the collection—by artists such as Millet, Homer, and Rubens— are presented alongside traditional children’s rhymes for the student to memorize. The detailed picture studies in the Teaching Booklet encourage close observation of the paintings and instill a recognition of beauty, composition, color, and line. Ages 5–7. Teaching Booklet: Softcover, black and white, 65 pgs. 51"×81" AMK-B $6.95 Art Prints: 15 full-color prints, 3 sheets of decorated rhymes, and 8 sheets of Mini Masterpieces. 8½"×11" AMK-P $11.95

Art Theory: The floor is covered with bits of yellow wood that the cobbler and boy have carved off in little curls. The artist painted the “curls” with a lot of detail. Can you imagine crunching them under your feet or reaching down to touch them? What do you think they would feel like? What color did the artist use to paint the boy’s clothes? [blue] What color did he use to paint the wooden shoes? [yellow and/or white] These colors are much brighter than the dull colors he used to paint the walls. He painted the boy and the wooden shoes with bright colors to show that they are the part of the painting he wants us to look at the most. Artists learn to use just the right colors for their paintings!

Eight Bells Winslow Homer

Eight Bells (1886) oil on canvas Winslow Homer (1836–1910) Realism

Hand your student Sheets 1–4 of the Mini Masterpieces located in the Art Prints packet. Invite him to “search and find” a miniature image of Eight Bells , and then cut and paste it in this box.

About the Artist: Winslow Homer was an American artist. He lived many years ago and liked to paint pictures of sailors. Art Story: The two sailors in the painting are standing on the deck of their ship. The sun is just coming out from behind the clouds. The sailors are pointing special instruments, or tools, at the sun as a way of finding out where they are on the ocean. This is important because they don’t want to get lost at sea. Did you know that sailors have a special way of counting time on board ships? In this system, a bell is rung every half hour to tell people what time it is. At noon, the bell is rung eight times. The artist named his painting Eight Bells to tell us that it is noon. This was the normal time for sailors to check where they are on the sea, as the sailors in Eight Bells are doing. Art Theory: What is the weather like in the painting? [stormy, rainy] How can you tell? [sailors are wearing raincoats; the clouds are gray] It is also windy in the painting. Do you know how we can tell? The artist painted the rope

Discussion Ideas: How would you like to have wooden shoes? Do you think they’d be comfortable? Would they make a lot of noise when you walked? Would they be hard to run in? What things have you practiced over and over until you are able to do them easily? [riding a bike, pumping yourself on a swing, skipping, whistling, etc.]

The Fog Warning Winslow Homer

Next, hand your student Sheets 5–8 of the Mini Masterpieces and ask him to search for another, similar painting by the same artist. (If he has trouble identifying it, tell him to look for a painting of a man rowing a boat on the ocean.) Then ask him to cut it out and paste it in this box.

A sailor went to sea, sea, sea, To see what he could see, see, see. But all that he could see, see, see, Was the bottom of the deep blue sea, sea, sea.


A sailor went to sea, sea, sea, To see what he could see, see, see. But all that he could see, see, see, Was the bottom of the deep blue sea, sea, sea.


Decorated Poem for Memorization

When the student has memorized the rhyme, reward him by allowing him to cut and paste the decorated rhyme over the rhyme above. [Decorated Rhyme sheets are located at the end of Art Prints: Rhyme-Time Collection. ]


Mini Masterpieces



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