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Resources for Each Artist

Please check the appropriate grade level below for resources, including a Prezi and project ideas, on each of the artists scheduled to be included in the 2021-22 Partners in Art curriculum.

General PIA Presentation Questions

Nov. 1-Jan. 31: Doris Lee *remind Maria to order aprons, if necessary
Feb. 1-Feb. 28: Vincent Van Gogh
Mar. 1-Mar. 31: Bernardo Martorell
Apr. 1-May 31: Georges Seurat

1st Grade
Nov. 1-Jan. 31: Grandma Moses
Feb. 1-Feb. 28: Suit of Armor
Mar. 1-Mar. 31: Kerry James Marshall
Apr. 1-May 31: Mary Cassatt

2nd Grade
Nov. 1-Jan. 31: Pablo Picasso
Feb. 1-Feb. 28: Henri Matisse
Mar. 1-Mar. 31: Walter Ellison
Apr. 1-May 31: Grant Wood

3rd Grade
Nov. 1-Jan. 31: Rene Magritte
Feb. 1-Feb. 28: Edward Hopper
Mar. 1-Mar. 31: Paul Klee
Apr. 1-May 31: Frank Lloyd Wright

4th Grade
Nov. 1-Jan. 31: Joan Miro
Feb. 1-Feb. 28: Paper Art
Mar. 1-Mar. 31: Claude Monet
Apr. 1-May 31: Tosa Mitsuoki

5th Grade
Nov. 1-Jan. 31: Frida Kahlo
Feb. 1-Feb. 28: Alphonse Mucha
Apr. 1-May 31: Paul Cezanne

6th Grade
Nov. 1-Jan. 31: Gustave Klimt
Feb. 1-Feb. 28: T’Ang Horse
Apr. 1-May 31: Jackson Pollock *the outdoor painting is great project, we recommend scheduling all classes to do this together; remind Maria to order the bigger size canvases

Additional Artists
(In a typical year, we aim for six presentations per classroom–hopefully we’ll be back to our regular schedule for the 2022-23 school year!)

Ansel Adams

George Bellows

Gustave Caillebotte

Marc Chagall

Salvador Dali

Leonardo DaVinci

Edgar Degas

Greek Urn

Winslow Homer


Amedeo Modigliani

Mummy Case

Georgia O’Keeffe

Norman Rockwell

Andy Warhol

James NcNeill Whistler

Charles White

Alphonse Mucha

  Alphonse Mucha “La Plume” 5th Grade Information: wiki Mucha Mucha Foundation You may also check out children’s books about Alphonse Mucha from the Downers Grove library or the Hillcrest LRC. Presentation: Mucha Prezi  & Presentation Art Project Ideas: Mucha tile art project Art Nouveau trees (these are inspired by Klimt, but still Art Nouveau) Notes: Notes …

Amedeo Modigliani

Andy Warhol

Andy Warhol “Four Marilyns” 6th Grade Information: wiki Andy Warhol info on Warhol, including a short video that could be shown in class PBS American Masters info Warhol documentary film on youtube Part 1  Part 2 (this is extensive and I believe this is the PBS American Masters documentary) New Yorker article on Warhol Economist …

Ansel Adams

Ansel Adams “Snow Covered Orchard” 6th Grade Information: wiki Adams Adams quotes Smithsonian on Adams use of black & white video on Adams discussing the environment and climbing in Yosemite video discussion of Adams work in Japanese internment camp youTube American Experience documentary (long) youTube BBC documentary on Adams youTube video Adams discussing visualizing a photograph …

Bernardo Martorell

Bernardo Martorell – “Saint George Killing the Dragon” Kindergarten   Information: wiki Martorell Art Institute of Chicago Teaching Packet Presentation: Martorell presentation Martorell prezi Teacher Handout: Martorell handout Art Project Ideas: St. George reenactment play (no art, actually) Katelyn Whoriskey’s dragon spoon dragon mask dragon puppet dancing dragon (you will need to translate …

Charles White

Charles White “Harvest Talk” 3rd Grade Information: Biography on White Art Institute of Chicago: Harvest Talk Harvest Talk artwork resource packet by the Art Institute of Chicago AIC Portrait of Charles White (video) Interview with White Informative video including White Short youtube video on White (might be nice to show during presentation) Unfortunately, as of now, …

Claude Monet

Claude Monet “Poplars” series 4th Grade- February   Information: wiki Monet wikiQuote Monet Monet video on Monet – you decide if you want to show in class PBS documentary on French Impressionists Video footage of Monet himself! – may be really neat to show in class Monet at the Art Inst. of Chicago You may …

Doris Lee

Doris Lee “Thanksgiving” Kindergarten   Information: wiki Lee NY Times article on Lee Art Institute of Chicago: Lee You won’t find any books specifically on Doris Lee at the Downers Grove library. Presentation: Lee presentation Doris Lee teacher handout Prezi: Lee prezi Art Project Ideas: Lee art apron project Notes: Notes from Previous Presentations Please …

Edgar Degas

Edgar Degas “The Dancing Class” 2nd Grade Information: Degas wiki Degas Degas at the Art Institute of Chicago Degas and his Dancers (Smithsonian article) Degas Guardian article Degas documentary video You may also check out children’s books about Edgar Degas from the Downers Grove library or the Hillcrest LRC. Presentation: Degas presentation & Degas prezi Ulyana Lupatkina dancing …

Edward Hopper

Edward Hopper “Nighthawks” 3rd Grade Information: wiki Edward Hopper Smithsonian scrapbook Hopper Smithsonian article Hopper Guardian article on Hopper New Yorker article on Hopper Hopper at the Art Institute of Chicago Video discussion of Nighthawks National Gallery of Art video on Hopper PBS video on Hopper You may also check out children’s books about Edward …

Frank Lloyd Wright

Frank Lloyd Wright “Falling Water” 3rd Grade Information: Wright wikipedia Fallingwater wikipedia About Frank Lloyd Wright – from the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation Biography of Frank Lloyd Wright Frank Lloyd Wright’s work in Chicago About Fallingwater Fallingwater video Frank Lloyd Wright at the Art Institute of Chicago Children’s books about Frank Lloyd Wright are available …

Frida Kahlo

Frida Kahlo “Self Portrait” 5th Grade Information: wiki Frida Kahlo Smithsonian article on Frida New Yorker article on Frida Guardian article on Frida Youtube documentary (long) A shorter video that might work to show in class Information on Kahlo exhibit at College of DuPage from summer 2021 You may also check out children’s books about …

George Bellows

George Bellows – “Love of Winter” Kindergarten Information: wiki Bellows New Yorker article on Bellows Bellows at the Art Institute of Chicago Presentation: Bellows presentation & Bellows prezi Bellows teacher handout Art Project Ideas: Ice skating scene art project Cute ice skating rink box Cute ice skating rink box (with details) Notes: Notes from Previous Presentations Please …

Georges Seurat

Georges Seurat – “A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of Grande Jatte” Kindergarten   Information: wiki Seurat Seurat Seurat at the Art Institute of Chicago Biography video about La Grande Jatte Seurat pointillism (youtube) Artrageous – Get to the Point (youtube) Presentation: Seurat presentation Note: There is a print of Seurat’s “Sunday Afternoon on …

Georgia O’Keeffe

  Georgia O’Keeffe “Cow’s Skull with Calico Roses” 3rd Grade Information: wiki O’Keeffe wikiQuote O’Keeffe O’Keeffe on O’Keeffe “Georgia O’Keeffe talks about her life” videos:  Part 1 (discussion of skulls, might be nice to show in class), Part2, Part3.  These videos appear to be from a PBS American Masters episode.  (I was not able to view …

Grandma Moses

Grandma Moses “A Beautiful World” First Grade   Information: wiki Grandma Moses biography Galerie St. Etienne Grandma Moses biography Youtube footage of Grandma Moses (it’s up to you if you want to show a clip of this in class – the kids will find it interesting to see the real Grandma Moses) Resource books include “Grandma …

Grant Wood

Grant Wood “American Gothic” Second Grade   Information: wiki Grant Wood Art Institute of Chicago: Grant Wood Grant Wood in 60 seconds (video) Smarthistory discussion of American Gothic (video) Presentation: Grant Wood prezi Grant Wood presentation Teacher handout: Grant Wood teacher handout Art project ideas: American Gothic Parody American Gothic cut-out Please contact Maria Brummel …

Greek Urn

Greek Urn 6th Grade Information: Greek pottery painting Greek Pottery Figure Techniques Presentation: Greek Urn presentation Greek Art video Prezi: Greek Urn prezi Greek Urn powerpoint Art Project Ideas: Urn on constuction paper Notes: Notes from Previous Presentations Photos: Photos from Previous Presentations

Gustave Caillebotte

Gustave Caillebotte – “A Rainy Day in Paris” Kindergarten Information: wiki Caillebotte article on Caillebotte article on Caillebotte Art Inst. of Chicago – Caillibotte Presentation: Caillebotte presentation Prezi: Caillebotte prezi Caillebotte prezi by Rachel Neustadt Teacher Handouts: Caillebotte handout Partners in Art Year-End Summary Handout Art Project Ideas: Umbrellas in Perspective Notes: Notes …

Gustave Klimt

Gustave Klimt “The Kiss” 6th Grade Information: wiki Klimt Check out our local library or the Hillcrest LRC. Presentation: Klimt Prezi & Presentation (~ 10-15 minutes) Klimt teacher handout Art Project Ideas: from  Klimt art project (~ 40 minutes) Collaborative murals:  We have “The Kiss” and “Tree of Life” paintings.  Murals turn out beautifully and can be …

Henri Matisse

Henri Matisse “Creole Dancer” 2nd Grade Information: Matisse Modern Masters video: Matisse (part one of six – excellent series!) Matisse cut-outs info & exhibition video Matisse at the Art Institute of Chicago You may also check out children’s books about Henri Matisse from the Downers Grove library or the Hillcrest LRC.  A perfect …

Jackson Pollock

Jackson Pollock “Convergence” 6th Grade   Information: Artrageous with Nate video (great!) Khan Academy video 1 Khan Academy video 2 video of Pollock talking and painting (this is used in Prezi) How to paint like Jackson Pollock (youtube) Presentation: Pollock Prezi & Presentation (~10-15 minutes) Pollock Prezi by Linda Stucker Art Project Ideas: Outdoor painting project:  Weather …

James McNeill Whistler

James McNeill Whistler “Portrait of the Artist’s Mother” 4th Grade Information: wiki Whistler wikiQuote Whistler New Yorker article on Whistler clip of biography (youtube) about Whistler’s Mother painting (youtube) Presentation: Whistler presentation Prezi: Whistler prezi Art Project Ideas: Uchiwa Fan Making an Uchiwa Fan (this is where original idea came from) Fan from The Crafty Classroom …

Joan Miro

Joan Miro “Le Chanteur” 4th Grade Information: wiki Miro Art Institute of Chicago Miro collection National Gallery of Art video on Miro Telegraph review of Miro exhibition at the Tate Modern You may also check out children’s books about Miro from the Downers Grove library or the Hillcrest LRC. Presentation: Miro Prezi &  Presentation Miro teacher …

Kerry James Marshall

Kerry James Marshall “Many Mansions” First Grade   Information: wiki Kerry James Marshall Art Institute of Chicago: Marshall collection Art Institute of Chicago: Many Mansions artwork resource packet Art21 interview with Marshall Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago interview with Marshall Presentation: Marshall prezi & presentation Teacher handout: Kerry James Marshall teacher handout Art Project Ideas: …

Leonardo Da Vinci

Leonardo Da Vinci “Mona Lisa” 4th Grade Information: You may also check out children’s books about Leonardo Da Vinci from the Downers Grove library or the Hillcrest LRC. Presentation: Da Vinci presentation (not yet available) Galinda’s Da Vinci presentation Prezi: Da Vinci prezi (not yet available) Galinda’s Da Vinci slideshow (goes along with her presentation) …

Marc Chagall

Marc Chagall “I and My Village” 3rd Grade Information: wiki Chagall Chagall Smithsonian article – Chagall wikiQuote Chagall Art Inst. of Chicago – Chagall Documentary of Chagall (youtube) Audio accompaniment for painting Presentation: Chagall presentation HighLakesArtinaBox blog (presentation and project ideas) Teacher handout Prezi: Chagall prezi Art Project Ideas: Personalized Village Chagall project …

Mary Cassatt

Mary Cassatt – “La Toilette” or “The Child’s Bath” 1st Grade Information: wiki Cassatt Cassatt article from Metropolitan Museum of Art Mary Cassatt: The Art Story Cassatt article from National Museum of Women in the Arts The Child’s Bath: Art Institute of Chicago Famous Artists for Children: Mary Cassatt (video) Discussion of The Child’s Bath …


Michelangelo “Pieta” 5th Grade Information: wiki Michelangelo BBC documentary (youtube) – part 2 – part 3 – part 4 Great Artists – Michelangelo (youtube) Presentation: Michelangelo presentation photo of Pieta Sistine chapel virtual tour Pieta virtual tour Prezi: Michelangelo prezi Art Project Ideas: Ceiling painting Ceiling painting 2 Fresco painting – Making a Fresco Crayola – making …

Mummy Case

Mummy Case 6th grade   Information: From Art Inst. of Chicago: Artwork and Artist Information: Mummy Case of Paankhenamun Artwork Resource Packet: Coffin and Mummy Case of Paankhenamun Presentation:   Art Project Ideas: ideas Mummy case art project (begins on page 31 of the file) Helpful worksheets for art projects: Draw like an Egyptian …

Norman Rockwell

  Norman Rockwell “The Shiner” 1st Grade Information: wiki Norman Rockwell Vanity Fair article on Rockwell NY Times article on Rockwell Smithsonian article on Rockwell Video of Rockwell discussing “The Golden Rule” Video of Lucas and Spielberg discussing Rockwell American Chronicles biography video on Rockwell  –  part 2 You may also check out children’s books …

Pablo Picasso

Pablo Picasso “The Red Armchair” 2nd Grade Information: wiki Picasso The Guardian article on Picasso Art Institute of Chicago Picasso collection Picasso documentary – modern masters series Have more time and interest?  Check this out:  Picasso part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4, part 5, part 6, part 7, part 8, part 9 …

Paper Art

Paper Art Fourth Grade   Information: An overview of Paper Artists 10 Paper Artists to Know What is Paper Craft? Presentation: For the presentation, we recommend showing the class the following videos that demonstrate different forms of artwork created with paper: Video of artist Li Hongbo creating sculptures from paper Video showing examples of pop-up …

Paul Cezanne

Paul Cezanne “Basket of Apples” 5th Grade Information: wiki Cezanne Cezanne Cezanne documentary (youTube) another Cezanne documentary (youTube) Video about apple/peach still life You may also check out children’s books about Paul Cezanne from the Downers Grove library or the Hillcrest LRC. Presentation: Cezanne presentation & Cezanne prezi Art Project Ideas: Cezanne still life painting …

Paul Klee

Paul Klee – “Kunterbunt” 3rd Grade Information: wiki Klee Klee Guardian article on Klee Art Inst. of Chicago – Klee Paul Klee at Tate Modern video Klee documentary You can check out children’s books about Paul Klee from the Downers Grove Public Library, including “Paul Klee” by Mike Venezia and “The Cat and Bird” …

Rene Magritte

Rene Magritte “Time Transfixed” Third Grade Information: wiki Magritte extensive profile of Magritte Art Inst. of Chicago Magritte collection Art Inst. “Time Transfixed” Art. Inst. Artwork Resource Packet NY Times article on Magritte You may also check out children’s books about Rene Magritte from the Downers Grove library or the Hillcrest LRC. Presentation: …

Salvador Dali

Salvador Dali “The Persistence of Memory” 3rd Grade Information: wiki Dali Dali Smithsonian Magazine article of Dali Dali on Mike Wallace show  Part 2 video on Dali Master Works documentary on Dali (great!) You may also check out children’s books about Salvador Dali from the Downers Grove library or the Hillcrest LRC. …

Suit of Armor

Suit of Armor 1st Grade Information: Art Institute of Chicago overview Suit of Armor detailed discussion by the Art Institute of Chicago Art Institute of Chicago armor collection Presentation: Suit of Armor presentation &  Suit of Armor prezi Suit of Armor prezi by Rachel Neustadt Teacher Handout: Suit of Armor handout Art Project Ideas: Shield with …

T’Ang Horse

T’Ang Horse Sculpture 6th Grade- February   Information: wiki T’Ang Dynasty wiki T’Ang Dynasty art wiki Terracotta Army Smithsonian article on Terracotta Soldiers Presentation: T’Ang presentation & T’Ang prezi Teacher Handout: T’Ang Handout Art Project Ideas: Clay Mingqi project CHECK FOR MORE IDEAS UNDER THE NOTES LINK BELOW. Notes: Notes from Previous Presentations Please contribute your comments, helpful suggestions, …

Tosa Mitsuoki

Tosa Mitsuoki “Flowering Cherry With Poem Slips” 4th Grade Information: wiki Tosa Mitsuoki wiki Hanami Art Institute of Chicago Tosa Mitsuoki Art Institute of Chicago – “Flowering Cherry” resource Presentation: Mitsuoki presentation Teacher handout Prezi: Mitsuoki prezi Mitsuoki prezi by Rachel Neustadt Art Project Ideas: Poem Slips (for use with poem slips) A Faithful Attempt: cherry …

Vincent Van Gogh

Vincent Van Gogh “Sunflowers” Kindergarten Information: Wiki Van Gogh Biography Artble Van Gogh Biography and Info Art Inst. of Chicago’s Collection of Van Gogh The Great Masters: Vincent Van Gogh Museum Tour (video) Youtube video – Van Gogh biography for kids You may also check out children’s books about Van Gogh from the Downers Grove …

Walter Ellison

Walter Ellison “Train Station” 2nd Grade   Information: Walter Ellison on Wikipedia Art Inst. of Chicago Walter Ellison Artwork Resource packet on Train Station Art Awareness on Ellison No books available at local libraries on Walter Ellison. Presentation: Ellison presentation & Ellison prezi Another Ellison presentation & prezi Optional: Read The Great Migration by Jacob Lawrence.  You can …

Winslow Homer

Winslow Homer’s “The Herring Net” 4th Grade Information: wiki Homer NY Times on Homer Winslow Homer at the Art Institute of Chicago Artwork Resource Packet: The Herring Net CBS Sunday Morning article CBS Sunday Morning video (might be worth showing in class) PBS Newshour video on Winslow Homer Presentation: Homer presentation & Homer prezi Homer …