With the dawn of Pinterest where we can easily collect images on so many artists, genres, themes and movements, do books on art and artists still have a place in the art classroom? I believe the answer is a resounding ‘Yes’! To me there is still something special about leafing through the pages of a book and finding the often lesser know artworks and ways an artist has worked. If you want your students to take a more in-depth look at an artist, books are the way forward.
I have a collection of art books that I’ve enjoyed building up throughout my
I remember the first time I saw the artwork of Hundertwasser in a book. I was mesmerised by his flowing landscapes and cityscapes that melted with faces and lollipop trees. If you want to teach an unusual portrait project, a landscape or cityscape project or encourage discussions about green issues, or get your students to write their own art or architecture manifesto, Hundertwasser is a good artist to know. You’ll love this book.
My next ‘must-have’ art teacher book is Ernst Haeckel’s ‘Art Forms in Nature’. Haeckel was a German biologist, naturalist, philosopher, physician, professor, marine biologist, and artist who discovered, described and named thousands of new species. His images are all over the internet but I’m still glad I’ve got the book to easily put my hands on all of them and give students a wide choice.
This ‘Leonardo Anatomy’ book breaks the body down into its component parts. Page after page of beautiful drawings
Lastly, I’m including ‘Prints and Drawings of Kathe Kollwitz’, a German artist, who worked with painting, printmaking and sculpture. This is great for portrait, monoprint and lino projects. Additionally, you can use it for projects that deal with poverty, war, social issues and human emotion. Like the artists above, she ticks lots of boxes.
I hope you’ve been inspired by this selection. If you have any favourite art books that you’ve used again and again in your art teaching, please comment below.