Hudson River School Art Cards

We created the printable Hudson River School Art Cards to help you teach your kids about fine art.  This is part of a series of art and music cards we here at Layers of Learning have created.  Each set includes postcard size images of famous paintings paired with a description card about each painting. The Hudson River School was begun in about 1825 by Thomas Cole and his friend Asher Durand in the Hudson River Valley and lasted until around 1900. It was part of the larger Romantic movement that was taking place in Europe, but instead of ruined abbeys being overtaken by trees, the Americans portrayed their cultural heritage, untamed wilderness. The themes of the Hudson River School include the ability to find and commune with the Divine in nature, the value of wild spaces and human interconnectedness with them, and how civilization encroaches on nature. The first generation … click to read more

Neoclassical Art Cards

Neoclassicism was a reaction to the over-the-top opulence of the Rococo style. As the Rococo exemplified and reflected the courts of the French kings so did the Neoclassical exemplify and reflect the austerity of the new French republic. The style involves symmetrical arrangements, lack of ornamentation, classical subjects such as Roman myths, and figures dressed in togas. The subjects of the paintings were often chosen to support and prop up the ideals of allegiance to the state, public virtue, and simplicity. The architecture of this period was done in Roman style, with large central domes and triangular pediments supported by pillars, all symmetrically arranged. Besides the political republicanism, this period was accompanied by the Age of Reason and the start of formal archaeology. Printable Neoclassical Art Cards Print these Neoclassical Art Cards and descriptions onto white card stock. Cut the cards out on the solid lines.   Help your kids become … click to read more

Rococo Art Cards

We made these free printable Rococo Art Cards to use for art appreciation with your kids. Rococo art is often called late Baroque. It is a continuation and softening of the Baroque style. Where Baroque was religious, serious, and symmetrical, Rococo was secular, lighthearted, and asymmetrical. But both styles are very ornate. Rococo was primarily a French movement, but the style spilled over into other parts of Europe. In Britain Rococo was toned down, made moral, and simplified, but it retained the flowing lines, graceful movements, and soft textures of the French style. Rococo style was manifested in paintings and sculpture, but also, perhaps even primarily, in interior design and furniture. Print these art cards and descriptions onto white card stock. Cut the cards out on the solid lines.  *This set of art cards has one painting with a nude figure. Help your kids become familiar with these paintings and artists … click to read more

American Colonial Folk Art Cards

Folk art is done by artists who are not trained or who produce art that appeals to common people.  During colonial times people produced art for their own homes or manufactured art for others that was inexpensive enough that common people could buy it.  Furniture, ship figureheads, embroidery, paintings, and decorated pottery are all examples of folk art that was common in Colonial times.  You can help your children learn about this type of art with this American Colonial Art Card Set. Colonial painters focused on portraits because that was what the Americans demanded.  They wanted pictures of their family members to hang on their walls and be passed down to posterity.  But portraits were not the only paintings.  People also painted decorative landscapes or historical images, like the picture of Martha and George Washington, above. Free Printable American Colonial Folk Art Cards Print the cards onto white card stock … click to read more

Baroque Music Cards

These printable Baroque Music Cards will help you and your kids become more familiar with composers and music from the past.  Just print them by clicking here or on the picture below, play the pieces and match the cards, composers, and pieces of music. The Baroque Period The Baroque Period followed the Renaissance and was a response to the Reformation.  The Reformation had emphasized simplicity and music and art for everyday people, not just the elite.  The Baroque Period, by contrast, is very ornate and extravagant.  Music began to be written for multiple instruments to play different tunes at the same time, but in symphony, in orchestras and concertos.  Opera was invented during this period with its over the top singing styles, costumes, and pageantry.  Composers begin to give directions for how their pieces should be played, piano (soft), forte (loud), and so on. How To Use the Cards Lay … click to read more

Baroque Art Cards

These Baroque Art Cards are printable postcard sized prints of famous paintings from the Baroque period.  Use them to teach your kids art appreciation and art history.  Each card is accompanied by a description that gives a little information on the piece and helps you understand what you are looking at. *Heads up: Some of the cards include nudes. Print the cards onto white card stock and cut them apart on the solid lines.  In the document they are paired with a description of the piece, a little history, a little about the techniques, or a little about the artist. The pdf includes 6 pages of art cards, 12 different paintings, and one page of instructions.  Click on the image below to go to the free pdf. About Baroque Art The Baroque period lasted from 1600 to about 1725.  It was a response to the Protestant Reformation and the art of … click to read more

Reformation Art Cards

These printable Reformation Art Cards cover the 16th century in northern Europe and feature artists like Hans Holbein and Lucas Cranach the Elder.  The set includes ten paintings and their descriptions.  Best of all, it’s free. Reformation Art Cards A Little About Reformation Art The Reformation changed art forever.  Previously the church had been the largest patron of the arts, but now with the austerity introduced by Protestantism, artists had to appeal to wealthy merchants, tradesmen, and their guilds to buy their art.  Besides, the new religious movements taught that all knowledge and all subjects bring glory to God, not just religious ones.  So during the Reformation we have our first secular art. Religious art was not dead though. The Reformation artists still painted Madonnas and Bible scenes, but the halos were gone and the Bible stories focused on themes of forgiveness and God’s grace rather than the perfection of … click to read more

Renaissance Art Cards

The Renaissance is a super important period in art history and I wanted my kids to be familiar with some of the most famous paintings and artists as a part of their cultural education.  So I made this set of 12 printable Renaissance Art Cards, which I am also sharing with you.   You’re welcome.  Note: Several of the paintings in the Art Cards show nudes; just a heads up. The cards are high resolution images of some of the most famous of Renaissance paintings.  Some are religious and some are secular.  Some show scenes from mythology and others are definitely Christian.  Most are from the Italian Renaissance, but there are three from northern Europe.  Each painting has an accompanying description card that tells the name of the piece, who the artist was, and a few details so you know what you’re looking at. Print the cards onto white card stock … click to read more