Wednesday, May 09, 2012

Product Feature: Drawing on History

One of the wonderful things about teaching history using literature is the other avenues into the arts and sciences that are opened to you and your students. Instead of history being studied in isolation, it becomes a starting point for learning about the ideas and movements of the time period. Literature is one of these avenues and another is art. We were very excited when Deborah Swanson proposed writing an art accompaniment to our Modern U.S. and World History study guide. Through Drawing on Art, An Interactive Approach to Art & World History for High School Students, you will be able to explore the literature and history of the 19th and 20th centuries as well as the art!

This time period saw more change in artistic expression than any other! You will learn about the development of Impressionism and Realism and how these were just two of many movements in the transition between Classicism and Modernism. You will be introduced to Picasso, Monet, Warhol, Cezanne, and many others as you delve through Swanson's beautifully produced work. She explains the historical and cultural movements behind the art placing it with a larger context. By doing so art becomes more than just a personal experience of taste, it becomes an expression of shared experiences, a cry for change, a rallying point, a revolution, and a story!
As an accompaniment to the Modern U.S. and World History study guide, this will follow section-by-section, making it easy to add art history to your literature and social studies. Drawing On History can also fully stand on its own! The layout of the book is user-friendly and interactive, ensuring your student is engaged and inspired. We are thrilled with Deborah's work and know that you and your students will enjoy adding this fascinating dimension to your history studies. There are also art lessons, drawing, painting and sketching assignments, color tutorials, and much more!

Additionally, this will count as a one year high school credit in fine arts! Perfect for those of you preparing transcripts for college applications! 


  1. Wow, this looks great! Adding it to my high school curriculum list.

  2. Thanks for showing this. I bumped into it on your site a month or so ago and was curious about it, but hadn't had time to research it. It looks good!

  3. Will definitely check this out! Thanks for sharing!