Here are a few more tips I gleaned about picture study. Thanks to those of you who said the post inspired you to "get more culture" in your house!
Another woman on the list wrote:
If you have boys you might try Remington. He painted horses, cowboys, & Indians.
Degas did ballerinas & horses.
Some good books for younger children to be on the lookout at the library are the artists' biographies by Ernest Raboff & the "What Makes a ___ a ____?" series (fill in artist's name like Rembrandt or Monet) by the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
The book "A Child's History of Art" by Hillyer (I think it's a new version with color prints) is something you can use for years of study.
And another one wrote:
My girls are young (7 and 8) and we have mostly always chosen artists that they like. We have loved Mary Cassatt, Degas (my 8 yr old's favorite),Van Gogh, DaVinci, Monet, Grandma Moses, Norman Rockwell. We were fortunate enough to go to the National Gallery in DC on a recent trip and got to see some of the pictures we have studied. If you do Monet, I recommend reading Linnea in Monet's Garden, it's a wonderful book. The library also has it as a video. We enjoy going to museums and seeing the art. I believe you should look at pictures of art, but also go see the real thing to see how big, and how small real art can be. If not, we go through life thinking art is 4 x 6 or 8 1/2 x 11.
If you missed it, one of my commenters also offered the tip of playing the board game Masterpiece.
Please feel free to offer any additional comments as to how you integrate picture study or any other "artsy" pursuits. I would love to learn from you guys!