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Artist Book Curriculum Ideas

Art & Math

Study M. C. Escher and create a tessellation book. 
(See websites: Wikipedia and M.C. Escher)

  • Create a book using only geometric forms as illustrations. 
  • Design a numbers book.
  • Construct a book by building layers of kaleidoscope designs.

Art & Science

  • Make a book instead of a poster to illustrate a concept in science.
  • Make mini-books for a mini-science fair.
  • Reuse an old science book to create a new science book (altered book).
  • Create a book in the shape of an animal, fish, bird or other "creature."

Art & Social Studies

  • Illustrate a book about your community or school.
  • Visually compare and contrast your culture with another culture.
  • Create a book illustrating how a specific culture has developed.
  • Map the Silk Route or the Spice Route in a self-designed book.

Art & Language

  • Write new symbols for the alphabet in a self-designed book.
  • Read a classic and use only drawings and minimal words for a new book.
  • Develop symbols for the main characters in a short story or novel.
  • Create new Dr. Seuss style characters for a book to honor Dr. Seuss.
  • Make a book about a poem.

Art & History

  • Make a timeline book.
  • Research your family and create a family tree book.
  • Draw historical scenes illustrating a certain time in history.

Art & Technology

  • Create a book about your life using a graphic program from the web.
  • Using graphics programs, create a surrealist book.
  • Create web pages; remember web pages are electronic books.
  • Create a book using a presentation program.
  • Combine a word processing program and a paint program for a book.
  • Import images using a scanner and a clip art program to create a book.


  • Cut out sections of a manufactured book and illustrate in a new way.
  • Put new pages in an old book cover.