Hi! It’s Saturday, June 9, 2011 and time for Art at ClickSchooling!
Smithsonian Art Museum: Meet Me at Midnight
Age Range: 7-12 (but fun for all with parental supervision)
The Smithsonian American Art Museum offers this interactive online art adventure that takes kids on a midnight journey through the museum’s art collection. Children are introduced to American art and artists and learn art terms and concepts through a fun game.
When you get to the site, the animated presentation will begin. You’ll learn about the dreaded “Root Monster,” a work of art that comes alive and wreaks havoc in the galleries overnight. The “Root Monster” has a treasure chest that includes works of art. Each piece of art in the treasure chest takes you on a different adventure to right the mischief the “Root Monster” causes. Through the adventures children will learn about:
Plus, in each adventure children solve puzzles or artist-match games that teach them about media, technique, design, purpose, and culture.
Before starting the game, it is very helpful to read both the “Kids Activity Guide” as well as the “Parents and Educators Guide” to see what content and artwork are featured in the online galleries. You’ll find them on a small menu bar below the presentation screen. Use the information to spark discussion.