Archive for the ‘art’ category

Art Projects for Older Kids

September 23rd, 2017

 

It’s Saturday, September 23, 2017, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

American Sign Language Video Dictionary

(www.signingsavvy.com/browse-letter)

Age Range: All (All grades; children with parental supervision)

 

This ad-supported website provides a free, interactive video dictionary with over 7,000 words and phrases that can be used as a resource for educators, students, or anyone interested in learning or improving American Sign Language (ASL) skills.

When you get to the site, you’ll see a “Browse by Letter” menu. Simply click on a letter, and a new page opens with a menu of words and phrases that begin with that letter. Click on the word or phrase, and a new page opens where you can watch a video of a person demonstrating how to sign that word. You’ll also find a written definition of the word.

There is a menu near the top of the page that allows you to look up: 

  • Fingerspelling
  • Numbers
  • Colors
  • Animals
  • U.S. States
  • World Geography
  • Baby Sign

As you explore the site, you’ll notice that additional information such as a full written description of how to make the sign, and a memory aid for the sign, and (in some cases) flash cards and other features are provided for members who can access the entire site ad-free. Look under the “About Us” section on the menu to find information on membership fees.

That said, you don’t have to purchase a thing to use the interactive video dictionary that serves as a fascinating introduction to sign language – and it’s a great way for those of you who know ASL to refresh your knowledge of signing various words.

Just for Young Astronomers

August 29th, 2017

 

It’s Tuesday, August 29, 2017, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

StarChild

(starchild.gsfc.nasa.gov/docs/StarChild/StarChild.html)

Age Range: 6-12 (Grades 1-8, with parental supervision)


NASA created this website to introduce kids to astronomy through colorful, animated pictures and interesting text accompanied by audio narration. 

After the solar eclipse last week, maybe your kids are more interested in astronomy. This site offers two levels of study for the same topics. Beginners start with level 1 and then progress to level 2 for more in-depth learning. Those who already know a little about the solar system and space can start with level 2. The topics explored in each level are: 

  • Solar System – A complete description of the solar system including the sun, planets, comets, asteroids, and more. Includes links to more facts, trivia, and includes some interactive Q & A. (Level 2 offers a movie courtesy of NASA.)
  • Universe – Learn about galaxies, The Milky Way, stars, quasars, black holes, cosmology, and dark matter. Listen to a song about the Doppler effect. (Level 2 offers “Universe Activities” that include interactive puzzles and art.)
  • Space Stuff – Great information on astronauts, space suits, space travel, space probes, the Hubble Space Telescope, and Who’s Who in Space – along with “Space Activities.”

This site also contains a link to “Imagine the Universe” which is designed for students 14 and up.

Australian Art Games, Videos & More

August 5th, 2017

 

It’s Saturday, August 5, 2017, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

QAGOMA Children’s Art Center

(www.qagoma.qld.gov.au/learn/kids)

Age Range: 6-13 (Grades 1-8, with parental supervision)

 

This website from the Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA) invites visitors to explore art and artists from around the world through games, videos and “make-at-home activities.”

Scroll down below the introduction to begin your discovery. Select from interactive games such as: 

  • Build Your Own Humpy
  • Drover Muster
  • The Call of the Wild
  • We Miss you in Magic Land
  • Kusama’s World of Dots
  • Harlequin Hallway
  • Spanish Still Life
  • The Drawing Room
  • The Surrealist Chronicle
  • Pepe’s Great Escape

And many more. Games vary in skill level and type as well as what concepts are taught but are fairly simple to learn and play overall.

Activities include 5 downloadable lesson projects. There are also video stories available to watch online.

Bookmark this site to add to your art studies; but this would also be a nice addition to your cultural studies.

Windmill & Whirligig Art & Science

July 15th, 2017

 

It’s Saturday, July 15, 2017, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

From Windmills to Whirligigs

(www.smm.org/sln/vollis/index/frontvollis.html)

Age Range: 7-13 (Grades 2-8, with parental supervision)

 

The Science Museum of Minnesota offers this website that is a wonderful mix of whimsy, science, and art through an exploration of windmills and whirligigs.

You can see some amazing pictures of wind-driven artistic creations, hear what they sound like, watch movies of some of them in action, and get instructions for how to make your own!

When you get to the site you will see a menu that includes: 

  • Meet Vollis – Vollis Simpson has devoted a lifetime to making some of the most spectacular windmills and whirligigs you’ve ever seen. Take a photo album tour of his home and workshop and watch movies of his works of art in motion!
  • Visit The Yard – Take a tour of Vollis Simpson’s whirligig farm where you can see some gigantic wind-driven sculptures.
  • Follow A Whirlwind Tour – This is a comic-strip account of a tour of Vollis Simpson’s whirligig farm. (In our opinion, the real photos & movies are much better. This is sort of the result of a school-like activity to document what visitors experienced when they visited Simpson’s farm.)
  • Make Connections – Here’s where you’ll find a menu of links to other resources that extend learning about wind-driven devices and other stuff as well. Be sure to click on Beer Can Whirligig for instructions on how to make a simple whirligig out of beer or soda cans. Hmmm… perhaps you can make some whirligig gifts in time for Christmas!
  • Try These – Find an assortment of activities to do and things to make – from pinwheels to pop bottle whirlers to motion machines. You’ll also find reading recommendations themed around windmills and whirligigs.

This site offers lots of fun ways to learn how to harness wind power through artistic and whimsical devices. Great fun!

Art Lessons from the Denver Art Museum

June 24th, 2017

 

It’s Saturday, June 24, 2017, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Denver Art Museum – Creativity Resources

(denverartmuseum.org/teacher-resources)

Age Range: All (All grades; children with parental supervision)

 

Discover hundreds of lessons plans at this section of the larger Denver Art Museum website.

Use the left-hand sidebar menu to search for lessons based on age, resource type, period, 21st century skills, and Colorado Standards. Each lesson includes: 

  • Lesson – information needed for the lesson including intended age group, length of lesson, standards and objectives, instructions, and information about the artwork presented
  • Materials needed
  • Standards – both Colorado and 21st Century Skills
  • Related – addition similar available lesson plans

Use the search box to better refine your search when looking for a specific art medium or artist to see if there are any plans available. Some plans include downloadable supplements, links to related information, and links to recommended books. In the Resource Type menu, there is a link for videos that include artist interviews and discussions about specific art pieces.

Visitors will want to set aside some time to browse through these lessons to find just the right one(s) to fit their needs. This website will provide a great addition to your bookmarked sites for your art studies.

Infrared Astronomy

June 20th, 2017

 

It’s Tuesday, June 20, 2017, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Cool Cosmos: Infrared

(coolcosmos.ipac.caltech.edu/)

Age Range: 5-18 (Grades K-12, with parental supervision)

 

Here is another portion of the Cool Cosmos website reviewed last week. At this website, IPAC at Caltech has taken the science of infrared astronomy and made it accessible to students of all ages through a variety of free educational activities, web-tutorials, lessons, videos, experiments and resources that explain the infrared universe.

When you get to the website, you’ll see some features that include: 

  • Infrared World – Find out the role of infrared light in Veterinary Science, Geology, Art, Firefighting, Search and Rescue, Environmental Monitoring, Archaeology and more!
  • Infrared Universe – Discover how infrared light helps scientists explore the solar system, the Milky Way and other galaxies.
  • Infrared Missions and Surveys – Indulge in infrared astronomy through an array of images from telescopes worldwide. You can also explore a gallery of infrared images and check out a timeline on infrared technology.

FREE LESSONS: Be sure to click on “Teachers” on the menu to find free infrared lesson plans, printables, research, resources, and more!

Through this website, you’ll discover that “to study the cool cosmos, infrared light is our window into the heat of the coolest things around.”

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