Archive for the ‘art’ category

Create Your Own Picassohead

September 17th, 2016

 

It’s Saturday, September 17, 2016, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Picassohead

(www.picassohead.com/create.html)

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

 

What fun! Today’s website offers an artistically-themed twist to the classic children’s game, “Mr. Potato Head.” Instead of designing a new look for Mr. Potato, you can design your own Picasso portrait in the cubist style he helped to make famous.

When you get to the site you will see a canvas and a selection of various cubist images of faces, eyes, noses, lips, ears, eyebrows, hair, etc. Use your mouse to click and drag the images to your canvas to create your masterpiece. Use the color and control tools on the menu at the bottom of your screen to get the desired results. Print it out and hang it up in your home gallery!

Color Theory for Kids

August 6th, 2016

 

It’s Saturday, August 6, 2016, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Color Theory

(web.archive.org/web/20070629033910/members.cox.net/mrsparker2/intro.htm)

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

 

This website was designed to introduce kids to art through many fun lessons and activities on color theory. By gaining knowledge about colors and mixing colors kids learn some principles of design that help them create art and talk about art.

When you get to the site you will see an introductory page with a menu of activities. You can follow the lessons in order, using your mouse to click on the “next” arrow button on each page – or you can just choose the activity that is most appealing to you including: 

  • Online Activities – Links to interactive websites featuring stories and activities themed around the use of color
  • Student Artwork – Take a look at artwork created by students that incorporates artistic color schemes.
  • Master Artists – Check out how the master painters used color in their great works.
  • Puzzle and Game Page – Lots of interactive online games and puzzles themed around the use of color in art
  • Artroom Activities – Designed for grades 4 and up, these projects explore color wheels, schemes, and moods.

There are also Teacher Resources and References, Links, and more to enhance any visual arts curriculum.

Oil and Acrylic Painting Lessons

July 16th, 2016

 

It’s Saturday, July 16, 2016, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Paint with Len

(paintwithlen.com/free-lessons/)

Age Range: 10-adult (Grades 5-adult; children with parental supervision)

 

Paint along with Australian artist and teacher Len Hend, and learn how to paint using his techniques with either acrylics or oils.

Through instructional videos and text, go through the lessons on this page to paint: 

  • Branches and Foliage
  • Bush Shack
  • Trees
  • Forest Scenes
  • Mountains
  • Skies
  • Outback Ranges
  • Reflections
  • Sunrise and sunset
  • Ocean and rivers
  • Boats
  • And much more.

In addition to the full lessons, there are several technique lessons that teach about: 

  • Clouds
  • Mountains
  • Water
  • Foliage
  • Brushes
  • Perspective

Visitors can find even more tutorials at the “Streaming” link in the menu. Len presents the material in a relaxed and friendly manner and encourages the budding new artist to enjoy the process. There is a lot to explore on this website and it makes a great beginner’s painting course.

DownloadDinosaur Art Projects

June 25th, 2016

 

It’s Saturday, June 25, 2016, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Download-a-Dinosaur

(www.rain.org/~philfear/download-a-dinosaur.html)

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

 

This site has all kinds of downloadable and printable dinosaur designs that you can color, cut out, and glue together to make fun playthings and decorations.

When you get to the site you will see photographs of some of the creations you can make from the designs at this site. Scroll down the page to find the drop down menu box to “Select a Dinosaur.” Simply click on the dinosaur you want to make. For example: 

  • Triceratops
  • Pteranodon
  • Raptor
  • Stegosaurus
  • Tyrannosaurus Rex
  • Ankylosaurus
  • Mammoth
  • And more!

Click the “Go” button and a new page opens with the design and easy instructions for how to assemble it. Print out the design using your browser print option. These designs can be made in less than 30 minutes! It’s a great art project or craft activity – and educational too! 

Free Art Appreciation Lessons

June 4th, 2016

 

It’s Saturday, June 4, 2016, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Art Access

(www.artic.edu/aic/collections/exhibitions/ArtAccess)

Age Range: 9-18 (Grades 4-12, with parental supervision)

 

Develop an understanding of content, style, and historical context of art with this website from the Art Institute of Chicago.

Select from the following to begin your exploration: 

  • African American Art
  • African Art
  • American Art to 1900
  • Chinese Art
  • Impressionist and Post-Impressionist Art
  • Indian Art of the Americas
  • Indian, Himalayan, and Southeast Asian Art
  • Modern and Contemporary Art
  • Renaissance and Baroque Art
  • Rococo to Realist Art

Each exhibition page begins with an overview of the art type. Use the links of the side bar to dig deeper into the study by selecting from: 

  • Artworks – examples and information about pieces of art fitting the type
  • Lesson Plans – to strengthen the student’s understanding of the pieces studied
  • Family Activities – related art projects and activities to do with easy to follow instructions and common supplies
  • Books and Media – suggested books and websites for further studies
  • Map – interactive map showing the original location of the art piece
  • Glossary – terms used in the study
  • View All Works – a pictorial index of the pieces studied in the art type

Bookmark this website because it is a fabulous resource for all of your art appreciation studies.

Interactive Introduction to Art for Kids

May 14th, 2016

 

It’s Saturday, May 14, 2016, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Museum of Modern Art: Destination Modern Art

(www.moma.org/interactives/destination/)

Age Range: 5-8 (Grades K-3, with parental supervision)

 

What fun for young kids! The Museum of Modern Art in New York offers a terrific interactive game that teaches kids about Modern Art as they click and play along.

When you get to the site you’ll see a picture of an alien. Click anywhere on the page and a new screen opens. The “alien” will be your child’s guide through the museum and will invite you to click on any of the 3 pieces of artwork you see – including paintings (by Van Gogh and Frida Kahlo) and a sculpture (by Umberto Boccioni). When you click on the artwork, a new screen opens with a description of the artwork and 4 or 5 activities that teach your child more about the artwork and the artist, and encourages your child to try their hand at using the techniques used by the artists. This is a great way to introduce modern art to young children.

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