Archive for the ‘art’ category

Paper Snowflake Art

December 10th, 2016

 

It’s Saturday, December 10, 2016, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Dave’s Paper Snowflake Patterns

(www.daves-snowflakes.com/index.html)

Age Range: 8-18 (Grades 3-12, with parental supervision)

 

Are you a fan of paper snowflakes? Have you ever shown your children how to make them? Would you like to teach them how to make them? If so, visit this website.

There are 6 free patterns to print and cut – the lines to tell you where to fold, and then the pattern is right on the printed page. Very complicated-looking snowflakes come out very easily.

Dave (the owner) dedicated this site to the memory of his mother, who gathered the family around the tree every Christmas Eve to make decorative snowflakes. He shares his patterns for making these works of art with adults and kids alike. There is a photo gallery of the beautiful handmade snowflakes and pictures of Dave’s Christmas trees decorated with his family’s art. What a wonderful tradition!

Also check out snowcrystals.com. You haven’t really seen a snowflake until you visit this website that contains incredible images of real snowflakes and explains the science behind them.

Native American Art

November 19th, 2016

 

It’s Saturday, November 19, 2016, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Infinity of Nations

(nmai.si.edu/exhibitions/infinityofnations/culturequest/)

Age Range: 8-18 (Grades 3-12, with parental supervision)

 

Learn about Native American art with this website from the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian.

After reading the brief introduction, choose from three different sections to begin your exploration: 

  • Explore the Object Gallery to discover headdresses, cultural objects, and contemporary art
  • Play Infinity of Nations Culture Quest to gain knowledge of Native nations and objects across the Americas
  • See Contemporary Native American Art from five different artists: 
    • Larry Beck – Yup’ik
    • Allan Houser – Chiricahua Apache
    • Bob Haozous – Chiricahua Apache
    • Diego Romero – Cochiti Pueblo
    • Bentley Spang – Cheyenne

When exploring the Object Gallery, click on the object you wish to learn about to open the object window. From here you can examine the piece more closely, learn about the item, and see more related images.

To play the Infinity of Nations Culture Quest, click on an object in the map and an interactive game of discovery begins. There are different activities for the different objects that once completed earns the player a ‘badge of knowledge’ which can be printed out. 
Complete all 9 quests and print out a Culture Quest Leader certificate.

Take a closer look at the contemporary art pieces with interactive exploration.

Select the “Teaching Resources” link in the lower right menu to find valuable information about Infinity of Nations and for tips on teaching about Native American art.

Free Online Art Classes

October 8th, 2016

 

It’s Saturday, October 8, 2016, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Free Online Art Classes

(www.free-online-art-classes.com/)

Age Range: 11-18 (Grades 6-12, with parental supervision)

 

This ad-supported website provides a large selection of lessons for various art media and methods.

When arriving at today’s link, read about the website creator, Lois DeWitt, a teacher with over 50 years of experience. Then, using the sidebar menu, select your desired lesson from: 

  • Learn Basic Drawing
  • Draw with Pen and Ink
  • Learn Conte Crayon
  • Learn Colored Pencils
  • Learn Oil Pastels
  • Learn Acrylic Painting
  • Learn Oil Painting
  • Learn Collage
  • Learn Printmaking
  • Learned Mixed Media
  • Learn Jewelry making
  • Learn Fabric Painting
  • Learn Water Color

And much more.

Lessons include informative text, images, and videos. If your student is interested in a particular art form, this would be a great place to start to sample different medias and techniques without a huge investment of time only to learn it isn’t for them.

Don’t let the ads distract you from the value of this website–there is a lot of good instruction here.

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.

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