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Free Home School Art Lessons

November 15th, 2014

 

It’s Saturday, November 15, 2014, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

HomeSchoolArts

 

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

 

This site is devoted to providing free art lessons in many mediums to homeschoolers. To get directly to the art lessons simply click on the medium you want to use on the menu that is located on the left side of your screen.
You can choose to have art lessons using:
  • pencil
  • pen & ink
  • color pencil

Other mediums such as Watercolor, Pastel, and Acrylic do not yet provide lessons, but have links to recommended art books. The Oil medium provides a link to another website for lessons.

Click on the medium, then select a lesson. Lessons provide an introduction to the medium along with a list of supplies and materials you should have on hand prior to beginning the lesson. Then, follow the links and click your way through the lesson. The lesson instructions are easy to follow with diagrams, illustrations, and pictures to demonstrate method and technique.

Older students 12 and up should be able to follow the instructions without assistance. Younger students may need some help from Mom or Dad. The site also offers a special section of art activities for kids in K-6.

Parents should probably preview the lessons and assemble the materials needed prior to introducing the lessons to students. Nothing is worse than getting excited about learning art – only to discover you don’t have the materials needed. Plan ahead and your students will learn a lot – and have fun too!

Hundreds of Art Lessons for Kids

October 25th, 2014

 

It’s Saturday, October 25, 2014, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Art for Kids Hub

 

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

 

At this website, you will find hundreds of lessons for drawing, painting, and sculpture and there is even a special category of projects for kids under 5. Created by a dad who wanted to share his ideas and tips with others, lessons are presented in a fun way and most include images and/or a video making following along simple. Many also include downloadable PDF instruction sheets.

Just a small sampling of lessons include:

  • How to Draw:
    • Animals such as a crocodile, chicken, turtle, owl, pig, raccoon, frog, and tiger
    • Dinosaurs like a triceratops, apatosaurus, stegosaurus, dilophosaurus, and pterodactyl
    • Minecraft figures include a ghast and enderman
  • Painting for Kids
    • Animals like a butterfly, ladybug, starfish , seahorse, and a koala
    • A car, a monster, Winnie the Pooh, a snowman
    • A pumpkin, watermelon, and a candy cane
  • Sculpting for Kids
    • Origami box, frog, bat, and fortune teller
    • Pinch pot, coil pot, and slab pot

There are too many to list here.

And don’t limit yourself to the categories at the top of the menu bar. Select the “Archive” link in the sub-menu bar and find a huge list of past lessons. With all of the lessons, downloads, videos, and helpful hints for teaching, this website will quickly become your favorite “go-to” website for art instruction and project ideas.

Create Awesome Artists

September 13th, 2014

 

It’s Saturday, September 13, 2014, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Awesome Artists

 

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

 

Learn basic art skills and principles with the help of this colorful website. All of the lessons are downloadable so you can use these anywhere. Lessons can include booklets, posters, games, PowerPoint slideshows, and project ideas.

Choose from the following:

  • The ABCs of Art – The Elements & Principles of Design made simple
  • Keys to Success – Say aloud poems to learn values: respect, kindness…
  • A Mindful of Art – Simple games to learn art terms & examine art works
  • My Materials & Me – Fun cartoon posters on care of art materials & tools
  • Fiber Art – (Still under construction)—
  • Reduce, Reuse, Recycle – A few fun cartoon posters to teach recycling
  • Terrific, Tactile, Texture – A few lessons on combining texture with drawing
  • Collage & Mixed Media – Booklets, lessons & slide shows
  • Crafts & Construction – A few lessons
  • I Can’t Draw…Until I Practice! – Many step by step booklets. Drawing from life is best.
  • Getting Wired – Simple, basic wire sculpture techniques & lessons
  • Clay Creations – Booklet, lessons & examples to work with clay
  • Printmaking – A few simple lessons
  • Painting – A few simple lessons
  • Sculpture – Booklets on general technique and 1 lesson

When you arrive at your destination, simply find your desired lessons, click the link, download, and save the file to your computer. Then, when you are ready to use the activities, just print out what you need and away you go. While these lessons appear to be for upper elementary and middle school, they certainly can be modified for younger or older students.

Explore Van Gogh Masterpieces

August 23rd, 2014

 

It’s Saturday, August 26, 2014, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

National Gallery of Art – Van Gogh Masterpieces

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

 

At this site, visitors are treated to a fabulous tour of some of the best works of Vincent Van Gogh. Using Van Gogh’s Masterpieces and interesting text, the visitor is introduced to Van Gogh’s early works, his various “periods” in Paris, Arles, and Saint-Rémy and his self-portraits. Periods include:
  • Introduction – Early Works
  • The Potato Eaters
  • Holland to Paris
  • Self-Portraits
  • Paris
  • Japanese Influence
  • Arles
  • The Yellow House
  • Saint-Rémy
  • Auvers-sur-Oise

When you get to the site, two screens will appear. The one on the left displays the text that you can follow to take the tour; the one on the right shows a floor plan of the museum that you can click on to visit whatever room that you want (each features different Van Gogh artwork). Sticking with the tour will give you a better context as each section progresses from the early works to the various periods in Van Gogh’s creations. Either way, you will be treated to some fabulous art, along with insightful commentary on the works – and the artist!

Saturday: Incredible Art Lessons for All Ages

August 9th, 2014

 

It’s Saturday, August 9, 2014, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Incredible Art Department

 

Age Range: 2-18 (Grades PreK-12, with parental supervision)

 

This ad-supported website is a gold mine of art lesson plans for students of all ages. Originally created in 1994 as a place for teacher Ken Rohrer to exhibit his students’ work, this website has evolved over the past 20 years into a go-to resource for art instruction. 
When arriving at the link above, look to the right hand side bar to select the grade level for which you are looking for lessons. Searching lessons can be further broken down by:
  • Grade Level
  • Medium
  • Subject
  • Art Period
  • Artist
  • Integration

Many of the lessons have images but those from the early days of the website when scanners or digital cameras were not in use may not have images. Most of the lessons are similarly presented starting with a description, standards met, resources and materials needed, objective, and instructions. Many include downloadable accompanying print outs and links to other needed resources as well as rubric information for assessment of projects.

Because there are hundreds of lessons to choose from that have been submitted by teachers across the country and new lessons are continually being added, you will certainly want to bookmark this site to come back time and again for inspiration for your art studies.

Free Wildflower Coloring Books

July 12th, 2014

 

It’s Saturday, July 12, 2014, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Celebrating Wildflowers Coloring Books

 

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

 

This website encourages appreciation for the beauty of wildflowers of the Northwest and Texas Hill Country by providing information about a stunning array of wildflowers and illustrations that you can print and color. Don’t let the area-specific titles fool you – many of these flowers grow in other regions as well.

When you get to the site, you will see a short introduction and a menu below it. Click on either Northwest or Texas Hill Coloring Book. A new page opens with a new menu that offers:

  • An index of flowers by scientific name
  • An index of flowers by common name
  • A gallery of coloring pages completed and submitted by website visitors
  • Biography of the illustrator of the wildflower coloring pages
  • and other educational info about wildflowers

The simple way to access the flowers you want to color is to click on the “Common Names Index.” A new page opens with a list of common names of wildflowers. Find the one you are interested in, click on it, and a new page opens with a thumbnail picture of the flower along with a link to the printable coloring page and a color guide for that flower.

When you are through exploring the coloring pages, go back to the home page. It contains links to other botanical coloring books online, resources about wildflowers for teachers, and best of all – a directory of wildflower events taking place throughout the U.S. and Canada. Just click on “On-line Wildflower Events Directory” and a new page opens with a map of the U.S. Click on any state for a directory of wildflower tours and walks. (Note: The word Canada is above the map. Click on it to find events taking place in Canada.)

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